Galaxy Note 3: Pentile screen unconfirmedGeneral


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  1. blopeco

    blopeco New Member


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  2. cosmosan

    cosmosan Well-Known Member

    I don't get why people are making such a big deal about pentile vs. non-pentile with such high ppi's. Does it really make any difference? Do you guys walk around with a magnifying glass taped to your phones?
  3. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Dunno why OP cross-posted same thing on 2 different threads, but considering this is specifically about the Pentile Matrix, here's info from Sammobile, which is a very reputable website:

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 uses PenTile AMOLED like Galaxy S4 | SamMobile

    But if you read the article, there's an update at the bottom:
  4. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

  5. SamMax

    SamMax Well-Known Member

    Even though the "experts" say that the HTC One has a better display than the S4 because of it having a non pen tile screen, I still prefer the vibrant S4's screen.
    Call me crazy but once you get used to Amoled everything else appears lackluster and washed out.
  6. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Having had a pentile screen on the photon, I know how it can annoy some folks. It never really bothered me because the being able to see the screen in full sunlight was great. That said, based on the layout of the Pentile arrangement being different than standard, I'll have to see in person if it's not as apparent.
  7. rivera02

    rivera02 Well-Known Member

    If it is pentile, it will still be a non issue for me. I think that the screen on my note 2 looks great, but it could stand to be a little brighter. One of the hands on articles from the announcement mentioned that that the note 3 screen looked much brighter than the n2, so that takes care of that. At 386 (I believe) ppi, the screen will look awesome.
  8. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Wasn't the Note 2 traditional RGB?
  9. iwoloschin

    iwoloschin Well-Known Member

  10. ScandaLeX

    ScandaLeX Wasn't Me

    One of the same things I loved about the Photon--being able to see in direct sunlight. I never did like the fact that on the Note 2 I cant see the screen in direct sunlight even with the brightness cranked all the way up.
    I will be highly disappointed if the Note 3 turns out to be the same way.
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  11. SamMax

    SamMax Well-Known Member

    I do appreciate the haptic buttons can now be used with the S pen.
  12. rivera02

    rivera02 Well-Known Member

    It is rgb, but not in the standard arrangement...the blue pixel was much larger than the red and green. Either way, I've heard nothing but praise from those that have seen the n3's screen,. It is supposedly much brighter than the n2 which would be great
  13. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    That's what I thought. If it was pentile and I didn't see, then I definitely wouldn't notice the pentile on the note 3.
  14. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    FYI-that's gonna be my temp phone until Note 3 is released. :) Already looking at a few on ebay.

    Yeah it's much harder to see in direct sunlight with the Note 2, but I have managed to cope and adjust.
  15. PrinceOfDorne

    PrinceOfDorne Well-Known Member

    Aside from the plastic make, one of the biggest reasons why I have sold every Samsung device (Note 1, S3 and S4) I ever had was the over the top color saturation of the screen. Very unnatural. Up to the posting of this reply, HTC One still is the best phone I ever had in terms of screen display (and build quality of course). I own an Xperia Z Ultra and I am also loving the screen.

    I have pre-ordered a Note 3 and I hope it won't end up on my ebay page.
  16. Thechidz

    Thechidz Well-Known Member

    I just hope the screen doesn't get "burn-in" easily like my note 2 did.
  17. atrain311

    atrain311 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info and link. I'm not really learned in the way of screens other than what I read on this thread. I know there's some difference in opinions about this technology, but I'm sure I'll be happy regardless.

    I do have one question though for those who are in the know. Will this screen be okay for direct sun situations? Or just sunlight for that matter? That is one thing I'm not a fan of about my current N2. Thanks!
  18. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Pentile displays have typically been known to save power, but also increase visibility in sunlight. How it is when comparing use of a super amoled display vs. Lcd, I'm not sure.

    I hope it improves viewing in direct sunlight, but I always knew that was a drawback of amoled displays in general. I think the s4 folks probably have a discussion going on how that device performs in sunlight, so you might want to check there. It would be a similar experience with the Note 3, I'd imagine
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  19. john248

    john248 Well-Known Member

    I hope the burn in isn't bad.
  20. atrain311

    atrain311 Well-Known Member


    I just got done searching for some tidbits on the S4 page. I get the feeling the general consensus is the screen isn't performing so well in direct sunlight. :-(
  21. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Alright, Android Authority did a pretty good write-up on the pentile for the Note 3

    The Galaxy Note 3

    Looks like higher PPI and HD resolution makes pentile screen less significant than in years past. As long as I can't see the pixels from regular distance or at the brightest setting, what I'm seeing looks fine to me.
  22. redpill2016

    redpill2016 Well-Known Member

    There will always be someone who swears they can tell the difference. Whether they really can, whether it's psycho-somatic confirmation bias, or whether they are spreading FUD, who knows. Every pic I've seen of the screen looks great as has every review.
  23. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    I'm sure there are and some people's eyes are actually hyper sensitive to it...but just by comparing the pictures in that article to older pictures of pentile screens...night and day difference.
  24. linzgeneral

    linzgeneral Well-Known Member

    I can easily tell the difference and to be honest, I wish I couldn't. It's just there lol.... I loved the GS4 screen (actually a beautiful screen) until I used it for a few days and was bothered by the pentile. It was very subtle, but definitely noticeable. I sold it shortly thereafter. It's not a deal breaker by any means but I would have preferred non-pentile or lcd. Pentile significantly reduces the impact of the stated PPI... That being said, I will be the first one in the line at Sprint (when they finally release...uuggghhh) for the Note 3, pentile or no pentile...lol.....

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