Samsung’s Galaxy S10 family of phones will launch in the coming days, and the company has spared no expense on the hardware. Just looking at the price tags will tell you as much. Naturally, these phones have the latest generation of Samsung’s OLED panel technology, which it calls Super AMOLED. It’s now traditional for DisplayMate to announce that Samsung’s latest phone has the best OLED panel in the world, and the Galaxy S10 is no different. It’s still interesting to know why it’s the best, though.
Samsung is the largest manufacturer of mobile OLED screens in the world, and these panels grace many smartphones from other companies. However, Samsung’s latest technology costs more, and consequently, Samsung phones are usually the only devices to have it. In the latest DisplayMate shootout, the Galaxy S10 wins top honors with the company’s highest possible A+ rating. It also set records in a number of metrics.
Display brightness is something that often gets overlooked as we obsess over resolution and notch designs. However, high maximum brightness is essential for outdoor visibility. The GS10 sets a record here with a maximum 1,215 nits, a 17 percent increase over the Galaxy S9. The power efficiency is also 10 percent higher than the Galaxy S9 in spite of the increased brightness.
The last few generations of panel technology from Samsung has included superb color calibration (with the correct software tweaks), and the GS10 hits a new high. DisplayMate says the GS10’s colors are “visually indistinguishable from perfect.” That’s a distinction also granted to the Pixel 3 XL, Galaxy S9, and Note 9. However, the Galaxy S10 is the most perfect with a 0.4 JNCD. While you won’t be able to tell it’s better with your pathetic human eyes, just know the GS10 is technically superior. The colors also remain accurate at higher viewing angles than past phones.
So, Samsung’s newest phone screens are the best ones it has ever made. That’s no shock. The question is, are consumers willing to pay substantial premiums for a better display when even midrange phone screens are getting downright impressive in their own right?
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