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Sony Xperia Z Ultra Triluminos display panel pitted against the HTC One and Galaxy S4 (video)

0. phoneArena 21 Aug 2013, 05:17 posted on

If you wondered how does the new Triluminous display technology of Sony apply to mobile devices, as present in the Xperia Z Ultra phablet, this short comparison below will answer some of your questions. The 6.4" panel gets pitted against one of the best mobile displays out there on the HTC One, as well as the exotic Super AMOLED Full HD screen of the Galaxy S4...

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posted on 21 Aug 2013, 05:24 22

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2112; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

They're all good displays. End of.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 05:39 29

5. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

SONY is really stepping up! Good Job Sony!

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 05:45 19

7. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

Now there will be no trolls whining "Sony Display sucks"..

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 06:08 5

12. vincelongman (Posts: 4429; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Unfortunately trolls will still be trolls and haters gonna hate.

I can wait to a display comparison of the Xperia ZU (Triluminos) vs Note 3 (AMOLED) vs HTC One Max (SLCD3) vs LG G 2 Pro (IPS) vs Lumia Phablet (OLED).

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 06:19 3

15. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)

This f**ken triluminos display needs a lot of battery
% 75 considering % 40 on amoled displays

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 06:29 5

18. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

not really. OLED has the advantage when there are a lot of blacks but if there are a lot of whites displayed, it consumes more power.

i prefer OLED for the chance to save on power used on the display but i won't say triluminos sucks because of the power consumption.

if you do a lot of web browsing (many white pages to show), the amount of power consumed will be almost equal.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 06:31 5

19. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

From where such info?

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 06:56 4

21. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Why too much hate? What did Sony XZU do to you.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 16:08

38. zhiae (unregistered)

at lest not now

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 13:38

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

they already had stepped up but they haven't did good stuff in previous devices now they r doing so that's good.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 08:03 6

24. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

htc one is a big deal..
i think its most natural color and great brightness than others.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 05:27 14

2. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1444; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Well done Sony.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 05:28

3. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2112; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Off topic but just wondering. . .

Let's be honest, since you have a WP, would you prefer the menu button over the search button?

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 05:43 2

6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1444; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Currently search button on WP is annoying for me so i prefer a menu button. These accidental pressing of search button is very annoying when your playing games,browsing etc.
but i prefer search button over menu button if it have a universal searching functionality. Currently its just a Bing search(i don't like using bing at all) it wont let me search my music,videos,apps of my phone. So its kinda waste.
but they may implement something more to it in the near future.
besides smartphones are getting button less.like it or not use should get use to it buddy.
And in my opinion menu button of wp(small 3 dots under button right corner) is well placed. And got used to it too...

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 05:51 1

9. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2112; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

They may implement? I hope so.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 05:57 2

10. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1444; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

It'll be very helpful.
A universal search and natural voice search like google now,Siri etc...Sweeeeet.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 06:21

16. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2112; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Yeah there was a concept about this for 8.1.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 05:46 1

8. juandante (Posts: 463; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

Well home button is 10x better, not only on home you could add a shortcut to seach (only 2 clicks) but on WP the search button is doing everything that it shouldn't do : you can ONLY search on bing (web).

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 06:13 2

13. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Ive seen you ask this sh!t plenty of times. I guess, it's time to keep it yourself.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 05:34 11

4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1444; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Sony "make it believe" well they made me believe.
this is what we needed. More resolution or higher ppi has reached their end. Our eyes wont be able to figure out even the difference between 720p and 1080p displays. Now its time to do make each pixel better, better to produce more natural looking colors.
Sony is close to achieve that
But still may be we'll see a display with resolution of 2560x1980 in a 5'inch smartphone on next year. I'll call it just a marketing gimmick.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 07:41

23. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Anything over 1080p isn't needed for a long time, if they start making 2k and 4k phones in the next few years then yes it is a 100% market gimmick. The 2 things that never get any attention is battery life and storage. Start making phones that can go all day with heavy use and have 128GB plus of memory. Phones are smooth they do not need better cpus until you fix the battery life atleast.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 05:57

11. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2275; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Im subscribe to that guy, on youtube.. :-) he makes the best review (apple endorsded free)

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 06:13 10

14. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Triluminious rocks! I'm waiting for the Honami.
Sony always make me believe.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 06:27 1

17. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

^ triluminous.
Learn to read

Btw, the actual contrast ratio is a rather low 700:1.
Still I'd agree that the picture is very impressive looking

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 08:18 2

26. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

Nope its Triluminos.

Sony made a great deal of improvement here, and while I have to say that their display is still inferior overall, I don't see that continuing for too long.

