The Galaxy S5's display impresses a well renowned testing firm
It looks like Samsung may have yet other bragging point -- best smartphone display in the world. That was the determination DisplayMate's Dr. Raymond M. Soneira came to after an extensive round of lab tests and measurements, in which he concluded that the Galaxy S5 sports the best smartphone display he's ever tested. It was an easy conclusion to come to after the Galaxy S5 left in its wake a bunch of broken records.
The Galaxy S5 set new standards for several of DisplayMate's smartphone tests, including Highest Brightness, Lowest Reflectance, Highest Color Accuracy, Infinite Contrast Ratio, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light, and smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle.
"The Galaxy S5 has raised th bar for top display performance by another notch -- an impressive achievement for OLED technology!," Dr. Soneira stated.
It's important to note that these are objective tests with measurable results, as opposed to a subjective analysis. Dr. Soneira is also known for not being swayed by factory specifications.
"The variation of Brightness, Contrast, and Color with Viewing Angle is especially important for smartphones because of their larger screen and multiple viewers. The typical manufacturer 176+ degree specification for LCD Viewing Angle is nonsense because that is where the Contrast Ratio falls to a miniscule 10," Dr. Soneira notes. For most LCDs there are substantial degradations at less than ±30 degrees, which is not an atypical Viewing Angle for smartphones and tablets."
As good as the Galaxy S5's display is, one thing that could still use improvement in the OLED arena is power efficiency. This is an area where OLED technology still trails LCDs, though Samsung did make some strides here with the S5 featuring a 27 percent improvement in power efficiency compared to the S4.