Consumer Reports: Galaxy S8 red screen tint isn't 'controversial issue'

The watchful watchdogs from Consumer Reports have taken the Galaxy S8 red screen tint controversy to heart, and collected no less than 8 units of the handset batches already available in the US to examine if the problem is worth issuing their usual warning for. It turned out that it isn't, and, as with so many "gates" before it, the "tintgate" in the end seems to be just a nothingburger.

While the folks from Consumer Reports did notice slight escape towards the warm and reddish side of the spectrum on a few units, this has in no way presented a viewing distortion or something that users would immediately notice if not pointed to it. "Our display evaluators noted that displays of four of our test models appeared slightly more red than the other four. It’s unclear how much consumers might object to the red tint, especially if they weren’t looking at two phones side-by-side," says the report. 

Samsung has reportedly already sent out an update to its service centers in Korea, and will roll it out en masse this week for those who want to eventually tinker more with the color temperature of their Galaxy S8 displays, so the issue might not be hardware-related, after all. The Consumer Report testing hasn't finished entirely just yet, as the battery of the S8 and S8+ is still under examination, but so far they have found the camera to be one of the best they've ever tested, and that it is harder to scratch the Gorilla Glass 5 of the S8 than the chassis of the S7.

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1. haruken

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

iPhonearena loses again. You guys will have to try harder with the propaganda.

2. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

But you can admit that publish the news to prove that they are wrong. That's ok.

3. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

if they are anti samsung, they wouldn't post this article.

13. xeroxchap

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

But still iphonearea did went way extra over this issue...... i mean.. yes it shd b reported but if u read the articles on this site, those are written in such a mean way that it doesn't feel right... i always feel that i am on tmz or perezhilton rather than iphoearena.

20. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yes they would, they know every other site is going to so it does them no good not to post it.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

rticle where they all gave an opinion about the S8 or Samsung and basically all of them but 2 or 3 hate Samsung by their own admition. Victor H is the ring hating leader of the haters at PA. You can tell by his reviews he makes it a point to start them all with some negative BS about Samsung. But you can hear him basically in his iPhone reviews, he sounds like his iPhone is his frikkin wife.

4. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

let the user have RGB sliders for every screen mode like Sony

5. AlikMalix unregistered

.... and iPhone. You can also set a preset to your home button triple click menu. I though all androids have the ability to adjust their screen color/hue/tint. I mean "android c an do anything iPhone can" - but I guess it depends on which phone and which update.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

RGB slider? nougat have that (​id-n-you-can-adjust-the-temperature-of-your-displa​y.html) and lots of custom UI can do this before Nougat..

19. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

An overly sensitive (and thus inaccurate) and limited single hue slider plus an "intensity" (saturation) slider aren't exactly RGB sliders that will allow you to accurately recalibrate a screen or even the WB.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Guess you didn't bother to watch the video? RGB slider is there for all screen modes which is why this was never an issue.

6. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Fun fact is iPhone and many other LCDs have a much redder tint to them compared to S8's and no one bats an eye.

7. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

That's a fact is it?

9. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yep it is :) A fact which is fun to know at the same time

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

probably it will looks a bit funnier if he watch this vids :-/

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

PA just tried to overblow the thing because they are Galaxy perfection Samsung has, they will overblow it. But they dont do the same for the iPhone. PA just thought they found some news. Wow the iPhone's red is far way redder vs the Galaxy. Every fact almost everyday, we prove just how much a douchebag PA and its loyal iPhone snowflakes are. In the video you posted, ypu can see soem of them were a reddish tone. Every display wont get the exact same calibration. Whether ist LED or LCD. But the Samsung haters want to make a big deal out of something a user can actually tailor to his/her liking. But they dont want to talk about AntennaGate and Bendgate and Touch Disease because they acnt fiox those and neither can Apple. They are all a bunch of jughead basement living losers and is why I am goign to avoid them as the plaque they are.

14. xeroxchap

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

thank you for pointing that out..... that is very true ! :)

15. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

It doesn't only HTC10 has red tint iPhone, mate 9 and G6 doesn't has red tint issue.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Of course. Because the iPhone is perfect. Even its shyte is perfect. No matter how much wrong the iPhone is, no matter how many cons it may have; none of it maters because the iPhone will always be excused for it, while other OEM's will be roasted for the same. IPhone users have become accustomed to using adapters for stupid things like headphones. They dont care that the speakers sound liek static, as long as its loud. They dont care that in video recordings the videos audio sounds muffled because the iPhone still to this day only records in mono, whiel the Galaxy records in stereo. They dont care that the iPhoen still only supports the original 16Bit MP3 codec spec and not support better sounding codecs. They dont care that Apple's wireless $160 headphones, sound exactly the same as the $6 ones included with the phone. They dotn care that Appel bought Beats and yet dont include those headphones in the box. They dont care about paying $650 for 720p(750p) display, where no other OEM has a $600 phone with anything less than FHD. They dont care that every other phone in the industry with a similar physical size dimensions of the iPhone all have batteries more than 40%+ larger than the iPhone and some are as high as 60% bigger. They dont care that it takes the iPhone 3:30 to charge from 0%, when a phone with a 60% larger battery takes only 90mins. They dotn care that Apple charges them to upload their own songs to iCloud, while Google along lets you upload up to 10,000 of yoru own songs to Google Play for free for you to stream on any device. They dont care that Apple too Apple Radio, which was free since iTunes day one, and now rolled it up into Apple Music and the only way to use it is to pay for Apple Music. They don't care that Apple charges for things everyone else offers for free. But any and everything another OEM does, even if APple is guilty of it or worse, they turn a blind eye to Apple and try to troll other OEM's. Apple fans have always been nothing but a minority big mouth suckup poor excuse for bias unintelligent morons. Apple fans are a bunch of loyal dumbells. In the past, I loved Apple stuff because it was the best. I was willing to pay the price. Its simply not that way anymore. But the loyal worshippers of Apple will always see Apple stuff as better, even if it isnt.

16. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Miss with red miss with color balance.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

My S8+ has the red tinting Go to screen mode, put it on Adaptive Display, then it gives you the "Color Balance" option. Just pull down the red slider until your happy with the result. Boom, no more red issue.

18. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 595; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Someone with some common sense

22. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hahhaha, this problem started due to Samsung adding the sliders to start with without being able to turn them, off or on, as adaptive display as always auto changed the image and bt adding the new slider setting it added more red in some cases, the new update will make it so they can be turn off and on and will be off like the s7 out of the box with the new software update

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