OLED displays use organic materials that emit light when electricity is applied. OLEDs enable emissive, bright, thin, flexible and efficient displays. OLEDs are set to replace LCDs in all display applications - from small displays to large TV sets.
Samsung's Super-AMOLED displays, announced in January 2010, are AMOLED displays for mobile devices (such as smartphones, wearables and tablets) with an integrated touch function. The thickness of the touch sensor is just 0.001 mm and this allows the screen to provide better images and to have great visibility even in direct sunlight compared with regular AMOLED displays with an external touch layer.
Super AMOLED and the PenTile matrix
Samsung's Super-AMOLED displays use a Pentile matrix sub-pixel design. That means that the green sub-pixel is shared by two pixels and the display has only 2 sub-pixels per real 'pixel' compared to the classic RGB matrix design (or Real-Stripe). You can see a PenTile matrix vs a Real-Stripe one on the images below (the PenTile is on the right). Newer Super AMOLED displays use a different PenTile matrix (Diamond Pixel pattern).
Super-AMOLED: the best mobile touch display
Super AMOLED displays are being used in all of Samsung's newer high-end phones, including the atest Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and the ill-fated Note 7. Super AMOLED display s are also adopted by other mobile phone makers - for example in the Meizu Pro 6, Huawei's Honor Note 8 and Lenovo's Zuk Z2. Samsung also uses Super AMOLED displays in its wearables, for example in the Gear S3 smartwatch (a round 1.3-inch, 360x360 panel).
Super AMOLED displays provide an excellent image quality - in fact the display measurement experts at DisplayMate say that these are the best mobile displays ever tested.
- Introduction to OLEDs
- Samsung's OLED displays
- Pentile Technology explained
- Flexible OLEDs
- OLED mobile phones
- The OLED Handbook, our very own comprehensive guide to OLEDs
Latest Super AMOLED news
Samsung's latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are not shipping yet, but according to reports that early reaction from retailers suggest that the larger S8+ variant is more popular than expected.
Samsung first aimed to produce 50% more Galaxy S8 variants than Galaxy S8+, but have decided now to increase the ratio of S8+ devices to 45%. The new phones will start shipping globally on April 21th.
Samsung announces its latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Both phones sport what Samsung brands as an Infinity Display - a curved flexible Super AMOLED that is almost without any bezels. Samsung did not release an edition with a non-flexible rigid OLED, but this isn't really a surprise.
The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8" Quad HD+ (2960x1440, 570PPI) OLED while the S8+ has a larger version (6.2") but with the same resolution (529 PPI). Both phones feature a 10nm Octa-core 64bit CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD slot, IP68 water and dust resistance, Android 7.0, Samsung Bixby assistant and a Dual-Pixel 12MP OIS camera. Both phones will launch globally on April 21st 2017.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 is now shipping in the US for $699 (Wi-Fi edition). This gaming and entertainment optimized Android V7 tablet features a 9.7" QXGA (2048x1536) Super AMOLED display, a quad-core Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD slot and quad-stereo speakers.
According to report from Korea, Samsung Electronics has decided to start adopting OLED displays in all of its tablet devices and to increasingly use OLEDs in laptops. The Galaxy Tab S3 is the company's latest OLED tablet.
Last week Samsung released several videos that showcase its latest Super AMOLED displays. The videos shows what looks to be an actual upcoming phone with almost no bezels on the sides and no physical buttons on the front:
This design has been suggested (leaked?) before for Samsung's upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S8. Samsung is expected to reveal the S8 soon, at the MWC 2017 event (February 27th). Of course this could just be a concept handset created for the AMOLED video, but it could also be Samsung's actual new phone that was added to the video by mistake (or not by mistake).
There are three new A-series phones: the Galaxy A3 (4.7" 720p), the Galaxy A5 (5.2" FHD) and the Galaxy A7 (5.5" FHD). All three will ship towards the end of January in Russia - and later on globally.
Samsung announced its Galaxy note 7 last week, and our friend Raymond Soneira from Display Mate has published a comprehensive review of the Note 7 display. The Note 7 has a 5.7" 2560x1440 (518 ppi) flexible Super AMOLED dual-edge display - which DisplayMate says is the best performing mobile display ever tested.
This is hardly a surprise - Samsung's OLED displays have been advancing at a very fast rate, and have surpassed the best LCDs on all parameters (except price, that is). Displaymate says that the major display enhancements introduced in the Note 7 include a new wider color gamut and new HDR mode specifically for 4K videos and a record peak brightness of over 1,000 nits.
ZTE had a large booth at MWC 2016, and the Chinese phone maker introduced and demonstrate three OLED phones. All these phones sport SDC-made Super AMOLED displays.
First up we have the Axon Mini, an Android 5 smartphone that features a 5.2" FHD (424 PPI) Super AMOLED display, an octa-core CPU, 13 MP camera, 3GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and Dual-SIM support. The Axon Mini was actually introduced a few months ago, but only now did ZTE provide the specifications.
Samsung unveiled its 2016 flagship phones, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The phones feature similar specs, but the Edge has a large display that is curved around the edges (a flexible OLED of course) and a larger battery.
The Galaxy S7 sports a flat 5.1" 2560x1440 (577 PPI) Super AMOLED display, an 12MP camera (with a new high-performance sensor), 4GB of RAM, 32/64 GB of storage, optional dual-IM, NFC and a 3,000 mAh battery. The phone has a metal and glass body and is IP68 water resistance (up to 1.5 meters for 30 min).
Samsung launched three new smartphones today - new 2016 editions of the Galaxy A7, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3. All three new phones sport Super AMOLED and will launch in a couple of weeks in China (and globally later on).
So first up we have the The Galaxy A7 (2016 edition) - a large smartphone with a 5.5" Full-HD Super AMOLED display. The A7 uses an octa-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, microSD slot, 13 MP camera, fingerprint reader and a metal and glass body.