Super AMOLED vs. Super AMOLED Plus. Round One: Fight!

Can you see the difference between Super AMOLED and Super AMOLED plus and how important is to have a word “Plus” at the end?

As we discovered earlier upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3 (also written as Galaxy SIII) will have non-PenTile technology 720p HD display. This display will be based on Super AMOLED Plus technology and will be 4.65-inch.  That’s pretty much everyone expected after hearing many complains about Galaxy Nexus PenTile display. While it is the same size and resolution screen as expected to Samsung Galaxy S3 it is PenTile display so it’s not as crisp because it’s not regular RGB pixel display.

Ok, it become way too complicated for non tech savvy so what the hell PenTile, Super AMOLED Plus and RGB mean?! The AMOLED part refers to Samsung’s use of OLED display technology, the best screen technology found in mass production today. Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode dispenses with separate backlighting, so that blacks are truly black (as it’s created by unlit pixels). This technology leads to incredible colors and contrast, and even power consumption displaying dark content is better than LCD display.

Here is example how both Super AMOLED and Super AMOLED plus looks side by side:

super amoled plus vs super amoled

Super AMOLED plus on left vs Super AMOLED on right

The “Super” part comes from marketing department as it is improved AMOLED technology without anything revolutionary. The main difference between AMOLED and Super AMOLED are improved brightness, less sunlight reflection and reduced power consumption.

The main Super AMOLED disadvantage is RGBG system of the PenTile Matrix Family. This means that each pixel had its 2 sub-pixels making picture to look a bit washed out and blurry with closer inspection. It’s easy to see blurriness viewing black text on white background. Samsung to reduce blurry image “problem” just pushed smartphone screen resolution up to 720p HD so these pixels and sub-pixels becomes so small that you barely see blockyness to text and edges on close inspection.

While this kind of displays still looks gorgeous (think Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note and check images bellow. Does these screens look bad?) there is a better display technology available and it’s called Super AMOLED plus and it was already available in Samsung Galaxy S2 but the pixel density weren’t that high but it’s still one of the best displays in the market even after being more than year in the market. The main Super AMOLED Plus advantage are RGB pixels without sub-pixels making the screen look crisp without fuzzy edges.

Samsung Galaxy Note Display

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Display

Samsung Galaxy S3 will have Super AMOLED Plus screen with 720p HD resolution without doubt making it one of the best smartphone screens that offers crisp image and outstanding colors in any light conditions.

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