DisplayMate is out with its review of the iPhone 11 Pro’s Super Retina XDR display and unsurprisingly, it has been crowned as the best smartphone in a display and an A+ rating. Up until now, that crown was held by Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10+ and its Dynamic AMOLED display.
Most of the iPhone 11 Pro reviews have not talked about the improved Super Retina XDR display. Many claimed that apart from the higher brightness, the improvements were not immediately visible. Display Mate’s testing breaks down the improvements that the iPhone 11 Pro’s display packs over the iPhone XS and they are plenty:
- 17% higher Peak Brightness of 821 nits.
- HDR peak brightness of 1,290 nits.
- Highest Full Screen Brightness of OLED smartphones.
- Highest Full Screen Contrast Rating in Ambient Light.
- Smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle.
- Record calibrated Full White Screen Brightness of 770 nits.
- Display efficiency has improved by 15%.
- Impressive color accuracy of 0.9 JNCD that is visually indistinguishable from perfect.
- Low screen reflectance of 4.5 percent.
Like last year’s iPhone XS, Apple is factory calibrating all iPhone 11 Pro units for color accuracy and contrast accuracy which helps make them the most accurate displays on the market.
Despite having a higher brightness level, the iPhone 11 Pro’s Super Retina XDR display is 15% more power-efficient than the OLED panel found on the iPhone XS. This likely plays a key role in the improved battery life of the iPhone 11 Pro.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max also has a Record Full Screen Peak Brightness of 770 nits, and 820 nits for the typical Average Picture Level of 50%, which is roughly double of most high-end Smartphones. Compared to the iPhone XS Max, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a number of notable improvements including 17% higher Full Screen Peak Brightness and up to 15% higher Display Power Efficiency.
What’s impressive here is that Apple is still sourcing OLED panels from Samsung for its iPhone 11 Pro series and yet again, it has managed to beat the Korean company’s flagship in the display department. It is also commendable to see Apple push the boundaries in terms of display performance with a new iPhone every year.
What are your thoughts on the iPhone 11 Pro’s Super Retina XDR display? Coming from an older iPhone, do you notice the improvements immediately?