Samsung explains why (it thinks) the Galaxy S5’s display is better

April 23, 2014
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We already knew that the display on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is outstanding, both from our own hands-on time with the device and from the glowing assessment published by the experts at DisplayMate.

Now Samsung tries to hammer the point home with a post detailing some of the technical specifications of the Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy S5.

The company explains how the adaptive mode on the Galaxy S5 enables it to quickly change settings like brightness and contrast levels in order to reduce glare and maintain the screen usable even in bright daylight. According to Samsung, the S5 is able to output an Ambient Color Gamut (the set of colors discernible on the screen) that’s 1.6 times higher than an LCD display.

Visibility-and-Adapt-Display-Demo

Another trick in the Galaxy S5’s book is the ability to change the white balance of the display in response to variations in ambient light. When using a device under colored light, your eyes tend to tint whites in the complementary color, e.g. blue light will make whites yellowish. As you can see in the GIF below, the S5 can change white balance to reduce the effect, thus delivering a better experience when reading or browsing the web.

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Samsung goes on to tout the wide color gamut of its latest Super AMOLED screen, claiming its 1.4 larger than on TFT LCD (70% compared to 97%), as well as contrast levels, 77 times higher than on TFT LCD (1,300:1 compared 100,000:1).

These numbers look impressive on paper, but the picture is not as clear as Samsung paints it to be. There are many variants of LCD screens, and some, such as those on the Xperia Z2 (with its vibrancy boosting quantum dots) and the HTC One (M8) definitely give the Galaxy S5 a run for its money. So do make sure to check for yourself before buying a device – even a few minutes with a phone can help you make a decision you won’t regret later.

Comments

  • Helper

    “These numbers look impressive on paper, but the picture is not as clear as Samsung paints it to be. There are many variants of LCD screens, and some, such as those on theXperia Z2 (with its vibrancy boosting quantum dots) and the HTC One (M8) definitely give the Galaxy S5 a run for its money. So do make sure to check for yourself before buying a device – even a few minutes with a phone can help you make a decision you won’t regret later.”

    LMFAO! We all know that AMOLED is the best, but you tried!

    • StraightEdgeNexus

      yeah the Excellent viewing angles are far from reach for any LCDs out there.

    • MasterMuffin

      “It’s a matter of opinion”

      But yea AMOLED > LCD :P

    • http://AndroidAuthority.com/ Bogdan Petrovan

      Actually, I fully agree. AMOLED is the best. Some people don’t like it though, hence the “try before you buy” ending.

    • Martin Jastram

      are you dumb or what…?

  • StraightEdgeNexus

    not better, its the best SUPER AMOLED FTW

  • kirakira

    i hope you can also keep track of the longevity of super amoleds. they are arguably the best display for mobile devices. i’m just wondering how long they’ll remain bright and vivid. we all know that LEDs eventually degrade in their ability to output light. hopefully, it’s more than 2 years or the typical handset upgrade cycle.

    • Martin Jastram

      this is, what people don´t think about, when they do their review.
      it´s the same with a brand new device: it always performes great in the beginning. but when itßs filled up with apps and data it inevitably slows down cons9iderably.

      there´s dozens of reports of ghosting on amoled.
      head over to youtube and check out erica griffins channel.
      she loves amoled, but still talks about problems like this.

  • leo

    can you pls drop test s5,z2 and the m8?

  • Gab Tab

    “It thinks” hmmmmmmnnn………

  • Cyrus Dastoor

    The widespread press reports that the Sony Xperia Z2 Triluminous LCDs have Quantum Dots are not correct. They don’t.
    Displaymate

    Jesus do your homework matey!
    PS: I love its display…Watch full hd flicks on it!

  • Dimitar Gospodinov

    The last paragraph is just…….I give up….