Samsung Galaxy Note 3 display ranks on par with the best, AMOLED hugely improved

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 display ranks on par with the best, AMOLED hugely improved
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 arrived on AT&T today, and in the next few days it will appear on all four major U.S. carriers, so it’s just the right time for an in-depth look at that humongous 5.7-inch 1080p display. The Note 3 is the biggest jump in display technology in the Note series so far as it is the first Samsung phablet to get a 1080p screen. Interestingly, though, Samsung may not have just improved the display slightly - it might have made its best AMOLED display so far and here is why.

AMOLED, 1080p and PenTile Diamond pixel


The Note 3 features a 5.7” Super AMOLED display with the new PenTile Diamond pixel arrangement that is not standard RGB. To understand the ins and outs of it, we turn to screen experts from DisplayMate who have meticulously measured colors, brightness, contrast, viewing angles, screen reflections and power consumption. Summarized in a few sentences, the Note 3 screen is probably the best AMOLED screen out there and it finally can play on par with the best LCDs out there. That’s not just because of the increased sharpness, but mostly because of a huge boost in brightness and outdoor readability, as well as a variety of screen modes that will please both professionals and those looking for more eye-popping colors.

Diamond pixel arrangement on the Note 3

Diamond pixel arrangement on the Note 3

First, the increased sharpness. The Note 3 has a screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and that works out to pixel density of 388ppi, noticeably sharper than the 265ppi display of the Note II. Additionally, it comes with the benefit of 1080p being a very common format and in most cases there’s no need to convert media, and that in turn results in power savings. The screen uses the Diamond pixel arrangement we first saw in the Galaxy S4. It has 2 sub-pixels instead of 3, with blue being predominant and green least present because of color efficiencies, but the high resolution compensates for the low number of sub-pixels.

Huge gains in brightness


However the biggest change has come in brightness. Traditionally, AMOLED screens have been notoriously dim and not very easy to use in bright sunlight. This changes completely in the Note 3 as it has a much more luminant display, providing around 400 nits of brightness in most conditions, on par with the best LCDs out there. Moreover, outdoors, the Note 3 can deliver an outstanding 660 nits of brightness, nearly 40% brighter than the Galaxy S4. Still, to be great for outdoor use, a device not only needs to have a bright screen - it also has to have low screen reflectance, and good news is the Note 3 has them both.

One of the best things about AMOLED displays is that you can pick a screen mode to your liking. The Galaxy Note 3 offers 5 screen Modes: Adapt Display, Dynamic, Standard, Professional Photo, and Movie. By default, the screen is set at Adapt Display Mode that brings overblown colors, and is better for outdoor clarity. Movie is the most accurate in terms of color calibration for all common content including photos and videos. The Professional Photo Mode calibrates the screen to the Adobe RGB standard and comes to use with advanced and pro photographers.

Finally, the Note 3 also features a very impressive gains in power efficiency - the display is 26% more efficient than the Note II, and 31 percent more power efficient than most full HD LCD smartphones.

All in all, Samsung really did its best with the Note 3 display. It has the vivid colors that can be fine-tuned and not necessarily overblown, it has outstanding viewing angles, and it has hugely improved brightness and outdoor legibility. Take a look at the charts and images explaining it all right below, and hit the source link at the bottom for the tiny details.



source: DisplayMate

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  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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81 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Best screen on the market.

9. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

haha yes, we should call it aww so awesome amoled :D coz its reallyy amazingg :D ^_^

11. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Agreed - this thing is a beast!

19. LordDavon

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

Dang it! I was all set not to upgrade yet! All the reviews coming in show that it is a worthy upgrade from the Note II. Friggin' Samsung!!!

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Do it. DO IT!

39. LordDavon

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

You are a bad influence Papa! BAD!!! lol

22. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I don't think it can beat Sony's Triluminos display with X-reality.

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Did you not read the article? I'm demoing this bad boy at the AT&T store today.

38. wesley.

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Seriously? -1

63. taikucing unregistered

you mean washout screen if we look it from wide angle?

42. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

do your homework buddy--maybe best screen from Samsung-but the `htc one blows it away, try 468 ppi which is the highest pixel density on `any smartphone across any platform. period! comment 1

57. g2a5b0e unregistered

Pixel density is not the only factor which determines the brilliance of a screen. By your logic, a screen with a PPI of 450 is better than a screen with a PPI of 445. Apparently, not much else matters. You wouldn't even know which one was which by just looking at it.

81. tadas86

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 03, 2013

haha, you just made a joke of yourself. You CANT see the pixels from ~330 PPI already. What's the point of having more?

43. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

"Summarized in a few sentences, the Note 3 screen is probably the best AMOLED screen out there and it finally can play on par with the best LCDs out there. " As stated, it 'finally' is on par and now people get all giddy! Hehe... It only took Sammy 10 mos to match the screen on the DNA! Late to market, just like apple :-)

65. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

iBS Do not take iPhoneArena literally Display Mate stated - THE BEST. Chek it out.

48. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Another day another great news for the beast. Sammy FTW

2. androidornothing

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Thank You Samsung!!! This phone just gets sexier with every article that comes out.

33. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Even better with those fake benchmarks that are now confirmed, shame on samsung.

3. maseholic

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

It so great. I want this phone asap.

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Dear Lord it has 660 cd/m2 peak brightness (in automatic brightness mode). Absolute winner.

60. yudi.nemesis unregistered

I don’t think so because some LCD Display can get over 1000 cd/m2 and remember if you set the brightness so high GN3 Display will consume more power than LCD.

78. Adithya7184

Posts: 322; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

did you ever read the article- "Finally, the Note 3 also features a very impressive gains in power efficiency - the display is 26% more efficient than the Note II, and 31 percent more power efficient than most full HD LCD smartphones." read whole article before commenting, you dumbass

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow, this is indeed GREAT news. I love that this Super AMOLED is on par with the other GREATS like SLCD 3 & IPS. Samsung hit a home run here with the Samsung Galaxy Note III's HD screen. Man those blacks are sexy!!!

5. Rongocook

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

Good job samsung!

6. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I am so dehydrated of salivating over this phone.

7. twens

Posts: 1155; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I said this i the previous comment when phonearena rated the fon 9.0. This is the best phone ever,i don't care what rate phonearena gives it. We all know some people are just jealous.

8. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

So much win.

10. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Win-win.

13. twens

Posts: 1155; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Phonearena left out the fact that note 3 has the highest mobile display brightness. This phone is a beast. Lets see what haters are going to say now?

15. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Probably discredit DisplayMate haha.

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