You’ve probably heard about PenTile Matrix displays, especially if you’ve looked into buying any of the latest Motorola smartphones. Basically, people haven’t enjoyed them. From what it looks like, Samsung will also be using a PenTile Matrix technology for its new HD displays, including the Galaxy Note (and possibly the Nexus Prime). Even with the higher resolution, knowing that these displays will be using the same technology as the the DROID X2 or the Bionic doesn’t make us too happy.
The difference between a PenTile display can be difficult to describe, but basically it works by assigning to subpixels to a pixel. With a PenTile display, some colors have to be approximated by using adjacent pixels, and can cause colors that don’t read as true. At close inspection (and sometimes in plain view), images may seem sharply crosshatched.
This is much different than the Super AMOLED Plus displays we’re used to from Samsung smartphones, such as the DROID Charge. We raved about the Charge’s display, which uses three RGB subpixels to create a more vibrant image. It would be sad to see Samsung take a step back from such amazing displays.
From what we’ve seen from the Galaxy Note, the display doesn’t seem to have the same issue as Motorola displays. This could be due to the higher resolution, and if so, maybe this won’t be such a big deal. But just hearing those two words put together makes our ears singe, and we’ll need some time with those displays before we can approve it to you all.