Samsung Galaxy S’ Super AMOLED screen has 180 degree viewing angle

We already knew the Samsung Galaxy S‘ (and Wave’s) Super AMOLED display is miles better than your standard AMOLED screen, but we weren’t aware it has a 180 degree viewing angle! Even when viewing a Super AMOLED display on its side, you’ll get an undistorted picture, according to this little note that we got from Samsung today.

Just yesterday we saw the Galaxy S hold its own against the Xperia X10 and HTC Desire in direct sunlight viewing tests. While the Galaxy S didn’t necessarily come out on top (the X10’s LCD screen was more easily viewable), it shows how much of an advantage the new Super AMOLED technology has over a regular AMOLED display. No longer will you have to squint when taking your phone out in the sunlight if you have a smartphone using a Super AMOLED screen, it shows up much more clearly than you’d see it on a Nexus One or HTC Desire. But we’ve yet to see the Galaxy S put to its ultimate rival, the iPhone 4 and it’s Retina Display.

The iPhone 4’s new IPS Retina Display is certainly the only real rival to Samsung’s Super AMOLED screen technology. How they will perform against each other has yet to be tested and put on video, but it should be quite a showdown. Initially, it was rumored that the new iPhone would actually ship with a Super AMOLED display, but if that was ever true it was probably canned on the fact that Samsung is having trouble keeping up with the demand for standard AMOLED screens, so Super AMOLED screens would probably be even less readily available. So it’s easy to see why Apple chose the kind of screen they did, whether they had plans to use Samsung’s screens or otherwise. Something the iPhone 4’s Retina Display has on the Galaxy S is that the resolution is much higher, which should increase the clarity, and the pixel density on the Retina Display is claimed to surpass the human eye’s ability to resolve individual pixels – just amazing.

Samsung decided to share their thoughts on the iPhone’s Retina Display, saying, “Quadrupling the resolution on the screen would only increase the clarity at most only three to five percent,” and that the Retina Display is too power-hungry, which drains the battery up to 30% faster than you’d find on their Super AMOLED screens. Apple added in a larger battery in their new device, but will the extra juice be negated by its screen? That remains to be seen, but I think it’s safe to say that it should be fine.

Time will tell which screen technology is better for you, as we’ll be sure to put the two devices head to head when we can get our hands on both devices. Both technologies your device a crisper display than you’ve never seen before, and that’s a win in anyone’s book. It’ll be interesting to put the 180 degree viewing angle to the test. Stay tuned!

  • parker amaker

    yea I cnt wait till they go head to head… I only wish the evo has a scren like that could you imagine? ( see comment on evo contest)

  • fredphoesh

    You have mis-quoted what samsung said.
    They said the iphone4 screen was only 3-5% more clear than their screen. They were not saying 4x resolution would only amount to 3-5% extra clarity as you said… that would be plain stupid!

  • Matt H

    Can you imagine an iPad sized retina display? Such a display would have about 1900×2600 resolution, exceeding the 1080×1920 resolution needed for 1080p HDTV.

  • guest

    also, it is to my knowledge that apple is getting its lcd screens from lg, Samsung's rival in electronics. You also forget that the obvious advantages in energy consumption and screen life when it comes to Super AMOLED. Apple won't even stand a chance, also, the term retina display is misleading as you need about 400dpi for the screen to fool they eye, the Apple has a screen of somewhere in the low 300s.

  • Mike

    Pretty sure Samsung actually manufacture the SuperAMOLED Screen which is why no one else has it, they want it for their own phones first to attract buyers. iPhone is probably its biggest competition so why would they sell them one of their best features? 😛

  • guest

    LG will produce Super AMOLED next year….They are busy preparing for that. So next year more phone manufacturers will get it. This year Apple and HTC could not have Super AMOLED from Samsung because Samsung's capacity cannot satisfy their demand.

  • paul

    its got nothing to do with demand as Samsung have exclusive rights over super AMOLED, they have exclusivity with the technology for 1 and a half years from when ever their first device that uses super AMOLED which im guessing to be the WAVE and now the Galaxy S, as for rivalry Dell monitors are made by Samsung and most if not all electronic parts in TV's Sterios Computers ect have multiple manufacturers enbedded in there products and most would not exist if the components were exclusivly there own ie, Xbox 360 uses several Hdd manufactures and Dvd Rom manufactures some of which are rival to Microsoft as is google to internet explorer.
    fact is i can see the pixels on the Galaxy S and cant on the iphone 4 however as nice as that is its still just a phone and id rather have a HDTV where i cant see the pixels than on a phone.

  • Darren

    As far as I know, most of the components that make up an iPhone comes from samsung, that is the screen, CPU, ram, memory etc.

    • TheOne

      There are parts and chips of many companies in the iPhone, like Samsung, Infineon, Intel, Skyworks, Numonyx, Cirrus Logic, Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, OmniVision, Broadcom and many others. The processor (A4) part is thought to be manufactured by Samsung but this time (for the iPhone 4) designed by Apple themselves.

      • Expert

        you forgot LG, IPhone is using LG’s display

  • know it all

    Lets face it the iPhone was origionally manufactured by HTC for the most part but the final touches like the screen and face plates were put on by apple so the only thing that is really theirs is the glass and the A4 chip… oh and maybe the apple logo

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