Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE: 4.65-inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED

Samsung (Korean): The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE* is the first to sport the company’s HD Super AMOLED technology, which packs 1280×720 pixels into the 4.65-inch display for a resolution of 316 ppi. For comparison the 3.5-inch 960×640 Retina Display on the iPhone 4 has a resolution of 326 ppi. Though the Galaxy S II HD LTE comes up a bit short, both can be classified as displays beyond our retinal capabilities when about twelve inches away.

The big question I have regarding the HD Super AMOLED display is whether it sports the Nouvoyance PenTile Matrix sub-pixel structure or the standard RGB-stripe. I was under the impression it was very difficult if not impossible to cram RGB-stripe 1280×720 pixels into a 4.x-inch display. The state-of-the-art for LCD is the 4.5-inch 1280×720 AH-IPS LCD manufactured by LG Display used in the upcoming LG LU6200 Optimus LTE, which packs a resolution of 329 ppi.

According to Samsung the HD Super AMOLED features a 110% color gamut, 180/180-degree viewing angles, and refers to the Galaxy S II HD LTE as, “an HD theater in your hand”. An itty bitty HD theater, sure. But I am really excited that the display industry is marching ahead toward high pixel count smartphone displays. 1280×720 is perfect for those who are 720p HD video aficionados. A lot of digital cameras capture 720p and the unscaled 1:1 pixel mapped videos will go a long way in providing a superb 720p HD watching experience.

The 110% color gamut means that colors will pop, but without proper color control those poppin’ colors will also be far from accurate. OLED displays have been known to sport wayward colors.

Other specs include: 8 megapixel camera, 1080p HD video playback, TV-out via a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) adapter, NFC, WiFi ABGN, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, 9.5-mm thickness, Adobe Flash support. Adobe Flash. Good luck with that. The Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE will be available on KT, LG U+, and SK Telecom in South Korea.

* That’s four suffixes: this could be a world record for the largest number of suffixes on an electronic device!