SLCD vs Super-AMOLED and IPS LCD video comparison and specifications

Here’s the first Sony SLCD vs AMOLED and Super AMOLED video comparison following the officially announcement made by HTC this morning. You will see and HTC Desire equipped with the new SLCD panel against a regular Nexus One sporting an AMOLED display , a Motorola Droid with an IPS panel and a Samsung Wave with a Super-AMOLED display. The first thing you will notice is that the screen is still super reflective but this is mainly due to HTC’s design (and huge gap between the glass and the pane on the Desire ) an not the panel technology. Viewing angles are still not as good as the Super AMOLED (or regular AMOLED when looked sideways) but definitely better than the regular TFT. Now when it comes to contrast the Super-AMOLED tech still has the upper hand but the SLCD is really good IMO (and keep in mind that AMOLED have overblown and unnatural color so the SLCD is better in the long run). Check out the video below:

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HTC officially introduces SLCD displays to its portfolio

HTC has finally made it official: SLCD displays are going to replace AMOLED panels on their 3.7″ offerings (Desire, Nexus One, Incredible and the mysterious Windows Phone 7 handset). This is good news if you don’t like the overblown contrast and annoying PenTile Matrix found on Samsung’s AMOLED panels (Super-AMOLED is still amazing if those little things don’t bother you). It is not know yet if HTC will use Sony’s VSPEC III tech on anything other than 3.7″ screens . Check out the full press release after the break:

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Samsung Epic 4G hitting Sprint on August 20th

The Samsung Epic 4G (also known as the Galaxy S Pro) is scheduled to be shown on Samsung’s Product Support TV webcast on August 20th. The previous webcasts about the Captivate and Vibrant were posted online exactlyon the launch day of the devices so there’s a reasonable chance that the Epic 4G will actually hit Sprint‘s retail store on the 20th of August if all goes well. Samsung is really pushing hard behind the Galaxy S line of smartphones as proven by the fact that nearly every mobile operator worldwide is selling it (sometimes under different names like in the US).

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Samsung Vibrant on sale now

The Motorola Droid X isn’t the only flagship Android handset hit the retail stores today. If you are on T-Mobile and wish to get you hands-on of the most powerful Android handset on the market, to days is your lucky day. T-Mobile is now selling the Samsung Vibrant aka Samsung Galaxy S for $199.99 with 2 year contract. The Vibrant is basically a re-branded Galaxy S so if you want to know more about it just hit up the Galaxy S posts below.

Source: T-Mobile

Samsung Fascinate: Verizon’s Galaxy S

It’s now Verizon’s turn to get its own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S. This time it’s called the Samsung Fascinate, features the hardware specs you probably already know by heart but adds a LED flash ot the 5Mpix camera like the Samsung Epic 4G and will come pre-loaded with Bing Maps and Bing Search (didn’t know that there was a Bing Maps app on Android….) thanks to the Microsoft/Verizon search deal signed at CES 2009 and a 6-axis sensor (which is probably already present in the original). Check the full press Release after the break:

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Samsung Vibrant announced: T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S

T-Mobile is announcing today its own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S; The Samsung Vibrant. Unlike AT&T’s Samsung Captivate this one doesn’t have a re-designed form factor and looks nearly identical to the original handset and only lacks the front facing button at the bottom of the device. The Samsung Vibrant will launch July 21 for $199.99 on a two-year contract and will come with a 2gb-SD card pre-loaded with the movie Avatar, The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition. Full Press Release after the break:

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Samung Epic 4G announced on Sprint: The Samsung Galaxy S Pro with WiMax


Samsung has just unleashed the most highly speced smartphone ever today with the Samsung Epic 4G. The Epic 4G is actually the rumored Samsung Galaxy S Pro we saw last week in a leaked picture and it turns out that it is actually real and will launch on Sprint in the near future. No date or price have been announced yet. On the hardware front the Epic 4G is pretty similar to the Galaxy S with its 4″ Super AMOLED display, the same S5PC110A01 (Hummingbird) chipset clocked at 1ghz, the same 5 MPix camera capable of 720P recording but this time with a LED Flash (the other Galaxy S models don’t have one), a 6-axis accelerometer, but this time the handset sports a sliding qwerty keyboard, front facing VGA camera and WiMax cellular radio and a 1500Mha battery. Similar to its Galaxy S cousins; the Epic 4G still lacks an HDMI output (but features DNAL support) which is IMO a real shame. The Samsung Epic 4G will initially ship with Android 2.1 but Sprint has already announced that an Android 2.2 update will be made available soon after. Read the full Press Release after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy S vs iPhone 4 display video comparison

Here’s a pretty good display comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S and the iPhone 4. Contrary to  Engadget’s stuff this one isn’t insanely zoom-in so you can see how both handsets look like fom a normal viewing distance. The colors are definitely richer on the Super AMOLED and the aspect ratio of the screen makes up for the slightly lower PPI and PenTile Matrix. Check it out after the break and make sure to watch it in 1080p:

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HTC switching from AMOLED to S-LCD panels due to supply shortage?

