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Galaxy Note 4 wins DisplayMate's color accuracy shootout

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 topped the iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, and Surface Pro 3 in a range of display color calibration tests.

Published onNovember 19, 2014

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We already knew that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s display was good, but according to DisplayMate, which is seriously picky when it comes to display technology, the Note 4 has the most accurate mobile display available on the market right now.

DisplayMate has put six of the leading portable device displays through a series of color accuracy tests to determine which offers the most true to life look. The devices tested were the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Tab S 10.5, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. Each was then scored and ranked according to color gamut, facial skin tones, organic colors, and blue reproduction from cyan to magenta, which are typically harder to detect.

The table below gives a summary of the results, showing both the average color error and the just noticeable color difference. Essentially, the lower the score the more accurate the display. The second table shows how each device ranked in comparison to one another.

Galaxy Note 4 display test results

As you can see, the Galaxy Note 4 performed incredibly well across the board, and is only rivalled by the Galaxy Tab S and Surface Pro 3 in the blue color accuracy test, which is the hardest to notice with the naked eye. The Note 4 was considerably more accurate than the competition in the skin tone and white point tests, and has the greatest color gamut.

Interestingly, the Surface Pro 3 is the only LCD display device that comes close to matching Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology. Punchy colors remain a signature of Samsung’s mobile devices, but the Surface Pro 3 matches the Tab S for color gamut. The results show a close run race between some of the other devices. However, Apple’s products seem to offer good skin and organic color accuracy, but are found lacking in all the other areas of testing.

If you’re interested in a full breakdown of the tests and results, be sure to check out the full article in the link below.

What do you make of the Note 4’s display? It is time that the competition upped their game?