The World’s Best Smartphone Display Gets Even Better with the Galaxy Note5

on August 20, 2015
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For quite some time, Samsung has been consistently distinguished as an industry leader in device displays. Earlier this year, the company dazzled consumers with the beautiful AMOLED displays of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, and according to a review from DisplayMate Technologies, the company has done so once again with the just-launched Galaxy Note5.


“Based on our extensive lab tests and measurements… the Galaxy Note5 is the best performing smartphone display that we have ever tested,” wrote DisplayMate, which is famous for its thorough and scientific evaluations of video screens. “It takes over from the Galaxy Note4, which was the previous record holder for mobile display performance.”


The 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen of the Galaxy Note5 scored record-setting results in color accuracy, peak brightness, contrast rating, resolution, smallest brightness variation with viewing angle and many other categories. In fact, the Galaxy Note5 boasted “the best absolute color accuracy of any mobile display that we have ever tested,” and “a measured Absolute Color Accuracy of 1.4 JNCD, which is visually indistinguishable from perfect, and is very likely considerably better than your living room TV.”


Thanks to that amazing performance, an incredible 518 pixels per inch, and a “significantly” improved Adaptive Display setting, the DisplayMate review noted that the display was better than ever for readability and visibility in high ambient light, meaning people can enjoy their phones in real-world conditions, even in the bright light of day. Adaptive Display adjusts the screen’s white point, color gamut and color saturation depending on the ambient lighting around the user, creating more vibrant colors and making the screen more readable.


With a peak brightness of 861 nits, the Super AMOLED screen is stunningly bright—the best DisplayMate says it has ever tested on a mobile device—but the Galaxy Note5 also has the ability to be incredibly dark. Its “Super Dimming Mode” allows users to turn the maximum screen brightness all the way down to just 2 nits using the Brightness Slider, making it ideal for working without eye strain in very dark environments. Even when dimmed all the way down, the display still offers full 24-bit color with excellent picture quality.


And to top it all off, the Galaxy Note5 does all that while using less power than the Galaxy Note4—DisplayMate measured a 21 percent improvement in efficiency—so users can get even longer life from each charge.


The Galaxy S6 edge+ also earned high praise, for a screen that was nearly identical to the Galaxy Note5, with the addition of dual curved edges. Samsung has continued to enhance the technology behind the flexible edges, which was described as “essentially the same” quality as the main display. The review noted the usefulness and “fun” of the curved display, offering a range of applications through the new “App edge” like weather, notifications and news feeds that can be enjoyed with a simple swipe of the finger. And because the edges can be used independently of the main display, users can turn off the main display and just use the edges to save on power and “significantly extend” their battery life.


“The most important point is that curved and flexible displays are definitely the wave of the future,” raved DisplayMate.


The Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 were both unveiled at the Unpacked event last week and will be available around the world soon.

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