Super AMOLED Plus vs Super AMOLED HD
More often than not, the screen of a handset is considered as a differentiating factor on how a handset is embraced by a consumer and his host sphere. While this is not entirely fair, it is somewhat accurate, as the screen is what we see initially and thus needs to be pretty attractive for us to explore more into the actual build of the handset. We have seen many varieties of screens in the evolution of the mobile phones, and now most of the smartphones comes with the touchscreen capability and it’s essential that any screen we come up with facilitate that. Having this in mind, Samsung has come up with Super AMOLED screens, which is an extension of their AMOLED displays. However, that just is not enough to keep up with the competition of the current market; thus, Samsung has come up with two different developments of Super AMOLED as Super AMOLED Plus and Super AMOLED HD. Find it to be confusing? Let us untie the knot for you with this comparison.
Super AMOLED Plus
AMOLED stands for ‘Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diodes,’ which is a patented product of Samsung. Moving from the first generation and introducing Super AMOLED Plus, Samsung has promised to offer 50% more sub-pixels and use RGB matrix instead of the Pentile Matrix they used in AMOLED displays. They are also confident that these displays are thinner, brighter and more energy efficient, which is the reason for extended battery lives in most of the new smartphones. The extended use of sub-pixels would result in a clearer display, but as of now, the resolution per inch factor scores lower than Super AMOLED screens. This will be compensated soon by the Samsung with their manufacturing process optimization on the line to produce Super AMOLED Plus screens with a high pixel density.
Super AMOLED Plus also features an integrated touch function that uses a touch sensor that evaporates and creates a layer of 0.001mm to act as the sensor. This, in turn, gives the ability to produce better visibility in the sunlight, which is a great value addition. The best example for Super AMOLED Plus displays is the Samsung’s much reputed Galaxy family.
Super AMOLED HD
This is also a successor for Super AMOLED that facilitates displays with true HD resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels or more. Samsung has used a new manufacturing process and better OELD materials to get the pixels smaller than it was in Super AMOLED. This is how the HD resolution was enabled in Super AMOLED HD displays. As opposed to the RGB matrix usage of Super AMOLED Plus, Samsung has continued to use the initial Pentile technology of using 2 sub-pixels for each pixel in AMOLED HD displays. Super AMOLED HD was announced late in 2011 and first surfaced with Galaxy Note, featuring a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels in a 5.3 inches screen having a pixel density of 285ppi. As it can be clearly seen, the increased pixel density means sharp and ultra-clear images with crisp texts that don’t blur. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus also comes with a Super AMOLED HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, featuring a pixel density of 316ppi, which almost parallels with the Retina display featured in Apple iPhone.
As a generic feature, Super AMOLED HD displays are also energy efficient and come in a thinner, brighter and cleaner design. This would mean unmatched visibility even with the direct sunlight. We can expect to see more and more Super AMOLED HD displays from Samsung with the HD hype coming as a trump card in smartphone arena.
What is the difference between Super AMOLED Plus and Super AMOLED HD?
• The basic differences are in the sub-pixels design architecture family used to generate the display. While Super AMOLED Plus uses RGB matrix with increased amount of sub-pixels, AMOLED HD uses Pentile technology with RGBG matrix.
• The Super AMOLED Plus has lower resolution per inch compared to AMOLED HD. This pretty much means that Super AMOLED HD scores high resolutions with a high pixel density that easily exceeds 300ppi and generates relatively better, clearer and more crisp images and texts than Super AMOLED Plus displays.
• But without a very close inspection and rigorous testing, in a non HD environment, the difference between the two displays is hard to identify. Thus, if you’re going for a non HD display, Super AMOLED Plus, as well as, Super AMOLED HD would equally work well for you. If you are indeed going for a true HD display, however, Super AMOLED HD is the ideal choice.