DisplayMate: the Note 3 has the brightest mobile display we ever tested
The Note 3 is launching this week in US and around the world and many of you have already made it clear that you plan to buy it. If you’re still on the fence about it, perhaps the fact that the Note 3 has thoroughly impressed the experts at DisplayMate will help make up your mind.
DisplayMate is a company that produces software for “optimizing, calibrating, testing, evaluating and comparing all types of displays, monitors, projectors, mobile displays and HDTVs”. They are an authority in the field that we often quoted in the past, most recently when they compared the HTC One, Xperia Z, and Ascend P6 in a Full HD display shootout.
Now DisplayMate evaluated a pre-release version of the Galaxy Note 3 (supplied by Samsung), and the results are quite impressive. Here are some of the highlights:
- The Note 3’s is extremely bright. According to DisplayMate’s testing, the Note 3 is 55 percent brighter than the Note 2 and 25 percent brighter than the Galaxy S4. The Note 3 performs better than or comparable to “most LCD displays in this size class”. With Automatic Brightness on, the Note 3’s display reaches an impressive 660 cd/m2, which is the highest value that DisplayMate ever recorded. For comparison, the iPhone 5, long considered a standard in display quality, outputs 600 cd/m2.
- DisplayMate praises the user selectable color modes of the Note 3, noting that the Professional Photo mode delivers a “fairly accurate calibration to the Adobe RGB standard, which is rarely available in consumers displays”.
- The reflectance levels on the Note 3 are very low, which, along with the high brightness, improves readability under intense ambient light. The Note 3 has the highest “Contrast Rating for High Ambient Light” that the company ever measured.
- At viewing angles of 30 degrees, the display loses just 22 percent of its brightness, compared to 55 percent or greater in the case of a typical LCD display.
Overall, DisplayMate’s experts were very impressed with the Note 3, remarking that, with it, Samsung brought OLED display technology to a level that is comparable to or better than most LCDs. For a technology that has matured in just a few years, that’s a very impressive achievement.
We’ll be taking a close look at the Galaxy Note 3’s display in our upcoming review, so we’ll be offering our own observations soon.