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Here’s why the Samsung’s SuperAMOLED Plus displays are the next best thing [UPDATED]

With the Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II comes the second generation of SuperAMOLED displays – they have better readability, they consume less power and are overall thinner than the first generation units. The Samsung Infuse 4G was actually the first phone to use a SuperAMOLED Plus screen, but it’s AT&T-only availability means that it will be the Galaxy S II that will popularize the new display around the world.

Building up on an already impressive display, we expect a picture perfect experience. Here’s a bit more on the technology behind the new display…

The original SuperAMOLED displays used a PenTile matrix, which reduced the sharpness of the display because it had fewer subpixels than standard LCD screens. The new SAMOLED Plus displays however use Real-Stripe panel technology, which has a standard arrangement for its matrix. The image above illustrates the different arrangements of subpixels in both types of matrix.

This new arrangement results in 30% more subpixels, which makes the display sharper and brighter. The sharpness will really improve text readability, which is very important for web browsing and ebook reading (the Galaxy S II comes with Readers Hub preloaded).

Despite the increase in subpixels and brightness, the SuperAMOLED Plus displays use 18% less energy as compared to the previous generation. Samsung has also managed to make the display thinner, which is immediately evident – the Samsung Galaxy S II is razor thin.

Update: Here’s a really cool video caught by our own reporters in Barcelona, detailing the difference between regular LCD, IPS LCD and SuperAMOLED Plus.



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