OLED Displays Benchmark Perfection

Ok, August, and the dog days of summertime, so don’t expect much – expect perfection, and you are going to get it this time…

As a matter of fact, we can close up shop and all go home now… as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has broken all 13 benchmark performance records and reached a state of nirvana among small portable displays. It is the closest thing humans will achieve to perfection in 2D display technology. From highest accuracy (0.4 JNCD) or virtually indistinguishable from perfect, to visible screen resolution of 3K (3040 x 1440) where anything higher is not discernible by the human eye, this display is the cat’s meow, top of the heap, king of the hill, excelsior, damn wicked, bad ass, not too shabby, and in Walt Disney’s famous understatement to multiple academy award winning song writers Richard and Robert Sherman (“the boys”) when he first heard the music score for Mary Poppins… “It’ll do.” (But I digress…)

Here is a short list of the Galaxy Note 10+ display highlights:

  • Record Very High Absolute Color Accuracy (0.4 JNCD) that is Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect.
  • Record Very High Image Contrast Accuracy and Intensity Scale Accuracy that is Visually Indistinguishable From Perfect.
  • Record High Brightness Mode that is up to 25% Brighter (1,308 nits) than the Galaxy Note9 in High Ambient Light.
  • Record Peak Luminance, Color Accuracy and Intensity Scales that are Independent of the on-screen image content.
  • Record Setting Galaxy Note10+ sets or matches 13 Smartphone Display Performance Records, earning DisplayMate’s highest ever A+ grade.

Both taller and wider, the 6.5-inch AMOLED full screen display features a whopping 19:9 aspect ratio. Dr. Ray Soneira in his DisplayMate lab shoot-out notes, what is most impressive in the Galaxy Note 10+ is a new aspect Ratio of 19 : 9 = 2.11, which is 19% larger than the 16 : 9 = 1.78 on most Smartphones (and widescreen TVs) because the display now has the same overall shape as the entire phone,” Soneira said. The large 6.8-inch, curved, flexible (mounted in rigid glass) full-screen OLED that covers the entire face of the device. It achieves a 10% size boost over the previous (Galaxy 9) size and that extra display real-estate “…offers extra space for notifications and for displaying multiple apps and content simultaneously on-screen side-by-side,” Soneira noted in the shoot-out summary.

The main screen also offers two (user configurable) edge screen areas from its rounded corners and curved along both the left and right edges. This display area can be viewed from both front and sides of the device–even when face down, (think edge clock at your side table, way cool.) Soneira calls this “particularly helpful for status messages, notices, and memo’s.”

Ok, here are the top 13 record breaking, (or record matching) performance metrics:

  • Highest absolute color accuracy (0.4 JNCD) – visually indistinguishable from perfect.
  • Highest image contrast accuracy and intensity scale accuracy (2.17 Gamma) – visually indistinguishable from perfect.
  • Smallest shift in color accuracy and intensity scale with the image content APL (0.8 JNCD) – visually indistinguishable from perfect.
  • Smallest shift in image contrast and intensity scale with the image content APL (0.03 Gamma) – visually indistinguishable from perfect.
  • Smallest change in peak luminance with the image content APL (6%).
  • Highest full screen brightness for OLED smartphones (793 nits at 100% APL).
  • Highest peak display brightness (1,308 nits for Low APL).
  • Largest native color gamut (113% DCI-P3 and 142% sRGB / Rec.709).
  • Highest contrast ratio (Infinite).
  • Lowest screen reflectance (4.3%).
  • Highest contrast rating in ambient light (184 for 100% APL and 304 for peak brightness).
  • Smallest brightness variation with viewing angle (24% at 30-degrees).
  • Highest visible screen resolution 3K (3040×1440) – 4K does not appear visually sharper to the human eye on a smartphone.

