Smartphone Screen Comparisons: Best Display

The end of summer usually means that IFA is in full swing and most of the smartphones for the year have already launched. As of writing, the only major phone we’re waiting for is the new iPhone. The iPhone’s retina display has consistently been rated as having one of the most accurate color display and one of the best (if not the best) displays. However, recently Samsung’s AMOLED screens with its amazingly deep blacks and great contrast have started taking the crown as the best smartphone display. Here are 5 of the phones you want to get if you are looking for the best screens.



1. Samsung Galaxy Note 5/Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge +

Taking over the mantle from the Galaxy Note 4, Display Mate has christened the Note 5 as the best smartphone display they have every tested. The 5.7 inch display features include a 2k display and Gorilla Glass 4. It does not quite have the same pixels per inch (ppi) as the Galaxy S6 (557 ppi), but that doesn’t seem to take anything away from DisplayMates’ rating. The S6 Edge + features virtually the same display as the Note 5 except for its curved screen – the curved edges have limited functionality at the moment, but count on Samsung to add more features in the future.




2. Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Announced at IFA 2015, Sony’s flagship Xperia Z5 Premium packs the world’s first in 4k smartphone display panel with an astonishing 806 ppi. With rich colors and deep blacks, it is truly a world beater. DisplayMate hasn’t had a chance to review the Sony panels yet, but there is little doubt that it will get anything short of an amazing rating. Currently, based on pixel density, Sony’s Xperia Z5 Premium is the phone to beat.



3. Samsung Galaxy S6/ S6 edge

The Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge are equipped with 5.1 inch 2k display with an impressive 557 ppi. As with other Samsung AMOLED displays, these have deep blacks and vibrant colors – although Samsung likes to oversaturate the colors on their phones, giving them an unnatural “pop” effect. A lot of people seem to prefer this though. Samsung’s “Adaptive Display” mode is also a very useful feature, where it changes the characteristics of the display depending on what app you are using (eg, reading vs watching a video).


4. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple still uses LCD technology for its iPhone. LCD’s don’t have the same deep blacks as OLED displays, which limits its ability for high contrast. Nevertheless, DisplayMate has rated the iPhone 6 Plus as having the best LCD display its every tested, which puts the iPhone into this list. It does not have a 2k display, but the 6 Plus’ Retina HD features one of the highest color accuracy on any smartphone. There screen is not expected to change with the new iPhone 6s (except the addition of Force Touch), so unless Apple changes the display for the iPhone 7, you might not be seeing the iPhone on “best screens” lists anymore.



5. Huawei Mate S

Also unveiled at IFA 2015, the Huawei Mate S is a gem to look at, featuring a full metal, diamond cut unibody at just 7.2mm thick. The display features a 5.5inch AMOLED display with 401 ppi and Gorilla Glass 4. Huawei also adds Force Touch to its display – a full week before Apple is expected to release their iPhone 6s with Force Touch. They displayed this feature by weighing an orange on the phones screen during its unveiling – pretty impressive.


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