HTC One (M8) gets a pompous LCD screen, has larger color gamut than iPhone 5s and Nexus 5

HTC One (M8) gets a pompous LCD screen, has larger color gamut than iPhone 5s and Nexus 5
Along with an enhanced, metal chassis and a bunch of new additions under the hood, the new HTC One (2014) has also gotten a larger, 5" display with superior quality, compared to what its predecessor offered. If you read our full review of HTC's latest flagship, you'll find out that this new display has gotten more vibrant and balanced. However, it looks like HTC has wanted to take some of that punchiness present with Samsung's AMOLED-powered smartphones, and bestow it upon the new One.

How do we know that? Well, we've scientifically measured the new One's display, and found out that its saturated colors extend beyond the boundaries of the standard sRGB colorspace. What this means is that with the new One, HTC is saying 'enough!' to that whole true-to-life game, and is instead going for a more visually-striking, yet slightly more unrealistic approach. Measuring the color gamut of the HTC One (M8), we've found out that its area extends to 110% of the standard sRGB gamut.

Comparing this number to the color gamuts of other popular phones with quality LCD screens out there, it appears that none has yet attempted to reach such level of color saturation. Now, keep in mind that having a larger color gamut doesn't translate into better or more accurate colors. Since most content on the web is optimized for the sRGB colorspace (so that it appears the same on all machines), having a display with larger color gamut (more saturated colors) means that this display may look fancy, but also off target.

When it comes to color gamut, there really isn't right or wrong approach. It's all about what we, as users, value more: pumped-up visuals, or accurate visuals. With this new screen with 110% of standard color gamut, HTC is moving slightly towards the former, although it remains way more accurate than the AMOLED displays used by Samsung and Nokia.

So, to put the new One's 110% color gamut in some perspective, we can point out that last year's HTC One and the LG G2 both have 100% color gamut areas (compared to sRGB size), while the Nexus 5 and iPhone 5s have 98% and 97%, respectively. You should also keep in mind that two phones with 100% color gamut size may display significantly different colors! What this number indicates is solely how much of a color range a screen can display - it doesn't necessarily mean that this color range will overlap with the sRGB color range.



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22 Comments

1. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

AMOLED.

2. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

AMOLED is crap

4. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I guess that's why that crap is better than the crap HTC is using

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

AMOLED > everything

7. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

And certainly AMOLED> this HTC screen. At least the former can maintain a vivid display while having the choice to remain close to true standard RBG

9. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Yes it's really awesome.But I like LCD as well! But I'm leaving Amoled screen and going with an LCD (One or Z2 or G3???) coz my S2 amoled is currrently burning my eyes.I don't know why. Opto said my eyes are good, but this screen just burning my eyes! I have no problems playing with my friend's iphone's LCD though. Well all humans are different!

10. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Amoled = yellowish. LCD = Whitish.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Note 3/S4/S5 on movie mode. Google it. Btw, stop thumbing up your comments with your second account. It's getting old and it's really lame.

19. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Btw, stop commenting on my comments with your crap thought. It's getting old and it's really lame.

20. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Later Android versions after 4.2 have brought color reproduction improvements on the S4 and better display hardware in the Note 3 and forward really nullify your trollastic comment

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Lol, it's no surprise that manufactures that weren't Apple have been trying to imitate the vivid potential of AMOLED with their LCDs. Neither the original HTC One or LG G2 were natural either, yet these companies marketed them as such because they used an LCD.

5. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

He's using dem fancy british words....

8. amenx

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

Erica Griffin will give us the best review ever. 110% color gamut is sh!t. Not good at all.

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I love her. :')

13. loveHEAVYMETAL unregistered

wait wait~~ it not the lg g2 has over 100% gamut??

14. cai4651

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 09, 2014

And remember that the New AMOLED panel in the S5 have 500 nits of brightness , that is as bright as an LCD Panel.... and like 150 nits more than S4 panel . So i really want to try S5 display in movie mode ....that is more accurate than default

22. nedooo

Posts: 71; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

So it wil burn in a month or two...or you can just show off maybe couple times in a mont to keep it conservated for a year or two... Major flaw, that only a fool would agree on such compromise...

15. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Still smaller gamut than Z2.also i guess like last year JDI will be HTC's supplier

16. edmundzea

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 10, 2012

I am using an hyc one av , I wonder when I this monster coming yo Zimbabwe ,

17. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

holding my breath for the greatest and baddest showdown between HTC one and xperia z2

18. neartx

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2014

in display htc is first

21. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

No comparison with Sony Xperia Z2?

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