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UL certifies the 4.99 FHD display on the Samsung Galaxy S4

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UL certifies the 4.99 FHD display on the Samsung Galaxy S4
Underwriters Laboratories has just handed over to Samsung another plaque to hang on the wall. This one is for the screen on the Samsung Galaxy S4. In case you aren't aware of the actual specs of the display on the device, it is a 4.99 inch Super AMOLED panel with resolution of 1080 x 1920 which we all lovingly refer to as FHD (Full High Definition).

According to UL, the screen on the Samsung Galaxy S4 offers one of the best color reproductions in the mobile industry with the broadest color gamut of up to 97% for the Adobe RGB color space. The screen is said to have one of the best contrast ratios and can be better seen under bright sunlight than the display on many of the phone's rivals.

Before the Samsung Galaxy S4 hangs up its charger, it probably will have a whole room full of plaques for awards handed out to the phone. Earlier this year, UL gave a platinum certification to the same handset for its impact on the environment including boxing materials. And take a look at the picture below. Isn't that unnamed Samsung executive a proud dad!

UL gives an award to Samsung for the screen on its new Android flagship model

UL gives an award to Samsung for the screen on its new Android flagship model


source: SammyHub

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posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:03 22

1. phljcnth (Posts: 264; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


97%?? Yet many claim that the S4 screen can't produce natural colors? Good job Samsung. I also have to commend you for the deep blacks (blacker than that of the S3's) your screen can produce. Colors really pop!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 04:44

19. therealestmc (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


the screen itself is weak. i just broke mine from 2 feet drop,with the case on.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:28 1

28. linerror (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


depends on the case and the drop... i've been asked how tough my otterbox is... and without delay have chunked my phone 30 feet across the building into a file cabinet without so much as a scratch. -- some cases prevent scratches, some prevent damage... if you drop it two feet, face down, onto a rock... the case isn't even involved so it won't protect anything, even a thick screen protector won't protect any phone from a direct strike. seriously though, it's a thousand dollar phone... don't be such a clutz

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 04:48

20. therealestmc (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


the screen itself is weak. i just broke mine from 2 feet drop,with the case on.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 08:38 7

23. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2166; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


That's probably not the screen. If your phone still works, that's the Gorilla Glass on top of the screen.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 09:46 2

24. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Excellent colour reproduction while retaining AMOLED pros; best contrast ratio, real black, higher refresh rate, low light reflectance etc..

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:23

27. linerror (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


most people don't even know there is a section in the display settings for the screen mode... if you think the colors are off, change it from dynamic to standard... default is adapt which isn't perfect for all people...

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 22:32

30. Taters (Posts: 2918; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


People are inherently flawed. It makes sense though, if you spend your entire life looking at LCD's from monitors to TVs to phones, that will begin to look natural to you, even if it really isn't. You see something different and all of a sudden it looks fake.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:09 12

2. gigaraga (Posts: 901; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Exactly! The Samsung Galaxy S4 has the BEST display. The other displays are nothing compared to this! :D

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:14 1

3. FlushGordon (unregistered)


I haven't owned a 1080p phone...can anybody here give an honest opinion as to whether or not they CAN distinguish a 300ppi (approx 5 inch 720p) vs a FHD 400++ ppi when viewed from 12-15 inches away from the face?

Is there a discernable difference, at all?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:28 4

8. hung2900 (Posts: 793; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I have S3, Note 2 and S4. The difference between S3/Note 2 and S4 is absolutely noticeable. But OneX vs S4, not that much

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:51 2

13. phljcnth (Posts: 264; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Generally, when viewed from 12-15in. distance, it's really hard to tell the difference. But it sometimes depends on what you are viewing, whether it is small texts or pictures with so much details. It also depends on the subpixel arrangements of the screen.

The biggest difference I really noticed is color reproduction. Take S III and S4 as example. Both screen uses PenTile matrix but you can really tell which screen is better in just a glance. S4's screen is brighter and its whites are whiter. I don't know if it's just the calibration. When viewed 5 inches away, you will still somehow discern pixels with S3's screen because of its subpixel arrangement, which is not the case with S4's display.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:53 2

15. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


i can tell a clear difference from that distance. i have owned a s3, a dna, and i have recently checked out the s4..... the s4 screen is a stunner

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 05:27

21. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 295; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I had s3 and one x, now have s4. Pentile matrix on s3 under heavy scrutiny showed some graininess. One x cant see individual pixels however from under 6inch the s4 definately is sharper. From 15inches away cant tell the difference.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:32

29. linerror (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


side by side with the s3, you can see a difference. everything is sharper/clearer and i can easily see that at 16 inches

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 22:33

31. Taters (Posts: 2918; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


It's pretty noticeable. It just looks a lot nicer.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:19

4. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Somehow, I'm not a fan of SAMOLEDs/deep blacks...gray-ish areas can become exaggerated at times...plus websites that are supposed to be ''paper white'' aren't rendered as such.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:24 1

5. ArtSim98 (limited) (Posts: 2738; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I hate this new PA. I can't give any dislikes........

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:36 3

10. tiara6918 (Posts: 1395; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


A suggestion I would give is instead of removing the dislike button, allow the user to see which commenter gave a thumbs up and thumbs down(you will get a notification on my profile or e-mail), so we can finally see who are the trolls and haters that spam this website

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 03:06 2

16. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Paid shills and Trolls will ABUSE the dislike button. just sayin

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:25 3

6. Leica_Shooter (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


What? No awards for 640p screens? Tim Cook will not be happy.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:26 2

7. iushnt (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


i agree..nothing can compete the display of gs4..kudos to sammy!!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:32

9. tiara6918 (Posts: 1395; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Samsung's super amoled display is simply the best, lcd still needs to catch up

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:43

11. JMartin22 (limited) (Posts: 973; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


What's with people. Over 300 PPI doesn't mean you don't see pixels, you just don't see them from a certain distance on the screen. If you put your eyes close enough to the display on a 5" 1080p screen, and you focus them, you'll see pixels on that, too.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 12:53 1

26. Steinrik (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Sorry, but you are wrong. I am looking at the screen of my S4 now, and I have no way of telling individual pixels apart from each other. No way.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:43 2

12. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


All the best Samsung. Let the competitors die of jealousy.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 02:53 1

14. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


Congrats Samsung! !! ;-)

But this time I chose hTc One than the sgs4, why? 'B'coz I already had a gnote 2.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 05:31 2

22. JMartin22 (limited) (Posts: 973; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


So much for rabid HTC One fans thinking they had the best 1080p display, merely based on the laurels that it was an LCD. OLED is at a point where it's truly surpassing LCD now. The only thing they need to improve on is energy efficiency with higher grades of brightness.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 09:50 1

25. cR203 (Posts: 188; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


Great job Samsung. They are continuously improving amoled displays to make them better. Being an owner of the galaxy s, s2, s3, note, note 2, and using the s4 I can say amoled displays have come a long way.

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