While the Galaxy Note II is among the most powerful smartphone or phablet released today with quad-core processing, 2 GB RAM, ample and expandable storage, 4G LTE support, and a high resolution 720p HD Super AMOLED display, the phone is being quickly outpaced by newer rivals such as the HTC J Butterfly, Verizon’s Droid DNA, and the Oppo Find 5, all of which has a 1080p HD LCD panel display that boasts crisp graphics and sharp text. To combat new competition, Samsung is reportedly working on a 1080p phablet-class display with its HD Super AMOLED technology and mass production of the displays will begin in 2013, perhaps in time for Samsung Mobile, the smartphone and tablet computing arm of Samsung, to begin producing a Galaxy Note III smartphone.
It’s unclear what underlying sub-pixel arrangement Samsung has going on for the HD Super AMOLED panel with a 1080p resolution. In the past, Samsung had relied on PenTile sub-pixel arrangement to conserve battery, but that led to increased pixelation. With the Galaxy Note II, Samsung had abandoned the PenTile sub-pixel arrangement and the screen is more crisp.
According to ZDNet Korea and Android Authority, it’s also been reported that Samsung has been offered to use LCD panels made by LG Display or Japan Display, a consortium that includes LG, in its mobile products. Reportedly, Samsung refused such an offer and is forging its own path with AMOLED display technology. HTC’s displays are being made by Sharp.
AMOLED boasts wide viewing angle, great contrast, and deep dark blacks. The downside, however, as noted in our review of the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, is that the display can also lead to hyper color saturation and over contrasts. The issue really isn’t as noticeable as before and Samsung has also included a color utility in its smartphones to allow users to tone down the color saturation and have more realistic colors.
With a 1080p resolution, the HD Super AMOLED display would have a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels leading to over 400 ppi.
It’s unclear if the high resolution display would lead to a noticeable increase in screen clarity. Typically, a smartphone needs a 300 ppi resolution, which Apple had coined as Retina Display, so that the human eye will not be able to discern between each individual pixel. Anything in excess of this resolution on a smartphone may be wasted.