Display comparison: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One M8, Sony Xperia Z2 and LG G Pro 2

Display comparison: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One M8, Sony Xperia Z2 and LG G Pro 2
Since the Samsung Galaxy S5 hasn’t been released yet, for now we can’t properly compare it to other flagship smartphones of this year. However, ePrice China has somehow managed to gather the S5, the Sony Xperia Z2 (which isn’t widely available at the moment), the HTC One M8 and the LG G Pro 2 under the same roof - this leading to a pretty awesome photo shootout.

ePrice didn’t simply photograph the four high-end smartphones next to each other. It also used the occasion of having them in the same room to compare their displays.

As you’d expect, the LG G Pro 2 is the largest among the four devices, as it sports a massive 5.9-inch panel. The 5.2-inch Sony Xperia Z2 comes second, followed by the 5.0-inch HTC One M8, and the 5.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S5 (yep, those BoomSound speakers on the front of the M8 make the handset quite large for its class).

All four smartphones offer the same pixel resolution: 1080 x 1920. This means that the HTC One M8's screen has the highest ppi density (441 ppi), while the screen of the LG G Pro 2 provides the lowest ppi density (373 ppi).


Here are the shots comparing the display quality (unfortunately, only the first two photos are in high-resolution - make sure to zoom in):


What do you think, which of the four Android beasts looks better? Which display does the best job? Or, while we're at it, which new handset would you rather buy, assuming they’d all be released in your region, and money was no object?

source: ePrice (translated)

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132 Comments

1. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Htc one m8 (gun metal) is so sexy!

14. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

anyways, Z2 and HTC M8 for tie as best display?

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5562; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO the M8 has the best display, then the S5, then the Z2 and then the G2 Pro. M8 seems to be the most accurate. The S5 has the best viewing angles and blacks. Z2 looks really nice, but in terms of accuracy, its more over-saturated and looks too red/pink The G2 Pro looks too over-exposed, especially the whites on the last 3.

75. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

S5 is the winner. Most natural skin tones. It has a slight yellowish tint (M8 has a reddish one) but nothing much. Only problem i see is washout in big viewing angles. I want to see if the obviοus reddish hue in Z2 is managable through settings. I'm also waiting for a real photo and video comparison.

94. vincelongman

Posts: 5562; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think you should able to adjust any of the phone display by flash a custom kernel I've with Franco kernel you adjust the Nexus 5's screen, I haven't tried it though, sticking with ElementalX for now

102. Fynjy777

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Why do you think, that background is white? According to analyze of Z2's display, it has the most accurate color reproduction, so i suppose the background is a little bit red, like on Z2's display.

87. buccob

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree with you here... M8, S5 (sharper details somehow), Z2 and G2 Pro... However you can tweak those screens to get better accuracy, vividness, etc... Turn Bravia Engine Off... or change Samsung Display Mode to another... So... they all look great...

90. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Wth, No.6

41. eq5555

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

S5 win

47. eq5555

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

Future for OLED continuous improvement of OLED Samsung (and now LG (g flex), Sony (in production) and the Chinese manufacturers) gives its fruits In OLED (Amoled) white whiter IPS, faster response in comparison to LCD (hundreds of times better than LCD), contrast and black level is perfect (hundreds of times better than LCD), a range of colors better, colors do not mix with each other, at times less power consumption, much thinner, ideal viewing angles Oversaturated color removed using a cinema mode top OLED g flex bottom ips ixbt.com/mobile/images/lg-g-flex/vs-white.jpg ixbt.com/mobile/images/lg-g-flex/vs-pict.jpg samsung has different displays ixbt.com/mobile/images/samsung-galaxy-note3/screen​​-test/comp-pict-angle.jpg ixbt.com/mobile/images/samsung-galaxy-note3/screen​​-test/comp-white-angle.jpg ixbt.com/mobile/images/samsung-galaxy-note3/screen​​-test/comp-pict.jpg ixbt.com/mobile/images/samsung-galaxy-note3/screen​​-test/comp-white.jpg

55. eq5555

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

ixbt.com/mobile/images/samsung-galaxy-s5/vs-pict-a​ngle-l.jpg ixbt.com/mobile/images/samsung-galaxy-s5/vs-white-​angle-l.jpg

42. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Both m8 and z2 have excellent screen but its clear ips 3in m8 bring better view angel and more accurate. Winner is m8.

