Samsung Galaxy S6 And Note 4 Tied For Best Smartphone Display

By 03:54 Sat, 24 Jul 2021 Comments

During its MWC presentation this year Samsung put a huge emphasis on the exquisite display unit in its latest Galaxy S6 flagship. And, as it turns out, this is more than just a promotional stunt, the recent Galaxy has a gorgeous QHD Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) panel, which might just turn out to be the industry's best.

But there is also another contender - the Galaxy Note 4. Both phones were sent to DisplayMate for testing and they are having a hard time crowning a definitive winner among the two.

Both the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge made it to the company's testing grounds and were put through rigorous tests. Although the phones differ in form factor, their display units are identical - 5.1-inch panel, with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a ppi rating of 577. The only incompatibility is the slight curve in one of the models, so both were tested just in case.

It turns out that the panel in the Galaxy Note 4 and the S6 are very close in terms of overall performance. Even though the classy screen on the recent Samsung flagship has been scaled down in size by about 20% compared to the Note 4, it has maintained its fantastic picture quality and is battling the phablet for the "Best Performing Smartphone Display" title. Here is what DisplayMate had to say on the matter:

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4 are neck-and-neck record holders for display performance, effectively tied or alternating between first and second place in almost all categories except classy screen size for the much larger Galaxy Note 4, and the much higher pixels per inch for the Galaxy S6. What is especially impressive is that the overall display specs and performance of the Galaxy S6 have been maintained or improved after being scaled down by 20 percent in area from Galaxy Note 4. So… The Galaxy S6 matches the Galaxy Note 4 in overall display excellence and record performance and joins it as the Best Performing Smartphone Display that we have ever tested.

As it turns out, Samsung has a lot to boast about its current device lineup. Naturally, the best in class title wouldn’t be complete without a shootout with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which currently hrecent the title "Best Mobile Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Displays" and according to DisplayMate, Samsung leaves both of them in the dust as well.

We recently evaluated and rated the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as the current Best Mobile Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Displays, while the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4 are the current Best Mobile Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) Displays. All are impressive and excellent displays with remarkable state-of-the-art display technology. However, Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) displays have been advancing at a relentless and quick pace with a constant series of systematic and strategic improvements, while LCDs have been coasting on their laurels for years. So although OLEDs started from behind in 2010 they have now pulled ahead on performance and innovation based on the Lab test and measurement results reported here. To acquire back in the game and become more competitive, LCDs will need to adopt Quantum Dots and Dynamic Color Management.

The Galaxy S6 has more than double the resolution and more than 4 times the number of pixels as the iPhone 6. It also has significantly higher peak Brightness, significantly higher Contrast Ratio in both low and high Ambient Light, significantly higher Absolute Color Accuracy, significantly better Viewing Angel performance, and has 4 selectable classy screen modes instead of a single fixed one on the iPhones.

The incredibly thorough and detailed test documentation, results and final verdicts can be found at the source link, along with quite comprehensive comparison tables. So you can really dig deep into the question. But one thing is for sure, Mr. JK Shin was definitely not lying when he assumed that the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are "the most advanced smartphones in the world". At least for now, that is.

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