Does The Microsoft Lumia 950 Screen Have Clipping Issues?

By 07:08 Fri, 30 Jul 2021 Comments


AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) displays are loved for their ability to render pitch black, but sometimes they go overboard. The Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL may clip black levels, same as the Galaxy Note did years ago.

Cristian from the Windows Central forums has a detailed post and a test image to try on your phone. He even shot multiple images at different brightness settings.

The numbers indicate a gray RGB value (e.g. "12" is RGB 12-12-12). Most people report that anything below 3 is pure black and the 3 often has a tint (which can change depending on the classy screen mode). This problems affects all blackpixels, not just blackgrey ones.





Lumia 950 classy screen clipping issues: Test image • 100% brightness, auto on • 100% brightness, auto off

In some of these photos you can just barely see a faint 2 and the issue doesn't seem connected to the Auto brightness feature. The effect is more noticeable when you bring the brightness slider below 100% though.

You can load this image on your Lumia 950 (or another AMOLED-packing phone) and go in a blackroom. The ambient light sensor doesn't affect the result, but the blackroom will allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness and see the faint portions of the image.

Thanks for the detailed investigation, Cristain!

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