Samsung exlains why the display on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is so good

Samsung exlains why the display on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is so good
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has received high praise for its display. DisplayMate called it the best performing smartphone display that it has ever tested.On Wednesday, Samsung explained some of the technology that makes the display so good. For example, the screen eliminates excessive glare, the bane of all smartphone users, by constantly analyzing the display under changing lighting conditions. In addition the Super AMOLED screen produces 1.6 higher Ambient Color Gamut than LCD, which means that glare is not an issue when looking at the screen on a bright, sunny afternoon. Super dimming allows users to view their phone in the dark without getting eyestrain from a too-bright screen. You can view how the screen adjusts in the demo below.

Galaxy S5 Visibility and Adapt Display Demo

The Adapt Display changes the screen based on the surrounding lighting. For example, under blue-tinted lights, a normal screen looks yellow as your eyes adjust. Not with Adapt Display, which makes the screen look normal no matter what the surrounding lighting. This can be seen in the image below.  

Galaxy S5 Visibility and Adapt Display Demo 2
Two factors determine how vivid your screen is. One is the color gamut, and the other is contrast. Luckily for Samsung Galaxy S5 owners, the color gamut of a Super AMOLED screen is 1.4 times larger than what is found on a TFT LCD display. The contrast is 77 times higher than a TFT LCD screen. Samsung says that the Galaxy S5 can produce "richer and brighter" images that what is found on competitor's handsets.

Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy S5 screen has the fastest response time in the industry with a .01ms reading. That means the display does not lag, under all temperature conditions.

Those of you with the phone probably don't care about the technology involved. You're just happy with how sharp and lifelike the images are on the screen. But just in case you were wondering, these are a few of the features that Samsung says it is employing on this year's version of its flagship phone.


source: Samsung

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86 Comments

1. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Nice to have an exlanation. LOL BTW they're not wasting time filing suits. ;D

30. NinjaBanana

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

*explanation

52. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

lol...they still didnt fix the typo...

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

So good! :P

55. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

WAYY GOOD

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Samsung... spending more than ever on technical marketing. I notice they didn't explain why text is slightly fuzzy compared to a good quality LCD display. If it is technically possible, I wish Samsung would provide a higher cost option to get a premium AMOLED display with all the subpixels. No amount of fiddly gimmicks and display modes can make up for missing subpixels.

8. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Hehe - come on man. Give those marketing guys a break. People will tell you that they don't 'see' the difference between an FHD RGB LCD and pentile FHD amoled. The battery 'sees' those extra subpixels though - that's how pentile amoled keeps up with RGB screen's battery life. SW optimization myth is a BS. Power saving comes from those pentile screens. Now if m8 or z2 would have come with 720p RGB LCD (which is actually much closer to pentile 1080p amoled than an RGB 1080p) and score a gigantic battery life, PA would have reminded us over and over that they are 720p. With that said, just wait and see how people will suddenly start seeing the difference when 2k screens become mainstream in the near future.

10. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

12. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

It's good that you found it yourself. We're proud of ya :P

70. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You're wrong buddy. He didn't find himself anything. He just copy/pasted my link from the earlier article See comment 8:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-does-fitness-with-new-Galaxy-S5-and-Gear-Fit-ad_id55470/comments?post=863032#post_863032

38. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

You are smart. Can I give you a cookie.? :D

13. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

both of you wouldn't have even known what pixel placement Amoled are if you didn't read it in articles. You make it sound as if they are tricking our eyes and that the screens actually suck. Get over it you trolls, almost every other reviewer is throwing praises on the S5 and Note 3's screens.

74. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I have the HTC one Max with LCD 3 display and battery life even better than Note 3 Super Amoled.

11. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

"fuzzy text" ???????? Do you really think that you might manipulate somebody, iboy. Display Mate(and not only) say THE BEST DISPLAY EVER SEEN in every possible aspect

14. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Best display that THEY HAVE EVER TESTED. And they actually haven't tested MUCH - LOL.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They have tested the iPhone 5s.

20. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Hello! this is 2014. Hit us back when they finish testing 2014 screens.

36. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Do you expect them to test an iPhone that hasn't even been announced let alone released? They tested the current Apple flagship which is 6- months old, and it wasn't as good. Maybe they should borrow that Samsung time machine that they keep using to copy Apple before Apple comes out with it.

39. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

I didn't know that iphone would be the only other phone to be released in 2014 - my bad. Can I borrow the time machine to get to the stone age you're from? Also get rid of that Apple obsession - it's just not kewl anymore - makes you sound off-topic and retardical as well.

56. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Soar grapes.

62. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

They(Display Mate) test every high end device display. And they do it for a living.

42. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Paid for reviews don't mean a lot. DisplayMate doesn't measure a lot of things that matter in real world usage, including font display quality. Meanwhile, in the real world, we have: "Whenever I have my brightness on auto, the screen dims (as it should, right?). Only thing is, the display turns a bit grainy or fuzzy almost mimicking a newspaper or sheet of paper.. Is anyone else's screen like this? When I have the brightness level on full blast, it looks great. I took a screenshot only to see that the fuzziness didnt show up in the screenshot.." "Yes, I can see it when I have a grey background like when the app market is loading. I see lines or fussyness as you call it. It's disappointing really. =|" "Yeah it's really noticeable there, the sms app and of course my homescreen bc it's grey." (You can find these quotes on Android Central) Just like the above people, when I looked at an S5, I immediately noticed the screen is slightly fuzzy compared to LCD. To me, it is especially noticeable when fonts are on a light background.

51. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Here we go with the "paid for" reviews implications. Who paid for it? Tell you what, you do right ahead and rely on anecdotes from a few anonymous people online, I'll stick with actual test results performed by experts on specialized equipment (not to mention the universally high marks from review sites and my own eyes at the Verizon store)

54. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

As you know, the Galaxy S5 was released on April 11. Well, on April 1, DisplayMate announced to the world that the S5's display was "the most accurate and best performing smartphone display that they had ever tested." You can do a Google search of many news sites and verify the event timeline. On the DisplayMate site, it says: "Samsung provided DisplayMate Technologies with a pre-release production unit of the Galaxy S5 so that we could perform our well known objective and comprehensive display Lab tests, measurements, and analysis, explaining the in-depth OLED display performance results for consumers, reviewers, and journalists." Obviously Samsung paid for the testing and associated reports for the above purposes, i.e. focus on the strengths of the display so Samsung could use this in their marketing / PR efforts. If you read the report, it's plain to see that DisplayMate made selective measurements and ignored many real world aspects of Galaxy S5 usage. Including the fact that most likely due to not having all the sub-pixels of a normal LCD screen, that fonts are slightly fuzzy on gray/light backgrounds. Which Galaxy S5 customers have independently reported.

69. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

i don't care if samsung paid or not as long as the display is awesome. and for me the display is awesome, i loved it. :) but will wait for the note 4.

63. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Are those quotes on Android Central about S5, iboy? Now is 2014. Wake up. (by the the way "Android" in the name of the sites, doesn't mean that the guys there are not die hard ifans, pretending to be android fans. 'Cult of Android' is made by the same team, that started 'Cult of Mac'

85. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

Exactly!! A same pixel density LCD will ALWAYS look clearer than amoled. Amoled is great for the blacks, the contrast and low screen reflectivity. But the colours are horribly inaccurate even in professional or movie mode. Whites are not white and there is a greenish tint when looking at the screen from an angle. Forget what displaymate says i have a gs2 and gs4 and even my Huawei LCD screen have nicer well-balanced colours.

46. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Display Mate(and not only) say THE BEST DISPLAY EVER SEEN in every possible aspect" I already have mentioned two aspects about which they even don't talk so try to troll harder...

58. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

You've mentioned two BSs 1)I still have my perfect 3 years old Note 1. Display as new. 2) Noting "burn-in" there. You look nice on the picture. The red stripe did't hide you at all, iboy.

64. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"1)I still have my perfect 3 years old Note 1. Display as new." 3 years is very long time? "2) Noting "burn-in" there." Look at my comment #44 and #49 and say that again. P.S. Also it looks like you are out of reasonable arguments so now you are just desperately trying to insult. Better go get some knowledge before talking crap. ;)

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