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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 display ranks on par with the best, AMOLED hugely improved

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 display ranks on par with the best, AMOLED hugely improved
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 arrived on AT&T today, and in the next few days it will appear on all four major U.S. carriers, so it’s just the right time for an in-depth look at that humongous 5.7-inch 1080p display. The Note 3 is the biggest jump in display technology in the Note series so far as it is the first Samsung phablet to get a 1080p screen. Interestingly, though, Samsung may not have just improved the display slightly - it might have made its best AMOLED display so far and here is why.

AMOLED, 1080p and PenTile Diamond pixel


The Note 3 features a 5.7” Super AMOLED display with the new PenTile Diamond pixel arrangement that is not standard RGB. To understand the ins and outs of it, we turn to screen experts from DisplayMate who have meticulously measured colors, brightness, contrast, viewing angles, screen reflections and power consumption. Summarized in a few sentences, the Note 3 screen is probably the best AMOLED screen out there and it finally can play on par with the best LCDs out there. That’s not just because of the increased sharpness, but mostly because of a huge boost in brightness and outdoor readability, as well as a variety of screen modes that will please both professionals and those looking for more eye-popping colors.

Diamond pixel arrangement on the Note 3

Diamond pixel arrangement on the Note 3

First, the increased sharpness. The Note 3 has a screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and that works out to pixel density of 388ppi, noticeably sharper than the 265ppi display of the Note II. Additionally, it comes with the benefit of 1080p being a very common format and in most cases there’s no need to convert media, and that in turn results in power savings. The screen uses the Diamond pixel arrangement we first saw in the Galaxy S4. It has 2 sub-pixels instead of 3, with blue being predominant and green least present because of color efficiencies, but the high resolution compensates for the low number of sub-pixels.

Huge gains in brightness


However the biggest change has come in brightness. Traditionally, AMOLED screens have been notoriously dim and not very easy to use in bright sunlight. This changes completely in the Note 3 as it has a much more luminant display, providing around 400 nits of brightness in most conditions, on par with the best LCDs out there. Moreover, outdoors, the Note 3 can deliver an outstanding 660 nits of brightness, nearly 40% brighter than the Galaxy S4. Still, to be great for outdoor use, a device not only needs to have a bright screen - it also has to have low screen reflectance, and good news is the Note 3 has them both.

One of the best things about AMOLED displays is that you can pick a screen mode to your liking. The Galaxy Note 3 offers 5 screen Modes: Adapt Display, Dynamic, Standard, Professional Photo, and Movie. By default, the screen is set at Adapt Display Mode that brings overblown colors, and is better for outdoor clarity. Movie is the most accurate in terms of color calibration for all common content including photos and videos. The Professional Photo Mode calibrates the screen to the Adobe RGB standard and comes to use with advanced and pro photographers.

Finally, the Note 3 also features a very impressive gains in power efficiency - the display is 26% more efficient than the Note II, and 31 percent more power efficient than most full HD LCD smartphones.

All in all, Samsung really did its best with the Note 3 display. It has the vivid colors that can be fine-tuned and not necessarily overblown, it has outstanding viewing angles, and it has hugely improved brightness and outdoor legibility. Take a look at the charts and images explaining it all right below, and hit the source link at the bottom for the tiny details.



source: DisplayMate

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posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:07 40

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Best screen on the market.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:37 19

9. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


haha yes,
we should call it
aww so awesome amoled :D

coz its reallyy amazingg :D ^_^

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:43 21

11. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


Agreed - this thing is a beast!

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:57 18

19. LordDavon (Posts: 135; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)


Dang it! I was all set not to upgrade yet! All the reviews coming in show that it is a worthy upgrade from the Note II. Friggin' Samsung!!!

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 11:14 19

24. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Do it. DO IT!

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 13:35 4

39. LordDavon (Posts: 135; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)


You are a bad influence Papa! BAD!!! lol

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 11:05 2

22. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I don't think it can beat Sony's Triluminos display with X-reality.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 11:13 20

23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Did you not read the article? I'm demoing this bad boy at the AT&T store today.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 13:16 3

38. wesley. (Posts: 84; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Seriously? -1

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 20:30 1

63. taikucing (unregistered)


you mean washout screen if we look it from wide angle?

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 13:48 3

42. bubbadoes (Posts: 1147; Member since: 03 May 2012)


do your homework buddy--maybe best screen from Samsung-but the `htc one blows it away, try 468 ppi which is the highest pixel density on `any smartphone across any platform. period! comment 1

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 17:31 8

57. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Pixel density is not the only factor which determines the brilliance of a screen. By your logic, a screen with a PPI of 450 is better than a screen with a PPI of 445. Apparently, not much else matters. You wouldn't even know which one was which by just looking at it.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 07:45 1

81. tadas86 (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Apr 2013)


haha, you just made a joke of yourself. You CANT see the pixels from ~330 PPI already. What's the point of having more?

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 14:12 1

43. LionStone (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


"Summarized in a few sentences, the Note 3 screen is probably the best AMOLED screen out there and it finally can play on par with the best LCDs out there. "

As stated, it 'finally' is on par and now people get all giddy! Hehe... It only took Sammy 10 mos to match the screen on the DNA! Late to market, just like apple
:-)

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 22:23 2

65. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


iBS
Do not take iPhoneArena literally
Display Mate stated - THE BEST. Chek it out.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 15:15 4

48. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Another day another great news for the beast.

Sammy FTW

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:09 22

2. androidornothing (Posts: 143; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Thank You Samsung!!! This phone just gets sexier with every article that comes out.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 12:04

33. GTR722 (Posts: 261; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Even better with those fake benchmarks that are now confirmed, shame on samsung.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:10 12

3. maseholic (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


It so great. I want this phone asap.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:43 10

12. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Dear Lord it has 660 cd/m2 peak brightness (in automatic brightness mode). Absolute winner.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 18:34 1

60. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


I don’t think so because some LCD Display can get over 1000 cd/m2 and remember if you set the brightness so high GN3 Display will consume more power than LCD.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 02:36

78. Adithya7184 (Posts: 317; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


did you ever read the article-

"Finally, the Note 3 also features a very impressive gains in power efficiency - the display is 26% more efficient than the Note II, and 31 percent more power efficient than most full HD LCD smartphones."

read whole article before commenting, you dumbass

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:11 14

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Wow, this is indeed GREAT news. I love that this Super AMOLED is on par with the other GREATS like SLCD 3 & IPS.

Samsung hit a home run here with the Samsung Galaxy Note III's HD screen. Man those blacks are sexy!!!

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:23 11

5. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)


Good job samsung!

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:28 13

6. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


I am so dehydrated of salivating over this phone.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:28 6

7. twens (Posts: 979; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I said this i the previous comment when phonearena rated the fon 9.0. This is the best phone ever,i don't care what rate phonearena gives it. We all know some people are just jealous.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:30 3

8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


So much win.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:38 3

10. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Win-win.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:45 8

13. twens (Posts: 979; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Phonearena left out the fact that note 3 has the highest mobile display brightness. This phone is a beast. Lets see what haters are going to say now?

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 10:51

15. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Probably discredit DisplayMate haha.

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