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Nokia Lumia 900 screen with ClearBlack tech takes the smartphone crown in outdoor visibility

0. phoneArena 08 May 2012, 11:00 posted on

It seems that Nokia got it right with its ClearBlack technology that is present on the Lumia 900 and other handsets from the Finns. It scores average in tha brightness department at 395 nits, but the 4.4% screen reflectance ratio is extremely low, and can only be matched by the original Galaxy S, which is, however, less bright that the Lumia 900...

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posted on 08 May 2012, 11:12 3

1. zvadim (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


motorola had a promising "transflexive" display technology about a decade ago, if memory serves. It claimed that a reflective coating on the very back layer of display, would allow the ambient light to augment the backlight, thus improving outdoor performance.

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:16 4

9. LordOfTroll (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 May 2012)


I have a paper that doesn't reflect any light, lol motosheep.

posted on 18 May 2012, 12:33

30. jnkAL (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 May 2012)


Damn you must be amazing then. Able to see a completely non reflective paper.

Really absolutely amazing. How do you do it? Some kind of zen sense? Or maybe you can prophecy what's on the paper?

posted on 08 May 2012, 15:18 1

14. Penny (Posts: 1243; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Thanks for the interesting information zvadim. Please ignore the TRUE SHEEP that do not want to even hear anybody else talking about tech from companies that they are not interested in.

posted on 08 May 2012, 11:16 8

2. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


And still, AMOLED for the win! I promise LCD will be a thing of the past soon.

posted on 08 May 2012, 11:36 4

3. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


I'm getting tired of AMOLED. At first I loved it, but now I hate it. I really like the screen on the HTC Titan, which I believe is a Super LCD

posted on 08 May 2012, 17:24 2

25. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


The one thing i didn't like about the super amoled screen was the burn in effect. i paid top dollar for my samsung focus when it came out, and i could see things burned in the screen, after a few months!

posted on 08 May 2012, 11:36 3

4. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


went to the main site because i was curious.. but um... where are the newer Amoled techs? The SGS2's RGB SA+ and the high density 720p screen of the SGS3/Nexus??

I love my SGS1 and all, but the tech is old compared to the new offerings. Also, correct me if im wrong, but the 900 uses the exact same screen as the SGS1, with just the "pure black" filter being placed on it, right? I guess it was to highlight the difference between the 2 with the filter. But still, where is the SGS2, Note, and Nexus? How about the LCD2 of the OneX. If your going to have a screen shoot out, use all the top screens. (notice how every one of them is made by samsung? lol)

posted on 08 May 2012, 11:59 1

7. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I still use my SGS Cappy - got ICS On it and it runs great. Might be older tech for the screen, but it is still very good.

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:03 2

8. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ICS on my Vibrant is the bomb. And thats hurting me. My wife is questioning why i "need" a new phone now, if the latest OS runs butter smooth on my phone.. lol. GRRRR. I might have to accidentally break my phone on SGS3 launch day to justify it... woops.. lol

posted on 08 May 2012, 12:40 1

12. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


Man up man and buy that motherf---er whenever your good and ready lol.

I'm lucky, my wife has evolved like this:
MyTouch 3G
MyTouch 4G
Sensation 4G
and now she wants the Note!!

posted on 08 May 2012, 16:53

24. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I doubt my wife will ever go that big. She's been through more phones in the last 2 years than I have since nothing has really beat my SGS1 in tinkerability and power. American S2's have a weaker GPU and the power increase is so minimal that its not worth the money.

She was on a dual core phone for a while but for some reason ended up with a MT4G and is quite happy with it.

posted on 08 May 2012, 15:59 1

18. Penny (Posts: 1243; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


If they were comparing overall display quality, then you would have a point. In this article, they were specifically looking at outdoor visibility. The ClearBlack filter is more effective at reducing reflectance of external light than even the best of current Super Amoled Plus screens right now that do not have the same filter. Higher pixel density shouldn't have much of an effect on outdoor visibility; the primary factors of outdoor visibility are actually display brightness and low light reflectance.

posted on 08 May 2012, 16:51

23. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Super amoled + screens are a bit brighter than the older super amoled screens, so that directly affects outdoor visibility. The test needs to be run against current phones to give current viability. This test woulda been great.. in 2010.

posted on 11 May 2012, 16:41

29. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


even the S III is not as good as Nokia 900 in terms of reflectivity.
Nokia's CBD technology works really good.

posted on 08 May 2012, 16:35

20. -box- (Posts: 3858; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


The ClearBlack display tech is still pretty good, even compared to other technologies. Nokia had it on some of their non-AMOLED screens as well.

One thing I didn't know (but after reading this article on Gizmodo, found out) that Samsung actually makes (at least some of) the screens for the Lumia 900. So there is a chance their phones would be competitive, but not sure if they're licensed to use Nokia's ClearBlack for their own products

posted on 11 May 2012, 16:39

27. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


this "only" cbd makes the difference. Huge. believe me.

posted on 08 May 2012, 11:36 2

5. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


All of those phone tested except Lumia 900 are outdated and have moved on to Next Gen with better displays.

posted on 08 May 2012, 15:42

15. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


it says: ´´and can only be matched by the original Galaxy S´´ which means that not even the galaxy S2 comes close to that. In other word the Samsung Galaxy S has a better screen reflectance ratio than the S2.

posted on 08 May 2012, 11:57 4

6. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 843; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


LOL! So they had to compare the new Lumia900 to an old Android for it to win? legendary. :)
Why couldn't they compare to a GS2?

posted on 08 May 2012, 15:46 2

16. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


The Samsung Galaxy S has a better screen reflectance ratio than the S2.

posted on 08 May 2012, 15:46 1

17. Penny (Posts: 1243; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I wish they did, so people wouldn't be able to use this excuse. The ClearBlack filter or whatever Nokia uses is known to provide the best outdoor visibility of currently implemented mobile screen technology. That includes the Super Amoled +. Higher pixel density/resolution makes little difference with outdoor visibility. The biggest factors for outdoor visibility are display brightness and external light reflectance (or lack thereof).

posted on 08 May 2012, 14:28 2

13. charudutt (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


nokia lumia 900 is the best!!! nokia clear black display is gr8!!!

posted on 08 May 2012, 16:47

22. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Now compare it to Xperia s with it's bravia engine and hd display

posted on 11 May 2012, 16:40

28. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


bravia engine is overrated and it's been proved many times

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