Article last updated on: Feb 10, 2019

OLED displays use organic materials that emit light when electricity is applied. OLEDs enable emissive, bright, thin, flexible and efficient displays. OLEDs are replacing LCD displays in mobile devices and TVs.

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Samsung's Super-AMOLED displays, announced in January 2010, are AMOLED displays with an integrated touch function. In a Super AMOLED display, a touch-sensor is placed over the display (on-cell). 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 (Samsung says that they perform 20% better than regular touch AMOLED outdoors).

In 2010 or so, achieving an HD resolution in a mobile phone was a great achievement, and Samsung used to market those displays as Super AMOLED HD or HD Super AMOLED display to make sure people know these are HD displays. Today, as most high-end mobile displays sport Full-HD (or even higher) resolutions, Samsung no longer adds the HD before or after the Super AMOLED.

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Amazon offers the Galaxy S3 unlocked for $799 (will ship on June 1st)

Amazon are now offering the Galaxy S3 unlocked for $799.99. The phone will ship in two weeks, on June 1st. This is the 16GB HSDPA model. The S3, Samsung's flagship smartphone, has a 4.8" 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED (with Pentile), a quad-core 1.4Ghz CPU, 1GB of RAM and an 8 mp camera (1080p video). The phone includes several new software technologies: voice recognition, gesture control, smart sharing and intelligent camera features.

Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung producing sample Super AMOLED Plus HD displays, used in Tizen developer phone?

Just a few minutes ago we posted about Samsung's claim that they used Pentile in the Galaxy S3 because it lasts longer. There are some reports however that Samsung already managed to produce Super AMOLED HD Plus 4.8" display. In fact it is said that they are using this display in a Tizen (open source OS) development model that they handed out to some developers.

It may be that Samsung cannot yet mass produce such displays, and so they couldn't use it in the S3. Anyway we'll probably know more soon...

Samsung - we keep using PenTile AMOLED displays because they last longer

Update: We discussed this with Nuovoyance's VP, he explains better why PenTile displyas lasts longer...

Some people really dislike Pentile displays, but Samsung keep producing AMOLED with PenTile - even in their flagship devices such as the new Galaxy S3 (which sports a 4.8" 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED). Today we hear that Samsung says that one of the major advantages of PenTile AMOLED displays is increased lifetime.

In PenTile displays, there are twice as many green subpixels as there are blue suxpixels. Blue OLEDs feature the lowest lifetime, and so Pentile displays "tend" to last longer, according to Samsung. In any case, as the resolution gets higher, it's getting harder to actually notice the "fuzziness" caused by the Pentile Matrix...

Samsung's Galaxy S3 up for pre-order in the UK for £499.95 (sim-free)

Samsung's Galaxy S3 is now up for pre-order in the UK for £499.95, or $808 (that's a sim-free, 16GB model). According to Amazon it will ship on May 30. The S3 has a 4.8" 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED (with Pentile), a quad-core 1.4Ghz CPU, 1GB of RAM and an 8 mp camera (1080p video). The phone includes several new software technologies: voice recognition, gesture control, smart sharing and intelligent camera features.

Samsung Galaxy S3

LGD: our IPS-LCD offers better power consumption and color accuracy than OLEDs

LG Display is touting their 4.5" True HD IPS-LCD display (which does not support Full-HD, mind you, the resolution is 1,280x720). The company posted some slides comparing the HD IPS-LCD display to Samsung's Super AMOLED HD (as used in the Galaxy Nexus and other devices). LG Display says that the LCD is more sharp and clear (due to the Real Stripe matrix vs the Pentile one used in Samsung's AMOLED):

Samsung shipped over five million Galaxy Notes

Samsung announced that they have shipped over five million Galaxy Note phones. In the beginning of March it was reported that Samsung sold two million units. So either that earlier report wasn't correct, or else the US launch was very successful. Samsung hopes to sell 10 million galaxy notes in 2012, and they also announced today that Japan's NTT DoCoMo will soon offer the LTE version.

Samsung's Galaxy Note is a large Android v2.3 phone (or mini-tablet?) with a 5.3" Super AMOLED display with an HD resolution: 1280x800. Other specs include a dual-core 1.4Ghz processor, 8mp camera, touch display with pen input (it has a stylus). The phone is 9.65mm thick and weights 178 grams.

Samsung sold over 2 million Galaxy Note phones, plans to sell 10 million in 2012

Samsung says that they have sold over 2 million Galaxy Note phones - 2 months after crossing over the 1 million mark. Just last week the Note started shipping in the US, for AT&T. The Note is selling great - and Samsung actually hopes to sell 10 million such phones in 2012. Samsung invented a new product category - a phone/tablet hybrid (or a phablet).

Samsung's Galaxy Note is a large Android v2.3 phone (or mini-tablet?) with a 5.3" Super AMOLED display with an HD resolution: 1280x800. Other specs include a dual-core 1.4Ghz processor, 8mp camera, touch display with pen input (it has a stylus). The phone is 9.65mm thick and weights 178 grams.

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