Top display functions and feature details (this is icing on the cake) as outlined in the display shoot-out

  • The Galaxy Note10+ display has a newly developed very small circular O-hole at the very top center of the screen for the front facing selfie camera and sensors. The Camera O-hole is just 4.7mm in diameter, taking up only a tiny 0.15% of the total display area, a key factor in the high 92% front view screen-to-body ratio for the Galaxy Note10+.
  • 3K (3040 x 1440) Full HD+ at 498 ppi (pixels per inch) diamond pixels with sub-pixel rendering to enhanced sharpness and boost peak brightness.
  • The Galaxy Note10+ display appears perfectly sharp for normal 20/20 vision at typical smartphone viewing distances (10 to 18-in, or 25 to 46 cm).
  • Image luminance that is independent of the on-screen image content.
  • High brightness mode with 100% APL full screen peak display brightness of 793 nits, significantly improves screen visibility in very high ambient light, and also provides the high screen brightness needed for HDR.
  • Very high absolute color accuracy (0.4 JNCD) that is visually indistinguishable from perfect.
  • Very high image and picture contrast accuracy and intensity scale accuracy (2.17 Gamma) that is visually indistinguishable from perfect.
  • Color accuracy and intensity scales that are Independent of the image content.
  • Automatic Color Management that automatically switches to the proper Color Gamut for any displayed image content that has an ICC profile within the OLED wide color space, so images automatically appear with the correct colors, neither over-saturated or under-saturated.
  • 2 Industry standard calibrated color gamuts: the sRGB / Rec.709 color gamut that is used for most current consumer content, and the new wide DCI-P3 color gamut that is used in 4K ultra HD TVs. The DCI-P3 gamut is 26% larger than the sRGB / Rec.709 gamut.
  • 2 Selectable screen modes that provide user control of the color from the accurate natural mode to the vivid mode.
  • A full 100% DCI-P3 Color Gamut with the natural mode that is also used for 4K Ultra HD TVs, so the Galaxy Note10+ can display the latest high-end 4K video content.
  • A larger native color gamut with a new high saturation “Deep Red” OLED, resulting in a very impressive 113% of DCI-P3 and 142% of sRGB / Rec.709 gamuts that also provides much better on-screen colors in high ambient light.
  • A new blue OLED with an improved light spectrum that reduces the amount of potentially harmful very short wavelength blue light while still maintaining the same full wide Color Gamut.
  • A night mode with a blue light filter that allows the user to adjust and reduce the amount of blue light from the display for better night viewing and improved sleep.
  • A video enhancer that provides HDR-like expanded dynamic range for all videos that don’t have HDR coding.
  • High dynamic range mobile HDR10+ display which allows the Galaxy Note10+ to play 4K HDR content produced for 4K UHD TVs. The Galaxy Note10+ has the new enhanced Mobile HDR10+ that supports dynamic metadata and tone mapping.
  • Front and back dual ambient light sensors for significantly improved automatic brightness settings.
  • User adjustable white point with color balance slider controls that can change the color of white for the vivid mode.
  • Always-On display mode and personalized auto brightness control.
  • Small color shifts and brightness shifts with viewing angle, particularly white, (the most used background color.)
  • Vision accessibility display modes to help people with vision impairments.
  • The Galaxy Note10+ can be used with polarized sunglasses in both the portrait and landscape mode (note this is unlike LCDs, which generally work in only one of the two orientations.)
  • A strong curved Gorilla Glass 6 protecting the display.

Be sure to catch the full Galaxy Note 10+ shoot-out write-up on the web site for all the specifics, test results, charts and images provided by the go to display panel metrology expert in the industry, Dr. Ray Soneira. — Stephen Sechrist

Introducing Galaxy Note10: Designed to Bring Passions to Life with Next-Level Power

Experience the New Era of Mobile Computing with Galaxy Book S

Introducing the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6: A New Tablet that Enhances Your Creativity and Productivity

Galaxy Fold Ready for Launch Starting from September

[Invitation] Samsung Galaxy UNPACKED 2019: The Next Galaxy

The Era of Live Starts Now: Galaxy A80 Available Today

Samsung’s OLED Display on New Galaxy Fold Receives International Recognition for Its Reduction in Eye-Impairing Blue Light