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Are Samsung’s New AMOLED Tablets Better Than Their LCD Tablets?

June 6, 2014 - Written By Cory McNutt

It is no secret that Samsung likes to use its Super AMOLED displays whenever possible – they just believe it is a better technology than the LCD.  It gives more contrast and is easier on the battery of mobile devices, be it a smartphone or a tablet.  However, up until now, it was too difficult and costly to produce tablet-size AMOLED displays, so Samsung restricted them to their smartphones only – except when they released a single tablet, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 back in 2011.  Samsung also has a way of confusing their customers, for instance, they just recently announced the new high-end LCD displayed lines called the Galaxy NotePro and Galaxy TabPRO…exactly where does this new Galaxy Tab S line fit into their product line.

Samsung will certainly be preaching about the advantages of its AMOLED display – take a look through some of the photos in the gallery and you will see that when it comes to Color Reproduction, using the Adobe RGB Gamut that the AMOLED display captures 94-percent and the LCD only 74-percent.  When it comes to Contrast Ratio, you can get 100,000:1 versus 1,000:1 on the LCD display.  This higher Contrast Ratio offers more vivid – jump out at you – colors and deeper blacks than the LCD technology can provide.  Many users have complained that the AMOLED display does not faithfully reproduce the colors of the original image, while AMOLED supporters say they enjoy getting a more attractive display experience.

To counter those complaints regarding the display not being faithful to the original picture, Samsung introduced new display modes on their Galaxy Note 2 smartphone and they will be incorporated the Galaxy Tab S series as well.  They offer you the choice of – Dynamic, Standard, Professional Photo, and Movie – as well as an Adapt(ive) Display Mode, where the screen will adapt to what you are viewing.  The Galaxy Note 3 smartphone also has a Reading Mode, where the screen is optimized for reading on selected applications and an Auto Adjust Screen Tone, which adjusts the screen tone according to the analysis of the image to save power.  Whether all of these will be incorporated into the Tab S series, we do not know for sure, but they do ‘tone-down’ the AMOLED display to more ‘life-like’ viewing.

Take a look at the gallery and video below to get a feel for what the Super AMOLED displays can produce. Please hook up with us on our Google+ Page to discuss the Samsung Galaxy Tab S series of tablets – or Samsung’s tablet line in general…as always, we would love to hear from you.