Jan 08 AT 3:12 PM Dima Aryeh 6 Comments

The Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 is the only new Samsung tablet with a PenTile display

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 PenTile

Samsung’s newly announced tablets all have the same resolution display in various sizes. It’s actually pretty impressive that the devices all have 2560×1600 displays, especially the smaller TabPRO 8.4. But it looks like one of the devices stands out from the rest because its display uses the infamous PenTile matrix.

For those unaware, the PenTile matrix is a special pixel arrangement some displays use for various reasons. Instead of each pixel having three subpixels (RGB being red/green/blue), there are four subpixels (RGBW or red/green/blue/white) and one subpixel is shared between pixels. The extra white pixel results in better screen brightness, but the tradeoff is that the effective resolution is lower (each pixel contains less subpixels). It also can create a strange “striped” look on the display instead of the uniform columns of pixels on standard displays.

The Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 uses the PenTile matrix on its display, while the other three tablets are using the standard and superior RGB stripe layout. If you’re really OCD about display quality, we suggest going for one of the larger 12.2-inch offerings. But at 2560×1600, most folks are never going to notice the PenTile matrix unless they bring the display right up their face. At that resolution, it’s not a big deal at all and you shouldn’t immediately swear it off. But it’s worth knowing what you’re buying. Does this deter you from buying the Galaxy TabPRO 10.1?

Via: SamMobile

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Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Bart

    Hmmmm…. First you cite the negatives of Pentile, then you say that at this resolution, it really doesn’t matter. I think I’ll agree with your latter statement–at this resolution it really doesn’t matter. So why, again, did you write this article?? Oh, because it really doesn’t matter. LOL

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      Some people care a lot, and would like to know this kind of information. It deserves to be out there, just in case someone does find it unacceptable. I personally don’t care, but info has to be shared right?

  • Megha01

    PenTile screens have fewer sub-pixels overall than RGB LCD arrays. The pixels are also bigger, which means screens for these display often have to be slightly larger than LCDs.

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  • Kyle

    This article didn’t deter me from buying the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 at all. I bought it two days ago, after I read this article as part of my online research into which of Samsung’s newest large tablets has the best display. I went to my local Best Buy and headed over to the “Samsung Experience” so I could compare the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and the Galaxy TabPRO 10.1. All three were sitting there lined up next to each other on an exhibit table. I put all three tablet displays to the test, including turning all three screens up to maximum brightness with Adapt Display set on “Standard” (which supposedly displays pure whites and accurate colors). I eliminated the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 first. It’s just too big for toting around all day, everyday- and its display is downright dim compared to the other two tablets. Even though I would’ve preferred to have an S Pen tablet, I ended up choosing the (non S Pen) Galaxy TabPro 10.1- simply because the TabPRO 10.1 clearly had the brightest, best looking display of the three tablets (to my eyes). I’M DELIGHTED WITH MY CHOICE! Everything looks superb on the TabPRO 10.1 !

  • Kyle

    UPDATE TO MY ABOVE POST: With tears in my eyes (not really, but I was a little sad) I returned my Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 to Best Buy for a refund. WHY? It had nothing to do the TabPRO 10.1 display, which I really liked. It had everything to do with: 1. I’m now aware that Samsung has gotten FCC approval on a family of 10.5 inch tablets with AMOLED displays. I’m willing to wait until they hit the market (and hopefully one of them will be a “Note” S Pen model!) 2. Google may or may not be planning to release a new, updated Nexus 10 tablet in the next six months or so. I’m willing to wait and see. I’ve decided to just continue to use my mighty Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 until the next generation of tablets come along. LOL