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The mystery of the Samsung Galaxy Book S display panel

The Galaxy Book S looks to be using a BOE-sourced TFT LCD panel with AFFS (not IPS) display tech. (Source: Notebookcheck)
The Galaxy Book S looks to be using a BOE-sourced TFT LCD panel with AFFS (not IPS) display tech. (Source: Notebookcheck)
Reading comments on forums and elsewhere, one aspect of the new Samsung Galaxy Book S that appears to be giving some potential buyers pause is Samsung’s less than detailed description of the display panel it has incorporated into the device. We’ve done a little digging and believe its TFT LCD panel has been supplied to Samsung by BOE and utilizes and uses Advanced Fringe Field Switching (AFFS) technology, derived from IPS technology, to deliver wide viewing angles and a wide color gamut.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

Samsung’s webpage for the Galaxy Book S doesn’t exactly inspire consumer confidence when it comes to the type of display panel that it has fitted to its excellent Snapdragon 8cx-powered Windows 10 alternative. The description of the device on its website doesn’t mention anything about the display and the specifications section only reveals that it is FHD with a 16:9 aspect ratio, supports 10-point touch and utilizes a TFT panel. It’s an odd omission for a device that, as we have found, is fitted with an excellent display panel.

It’s hard to know exactly why Samsung is being so coy about the panel fitted to the Galaxy Book S. It could be that it is not a Super AMOLED panel that has featured on previous two Galaxy Books to carry that Galaxy Book name. Or, it could be that the panel isn’t produced by Samsung, but rather Chinese company BOE and is in fact an LCD panel. However, rather than using In Plane Switching (IPS) technology to ensure wide viewing angles and rich colors, it most likely uses BOE’s Advanced Fringe Field Switching (AFFS) technology instead.

AFFS is derived from IPS tech, but is less well known – at least from a marketing perspective. So, it is likely that Samsung has kept things simple for this reason, if not also for the fact that it is the first Galaxy Book to forgo SAMOLED tech. When we review the Galaxy Book S more thoroughly, we will examine the displays qualities on a more technical level. However, you can rest assured that the display panel on the Galaxy Book S is one of the better LCD panels you will find on a laptop.

 

Samsung doesn't reveal much about the Galaxy Book S display on its website. (Source: Notebookcheck)
Samsung doesn't reveal much about the Galaxy Book S display on its website. (Source: Notebookcheck)

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-02-19 (Update: 2020-02-19)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.