Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is making headlines thanks to DisplayMate, a company that is renowned for its stringent display testing methodology. The company is regarded as the final word on the quality of displays, and they’ve deemed the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s QHD Super AMOLED display to be the absolute best in the market.
DisplayMate ran the phone through its battery of tests to reveal it houses by the far the best display a phone has to offer in the current market. While their test is fairly detailed and rather technical, here are the most important reasons why the Note 7’s screen is the best.
1) Getting the Basics Right
Samsung has infused the Galaxy Note 7 (which should have been the Note 6, but whatever) with a Quad-HD (2560×1440) 5.7-inch display, which puts the pixel density on this at a whopping 518 ppi. This makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s display the highest resolution and pixel density display available globally. Sharp did make a 5.5 inch IGZO display with true 4K resolution, and a ppi of 806, but that never really made it to the global markets.
2) Reinventing the Pixel
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 uses sub-pixel rendering for its display, but that’s not the only reason for the display to appear sharper than it is. Samsung has designed the RGB pixels to have different sizes so as to maximize the output from every single pixel. To make the design even more efficient, they have stacked these RGB pixels in a diamond pattern so as to be able to accommodate more than the traditional square or diagonal layout. This results in a display that is much sharper than the conventional ones.
3) The God of Brightness
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 happens to have the brightest display on a cellphone, rated at a maximum brightness of 1000 nits. Such levels, paired with the lowest screen reflectance (just 4.6 percent) makes Galaxy Note 7 super easy to use even under the harshest sunlight. On the flip side, you can dim this bad boy display down all the way to 2 cd per metre square , the lowest in a cellphone ever ensuring that when you do end up using the phone in pitch darkness, your eyes won’t melt away from the light. This setting is available under the super dimming mode.
4) A Display for Every Need
Samsung has ensured the display on the Galaxy Note 7 can deliver any and every kind of content to the best capabilities possible by building in four display modes, which a user can select. If you’re a movie buff who loves his true-4K content, there is the AMOLED Cinema Screen mode which employs the DCI-P3 color gamut (the standard in which 4K footage is rendered) and the Galaxy Note 7 can reproduce 97 per cent of this color gamut accurately. The display also has an HDR setting, being able to display 4K HDR footage in all its glory thanks to a built-in video processor. When this setting is enabled, standard video content can also be processed for Expanded Dynamic Range.
Photographers will love the Galaxy Note 7 for its AMOLED Photo Screen Mode with 100 per cent Adobe Gamut, something that is hard to find even in most commercial IPS panels. With a 100 per cent Adobe Gamut, photographers can now edit their shoots right on the phone and be able to send off those edits for print without having to worry about colour inaccuracies.
Then there is the Basic Screen Mode, which offers 100 per cent sRGB color gamut, best for viewing standard HD video content, photos, and other web content in general. The screen is able to reproduce 104 per cent of the Standard sRGB color gamut, according to DisplayMate’s testing process.
The Adaptive Display Mode varies the white point, colour balance and saturation based on the content being viewed so as display the content in the best way possible. The mode allows the screen to achieve up to 132 per cent of the Standard sRGB gamut, allowing for a higher colour saturation even under the bright mid-day sun.
It is no surprise that Samsung has led the progress in OLED displays. With the Galaxy Note 7, they have been able to given us a display that is at least as power efficient as the one in Galaxy Note 5, but comes with a whole new set of cutting edge features. The various display modes and the extreme brightness levels by themselves make the display a great feature in of itself. But by augmenting it with dual ambient light sensors, a Blue Light filter (for easy reading at night) and even the HDR video mode, Samsung is clearly dedicated to juicing every last bit of performance it can from the technology.
As DisplayMate’s test of the device reveals, it’s not just the features which make Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s display great, but the fact that each and every feature implemented has shown to exceed expectations.