DisplayMate, a primary source for all things smartphone and tablet displays, has put together its latest shootout, and this time the focus is on Samsung‘s Galaxy S8.
In late March, Samsung officially unveiled its newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8 (and the Galaxy S8+). At the time, while there was plenty for the company to discuss, it put a lot of focus on the new flagship smartphone’s display, which it calls the “infinity display.” It does that because there are barely any bezels on the smartphone, with only a slim forehead and chin above and below the display, respectively.
As DisplayMate puts it, the Galaxy S8 is the first of its kind, featuring the “first in a new generation of OLED Smartphones that have a Full Screen Display design.” It’s likely not the last of its kind, though, with other companies looking to capitalize on minimized bezels, giving more room to the display proper. Indeed, even Apple has been rumored, constantly, to be launching an iPhone 8 with a similar design principle moving forward for its flagship smartphone.
So DisplayMate does what it does, and put the Galaxy S8 through its testing paces, trying to determine if Samsung could keep up with its winning strategy in OLED displays. If you’ll recall, the Galaxy S7 from last year earned DisplayMate’s “Best Smartphone Display” award. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 earned the publication’s “Best LCD Display Ever,” which, at the time, simply meant that many expected Apple to switch to an OLED panel for its next iPhone, because it had essentially tapped the full potential of the LCD display.
In the end, the Galaxy S8 earned DisplayMate’s highest rating of A+, and it has ruled the smartphone’s display is the “best ever” up to this point. The publication says the Galaxy S8 earned that rating for a variety of reasons, including the fact it is “the most innovative and high-performance Smartphone display that we have ever lab tested. So the Galaxy S8 becomes the Best Performing Smartphone Display…”
The “What’s Improved” list is extensive, including, but not limited to:
- Higher Screen Brightness from 5% to 19%
- Improved Absolute Color Accuracy
- Larger Native Color Gamut with 113% DCI-P3 for better displayed Colors in High Ambient Light
- Enhanced Always On Display mode operated with IC hardware rather than App software
The Galaxy S8’s display features a resolution of 2960×1440, which makes it a Quad HD+ screen, with a pixel per inch count of 570. On top of all that, Samsung’s new flagship smartphone also fully supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, and is certified by the UHD Alliance for Mobile HDR Premium:
“A new full 100% DCI-P3 Color Gamut and Digital Cinema mode that is also used for 4K Ultra HD TVs, so the Galaxy S8 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 in 2K Full HD TVs.
The Galaxy S8 is the first Smartphone to be certified by the UHD Alliance for Mobile HDR Premium, which allows it to play all of the same 4K High Dynamic Range content produced for 4K UHD Premium TVs.”
If you’re passionate about smartphone displays, the full rundown from DisplayMate is certainly worth a look. It’s not all that surprising to hear that Samsung has crafted another high-end, noteworthy display for one of its newest flagships, but all of the positives are hard to ignore.
As far as Apple goes, the future seems bright. While Samsung wants to lead the charge in OLED displays, rumors are that Apple will be tapping Samsung for its own OLED panels with the iPhone 8, which means we could see a pretty impressive display in that future iPhone if the rumors are true.