At 600 nits, the Nokia Lumia 925 display is the brightest mobile AMOLED panel to date


We spotted in the developer specifications for the Lumia 925 yesterday that Nokia lists the 4.5" HD OLED screen as having a peak brightness of 600 nits, but thought that there's been a database mismatch with the Lumia 920, which is also listed at 600 nits, but has an LCD screen, and such peak brightness is achievable there.

After all, even Samsung doesn't boost its Super AMOLED panels beyond 300-400 nits, which, despite the low reflectance ratio of its displays, still makes them pretty bad for outdoor usage, especially in bright sunlight.

Nokia, however, just outed a "Why the Nokia Lumia 925 is a screen idol" article, confirming that it is using a combination of technologies for the Lumia 925 panel, and its engineers have indeed maxed out the brightness at 600 nits, which is on par with the best LCDs out there, including the luminant iPhone 5.

Kenneth Majander from the display development team at Nokia, elaborates: "With the Nokia Lumia 925, we’re using a new laminated AMOLED display technology, which brings a lot of advantages. For one thing, AMOLED allows us to remove an air gap between the screen and the display."

This makes the panel thinner, brighter and less reflective, but Samsung is also taking advantage of these OLED-specific features in its Galaxy line displays, so what gives? It might have something to do with Nokia's ClearBlack layer that it puts on its touchscreens, reducing reflections and improving contrast further. On top of that, despite that we have the typical for OLED screens wide viewing angles and saturated colors, Nokia has provided a Color Profiling app that offers many levels of saturation to choose from, in addition to cool, neutral and warm options.

"Some people prefer more natural colours on their screen. Others want to make it more vivid,” adds Kenneth. “The new app offers a slider allowing 11 degrees of vividness.”

Add to all of the above an improved Synaptics technology for a super-sensitive touchscreen that can be operated with gloves, a feature that got introduced with the Lumia 920, and enhanced further on the 925, and, pending our review of the handset, this panel might be the best mobile OLED display to date, despite being a "mere" HD resolution.

source: Nokia

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Lumia 925
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(12.8h 3G talk time)

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65 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Nice, and people say Nokia is not innovating. I think Nokia is on of the biggest phone innovators!

3. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

batter 2000mah = dead in half a day at full brightness :)

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

How do you know? you own a 925? Let's wait for the test's and it also depends how people use the phone!

10. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

its a guess, considering the galaxy line doest fair too well in battery life at full brightness.

56. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

jealousy

66. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

jealous of what? I got a beautiful 5" 1080p screen in my hands :) Hardly jealous of a lower res amoled.

61. cam-whore

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

well, you probably answered your own doubts, never compare nokia's battery life with cheap plastic phones....you will be disappointed...

53. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

There is some kind of solution here that Nokia uses. You can actually over clock the brightness on a Galaxy S phone. Someone cranked the the GS2 to 600 nits and the battery died in like less than hour according to him. So he is probably right unless Nokia figured out something.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Who the heck uses their phone at full brightness?

22. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

me? Everyday? what kind of a question is that..

38. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Lol...Dark and Dark arguing!! Splendid!! :D

45. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

But why? Why would you need to?

67. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Because I live in a world where there is actually sunlight :)

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I do...

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why smurf?

28. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Exactly Bro...if there's the ambient light sensor then i'll leave it to that but it's pointless pushing the brightness when you're indoors.

44. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly just set it to auto brightness and be done with it.

29. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Only reviewers will turn the phone to full brightness when reviewing it.

47. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly just to test the unit, but for everyday use, auto brightness will do

48. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

That's right! That's why ambient light sensors are useful, if a phone has no ambient light sensor, it won't have auto brightness.

51. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I keep my Lumia 900 at minimum brightness unless I am outside in the sun, when I crank it up so I can see the screen without shading it with my hand. Same with my prior C7 Astound and 701.

63. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

701 has highest brightness figure even today over 1000 nits if you turn it to a maximum brightness it will hurt your eyes

65. Dastrix unregistered

I do dark, to show off my splendid yellow 920's awesome screen! :)

55. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

any android yes that would happen for sure

41. djcody

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I just wonder who making for them the screen panels?? Any one??

68. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

yes samsung BUT there is CLA|EAR BLACK that is nokia's own tech that's why nokia's amoled displays became best

58. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

We don´t know much about the screen right now, it does have 600 nits but it might not have such a good low reflectance ratio as Samsung phones have. But 600 nits is a lot, hell of a lot more than Samsung. But 600 nits is going to need power, I think that it is better if you have low nits but very low reflectance. My SGS 1 which is 3 years old still beats SGS 3 in screen, I can set my screen to 50% and I can see in sunlight pretty good unlike SGS 3, the only thing where SGS 3 beats my phone is resolution. I also made my screen to display more accurate colours which is great. I have no idea what the he.. Samsung ''improves'' on their displays but I expected by now way better displays. Nokia set a new bar on OLED displays I think, I also hope for RGB, now that would be an awesome screen. Way better than LCD for my taste, if it wouldn´t be for the old HW and annoying Windows Phone, I would recommend it, I just don´t like it. Screen is a very important thing about a phone so it is only good if Nokia improves it.

2. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

I wont lie, Nokia makes some great tech... but... its running Windows Phone... I can care less what OS it runs as long as its not WinBlows Phone... Hell, Ill take the Windows Mobile 6.5 on my Mogul and Touch Pro 2 oh, and lets not forget my HD2 anyday, over Windows Phone! Im sorry, I dont like the UI on the desktop, and I dont like it on the phone, Tile displays bug the piss outta me (but my great grandma loves them! go old folks phone os!)

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

If you hate it then don't buy it simple as that!

20. DKJnr

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Thank you!! I hate people who comment and say crap!

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