Finally! Galaxy Note 4's Super AMOLED screen to have super-accurate colors

Finally! Galaxy Note 4's Super AMOLED screen to have super-accurate colors
This story was initially published on September 6. We're now republishing it (with no revisions made), just in case someone missed it.

We've always been honest that one of our biggest gripes with Samsung's Super AMOLED screen technology is how inaccurate and pumped-up its color-reproduction tends to be. As undeniably eye-catchy as those ultra-vibrant visuals are, we've always imagined there to be a special screen mode that would allow Samsung's AMOLED-powered devices to exhibit more realistic screen tones. Sure, phones like the Galaxy S4, S5, and Note 3 came equipped display modes designed to make things look more 'natural', but truth be told, in reality, those modes never did much in order to fix the issue of AMOLED's overly cold and greenish color character.

When the Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets arrived earlier this year, we were actually pleasantly surprised to find that they were armed with a new screen mode called 'Basic', which actually did a great job tweaking the display colors so that they look very true-to-life. That made us optimistic about the future of Samsung's AMOLEDs, and it also made us very excited, because we felt that this new, improved AMOLED technology is to eventually make its way to the company's smartphones.

Well, it seems like that time has finally come, as we've been able to take some scientific measurements of the new Galaxy Note 4's screen, and guess what - its 'Basic' mode successfully adjusts the 5.7" screen's color reproduction to be impressively close to the reference sRGB standard - meaning that we finally have an AMOLED smartphone, whose color tones can get very realistic! Of course, this data should be considered 'preliminary' for the time being, since the phone is yet to arrive on the market, which means that the retail product may perform in a slightly different manner. Still, we believe these early measurements are a pretty good indication of what's to come when the phablet hits retail.

Impressively, in this mode, the Galaxy Note 4's measured color temperature is ideal: 6596 K (Kelvin). That's pretty much spot-on with the reference value of 6500 K. This means that the balance between the primary blue and red colors is great. Thankfully, the third primary, green, isn't present in excessive amounts (as on Samsung's previous AMOLED screens), so things won't be looking decidedly greenish on the Galaxy Note 4's display.

With Delta E greyscale and Delta E rgbcmy values of 3.84 and 4.86, respectively, the Note 4's screen proves that its various hues and nuances won't deviate much from their target values. In the realm of Delta E, which is a metric used to indicate amount of 'color error', figures of less than 5 are generally considered fine.

Well, figures of 3 and below are to be preferred (Delta E of 1 is considered to be the smallest amount of color difference a human can distinguish), so there's obviously still some room for improvement, but even now, the Note 4's measurements speak positively about its overall color reproduction.

As you can see on the chart to the right, the measured color points are very close to almost all of their reference values (the squares) - that's a good way to visualize the level of color accuracy exchibited by a display. So, what else can we say but 'well done, Samusng!' Of course, should you wish to feast your eyes on the traditionally oversaturated and vibrant AMOLED looks, you can always switch to some of the other available modes ('AMOLED cinema' and 'AMOLED photo'), as those will present you with the familiar, punchy AMOLED outlook.

As a side note, we'd also like to mention that the Galaxy Note 4's display will easily be able to achieve a maximum brightness of about 500 nits and up when in excessively bright lighting conditions, so we expect outdoor visibility with Samsung's next-generation phablet to be more than adequate - just as it was with the Galaxy S5.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia 808 still rocking in Contrast ratio.......!!! can't beat ClearBlack AMOLED

24. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

But we are talking about color accuracy here.. You sounds so insecure..

51. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

But I'm talking about contrast ratio.... Its a off topic.

77. iushnt

Posts: 3108; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

but still u sound really insecure..contrast ratio of any AMOLED are infinity

113. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Thank you PA for reposting the article.

116. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

pa hates displaymate


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Yes Ray, thank you because I missed it the first time but the heading states, "This story was initially published on September 6. We're now republishing it (with no editions), just in case someone missed it." DON'T YOU MEAN 'with no revisions'??? lol ...... but we still have love for you.

130. Ray.S

Posts: 457; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Yep, thanks. I've corrected it.

52. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Who do you think made those panels? And ClearBlack is just Nokia's name for an antiglare filter applied to the screen. It basically adds a reflection blocking polarizer layer between the touch layer and the display panel. It blocks incoming light reflections and so perform better under direct sunlight. ClearBlack display is not the same as a SAMOLED display, which is an AMOLED with touch panel built in. ClearBlack display can be added to an AMOLED display or an LCD display. SAMOLED panel is more premium than what Samsung has sold to Nokia & other companies. They've kept the best for themselves.

60. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So is Retina, Super AMOLED, Bravia and Triluminos. Everything is just marketing ploys. Its 2014, every device has great performing screens. Their differences is small and marginal. Yeah so when a device is advertised mainly on screens, its a boring device.

63. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Um, no. The screen on the 5S, M8 and S5 are definitely different and can be distinguished between one another, especially the screen on the S5.

65. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

I already wrote SAMOLED is just an AMOLED with touch panel built in. When you're using a smartphone, most of the time you operate it with its touch screen panel. More people want bigger screens nowadays and it could be a huge selling point like the Note series. So screens are a big deal. I currently rock a M8 but I will switch to the Note 4 or Note Edge and one of the biggest factor for that is.......yes, you guessed it right, the screen. Even now I'm very jealous of GS5's screen and it sure does look much more awesome than my M8's screen.

69. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

After using both, I can firmly assure you the S5 blows the M8's screen out of the water, especially in outdoor visibility and the lowest brightness setting.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

lol I commend you for your effort to try to keep Nokia relevant. All of the complaints anyone could ever have about Samsung's Super AMOLED display are gone. 500 nits of brightness and accurate colors. My god, I cannot wait for this beast.

107. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

you must mean sunlight legibility because all AMOLEDS have the same x/0 contrast ratio. it's "infinity"

110. Ashoaib

Posts: 3291; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

The biggest point for me to choose note 4 is Super Amoled display + S-pen and multi tasking features

111. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

For me, it will be the camera - OIS is the missing piece between the '3 and the '4. I know there are other major differences, but for me, the biggest omission on the '3 was no OIS. Now I just have to wait for VZW to release their edition of the '4. Probably last to the party…. :-(

2. SeanPlunk

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 06, 2013

The latest couple generations of AMOLED screens have really made the leap. When you take into account viewing angles, blacks, brightness and color accuracy it seems that they've finally caught up to and passed LCD's.

43. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Pentile... No thanks.

46. SeanPlunk

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 06, 2013

LOL, at 500+ PPI there is no way you can tell. I'm sensitive to pentile and can barely notice it on my Note 3. Pentile matrix just doesn't matter at that pixel density. Having said that, I would still prefer RGB or S-Stripe, but pentile isn't a deal breaker anymore.

56. irfanil

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

So you're preferring to have QHD to hide pentile artifacts? Leaving the device to use more processor power just to show more pixels (with less sub pixels) on the screen?

71. SeanPlunk

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 06, 2013

If you're asking if I'd rather have a pentile QHD AMOLED or an RGB FHD AMOLED I don't know, I've never given it much thought. I'd rather have the QHD panel on the Galaxy Note 4 than anything else on the market though.

47. GTRagnarok

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2014

Next you're going to tell me that you can see the individual cells of your body, right? Literally no one who have used the Note 4 have said they can see the pentile matrix.

50. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

He's JakeLee son, he sees more than anyone, and even though what he sees is usually wrong, he has no remorse for telling everyone about it and then being smacked down for saying it.

61. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

I think you're using your phone nano meters away from your eyeball

84. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And that "pentile" will still be sharper than the new iPhone screen at full RGB, just as the Note 3 and S5 were with the iPhone 5s.

88. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

ignorance... No thanks

100. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

#43 Oh hello there iSH33P. Pentile matrix on over 400ppi is already impossible to tell. 500ppi. Maybe you need some common sense. Still sharper, and better than 326ppi puny 4" display.

3. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

"This article is brought to you by samsung"

11. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Keep telling your self lolz....

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