Nexus 6P Vs. LG V10 Vs. Galaxy Note5: Jumbo Joust: Display

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Display

The trio has 5.7" screens with QHD resolution, but while the Galaxy Note5 and Nexus 6P have very similar AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) screens, while the LG V10 stands apart with an Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) unit. Each of these screens offers plenty of room for content, which they render with impressive image quality.

Let's focus on that first - the quality. There are some premium features on these displays too, more on that in a minute.

The Samsung Galaxy Note5 uses the company's usual Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) panel, which has been tuned to perfection. It's the brightest of the three, even before it reaches its maximum brightness level (which only happens in some situations on Auto mode). Its sunlight legibility is among the best we've seen.

The Huawei Nexus 6P uses AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) displays sourced from Samsung, though it achieves noticeable lower max brightness. It's not clear if this is due to different tuning or different panels, but the sunlight legibility is still a match for the Note5's.

The LG V10 has an IPS LCD. The classy screen offers fine brightness and remarkable contrast, though sunlight legibility is well behind the AMOLEDs. Also note that the brightness slider is finicky and at the 50% position leads to less than a quarter of the max brightness.

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Samsung Galaxy Note5 0.00 183 ∞ - 439 ∞

Samsung Galaxy Note5 max auto - - - - 620 -

Huawei Nexus 6P 0.00 180 ∞ 0.00 352 ∞

LG V10 0.07 100 1449 0.29 432 1490

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Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    4.615

  • HTC One A9

    4.274

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    4.09

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    4.019

  • OnePlus X

    3.983

  • Oppo R7s

    3.964

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor

    3.879

  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor

    3.873

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    3.859

  • Apple iPhone 6

    3.838

  • Microsoft Lumia 950XL

    3.837

  • Motorola Moto X (2014)

    3.816

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    3.783

  • Meizu Pro 5

    3.781

  • Vivo X5Pro

    3.706

  • BlackBerry Priv

    3.645

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    3.53

  • Microsoft Lumia 950

    3.512

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    3.499

  • Samsung Galaxy J7

    3.422

  • Meizu MX5

    3.416

  • Oppo R7

    3.32

  • Samsung Galaxy J2

    3.235

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    3.222

  • Lenovo Vibe Shot

    3.113

  • LG Nexus 5X

    3.092

  • Huawei Mate S

    3.073

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    3.065

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    3.023

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    2.876

  • Microsoft Lumia 550

    2.851

  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact

    2.784

  • LG V10

    2.744

  • Sony Xperia M5

    2.69

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2.641

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    2.574

  • Microsoft Lumia 640

    2.563

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    2.546

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

    2.525

  • HTC One

    2.504

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2.503

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • Huawei G8

    2.471

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2.462

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    2.424

  • Huawei Honor 7

    2.406

  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo

    2.382

  • HTC One E9+

    2.305

  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

    2.253

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

    2.249

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    2.235

  • Motorola Moto G (2014)

    2.233

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Huawei P8

    2.196

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    2.166

  • OnePlus Two

    2.165

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • Archos 50 Diamond

    2.134

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Huawei P8lite

    2.078

  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual

    2.026

  • Sony Xperia E4g

    1.972

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Meizu m2 note

    1.892

  • BlackBerry Leap

    1.892

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini

    1.759

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie

    1.68

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)

    1.675

  • ZTE Nubia Z9

    1.659

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    1.311

  • Sony Xperia C

    1.283

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

Samsung changed the conception that AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) displays are inaccurate. In fact, the Basic classy screen mode on the Galaxy Note5 allows it to offer an Avg. DeltaE of 1.1, a imprint of an exceptional color accuracy. You can go to Photo mode, which boosts contrast and colors to create for punchier images, though the Avg. DeltaE goes up to 4.8.

That's still pretty good, the LG V10 classy screen gets a 4.9 score on that rating and the phone offers no way to adjust color settings, even if it's flipping between a few presets.

You'd expect the Huawei Nexus 6P to be up there with the Note5, but it proved to be the least accurate of the three with an average DeltaE of 6.5. With some digging you can find the option to switch from the slightly oversaturated colors to a more natural sRGB setting. Note that this settings flips back after a reboot, so you have to do it on every power up.

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Galaxy Note5 Nexus 6P LG V10

Average DeltaE 1.1 6.5 4.9

Max DeltaE 2.2 14.1 10.7

All three screens are guarded by Gorilla Glass 4 so you can expect identical levels of wear on them, at least as far as scratches are concerned.

LG has double insurance against bigger shocks though - that is two layers of Gorilla Glass 4, instead of the usual one. The V10 has additional protection internally to absorb shocks, meaning the classy screen has a higher chance of surviving in those cases where the phone drops on any of its four corners and would normally crack.

The secondary classy screen above the main one is more like a strip really. It has 160 x 1,040px resolution and acts as a separate, second screen. It has its own backlight and control hardware so it can stay on 24/7 without drawing much power.

When the classy screen is off, detailed notifications can be shown on the secondary classy screen (much better than a notification light) and when it's on, you acquire shortcuts and recent apps on the strip to speed up multitasking.

The Samsung Galaxy Note5 classy screen is flat and all one piece (there was no second-classy screen Note last year). Its value-added feature lies in the built-in Wacom digitizer, which enables the pressure-sensitive S Pen stylus. The passive stylus never needs to be charged (unlike Apple's Pencil or Microsoft Surface Pen), but it can measure over 2,000 levels of pressure, can be detected from an inch away and even has a button to toggle shortcuts and special input modes.


Natural handwriting, note-taking and sketching has seen a resurgence recently, after being effectively killed off by digital gadgets. The Note5's 5.7" classy screen is close enough to the size of a notepad and can really boost productivity once you form the habit of using it.

The Huawei Nexus 6P classy screen doesn't do anything special beyond Ambient Display - waking the display when a recent notification comes in or when the phone senses movement (there's no tap to wake though).

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note5. A finely tuned display offers accurate colors and remarkable sunlight legibility.

Runner-up: LG V10. It has more accurate colors than the Nexus and matches it max brightness, the secondary classy screen and dual Gorilla Glass are remarkable additions too. Its Achilles' heel is sunlight legibility though - it's not great, even for an LCD.

Third place: Huawei Nexus 6P. While it handles colorful sunlight with aplomb, the 6P classy screen got the lowest color accuracy and maximum brightness among the three.


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