Apple isn’t a stranger when it comes to rewards from DisplayMate, the folks who put together in-depth reports and tests for smartphone and tablet displays, as far as LCD displays are concerned.
DisplayMate actually rewarded the iPhone 6 Plus with the “Best Smartphone LCD Display” back when it launched, but also noted at the same time that OLED panels offer a better overall experience. But when it comes to tablets, both the iPad mini 4 and 9.7-inch iPad Pro have earned high accolades. So Apple has earned its time in the limelight with its own devices, but the latest report from DisplayMate may set some high expectations for display technology in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
But Samsung’s latest phablet flagship, which was unveiled earlier this month and launches later this month, the Galaxy Note7, has set the bar even higher for smartphones — even those running without OLED panels.
A new in-depth shootout with the Galaxy Note7, Samsung’s latest phablet flagship set to launch later this month, reveals that the display on the large handset is impressive in just about every single category, and improves upon the elements introduced in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Specifically, DisplayMate has rated the Galaxy Note 7 with the “most innovative and high performance smartphone display” that they have ever tested.
More to the point, the Galaxy Note7 is the “best performing smartphone display ever,” leapfrogging the Galaxy Note 5’s display, and even the Galaxy S7’s.
The Galaxy Note7 features a ton of upgrades, including, but not limited to:
- A curved screen OLED display that is manufactured on a flexible plastic substrate so that it can bend around corners on both sides of the phone to provide two curved edge display areas that can be viewed and controlled from both the front or the sides. The curved screen was available as an upgrade from a flat screen in earlier Note models – now everyone gets a curved screen.
- 4 Color Gamuts and Screen Modes
- A new wide DCI-P3 Color Gamut and Digital Cinema mode that is used on 4K Ultra HD TVs, so the Galaxy Note7 can display the latest high-end 4K video content. The DCI-P3 Gamut is 26 percent larger than the Rec.709 Gamut that is used for 2K Full HD TVs
- A new HDR High Dynamic Range video mode that is used on 4K Ultra HD TVs, plus a Video Enhancer that provides HDR-like Expanded Dynamic Range for all videos that don’t have HDR coding
- A record high Peak Brightness of over of 1,000 nits, which improves screen visibility in very high Ambient Light, and provides the very high screen Brightness needed for HDR
The Galaxy Note7 also features dual ambient light sensors –on the front and back of the device– which makes it the first smartphone to implement this methodology. It also features the brand new Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
All-in-all, the in-depth report goes into great detail, as always, regarding the changes and improvements Samsung has made. For those who are expecting the Galaxy Note7 to arrive on their doorstep, or otherwise pick up the new phone later this month, it looks like you’re investment in the display was worth it.
This will obviously put some focus on Apple and the incoming launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The company has relied on its Retina Display technology for quite some time now (with a 1080p HD panel being introduced into the iPhone lineup for the first time with the iPhone 6 Plus), but there are obviously great advancements being made in display technology — as made prominent by the Galaxy Note7.
Does that mean Apple will make huge improvements with its upcoming flagships? Time will only tell, but we can at least expect the devices to boast Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, at least. And, looking beyond that, it’s believed Apple will launch an OLED panel with the 2017 iPhone, so the wait could go on for a bit longer.
Are you buying the Galaxy Note7? Or are you waiting to see what the iPhone 7/7 Plus features?
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