The Galaxy Note 3 is one of the most exciting devices of the season, thanks to its great design and hardware, but also to its expansive 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display. Whenever it comes to Samsung phones though, there’s one question that people regularly ask: is the display PenTile or RGB?
We explained the difference between the PenTile and RGB subpixel arrangements many times, so we won’t rehash it here. If you’re interested in an in-depth explanation, check out our Note 2 vs Galaxy S3 display comparison.
PenTile matrix on the Galaxy S4. Notice the larger, diamond-shaped red and blue pixels
Early generations of PenTile displays suffered from a certain jaggedness that some users observed around fine graphic elements such as text and icons. Experts panned the display of the Galaxy S3 for this reason.
Notice the jagged halo around the text on the PenTile Galaxy S3
But as resolutions and pixel densities advanced, it became close to impossible for most users to discern the difference between an RGB and a PenTile matrix. These close-up shots of the displays of the Note 3, Galaxy S4, and the Note 2 illustrate this point very well.
Notice how there’s no blurriness around the text on the Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy S4.
Galaxy Note 3 text closeup. Click to enlarge
Galaxy Note 2 text closeup. Click to enlarge
Galaxy S4 text closeup. Click to enlarge
Galaxy Note 3 photo closeup. Click to enlarge
Galaxy Note 3 closeup. Click to enlarge
The conclusion is visible to the naked eye: at Full HD or higher resolutions, the difference between PenTile and RGB only matters from a technical perspective, for things like display lifespan, power consumption, and production costs. When it comes to the actual user experience though, the difference becomes unnoticeable.