Welcome to your daily dose of Galaxy S III news! We still haven’t seen a convincing render or press shot of Samsung’s upcoming flagship, but according to and off-hand sentence from the OLED Association,  we may finally know exactly what screen it’s going to use. In among a gigantic report, the Association let slip that the Galaxy S III will have a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED HD+ screen – a 720p panel similar to, but distinct from, the screen that’s on the Galaxy Nexus. What’s different about it? That little plus sign makes all the difference: it means that the screen in question won’t be using a Pentile pixel matrix. The report pegs the phone’s release for May.

Pentile OLED screens use a layout that shares red and blue pixels on each green cell, unlike normal screens which use all three for each pixel. That makes Pentile screens technically less sharp by a factor of about 30%. Most users never notice it, but a vocal minority of screen enthusiasts do, and they’ve made it clear that Pentile screens like the ones found on most of the Galaxy series of smartphones just won’t cut the mustard. We had previously heard that Samsung was taking out all the stops and going with a full dot matrix display, so this adds up.

This isn’t a confirmation by any means, but it’s definitely worth considering. The OLED Association includes one H. K. Chung, Executive Vice President of Samsung SDI. While we don’t think Mr. Chung is all that eager to spill the beans, especially considering the incredible secrecy that’s surrounding the project, it’s entirely possible that the Association has access to the information in question. That May date seems possible as well, though there’s been nothing solid to confirm it just yet. We’re still waiting on Samsung to issue some concrete information on the much-rumored device, and of course we’ll let you know if anything good crops up.

[via MobileSyrup]


  1. H.K. Chung is no longer an Executive Vice President with Samsung, SDI and he is not part of the OLED Association. The comment that Pentile is 30% less sharp than the side by side RGB has no context and no meaning.

  2. I need at least 4.8 inches for the GALAXY S3. If not then I will go to the GALAXY NOTE2/JOURNAL when it arrives to Verizon..

    • “I will go to the GALAXY NOTE2/JOURNAL when it arrives to Verizon”.  Not “when” you moron, “if”. So far the only thing we’ve heard about any sort of Note/note2/journal on Verizon was nothing more than a *rumor* several months ago. Since then, not one word has been spoken about it. Sounds like someone needs a hard kick in the a$$.

  3. i thought we already saw the bottom of the phone and it looks like an expensive sports car. i just want to see the whole thing now. i’m buying the HTC One X at the end of the month and a lot of people are doing the same thing. it would have to be something really special for me to make a trade.


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