Samsung spokesperson: iPhone 4’s Retina display no big deal

“A spokesperson for Samsung argued that quadrupling the resolution actually had little impact on clarity, at most three to five percent, and that that it would allegedly hike the battery drain by as much as 30 percent,” Electronista reports. “AMOLED is purportedly better as it doesn’t need a backlight and makes up for any resolution loss in other ways, such as higher contrast with true black, more accurate colors and no limits on viewing angles.”

“‘Structurally, [Apple’s] IPS LCD technology cannot catch up with AMOLED display technology,’ the representative told the Korean Herald,” Electronista reports.

“The iPhone 4 panel is still considered one of the most advanced displays both for its ‘invisible pixel’ effect and for overcoming most of the perceived drawbacks of LCD, covering a very wide color gamut and touting much wider viewing angles than the often cheap LCDs used in other phones,” Electronista reports. “Samsung’s official also omitted well-known drawbacks of AMOLEDs, including their high relative cost and poor visibility outdoors.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Samsung’s rep also left the following out of his sour grapes: “Internet use: Up to 6 hours on 3G, Up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi; Video playback: Up to 10 hours.” He must have been in a well-lit place and couldn’t see Apple’s iPhone 4 battery life specs on his fake Samsung iPhone’s washed-out AMOLED screen.

When you see it, iPhone 4’s screen makes people gasp. It really is stunning.

Oh, by the way: Screen Test: Apple’s iPhone 3GS LCD gets the part over Google’s rebadged HTC ‘Nexus One’ AMOLED – February 22, 2010

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Brawndo Drinker” and “Andrew W.” for the heads up.]


  1. Why is it that both Google and Microsoft just take what Apple says about other products, and says the exact opposite immediately after? Pcs/Androids have no class or taste, or sense. I’ve accepted this a long time ago.

  2. When the Galaxy S was first announced, Samsung was touting it as the world’s thinnest smartphone. It’s easily been eclipsed by the iPhone, so does that make Samsung a liar. It’s all going to come down to what consumers like the best and it’s not going to hinge on one feature. Some consumers are going to like the clarity of the Retina Display, some are going to like the brightness of the AMOLED display. So far every feature on the iPhone is being panned as not the first nor the best or whatever. Adding all the negatives would turn the iPhone 4 into the most poorest designed smartphone ever. That being said, let the consumers decide if that’s the case. The iPhone 4 is going to sell 9 million units a quarter and I doubt if the Galaxy S will even sell in half that many numbers. iPhone 4 will even likely sell in higher numbers than the Galaxy S on Samsung’s home turf of Korea.

  3. It is very easy to negatively critique an item without identifying the attributes that are paramount to the consumer. I believe that the display of the iPhone 4 will no doubt be stunning; however what really matters to the consumer is the longer battery life, an aspect that the Android cannot boast. The iPhone will have longer battery life with a stunning display and that will be great regardless of the technology that improved the display.

  4. Someone tell the Samsung screen department to talk to the Samsung chip department, cause they are jeopardizing all those chip sales that Apple buys from Samsung. Oh, let’s not forget that it is LG that makes the IPS displays that Apple is now using, which is Samsung’s biggest local competitor.

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