May 19 AT 4:36 PM Edgar Cervantes 25 Comments

How much better is the Super AMOLED Plus display?

One of the most anticipated devices this year is the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is bringing a new display technology – Super AMOLED Plus (also found in the Droid Charge). Of course, this is simply the next generation of the same screen technology that Samsung has been using for pretty much all of its Android devices (Super AMOLED).

Since the announcement of this new technology, we have all been wondering how much Super AMOLED displays can really be improved. Super AMOLED displays provide about the richest display experiences, and it is one of the main reasons why some people prefer Samsung devices. Such technology is already known for being among the best in the market, and it seems unlikely that this “Plus” can make that huge of a difference (at least to the naked eye). For all of those wondering, Engadget has put together a video that proves how Super AMOLED Plus will provide better definition, by providing more sub-pixels per pixel.

Super AMOLED display (8 sub-pixels per pixel) vs. Super AMOLED Plus display (12 sub-pixels per pixel)

As you can see in the images, the older generation had more elongated green sub-pixels, while the blue and red ones are shorter and thicker. Super AMOLED Plus technology has equal size and quantity of the different colored sub-pixels, as well as having them pressed together tighter (hence the higher sub-pixelation).

I personally haven’t had a chance to see one of these Super AMOLED Plus displays in person, but I assume that the change should be almost unnoticeable. To Check out the video, head over to Engadget and take a closer look. Do you guys think this new technology is that much better? Has anyone seen one of these yet?

Via: Engadget

Source: Engadget en Español

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • http://Website Eteo

    The Droid Charge puts my Epic 4g’s display to shame….

    • http://Website kinky hood rat II

      i agree, the retina display is by far the worlds best

      • http://Website Thomas

        especially with idroid ;-)

      • http://Website kinky hood rat II

        i agree, the retina display is by far the worlds best.

      • http://Website juo

        you mean lg display is the best

  • http://Website Duncan Mackenzie

    I went from the HTC Magic to the Galaxy S2, trust me when I say there Is a difference. It’s better than most TV screens. I’m afraid If I ramble on again about how much I love this phone and the amazing things It can do then I’ll be In serious danger of becoming a broken record, my girlfriend already wants to kill me. Buy this phone, It’s the future.

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  • http://Website Daniel

    The subpixel difference is hardly new; ever since the announcement of SAMOLED+, Samsung has been talking about “more subpixels”, which implied they were getting rid of PenTile.

    The PenTile has long been the biggest criticism on Samsung’s SAMOLED displays, and it’s also seen in their AMOLED. The practical difference isn’t hard to notice, depending on how trained your eye (and how good your vision) is. Many people could notice the PenTile on Nexus One devices since the first days, before the discovery of this layout. Personally, I wouldn’t stand having a phone with this kind of screen, I can clearly see the jagged pixels on white backgrounds, and I’m glad they improved it for the SGS2.

    Also, saying green subpixels are more enlongated is a pretty curious point of view. The green subpixels in PenTile are the size they “should” be, both in width and height. It’s the width (when viewing the screen is in portrait mode) of red and blue that is twice what’s expected. Finally, AMOLED’s PenTile actually uses only 2 subpixels per pixel, while SAMOLED+ (like traditional LCD displays) use 3 subpixels per pixel.

  • http://Website Joe

    Please compare this to apple’s overhyped retina display.

    • http://Website Drum

      retina is superior

      • http://Website Drum

        retina is superior.

    • http://Website Derek

      Have to say that the iphone retina display is the best display I’ve ever seen, my co-workers iphone 4 smokes my captivate.

      Although that new display coming out should be awesome, 367ppi and 1280×720 on a phone!! WOW!

  • http://Website DistortedLoop

    After owning a Nexus One, Galaxy S i9000, and a Nexus S, I thought I’d never go back to LCD screens. The Droid Charge excited me until I actually compared the screen with my iPhone 4 and Thunderbolt.

    In terms of blacks being inky black, the SAMOLED Plus beats hands down, but that’s where the superiority ends for my eyes.

    The color accuracy of the iPhone 4 is much greater than the others, and the Thunderbolt beats the Charge.

    The iPhone is also crisper and sharper as well, but disappointingly small.

    I thought one look would sell me on the Charge, but I walked away without purchasing one. I might get one in the end, but it wasn’t love at first sight like I expected it would be.

    • http://Website Someone

      You’ve owned/used 5 phones in the past 2 years? That’s impressive.

      Define color accuracy, though. Even with samoled, the color vividness and contrast (especially at higher brightness) should beat most screen out there…

      • http://Website CactusCat

        5 phones in 2 years. Not unusual at all for geeks that haunt these forums. Lets see… in the past 2 years, I’ve owned, G1, Nexus One, Galaxy S, and now a G2X. And very likely, I’ll be getting the SGS2 as well. How does someone manage something like that? Well, multiple ways… give old phones to family members, sell the phone and buy the new one outright, etc…. Where there is a desire, you can find a way.

  • http://Website fryhole

    Unnoticeable? I have a hard time imagining anyone with decent vision couldn’t see the difference in text sharpness between two devices of equal screen size and resolution, one AMOLED and one traditional LCD. It didn’t stop me from loving the hell out of my Nexus One, but the arrangement is easily visible if you care to look for it.

  • ckamc

    comparing a thunderbolt to a samoled plus screen of the charge is an easy dead win for the charge in screen. however when you compare it to a fascinate… its harder to tell the actual difference. amoled vs samoled plus its a clearer picture of whats better.

    watch samsungs next gen screen next year, i bet it will blow the small improvements that plus has given us this year

    • http://Website Joshua

      That’s funny, the guy above you says he likes the screen on the Thunderbolt better than the charge.

      I’m most interested to see the qHD display on the sensation with the higher resolution.

  • http://Website Raptor

    Was this a clueless article or just the question to the public?

    Do not understand that on for example 800×480 PenTile screen you actually have 400×240 or just the quarter-VGA resolution for both Red and Blue (!!!) and only Green subpixels have WideVGA 800×480 amount?

    We actually have to call PenTile VGA as marginal improvement over QVGA ! And you are saying almost QVGA it’s unnoticeable compared to pure WVGA ? WOW…

  • http://Website 111111

    nothing beats retina display

  • http://Website ron

    I got the Infuse with the super plus display. The comparison between my wife’s retina on her iPhone we couldn’t say one one was better than the other. But given the fact that the super plus was on a 4.5 display, it was nicer/roomy to look at.

  • http://Website Levi

    I glanced at the big screen AT&T device that I think has this technology. Nothing at first glance in the store. That doesn’t mean a side by side won’t bring out the differences. But the real test here is where the old (and even the Super) AMOLED was lacking. Direct sunlight. If the Super AMOLED Plus is on par or better in direct sunlight as TFT technology, it is a worthwhile upgrade. And theoretically based on what I saw above, there should be an improvement.

  • sandy

    take a picture of an object with a pro camera. put it in ur mobile and compare the colors with the original object

  • sapi gila

    the main reason i am interested at super amoled plus is its low power consumption.

    to others, dont forget that apple’s retina display is LG’s, and LG just made nova display that is superior to retina display.