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Samsung Galaxy Tab S devices proven to carry the best tablet displays

How well do Galaxy Tab S displays fare? The 2560x1600 resolution will keep images and text as sharp as a scalpel, but there is much more to look at.

Published onJune 24, 2014

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S series came busting through the doors with some of the best-specced tablets we have seen in a long time. Even more impressive are the displays the devices carry, marking the epic return of Samsung’s OLED tablet screens. These looked amazing during our hands-on tests with the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4, but we never imagined they would take on the whole industry.

The 2560×1600 display resolution will no doubt keep your images and text as sharp as a scalpel, but there is much more to look at when aiming for a great screen. Color accuracy, viewing angles, brightness and saturation are but a few factors in the list.

Screen professionals from Display Mate go through most popular devices, testing them to their limits and sharing their results with the world. It turns out the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 don’t only have gorgeous display panels, they happen to have the “best performing tablet displays that they have ever tested”.

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In fact, Samsung’s new tablet displays go right in line with their Galaxy S5 OLED display, which offers nearly identical experiences. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S displays beat every other tablet in everything! It has the highest color accuracy, infinite contrast ratio, the lowest screen reflectance and the smallest brightness variation with viewing angles.

Nokia did take the Samsung tablets’ crown in one department. The Nokia Lumia beat the Samsung Galaxy Tab S displays in brightness, emitting 684 nits. Samsung’s devices can only reach 546 nits of brightness. Otherwise, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S displays stand as the best all-around displays.

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These are simply numbers and performance tests, though. Just like with any other products or devices, only you can decide which screen is best for you. While I prefer the deep blacks and lively colors of OLED displays, we know some of you would rather take advantage of the accurate whites and natural colors.

Which types of screens do you prefer?

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