Samsung is working on 350 PPI AMOLED displays that will trump Apple’s Retina

by: LucianJuly 30, 2012

samsung Galaxy-Note-2-mock-up Mockup by GSMArena

The display of Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S3, hovers just over the 300+ PPI (pixel per inch) mark, which, according to Steve Jobs himself, is enough for people to not be able to distinguish the individual pixels. Apple later backtracked and started releasing “Retina displays” with only 264 PPI for the new iPad, and only 220 PPI for the new Macbook Pro, claiming that the difference in viewing distance compensates for the smaller pixel density.

But Samsung is planning to make displays that are a lot sharper than the iPhone’s Retina. Thanks to advancements in in the Fine Metal Mask production technique and use of Super AMOLED technology instead of IPS LCD, Samsung will be able to achieve 350 PPI. These next-gen displays will be used for both phones and tablets, so perhaps we’ll finally get to see that long-rumored 2560×1600 tablet from Samsung, with the also long-rumored Exynos 5250 chip.

However, at 10 inches that resolution would still only be about 300 PPI, so either Samsung intends to use a higher resolution for 10-inch tablets, or they are going to release an 8-inch tablet. It’s also possible this rumor is about the next Galaxy Note 2, which is supposed to have a 5.5″ display with a 1650×1050 resolution. That would be just over 350 PPI, or 355 to be exact.

Pentile vs RGB

I’d prefer if Samsung improved their non-Pentile technology instead of raising the PPI count higher and higher for the Pentile arrangement. It’s easier and cheaper for Samsung to manufacture Pentile Super AMOLED panels, and I assume this is what they plan to use in the 350 PPI displays. But I’d rather have a 300 PPI Super AMOLED Plus display (regular RGB matrix), than a 350 PPI display using the Pentile matrix.

Hopefully, Samsung has heard the users’ complaints about the Galaxy S3’s Pentile screen, and will work harder to bring non-Pentile displays to market in the future.

  • I’ve read that LG makes the retina display for Apple and given how much it’s reported LG stole from Samsung it seems a bit strange they were never able to to surpass the retina display in terms of PPI.
    Or is this just an arbitrary debate?

    • fa

      Maybe it’s because they’re different screen technology? One is Amoled while the other is LCD.

  • EC

    I’M happy with the resolution on my galaxy s 2 (164ppi or something). It’s good enough. 350ppi is really only good for marketing. Think of the consumers.

  • hoggleboggle

    i would much rather they work on improving the colour gamut and accuracy than this whole “retina display” nonsense.

    • pleasegetreal

      Absolutely. Why can’t they produce a display that can generate a true white color instead of the greenish-blue that AMOLEDS currently pass for white?

      • Denis Cheremisov

        gamut of any super amoled display contains one of ANY ever produced LCD, including all retina stuff. It’s just a matter of proper profiling.

  • Christie

    Who on Earth is “complaining” about the screen on their Galaxy S3?

    People who are still complaining about pentile displays are stuck in the past. Yes, it’s true that on older non HD displays with relatively low PPI there were certain artifacting under certain conditions.

    But that all vanishes when talking about HD resolution on 300+ PPI “Retina Displays”

    At that pixel density any artifacting on a pentile matrix is too small to be seen by the human eye! It’s like arguing that the bacteria on your screen has an ugly hair cut LOL

  • pablo

    Anti pentile thinking is for those who are drunk from apple koolaid.

  • pablo

    Here’s mud in your retina Jobbies

  • Denis Cheremisov

    @author: pentile amoled screen with 3/2 resolution of non-pentile will not be worse in any possible case. And it would be better in most cases.