Here at OSM we’ve been writing numerous articles on the smartphone that everybody is talking about, the Samsung Galaxy S2 (or S II). Virtually all of our stories have been hugely positive about this Android smartphone, which has yet to see its U.S release, but today we have heard that users en masse are now reporting Galaxy S2 screen problems.
Just some of our recent reports on this handset were a review roundup where it received rave reviews, a comparison with a new cutting-edge phone, the Pantech Vega Racer, a retailer roundup and news of sales breaking records in South Korea. We also published one article where we wondered if there had to be some faults with what appears to be a superphone, and yes there were some slight issues, but they were more like minor irritations and not enough to put people off purchasing the Galaxy S2. Today though we have heard of an issue that could indeed be a real problem.
The news comes to us from Richard Goodwin over on Know Your Mobile, sourced from the XDA Developers Forum, and relates to a defect on the Super AMOLED Plus display involving what appears to be a yellowish tint. The defect on the screen is only apparent under certain conditions, when it is set to a low brightness, and is more apparent on a grey or white background. Numerous users on the XDA Forum have now reported this problem with one, Erethnor, describing the issue by saying, “The left side (about 1/3) of my screen changes the colour of the image to a more yellowish tint. This seems to happen just when the brightness is quite low, and tends to disappear when close to 100%.”
As it seems to have taken a while for this apparent defect to show itself it could be that it’s something that develops over time or alternatively could be down to a faulty batch. Whether the issue is so bad that it will require a recall is yet to be seen but it would be a major blow to Samsung, especially as the phone hasn’t reached the U.S. market yet. Word of problems coming out before it’s even been released in the States could no doubt dent sales. However, another user describing the problem felt it was probably not serious enough to lead him/her to return the phone.
Over on Engadget, Joe Pollicino also reports on this display issue and a couple of photos can be seen showing what to expect, although to be honest it’s pretty hard to spot. There’s also a poll you can take part in to say whether you have the problem with your Galaxy S2 so check it out at the link for more. We’d like to hear from any of you Galaxy S2 owners who have noticed this problem, or maybe you can see it now but wouldn’t have spotted it otherwise? Maybe your screen has no issues at all? Let us know with your comments.