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.

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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.

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