Display Expert: iPhone 5 Has The “Best Smartphone Display”

iPhone 5 is 18% thinner than iPhone 4S, which is incredible when you consider iPhone 4S was only 9.3mm thick. To reduce the thickness of the device, Apple has used in-cell display technology in iPhone 5.

The technology integrates touch sensors into the LCD, which eliminates the need of a separate touch screen layer.

The absence of a separate touch screen layer not only helps to make the screen thinner, but it also improves the quality of displayed images. Colors get a boost, too, with color saturation that’s 44 percent greater than before. iPhone 5 teardown revealed that this has also helped in improving the repairability of the new iPhone.

But how does it stack up against Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone 4? Display experts – DisplayMate have posted the results of an extensive analysis of the new iPhone’s screen and also published detailed comparison against the iPhone 4 (comes with the same display as iPhone 4S) and Samsung flagship Android-based smartphone – Galaxy S3.

Based on our extensive Lab measurements the iPhone 5 has a true state-of-the-art accurate display – it’s not perfect and there is plenty of room for improvements (and competitors) but it is the best Smartphone display we have seen to date based on extensive Lab measurements and viewing tests. In particular it is a significant improvement over the display in the iPhone 4 with much lower screen Reflections, much higher image contrast and screen readability in high ambient lighting (the highest we have ever measured), and a significantly improved and accurate Color Gamut and Factory Calibration that delivers very accurate colors and very good picture quality. [..]

[..] The display on the Samsung Galaxy S III uses OLED technology. It’s a new technology that has not yet been refined to the same degree as LCDs, particularly the IPS LCDs on the iPhones, so it doesn’t objectively test or perform as well as the iPhone 5.

DisplayMate concludes that iPhone 5’s display significantly outperforms the displays on the Galaxy S III and iPhone 4.

Check out their overall assessment chart below:

Benchmarks have also revealed that iPhone 5 is the fastest smartphone that is available currently.

[via DisplayMate]

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  • SteveJobs

    No… would have never guessed. Doesn’t matter, stop trying to make it ok that they wussed out on making a bigger screen. No excuses! Note 2 FTW!

    • Go back to your Samsung forum

      Who wants to walk around with an undersized tablet as their phone?

      • http://www.facebook.com/QueSwanson Que Swanson

        Everyone. That’s why the Note and Ipad Mini surfaced.

        • Realitycheck

          No, your wrong, the iPad mini won’t be a phone and why the note will NEVER be as popular as the iPhone.

          • genXhippie

            I don’t believe that there is anyone that truly believes the SGN2 will ever be as popular as the iP5. That being said, there a sense of popularity/demand for it, otherwise The SGN2 would not have been produced imo.

          • Agent_Blade

            Android as a whole is already more popular then the iPhone…what the hell are you smoking?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Flores/100001856171839 Alex Flores

        About 10 million ppl if you wanna look at the sales of the original note

    • Realitycheck

      Lol cause it would suck to use the 5 as much as the none 2. FYL! (Fuk your life)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ZPaul2Fresh8 Paul Eicher Jr.

    I love my screen on my Galaxy Note. Can’t wait for Note 2. Samsungs display are 10 times better looking from my point of view, especially after using an iPhone for 4 years. I always thought I would always have an iPhone, but Samsung does make the best Android phones and honestly I don’t think I’ll ever return to iPhone because it now feels like a woman’s phone (its so small)

    • Jubei

      That’s what she said.

  • milad ed

    It’s a new technology that has not yet been refined to the same degree as LCDs…” How new is that? Samsung used to make OLED displays as far as 2006 if i recall correctly. Besides, Galaxy SIII uses an AMOLED, which is different from OLED. Get your facts right.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      For the record, the comment was by a Display expert and AMOLED is one of the two main families of OLEDs, and it is newer compared to LCDs, so there is nothing wrong with that statement.

      • ddpacino

        WHY IN THE H**L was the iPhone 5 compared to the 4(??) and not even a One X, which is considered to be the best display on the market?! This “best display” test is severely skewed.

        • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

          It has the same display as iPhone 4S.

  • Dr.Kinan

    Well the htc one x has a LCD display like the iPhone and from the comparisons I’ve seen it is superior to the iPhone 5 (in terms of display)

  • http://www.modernlifetips.com/Adriel_Mingo Adriel D. Mingo

    When the Lumia 920 comes out….

  • http://www.iphonesthanet.com/ iphonesthanet.com

    cant see these screen being cheap to replace.

  • Alex Grig

    True bullsh*t expert review. As many review as many experts. LCD still hasn’t true black. Black is gray.