Galaxy S III enters testing in Korea, may have non-Pentile screen

April 4, 2012
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Another week, another batch of Samsung Galaxy S III rumors. We know it's coming, because a Samsung representative told AsiaE that the device has entered the testing phase in Samsung's home territory of South Korea. The standard testing regimen apparently takes two months, but Samsung wants it done faster than that - perhaps to get it good and ready for a pre-Olympics rollout. There's also news out of Korean site DDaily that the GSIII uses a 4.65-inch 720p Super AMOLED screen. That sounds identical to the panel found on the Galaxy Nexus, with one important difference: it doesn't use the Pentile pixel layout.

Pentile is an alternate screen display method whereby green sub-pixels share the red and blue cells of their neighbors, resulting in a technical loss of fidelity of about 30% when compared with non-Pentile displays. They're popular with AMOLED suppliers in particular because they're cheaper, but many users have expressed distaste at a perceived loss in quality. To be honest, we can't really see the difference when the pixel density is so high, but it looks like Samsung is pulling no punches when it comes to the display on their new flagship. You can see a pretty good example of the difference here.

We're still very much in the dark when it comes to the Galaxy S III's hardware or release dates - even the latest screen news is rumor at best. A larger and denser HD screen seems like a no-brainer, as does a faster processor (Exynos or otherwise) and Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz. Other than that, and a tentative schedule of "summer-ish" for an announcement, it's all a chasing after the wind. All of the renders and leaks thus far have proven to be guesses, suspect, or just downright fakes. We'll be keeping an ear to the ground for any more solid information.

[via The Verge]


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