Theoretically Quantum Dot display technology has many key (but not all) benefits that made OLED attractive. It's just the matter of Sony maturing it -- and I'm sure that they will.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 06:36 2

20. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

I still love my IPS display on my Nexus 4. Wouldn't mind to get a phone with 1080p one day but as for now Nexus 4 is serving me well.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 07:20

22. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

I'm in the same boat, the N4 is the first phone I've owned in over 5 years that left me not wanting to upgrade after a years time. I was hesitant about the screen after coming from SAMOLEDs but the second I saw the N4 in person, I was sold.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 08:04

25. JMartin22 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

I never understand why so many people bash Super AMOLED, simply because it's... well, AMOLED. This display technology is capable of matching or exceeding the best LCD panels out there. Samsung, up until the S4, has been calibrating it to be very saturated. Once again, it depends on how the manufacturer calibrates it.

The only real issues that need to be ironed out are the energy efficiency of the display. Most content displays white background, so it drains almost 3x as much as an LCD displaying those colors. If they can improve the technology further and make it more energy efficient; the display will be brighter and last longer. It will be then truly surpass LCD.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 08:30 3

27. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Stop complaining bout viewing angles just buy the phone u love.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 09:10 1

28. SonyPS4 (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 May 2013)

Im glad finally Sony solved display probelm with their own tech.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 09:16 2

29. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 268; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)

only htc one super nature

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 09:18

30. Finest (Posts: 90; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)

speechless. well done sony.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 09:35

31. Genersis (Posts: 218; Member since: 29 May 2013)

I often wondered why Sony didn't use SLCD displays, considering they used to own a stake in the technology.
Regardless, it's a wholly owned Samsung technology now...pretty much only used by HTC phones...bit odd that.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 12:25

35. Remmy (Posts: 128; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

I read somewhere that Sony had sold all their shares in the joint project and partnered with a few Japanese display giants after a while :)

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 09:50

32. jaisix (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Wait and see the z1 trolls

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 10:24 1

33. isprobi (Posts: 653; Member since: 30 May 2011)

If the Sony had front facing stereo speakers like the HTC One it would be the winner for me. I watch allot of video and I do not usually wear headphones. If I have to choose from these the Sony would win mainly due to the large screen. But if the rumored HTC One Max was available then it would probably be my choice due to combination of large screen and very good speakers.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 11:06

34. amats69 (Posts: 1436; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Im glad that sony really stepping up with their new screen technology..base on the video above s4 is not good on indoor viewing angles....im waiting for the htc one maxx vs note3 vs this zu and nokias phablet..i smell something really big battle between this phones! Im excited :)

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 12:37

36. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 272; Member since: 30 May 2013)

The camera looks right into the Z Ultra's display,but if we look the One and the S4 the camera isnt looking in the center of there display's but all of that displays are the best so thats the result :D end of discussion

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 19:54

39. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

agree with the gurl sony is the first..

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 20:16

40. JunBringer (Posts: 137; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

My Z Ultra shows up tomorrow, I'm pretty pumped!

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 01:21

41. the_matchless (Posts: 64; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)

For me the Xperia Z Ultra is the winner mainly for the wider color gamut/range although I think that a more appropriate comparison with the S4 and One would be possible when a comparable sized screen i.e. the honami is put up next to them. I can't say much about the viewing angles though since I haven't seen the Z Ultra screen in person. However if it is any better than any phone from the previous generation of Xperias then I am more than OK with it.


I wonder why when they talk about a "washed out" screen they tend to overlook the "dark-outs" present in the so called "Super" AMOLEDs specially. By that I mean to refer to the details these displays fail to show, simplify or shall I say "dark-out" in the darker areas (e.g. foliage, black/brown hair etc.) in their pursuit of becoming a high contrast display. The dark-outs, the bluish tint, the unreal contrast ratio that otherwise doesn't exist in the real world, the lower luminance level and the deterioration in the AMOLED panels are the main reasons why I personally prefer the LCDs and especially the IPS LCDs over the AMOLEDs. Triluminous might become my next favorite but that only time will tell. This said, I am fully aware of the fact that the AMOLEDs are the future tech in displays and all the manufacturers are desperately wanting to adopt it, still so far I think the opinion in general is a bit too biased in favor of the AMOLEDs.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 09:11

42. amsess (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)

Go to YouTube, search for "theangelofmusic1989"'s channel and watch the review of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, from minute 12:20 to 14:30. Triluminous display has a real problem with the contrast: 600-650:1.
The colors are beautiful but, in a dark room, watching dark scenes media content will put you off.
Worse than Xperia Z.
Can't post YouTube link yet since it's my first day here.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 13:56

43. PunyPoop (Posts: 752; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

Are you familiar with auto brightness? it's there for a reason, just try it and you'll see...

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 15:57

44. amsess (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)

...and what's that have to do with contrast ratio? I ain't get it. Are we talking about the same thing (?) you know... contrast ratio... which is measured at full brightness... using special tools... whatever, man. Just enjoy it as it is... using the lowest brightness profile. :)

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