107. loveHEAVYMETAL unregistered

m8 has very poor black level zzz 35nits+- for black colour most flagship which using lcd panel has darker black colour,about 7nits

56. eq5555

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

Cool backlight Z2, expanding the color gamut and "improves the shades", actually distorts the color because all the images are designed for standard sRGB and an extension will only be in the negative. Although the display is still better than the HTC M8.

73. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

agree. although that distortion aims to show the colors that are really on the image. still, not a good excuse when you are marketing your product as something that is closer to natural colors.

77. eq5555

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

They are not on the picture, if they were made for adobe rgb, etc., then yes, but such images are almost nonexistent, and they are mainly engaged professionals

111. Ashoaib

Posts: 3241; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Is this S5 have amoled? I dont think because its quite different... very true colors... s5 is surely better over all... m8 is better in one shot only... Lg look like having some issue with the screen or may be the camera from which these photos are taken is the reason... Z2 has very sharp exposure or over sharpening, good for games

2. lee480 unregistered

Xperia Z2 the best. Lol out of the four OEMs, only two makes profits out of phones.

12. Adithya7184

Posts: 322; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

Galaxy S5's display is the best...AMOLED rocks...

15. maherk

Posts: 6544; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I get it when people get biased to a company based on designs and materials used, bit seriously where did you see the Z2 as better? the Amoled is again a clear winner, better whites and perfect viewing angles. Look at #1 with the lady in red, on the Z2 even the white background looks red, and Z2 might have over came the disastrous screen found on the original Z, but it seems yet again to fail compared to the other flagships. S5 might not be the best looker, but again it proves it can be the most compact just like the S4 and Note 3 are.

20. LoveHater

Posts: 231; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

I don't know this sh^^ ,,Look at the last pic,, here from this angle clealy S5 display is down,,, completely down,, colours faded,,and also view is no contrast and sharpness,,, Definitely Z2 and M8 display rock from any angle and Lg is far behind

26. maherk

Posts: 6544; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

that's because the G Pro and the Z2 are closer to the cam, which means they have different angle than the M8 and S5. Pictures #1 and #2 says it all. Displaymate regarded the Note 3's as the best and most brightest android screen in the market, why would you think the S5 won't?

32. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

closer to the cam? amoleds are known to have the best viewing angles. the worst that could happen to it is the blurring. what you see there is not just blurring. it's the display becoming faded. can't you see it or you just refuse to see it?

35. maherk

Posts: 6544; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

somebody please give this champ a cookie!! 1st of all, where did you come up with this new discovery that amoled screens tend to blurr at a certain angle??? And I bet you missed out on the part where phonearena apologized for only providing the 1st 2 pictures in HQ. Go to sleep kiddo, tomorrow you must wake up early for school.

38. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

stupe. get the context. i said there's blurring because of the distance from the camera. that's the camera focus issue. try to read things properly. i guess there's not point arguing through written words with people who don't know how to understand what they're reading.

79. LoveHater

Posts: 231; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

What do u read reply well or what,,, u didn't even understand what he just said

59. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Dude, you seem to be whacked out. 1] Angle of view, 2 phones Sony/LG has much lesser angle compared to HTC/Samsung. 2] Camera focus - you can clearly see the "bokeh" effect on HTC screen. It's not fault of the HTC display, but the displays on Samsung/HTC are off-focus. Hence, they are not as sharp. The camera was focused on the 1st 2 phones Sony/LG.

63. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

hey moro n. that's precisely my point. learn to understand what you're reading. the difference is that the amoled has faded/whitewashed. seriously, is this your other account, maherk?

81. LoveHater

Posts: 231; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

@pwnarena,, useless to discuss with them,, if S^ screen would be off,,, they would say it has great colours and angles

82. LoveHater

Posts: 231; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

and from when defocus start giving u less colour,,, foucusing will be rough but colors produced at that time will enough to judge,,,look at that pic,, that is colourless

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