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Samsung's Super AMOLED Plus Technology Explained

Douglas Carter

Samsung's Super AMOLED display. Some people love it, and some people hate it. The technology inside the original Super AMOLED display used a Pentile configuration which used a different RGB matrix than most displays, and also sacrificed some clarity in comparison to traditional displays of the same resolution. However, the Super AMOLED Plus displays which Samsung are about to release should change that.

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S II and Infuse 4G will both feature the Super AMOLED Plus (SAMOLED Plus) display technology shown above, including "Real-Stripe", their name for the traditional arrangement of .

OLED-Info notes that the new 4.3" displays with the SAMOLED technology curiously have the same pixel resolution as the old 4" SAMOLED displays. They attribute the increased display size to the extra space needed for the extra blue and red sub-pixels that were added to the SAMOLED Plus displays.

In addition to the increased amount of subpixels from 768k to 1,152k subpixels now in the SAMOLED Plus displays, OLED-Info is also reporting that the new displays are "thinner, brighter, and use 18% less energy" than the previous generation.

I'd anticipate these new displays to remain the sole realm of Samsung for at least 6 months, considering we haven't seen any devices from another company with the SAMOLED displays which launched with the Galaxy S.

Image taken from OLED-Info

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  • soporte atodared Feb 23, 2011 Link

    muy bueno

  • Douglas Carter Feb 23, 2011 Link

    I worded it strangely. When I said "Each normal pixels does have 3 sub-pixels now", I was talking about the SAMOLED Plus screens which are about to come out.

    The pictures showing the sub pixels show 4 individual pixels. You can prove this by doing some math.

    The number of pixels for a 480 x 800 resolution screen is 384,000. In Samsung's figures for the new displays, they show the new screens having 1,152,000 sub pixels per display.

    If you multiply 384k pixels by 3 (for the number of subpixels), you get the 1,152k subpixels that Samsung gives as the new spec.

    Your confusion seems to stem from the way that Samsung illustrated the pixel matrix, which is understandable. Instead of showing the arrangement for 4 pixels, they should have shown it only for one.

  • Martin Krischik Feb 23, 2011 Link

    Not quite.

    Currently: 2 Red, 2 Blue and 4 Green sub-pixel in some unbalanced pattern

    Future: 4 Red, 4 Blue and 4 Green sub-pixel in a nice need 2x2 square

    And here I wonder: If they are in a nice 2x2 square: Why not have 4 real pixel with 3 sub-pixel instead?

  • Douglas Carter Feb 22, 2011 Link

    Each normal pixels does have 3 sub-pixels now, based on what I've understood. The picture on the right showing the sub pixels displays 4 individual pixels (and within each pixel, 3 sub pixels), if I understand correctly.

  • Martin Krischik Feb 22, 2011 Link

    I don't quite understand: If I have 12 Subpixel why not quartrupe the resolution (with then 3 Subpixel) instead?