Samsung Galaxy S III is dimmer than prior models, says test

Samsung Galaxy S III is dimmer than prior models, says test
A new lab report from Dr. Ramond Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies tested the brightness of the display on all three generations of  Samsung Galaxy S handsets. What the test showed is that even though the new Samsung Galaxy S III has a higher resolution that the screen used on the first two generations of Galaxy S handsets, the display on the new model is dimmer than the display on the other two models. The Samsung Galaxy S III has a 4.8 inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 which is considered an HD display. That compares with the 480 x 800 display on the Samsung Galaxy S I and II. The blame for the dimmer screen is apparently power management as Samsung tried to get better battery life out of the phone despite the larger screen.

Maximum power for the display was cut from 2.1 watts on the Samsung Galaxy S II to 1.3 watts on the Samsung Galaxy S III. This results in a drop in maximum brightness from 289 candelas per square meter to 224. On the other hand, Samsung did achieve what it wanted to as the battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S III rose to 5.6 hours from 4.4 hours on the prior model. Because the screen on the Samsung Galaxy S III is non-reflective, it still rated as "Very Good" for viewability in bright lights. The combination of a bright screen and good battery life might be one reason why Apple has kept the size of the Apple iPhone display at 3.5 inches, at least up until now. The report showed that the Apple iPhone 4has a screen brightness of 541 candelas per square meter, about twice that of the Samsung Galaxy S III, and also has a much higher battery life of 7.8 hours.

After a number of tests, which you can view at the source link, the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S II received grades of B+ while the Samsung Galaxy S was graded a B.

source: DisplayMate via PCMag



1. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

i doubt that you would notice that in everyday usage

9. StrumerJohn

Posts: 66; Member since: May 18, 2011

It's not as bright as my 3VO, but I don't mind. The clarity and quality of the display make up for it not being as bright. I LOVE my SGSIII so far! :D I just wish I didn't have a locked bootloader... :'(

22. sspediacci

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 08, 2008

I notice it all the time. I use it outside a lot and have to shade it or find shade to make it useable at times. I still love the phone, but the display brightness is horrible for outside day usage.

2. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 596; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Geez even when comparing 3 "Galaxy S" models you still throw in some apple info.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I was thinking the same exact thing honestly. Why must Apple be mentioned in almost EVERY article? They're nothing special.... Sorry, I accidentally thumbed you down.

10. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 596; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Doing all my comments and views from my phone I've thumbd down a few ppl by accident... :)

3. wendygarett unregistered

For the last time sgs2 is way better than sgs3... Only those fanboy keep claiming this is the best

4. kaintae

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Thank you for your expert opinion

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No, the SGS3 is definitely better. Newer hardware, newer software, better battery life... Yeah. Better.

6. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 596; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I didn't even know how to reply to his statement .. thanks for putting my thoughts into words.

13. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

"the SGS3 is definitely better. Newer hardware, newer software, better battery life... Yeah. Better." the only thing better was battery life.. other than that everything else is newer,.. which doesn't translate into better.. right?

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You're playing semantics. Yes, in this case, newer translates into better. The S4 is a more powerful chip whose advantages aren't clearly spelled out by its raw clock speed. The phone overall is a generation newer in design; meaning that many small tweaks were probably done to fix past mistakes. Also, since it was built with ICS in mind, its hardware takes better advantage of the software loaded onto it. You came here to argue with me. You get no sympathy.

14. wendygarett unregistered

Have you consider the price??

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Of course I have. The extra hundo is not a bad difference to pay for the boosts the S3 has to offer for a geek like me. Granted, for some people it might not be so worth it, which is why those other phones are still around. But still, not a bad price.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's like saying he iPhone 4 is better than the 4S. I seriously don't know where you got this thought from, but it's been proven that the GS3 is better than the previous version at pretty much everything.

11. ObjectivismFTW

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

That statement is stupid on so many different levels .....


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The only thing better is that the SGS2 isn't pentile but its completely overkilled by screen size and resolution. Much faster processor, double the RAM, screen size and ppi, better camera and video recording with no stutter lag. The SGS2 is still better than a lot of new phones but its overshadowed by the S3

20. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

I have a verizon SGSIII and people really need to stop bringing up the pentile thing and how it is a negative. Literally cannot tell AT ALL... screen resolution is too high. The phone is incredible in every way possible

21. wsucoug13

Posts: 164; Member since: May 04, 2012

haha.... think before you speak please. good god.

15. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Logic: As long as *Brightness of Phone* < *Brightness of Sun,* no one is happy. :)

18. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

oh my.... who are so blind to use the highest brightness setting?

19. aoikemono27

Posts: 177; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

The galaxy s iii at my local at&t store was pretty dim. It wasn't even in direct sunlight, but sitting in the back wall. I thought hmmm, maybe it's that dreaded auto-dim Samsung uses. NOPE. The auto was turned off and brightness set to max. AMOLEDs do not look good at low brightness, and it looks even worse when dimmed on auto. LCDs can go dim without it effecting quality much, but AMOLEDs are completely different. The HTC One X phones hanging in the front near the door in direct sunlight looked good even with all the light. I'm still waiting for AMOLEDs to wow me. Been using Samsung phones since The first Super AMOLED panel on the Samsung Wave.

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