Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S3 vs Xperia Z screen comparison already available

by: Chris SmithMarch 14, 2013


In a few short hours, the Galaxy S4 will be officially unveiled in New York, during Samsung’s first Unpacked event of the year. However, earlier today we’ve seen a new batch of high-res images showing the device, at least the GT-I9502 version, but also its specs and features.

Sure, it’s possible that the handset in that image gallery is just a prototype or a fake, but at the same time, we’re inclined to believe that the Galaxy S4 has actually been leaked in China a few days ahead of the event.


Galaxy S4 subpixel matrix

The same source that provided the pictures has now a pre-release review of the Galaxy S4, which focuses, among other things on the display of the handset.

The Galaxy S4 will come with a 4.99-inch touchscreen display with 1920 x 1080 resolution (Full HD,) but it’s not going to be a regular AMOLED panel, and from the looks of it, it won’t feature a regular PenTile pixel pattern either (see image above).


Galaxy S4 color transition

Moving away from the pixel matrices in the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy S4 comes with a new arrangement – still PenTile from the looks of it – but dominated by bigger green subpixels. It would appear that all these subpixels are of equal size, and we’re looking at a green-red-green and green-blue-green diagonal arrangement.

In case these diamond/hexagonal subpixel seem familiar, that’s because an earlier leak revealed that Samsung may be relying on such pixels for the Galaxy S4. The hexagonal subpixels will be reportedly applied on the substrate using laser-induced thermal imaging.


Galaxy S4 image clarity

Why would Samsung be looking for a way to cram more pixels into the screen, while still using OLED technology? Because the company wants to offer higher pixel-per-inch (PPI) ratios in new devices, while also making the screens as power-efficient as possible in the process.

From the looks of it, this could be the Galaxy S4 PHOLED efficient display that should offer users better image quality while consuming less battery power.


Galaxy S4 black

Getting back to the review and the Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S3 vs Xperia Z comparison, it168 has found the Galaxy S4’s screen to be a significant improvement when compared with the predecessor. The Galaxy S4 display has a higher resolution and more subpixels which means we’re looking at crispier images than the Galaxy S3 can offer. However, the reviewer found the Galaxy S4 to be somewhat inferior to the Xperia Z when it comes to screen clarity.


Galaxy S4 greyscale

Even so, the review concludes that the screen, the color gamut, color reproduction and image clarity are “the best of the mobile phone screen [rough translation from Chinese via Google Translate.]”

With all that in mind, we’re certainly looking forward to see what display experts will have to say about the Galaxy S4 once Samsung launches it – after all, this leaked device could turn out to be a fake or a pre-release version that’s different than the real deal.

  • MasterMuffin

    All I get from those pictures is that it seems that those chinese are implying that the sgs4’s screen isn’t so great

    • xDD It’s so funny that we can see those weird chinese photos, but damn is it hard to figure out that is it a good or a bad display..?! :D Even the writer seems confused :´DD

      By the way: Master, katoks keynoten livenä? Hyvi pystyy valvoo :d

      • MasterMuffin

        Jep :D
        Enpä tiiä jaksanko, kyl siit sit tulee miljoona reviewiä ja videoo ja kaikkea huomen mitä kerkee kattoo koko päivän!

        • Nohh :D Mul on sit kai vaa nii tylsää :) Oon sit kunniakkaana ensimmäisenä suomalaisena näkemässä suorana. noei :D mut kuitenki viikonloppu koht ni kerkee hyvin nukkuu ;)

          • MasterMuffin

            No joo ja oon kyl viel hereil! En kyl jaksa kattoo ku kuulokkeetki on jossain ni kaikki herää, joten sun pitää yksin puolustaa suomalaisten kunniaa! :D

          • Wil do ! It’s an honour ! :D

      • Sakari Korpinen

        Et oo ainut ;)

        • Noniin, nyt sit ollaa tarkkoin ;D Vaik en kyl tiiä miks xD Mielenkiintonenha täst tulee

          • Sakari Korpinen

            No jepp. On kyl monta kk odotettu. :D sais tulla kyl asap tilattavaks!

  • Xperia Z has given a great performance , though i dont understand the black scale pic … Z looks white :O

    • IncCo

      thats because the Z has an LCD screen instead of AMOLED

      • So basically you mean that Z’s LCD display’s black is actually almost white-ish ? ;D daymm

        • p0izn

          Photo taken with a big exposition. Thats why it looks grey
          Sorry for my English

          • Ahh yea, the viewing angles really suck on xperia z, true, true :D

        • IncCo

          It has to do with how LCD screens work when compared to AMOLED. The backlight on the LCD doesnt actually turn off like the separate pixels in an AMOLED screen is designed to do. This is extremely visible in dark environments when compared like in the test. This is also why AMOLED has an incredible contrast.

  • kkkkkk

    i prefer S3/xperia Z >>> S4….

  • IncCo

    looks pretty nice

  • Bone

    I’m sorry, I’m tired, but do we have LESS subpixels compared to RGB matrix or MORE due to the hexagonal arrangement?

    • Jordan Irwin

      I think I read in an earlier article that it will be more than standard.

  • Quryous

    The S4 screen is no more PenTile than the S3.

    Just look at the S3, RGBG.
    Now look at the S4, RGBG. But, the single bar of green of the S3 is now split in two, leaving a blank spot, and that blank spot between the two Green dots is squeezed by pressing the R and B closer to the Green blank spot.

    It is essentially the same, but with a tighter, more efficient placement of the standard from the S3. Nothing more. Nothing less. Not PenTile.


    • dazweeja

      Erm, they are both PenTile. RGBG is PenTile. RGB Stripe is RGBRGB.

  • Sakari Korpinen

    Et oo ainoo kyllä et no worries ;)

  • Don’t like Amoled display anyway! Oversaturated and tinge of blue to white colours!

  • I can just see the checker board pattern on my S3 at 720p when held as close as I can comfortably focus. I predict with the exception of those with super vision, that you will not be able to see this effect with a 1080p resolution screen that is only 0.2″ bigger diagonally due the much higher pixel density.

  • XPERIA Z, Chinese model, S3 and then S4 in that descending order of quality.
    xp Z will also fare better on the black screen with the right angle. I can send you a black screen shot much better than this!

  • See the same blackness screen on my XPZ shot on iPad 3…black is black indeed!