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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 – Which One Has The Better Display ?

by Mihai Matei on October 7, 2012


Do you remember back in the days when the Samsung Galaxy S3 was closing in to its release date and we used to compare it with the best smartphone on the market -at that time-, the HTC One X? Well, if you do then you might also remember that there have been a few questions marks raised in regards to why Samsung decided to put a PenTile display on its flagship phone, when the older One X was rocking an S-LCD 2 display that was able to deliver “whiter whites” and overall better image quality (in fact it’s still the best display on the market).

Well, Samsung answered that question and explained that the blue sub-pixel in a regular RGB display degrades faster, reason why they’ve decided to go for an RGBG PenTile matrix for durability.

The question now however is whether or not the upcoming Galaxy Note 2 has an improved display or it delivers the same blue(ish) hue as its smaller sibling, for the sake of longevity. Check out the image below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 - Which One Has The Better Display ?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 - Which One Has The Better Display ?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 – Display

As you can see in the image above the Note 2 clearly comes out on top. It delivers purer whites and the image is definitely crisper. So how is this possible? Did Samsung move away from the PenTile matrix? Yes it did, and the HD Super AMOLED panel comes with a more regular RGB sub-pixel pattern. Now, I know what you’re thinking. If the S3 has been equipped with a PenTile display for the sake of durability, does that mean the screen on the Note 2 is less durable? Not necessarily.


The secret behind the RGB matrix in the Note 2′s display is that it comes with a red and green sub-pixel on top of each other, whereas the blue sub-pixel to the left is darker and larger than the other two. Although the reason behind the decision of building the HD Super AMOLED display in this manner remains unknown, there are speculations that Samsung uses this technology in order for the blue pixel (ergo the display) to last longer.

So overall, what you get is a crisper image and more accurate colors with no bizarre hues, all bundled up in -theoretically- a durable package.

Thanks Android Central for the heads-up regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy S3 display test.

  • JR

    Thank you SO much for FINALLY addressing this. I love my wife’s GS3, but the whites looks grey on it. It’s really bad. I have been scouring the internet for MONTHS trying to find any mention of the whites on the Note 2. You are the first to report on it in ANY way whatsoever. So THANK YOU. More details on this subject would be very welcome. Screen shots, side-by-sides, etc etc etc

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