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We can complain about many Samsung shortcomings, but there is one thing the Korean manufacturer will never fail at. Their displays are stunning, and they keep getting better every single time (twice a year, to be exact)! In fact, multiple DisplayMate studies show Samsung has been offering the top screens in the market for quite some time. The Note 4 had the best smartphone panel last year, and the Galaxy S6 took that title more recently. In addition, the Galaxy Tab S series touted the best tablet displays for a while. What’s next?

You guessed it. It’s time for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to triumph, and they have taken the DisplayMate title for the best smartphone screen around. And these are no simple tests; DisplayMate makes complex studies and uses advanced tools to measure screen brightness, accuracy, color gamut and many other factors. These guys go all out.

“Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements listed below, the Galaxy Note 5 is the Best performing Smartphone display that we have ever tested. It takes over from the Galaxy Note 4, which was the previous record holder for mobile display performance.” – DisplayMate

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 still sports a QHD (2560x1440p) Super AMOLED display measuring 5.7 inches, which sounds identical to the Galaxy Note 4. The truth is these displays are quite different, though. DisplayMate’s analysis proves the newer phone increases screen performance heavily when compared to the predecessors.

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For starters, peak brightness has been significantly improved, making it easier to read outdoors (in direct sunlight). And though the screen is brighter, it actually uses less power than the one in the Note 4, as energy optimizations are outstanding. To make matters even more interesting, the Galaxy Note 5 panel broke records in color accuracy, making this the best smartphone screen DisplayMate has ever tested. Now, that is definitely saying something!

Does this mean the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is also a winner? Pretty much. DisplayMate doesn’t go too much into detail on the edged handset, but they do mention performance is nearly identical. The only main difference is the fact that it uses a flexible panel, which is what allows the screen to bend on each side.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

With multiple wins in a row, we say it’s time for the competition to really improve its game. Meanwhile, Samsung keeps dominating the display game (and sales). I will have to say I have seen no better screens coming from other manufacturers in a while. I am not exactly a Samsung fan, but I must accept they know how to make a gorgeous display.

What do you guys think? Will Samsung continue making the best displays in the market, or is it time for someone else to step in?

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