Take this with a heavy grain of salt because it doesn’t make much sense at all to me. According to the Korean Herald HTC is about to start manufacturing the Google Nexus One, HTC Desire and HTC Incredible (why not the Legend too?) with S-LCD screens / panels instead of AMOLED because of Samsung’s inability to supply enough AMOLED panels. There are lot of holes in this story: first off AMOLED and LCD have major differences in terms of power consumption so I don’t see how HTC is going to simply swap between the too without changing the battery or the Power Management controls on the devices. Secondly S-LCD is not a new type of LCD panel but a joint venture between Samsung and Sony formed back in 2004 to build LCD TV panels(not for smartphones..) and the last news is that Sony is out of it and has formed a new joint venture with Sharp. The other shady claim in the Korean Herald piece is an analyst who’s expecting sales of the Samsung Galaxy S to reach around 10-15 million units in the latter half of this year..sure..I have a bridge to sell you if Samsung manages to sell that much in 6 months…

Update: Android Community claims to have heard from HTC that:

HTC has plans to keep using the AMOLED technology from Samsung, but they are also going to use Sony’s Super TFT LCD displays as well. According to HTC, there is no discernible difference between the displays from Sony and Samsung, and they are expecting the differences to slide under the radar. [..]As of right now, HTC says that they’ve got a working demo of the screen in progress.

Lets say that I still remain highly skeptical about this supposedly new S-LCD panel from Sony that nobody has ever heard about before….but if this indeed turns out to be true and HTC is going to use a new and improved LCD panel on its devices it can only be good news IMO. Especially for those who aren’t fond of the PenTile Matrix sub-pixels arrangement on the AMOLED displays.

Source: Korean Herald , S-LCD

iPhone 4 Retina Display vs Samsung Galaxy S Super AMOLED

UPADTE: Check out may Super AMOLED comparison videos here and here
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Here’s a quick comparison between the iPhone 4′s Retina Display and the Samsung Galaxy S’s super AMOLED. The first thing you will notice is the PenTile Matrix sub-pixels arrangement on the Super AMOLED which make the panel look really inferior to the IPS LCD on the iPhone 4. People will automatically jump to the conclusion that the higher pixel density on the iPhone 4 is the winner here, but this isn’t the case. The problem here is the PenTile Matrix which cause the image to look fuzzy not the lower PPI. A interesting test would be to snap a couple of pictures of the Droid X or regular Droid screen and compare them to the Retina Display of the iPhone 4. Both Motorola handsets have a similar ISP LCD panel as Apple’s device (but with lower PPI because of the size of their screens) so you probably won’t notice any major difference other than the smaller size of the pixels on the iPhone 4 (check out how the LCD panel of the HTC HD2 compares to the PenTile Matrix on the HTC Desire here). I personally think that Apple made a good decision when going for an IPS panel instead of a Super AMOLED now that it is known that Samsung’s latest and greatest tech still uses the PenTile Matrix. Sure you won’t notice any big differences from a normal viewing dsitance but the text does look fuzzier and can be a little bit annoying after a while (but that’s just my opinion after my experience with the HTC Desire).

Two more videos comparing the outdoors visibility and veiwing angles after the break:

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Super AMOLED vs regular AMOLED and LCD comparison


The Greek folks over at TechBlog.gr have posted a comparison of the Samsung’s Super AMOLED (on the Galaxy S) screen versus a regular AMOLED panel (on the HTC Desire) and a regular LCD panel (Sony Ericsson X10). The outdoors / sunlight comparison clearly shows that the Super AMOLED panel is on par with the LCD, leaving the regular AMOLED screen far behind. I should point out that in my experience with the HTC Desire it wasn’t really the case (it perform like the LCD screen of my HTC HD2) but this can also depend on the devices used and overall brightness of the ambient lighting.It should also be noted that the HTC Desire has a fairly big air gap between the glass panel and the actual screen which causes light dispersion and reflection (causing even worst outdoors visibility). The Super AMOLED and AMOLED do have richer colors but the LCD seems to reproduce them more naturally (the Super AMOLED panel is still better overall IMO). One last thing, both Super AMOLED and AMOLED panel use the same PenTile Matrix subpixels arrangement (see who it looks like in my HTC Desire review). Check out the videos after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy S review and hands-on video


The Russian did it again, Mobile-Review posted the first Samsung Galaxy S review (it’s more of a preview though..). What you have to keep in mind is that this is just (as far as I can see..) just a long hands-on impression article and that Eldar is know for being a big Samsung fan (so take what he says with a grain of salt sometimes). I noticed something strange though: take a look at all the interface pictures and you’ll see a strange rectangular pattern all over the Super AMOLED screen (see the picture below as an example). I wonder if this is caused by Eldar’s camera or the way the screen is meant to be (that would suck..).

