DisplayMate Claims Samsung Galaxy S7 Has Best Smartphone Display on the Planet


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The testers over at DisplayMate have put the new Samsung Galaxy S7 through their testing and concluded that it has the best smartphone display in existence currently. Supposedly, Samsung has actually improved on their design "significantly" over the previous generation Galaxy S6. It also beats (although sometimes runs neck-in-neck with) the previous title holder, the Galaxy Note 5.

The new display in the Galaxy S7 matches or exceeds the Note 5 in the following categories: Highest Absolute Color Accuracy, Highest Peak Brightness, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light, Highest Screen Resolution, Highest Contrast Ratio, and Smallest Brightness Variation with View Angle.

Also, compared to the previous generation Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S7's Contrast Rating for High Ambient Light is notably improved. Furthermore, the maximum brightness is increased by 24 percent and achieves 855 cd/m2. Samsung's new panel in the Galaxy S7 also shows excellent accuracy with vivid colors. There are only tiny color and brightness shifts when rotating the viewing angle, and has very good contrast accuracy despite being a tad too high. However, that variance is typical of Samsung's AMOLED displays.

Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, the author of the study at DisplayMate, had this to say at the end of his study,

"The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 5 are neck-and-neck record holders for display performance, effectively tied or alternating between first and second place in almost all categories except screen size for the much larger Galaxy Note 5, and the much higher pixels per inch for the Galaxy S7. What is especially impressive is that the overall display specs and performance of the Galaxy S7 have been maintained or improved after being scaled down by 20 percent in area from the Galaxy Note 5. So… as the result of its even higher PPI, the Galaxy S7 becomes the Best Performing Smartphone Display that we have ever tested.”

A few other interesting things were discovered about Samsung's new display tech when the DisplayMate folks got hold of it for testing. Here's a quote with a few more details,

"Soneira also discovered that the Galaxy S7 brings over two important display enhancements, including the Always-On Display mode that delivers permanent notifications while barely affecting battery life. The second one is even more interesting, a Personalized Automatic Brightness Control mode that learns and remembers the user’s various settings in certain ambient lighting. The feature is useful not only because the phone switches brightness levels automatically based on what your current lighting conditions and preferences are, but also because is conserves energy in the process."

Source: BGR


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I'm confused- why is there a photo of an iPhone user using Force Touch? Or did Samsung announce something similar to force touch?