For the previous couple of years, Samsung has been racking up show know-how wins nearly each refresh cycle. Apple’s choice to pursue LCDs as much as and together with the iPhone Eight meant that the 2 firms operated in somewhat completely different universes. Four to 5 years in the past, Apple’s LCDs had a major effectivity benefit. OLEDs have steadily closed the hole, nonetheless, which partly explains why we’re seeing Apple shift to them after so a few years. Now, DisplayMate has revealed its first comparability of the iPhone X’s OLED panel, and this 12 months, it’s taking residence the bacon.
Although Dr. Soneira doesn’t do that comparability himself, we’ve lined up his Galaxy Note Eight OLED comparability towards the iPhone X to see the place every cellphone excelled. Samsung’s Note Eight has the next PPI and sub-pixel decision (458 PPI for Apple, 521 PPI for Samsung), although we’ve famous that pushing pixel density has already hit the purpose of diminishing-to-negligible marginal return for human eyeballs. In phrases of colour accuracy, the Samsung Galaxy Note Eight is superb, however Apple is almost excellent, with a fair cleaner match with Rec. 709 and DCI-P3.
The iPhone X’s colour accuracy. Image by DisplayMate.
The distinction right here, in keeping with Dr. Soneira, is “Very Good” accuracy for Samsung vs. “Excellent” for Apple.
Average display reflection is four.5 p.c Apple, four.6 p.c Samsung, and each shows mirror the identical proportion of mirror reflections, 5.7 p.c. Average, full, and peak brightness are all brighter on the iPhone X, although Automatic Brightness can surge to the next level on the Samsung Galaxy Note Eight. The iPhone X will get a barely increased score for distinction score in excessive ambient gentle (A+ for iPhone X vs. A for Galaxy Note Eight), however the Note Eight additionally scores an A+ if computerized brightness is enabled.
Apple’s total colour accuracy is decisively higher than Samsung’s, however understand that this implies lower than it used to, which is to say: As colour copy high quality continues to enhance, the hole between “Very Good” and “Excellent” is tougher to understand than the hole between “Average” and “Very good.”
Apple’s iPhone X additionally loses much less brightness when considered from a 30-degree angle (22 p.c versus 29 p.c) however the colour shifts are smaller on the Note Eight.
Power consumption comparisons are all the time fascinating, particularly since that is the primary time we’ve seen Apple and Samsung go head-to-head with an OLED panel. Unfortunately, the information introduced for the iPhone X isn’t notably straightforward to check with the Galaxy Note Eight.
Dr. Soneira reviews that the Note Eight’s Average Display Power (most brightness at 50 p.c common image stage) is 1.2W with 525 cd/m2. That’s candela per sq. meter, a measure of luminance. The whole display space is 12.Eight-inch2 for the iPhone X and 15.7-inch2 for the Galaxy Note Eight. Obviously the iPhone X attracts extra energy than the Samsung Galaxy Note Eight, but it surely’s additionally emitting rather more gentle on the similar proportion brightness.
We’ve reached out to Dr. Soneira for clarification on this level; we’ll replace this submit if we be taught extra. Either approach, DisplayMate thinks the OLED on the iPhone X is nice sufficient to qualify as the very best they’ve ever examined, and that’s ok for us.