The Pocketnow boys have also posted a handson video shot during CTIA :

Source: Mobile-Review & Pocketnow

Samsung Galaxy S walkthrough video

Samsung has just uploaded a full walkthrough video of the newly announced Galaxy S Android handset. The nearly 6 minutes long video give us a quick glance at some of the new features implemented by Samsung, like their new Smart Life UI (the new TouchWIZ?)and the superb 4″ Super AMOLED screen. You also get a look at the eBook reader application.store included on the device. It should be noted that eReader’s bookshelf homescreen looks exactly like the iPad‘s iBooks homescreen (shame on you Samsung! lol)

Samsung Galaxy S Android smartphone Announced: 1Ghz & 4 inch Super AMOLED screen


Samsung has just announced their new flagship Android handset, the Samsung Galaxy S. THis thing looks like a beast with a 4″ SuperAmoled capacitive display (WVGA I guess) a custom 1ghz Cortex A8 SOC (build by Samsung) and the company’s new TouchWiz UI sitting on top of Android. Check out the full Press release below:

Samsung Welcomes You to the “Smart Life” with the Global Launch of the Galaxy S

Powered by 4-inch Super AMOLED and the latest version of Android, Galaxy S brings rich technology and enhanced mobile experience

LAS VEGAS, March 23, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today introduced the Galaxy S (Model: GT-I9000), a smart phone that makes users’ lives more convenient, more exciting, and more integrated. JK Shin, president and head of Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Communications Business announced the global launch of the Galaxy S at his keynote speech at the International CTIA Wireless 2010. The Galaxy S will be available in Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia, and Asia soon.

The Android-powered Galaxy S incorporates a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor that enables vibrant HD videos, rich augmented reality content through Layar Reality Browser, and advanced LBS (Location Based Services). The ‘Social Hub’ provides always-on social networks connectivity allowing users to enjoy communications with their friends, colleagues, and families whenever they want and wherever they are.

The Galaxy S is designed to provide immersive, intelligent and integrated experiences, with the power to enrich people’s lives through best-in-class services and technologies. The Galaxy S will allow users around the world to experience the “Smart Life,” which Samsung anticipates will shift the way that consumers view smart phones and how they interact with them in their daily lives.

The Galaxy S immerses users in a world of rich multimedia. The large 4-inch Super AMOLED display delivers unrivalled screen quality, with less reflection, free viewing angles and super-fast touch-response. The mDNIe (mobile Digital Natural Image engine) – a technology used in Samsung’s best-selling LCD and LED TVs – boosts an even sharper and crisper viewing experience for photos, videos, and e-books. It creates a perfect environment to record, edit and play HD video, to browse the Internet, and to read your favorite e-books. A variety of applications from Android Market? allows users to even more extend the benefits and excitement of smart phone experience. Plus, users have access to Google? mobile services, such as Google Search, Gmail, and Google Maps.

Living a “Smart Life” requires intelligence, and the Galaxy S delivers just that by utilizing personal preferences to gather information online that each user needs and wants. With a user-defined daily briefing, lightning-fast processing speeds and location-based search options like Layar Reality Browser – the Galaxy S gives users the information they need wherever and whenever needed. The Galaxy S represents the next level of intelligence in smart phones.

The Galaxy S integrates every aspect of life in a smart and sophisticated way. In addition to wireless integration with a variety of other devices, such as notebooks, TVs and cameras, the highly advanced Social Hub plugs users quickly and conveniently into their complete world of social networking and email.

“The Android-powered Galaxy S will set a new standard for smart phones,” said JK Shin, president and head of Mobile Communications Business. “The Galaxy S is the perfect device for people in all corners of the world who want that extra edge; to be more effective, productive, better connected, and in tune with their smart life – both personal and professional – all in a very easy and simple way.”

Other Key Features

* Daily Briefing: Offers instant access to weather, news, stocks, and the scheduler.
* All Share: Enables inter-device connectivity via DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology.
* Home Cradle: Enables use as a digital photo frame, table clock, calendar, and music station.
* Write and go: Jot down an idea first and later decide on a format such as SMS/ MMS, email, calendar or memo.
* Swype: Provides fast and easy way to input text on screen while on-the-move.
* ThinkFree: Apps to view and edit Microsoft Office 2007 documents.
* Smart Alarm: Wakes up with a natural alarm sound and automatically turned-on display light.