Samsung Galaxy S5 recognized as having best smartphone display


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What can you expect from the Samsung Galaxy S5’s display once it finally launches later this month? One that has a freaking insane display, according to the experts at DisplayMate. The company recently performed deep analysis of the Galaxy S5’s panel, and concluded that it’s the absolute best mobile display they’ve tested… ever.

It has a long list of new records for best Smartphone display performance including: Highest Brightness, Lowest Reflectance, Highest Color Accuracy, Infinite Contrast Ratio, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light, and smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle. The Galaxy S5 has raised the bar for top display performance up by another notch – an impressive achievement for OLED technology!

It’s quite a remarkable achievement when you think about how highly regarded Apple displays usually are. That Samsung was able to best those is quite telling. Of noteworthy mention in helping the Galaxy S5’s display to this reward is Samsung’s new Diamond sub-pixel arrangement that prioritizes RGB pixel size based on efficiency. The layout makes for better aliasing, more accurate colors, and an insanely sharp picture.

The display’s 432ppi pixel density means it’s sharp to even those with 20/20 vision, it’s very power efficient, and can get super super bright.

Samsung has always impressed with the displays on their smartphone — even their worst is better than some companies’ best — so we aren’t surprised they pulled out all the stops for this one. Be sure to read Display Mate’s full analysis if you’re interested in the hard details.


Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Infinite contrast ratio, proves what a terrible measure that really is.

    1. It actually proves that you know nothing about amoled screens, can’t even do a simple Google search but rush to accuse others. Typical fanboy.
      Probably you’re butt hurts really bad…

      Since each pixel has its own light and can scale anywhere from 0 to whatever the max brightness is infinite contrast ratio ;-)

      1. Thanks for proving my point. Once a pixel can scale to zero the scale becomes useless. It means you can’t compare two AMOLEDs using it. A far better solution would be to compare the entire display, how bright it is at totally black, 25% max bright white pixels, 50% max bright white pixels and 100% max bright white pixels. Or subsections. For instance have a standard X pixel to light surrounded by dark and measure in pixels how far the light bleeds.

        Nice typical knee jerk reaction, though.

        1. You are right to a small degree.
          Indeed you cannot differentiate amoleds only based on this contrast ratio, because nowadays in all cases it is infinite. But this is for many one of the main advantages of amoled screens over LCDs etc. which cannot obtain true black.

          The infinite contrast ratio is based on a simple mathematical formula. Numbers don’t lie!

          You want to change this simple laws, and disregard one of the main advantages of amoleds just because your butt hurts?

          1. A small degree? It is a huge problem with the measurement.
            Number might not lie, but they sure can be useless?

            This is not a simple law of anything, its just a measurement. One that is not useful for this kind of screen.
            I love AMOLEDS, why would I be butt hurt about it? My current phone has a SAMSUNG AMOLED panel.

          2. Irrational numbers are the only useless numbers. Same as with (unacceptably) irrational people.

          3. People have disregarded many things (and other people) because their respective butts hurt for some reason. Laugh or you have no sense of humour.

        2. I just hope it’s more viewable in sunlight. Each Galaxy has improved upon the prior one, but going back to LCD on an iPhone or HTC One/M8 always feels like relief to my eyes – not sure why that is… and is much easier to see outside, for obvious reasons.

    2. A holographic display would be better. Also infinite contrast means people will either hate it more than anything in existence or love it so much they’ll marry it.

  2. I never shunned on the Galaxy line’s specs and quality…. I just have felt the line needs a push aesthetic wise….

    1. I’m with you there, always room for improvement in that area.

    2. Assthetics is far more important than aesthetics.

  3. First April ;)

    1. The story came out yesterday on other sites.

      1. I think Alexander was being mildly satirical :)

  4. “Highest Color Accuracy”

    From AMOLED? April fools :) Now if only they could make one this good back at a usable size of a 4.7″.

    1. If you still have an S3 and read this article you’re gonna have a bad time.

  5. as much as people wanna hate on samsung, this is def an accomplishment

    1. Yeah I don’t get that, I never will. It’s shocking to see how emotional some of these consumers get like the rival company they support are their own family. Buy whatever fits you needs/wants without emotional investment, is that possible?

      1. First comment of yours I’ve actually liked (nothing personal).

        1. Eh, we’re not meant to agree on everything. Disagreements are never personal for mature adults. I can’t recall you and I exchanging opinions anyway, it’s all copacetic.

    2. “See this is why I’d likely buy an S5 over an M8. Solid pragmatic results. Best screen ever is a functional achievement. All the hoopla for the One has always been about “materials” and “build quality”, and I keep hearing them take jabs at Samsung for “cheap plastic” phones. Guess what? Some folks don’t care what material the phone is made of. We care that it’s highly functional, lightweight and thin enough to put in a shirt pocket if necessary. If I scratch up my battery cover on my S4, I can just get it replaced. How easy is it to replace the aluminum unibody on the One? /EndRant”

      1. exactly how i feel. all my phones see cases metal, or plastic. i care about the functional aspect and the shape of the phone. metal is not gonna make the phone any faster than a plastic phone.

  6. I always thought Samsung phones could get brighter. I knew it wasn’t just me.

  7. Please hand them an HTC One M8…

    1. Yeah! Then they need to update the list again for the best display ever!

      1. The HTC One M8 has been available for reviewers for quite some time, which is why all the reviews came out on the day it was announced. They’ve probably had a chance to compare it by now.

    2. And then curb stomp the person who gave it to you. Keep both phones.

    3. didnt know this article was about the htc mate

  8. I allready seen the Galaxy S5 looks to much like the galaxy s4’s display! I compared the iPhone 5S and HTC One M8’s display – HTC One M8 have a really awesome colorful display, I think Apples Retina screen looks a little bit more gray than M8’s!

    1. Wat

    2. Did you compare the S5 and the HTC One M8?

    3. and i’ve heard of friends who were blown away by how much better the display was next to the s4… go figure. The stats here prove who’s correct.

  9. “Samsung’s new Diamond sub-pixel arrangement that prioritizes RGB pixel size based on efficiency”

    I’m curious if that approach will be used on the Note 4. That device’s screen is something I’m going to be really eager to see this fall.

  10. Just wait until the lg pro2 gets here…he’s got a trick for you s5

  11. I know some people don’t like it, but I’m really a fan of those punchy glossy over saturated juicy delicious AMOLED displays.

    1. That’s what movie mode is for. The most accurate colors. I never use the oversaturated normal mode. And as the test shows. The new S5 has even better color accuracy.

      1. Cheers.

  12. This on top of the rumored insanely long battery life in the initial reviews bodes well for the S5.

  13. highest color accuracy? since when? not a fan of over saturated colors.

    1. DisplayMate says that the Galaxy S5 has “the most color accurate display we have ever measured for a smartphone or tablet,” Btw, since they started getting color modes, it wasn’t that bad… Only the stock mode, which was definitely over saturated. It’s not like the panels were bad, it was just bad software tuning, which fixed it later and now here we are.

    2. Since SGS5.. duh!..

      Obviously the news is telling you that somehow the super AMOLED has improved significantly.

  14. “Smartphone display performance including: Highest Brightness, Lowest Reflectance, Highest Color Accuracy, Infinite Contrast Ratio, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light, and smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle.”

    Awesome! Can’t wait for the full review. Always loved the amoled “Movie” mode. Very accurate colors. This phone is really looking to be a great “one”, hehe.

  15. I saw the S5 at an AT&T store today and it looks so much better in person. The display is absolutely outstanding.

    1. i got to check it out at best buy as well. i enjoyed it. im eagerly waiting for next friday to come!

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