Judged on several criteria against many of its competitors, such as the iPhone 7, Google Pixel and the LG G6, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has come out on top with the best display around.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Has The Best Smartphone Screen Ever
While the integrity of Samsung’s batteries have been hit or miss in the past year, the same cannot be said about its screen technology. In fact, the South Korean company has been on a hot streak for the past few years and it shows no sign of stopping.
Case in point: the Samsung Galaxy S8’s display performance (and in turn, that of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, too) has been awarded the highest rating offered by DisplayMate.
Much of S8’s success is earned by the fact that it uses a large AMOLED display, while a few flagship makers have opted for LCD panels this time around (looking at you, Apple and LG).
About this great, superb, very awesome screen:
So, what does it take to earn the “best performing smartphone display” award by DisplayMate?
It takes stretching the aspect ratio from the standard 16:9 to the new 18.5:9, which is similar, but a bit taller than the 18:9 ratio found in the LG G6. Not just that, Samsung has been recognized for pushing almost 3K resolution to the screen, packed with a whopping 570 pixels per inch (PPI), to boot.
This will yield a crisper image during general use and while stepping into virtual worlds in the Samsung Gear VR, in addition to the wider field of view granted by the taller screen.
To win this award, it also requires support for more colors than its competitors. The S8 boasts the largest native color gamut (the range of colors available to display) that DisplayMate has seen in any device.
Pair that with two more feats, a contrast ratio that is essentially unhindered thanks to the AMOLED technology and being the first to be certified by the UHD Alliance, and you have a phone that’s totally equipped to take the future head-on as we move into the age of HDR – now we just need mobile HDR content to arrive.
Where do we go from here?
About every few months, a new device comes out that claims the crown from DisplayMate’s. This is obviously a good thing, as it means that the industry is successfully pushing technology forward.
Going even further, he states that “it is absolutely pointless to further increase the display resolution and pixels per inch for a marketing wild goose chase into the stratosphere.” I like this guy.
Is the doctor right? He’s certainly not wrong that there are hidden costs to putting 4K into a phone (usually the battery and the price tag). But, will manufacturers do it anyway? Most certainly. Who knows? Maybe Samsung will next year in an effort to leap over this year’s crowning achievement.
So, if phones shouldn’t have 4K support, what should they innovate on? Thankfully, DisplayMate has an answer for that, too.
We’re excited to check back in with DisplayMate around the launch of the highly anticipated launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Apple stands a chance if it really launches its 10th anniversary phone with a curved OLED display this year, as it’s rumored to feature.