See how the new 5.1" panel of the Galaxy S5 differs from the screens of the Note 3 and S4

See how the new 5.1
When it introduced the Galaxy S5, Samsung arguably unveiled its best Super AMOLED display to date, too. It is able to produce up to 500 nits of brightness - something only Nokia has managed to do so far with its OLED screen panels. This peak brightness level places it on equal footing with some of the best LCD displays out there, which are also in the 500+ nits club. 

In terms of color representation, the Adapt Display automatic mode on the S5 seems to produce more toned-down hues, compared to the oversaturated colors that the Super AMOLEDs on the Note 3, and Galaxy S4, manage to produce, as you can see in the comparison pics below. In fact, the display test graphics at the end of the slideshow demonstrate that the Movie Mode of the display brings it pretty close to the standard RGB color gamut, with oversaturation in the greens only. 

Combine the high-brightness regime, with the traditionally low screen reflectance coating that Samsung applies on its flagships, and the Galaxy S5 might turn out to be one of the best screens in terms of outdoor visibility, though this has yet to be tested. For the maximum brightness to kick in, the light sensor apparently has to be on, and placed under strong illumination, or direct sunlight, just like on Nokia's Lumia flagships. As for color credibility, your best bet will evidently be the Movie display mode, as usual. The other modes produce the typical flashy, far-from-natural colors, that we've come to associate with Samsung's AMOLED panels.

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63 Comments

1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

This year's display comparison between S5, Z2 and new One will be interesting.

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, and G3 in addition to it. Also needed a comparison with 1520 or any upcoming flagship from Nokia. Huge improvement in S5's display screen. I think everything is superb in S5 except the design. :)

12. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Oops! I forgot about the G3. Agree, I think G3 is going to offer one of the best displays in 2014 and don't forget it may feature a QHD display.

15. JMartin22

Posts: 2391; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

They could, but what makes you sure? The LG G2 had a horribly over-saturated and unnatural color reproduction; yet the company tried to tout it as "accurate" to the average consumer.

25. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I don't think so, G2 has a great display and every review confirms it. I don't know why you claim like this.

35. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Watch errica griffin video review about the g2 and listen what she says about the g2 display calibration.. you'll get the idea..

36. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You beat me to the punch!

38. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Lol.. i know someone will bring her up.. glad i did it first.. lol..

43. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

LG have over-saturated screen ?? Have you ever looked at products from samsung ?? o.0

59. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's the whole purpose of AMOLED lol.

30. Amir1 unregistered

that is if it released in first half. nobody knows for sure.

29. eq5555

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

Thick bezels, over an old camera (1/3, bsi), outdated screen, non waterprof Smartphone for those who fap on metal and does not use a smartphone or simply noobs

48. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

You are def a lame paid samsung troll. Ur comment is a 100% copy/paste from a Htc article.

49. eq5555

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

If I disagree with noobs and haters, I paid for in advance?

54. Psykotik_Dragon

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

You're right it's non-waterprof...but then again what phone IS waterprof? If you meant WATERPROOF maybe you should read the specs/reviews on a device before you make claims like that as the S5 is rated IP67 which means 100% dustproof & waterproof for roughly about 3ft for 30 mins...which is about as 'waterprof' as you'll find in devices that claim to be waterproof.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Great sharpness and a very vibrant screen. Not to mention it now goes upto 500nits brightness (almost on par with LCDs) and with AMOLED technology it will be great in daylight as well. Oversaturation also seems to be taken care of in pic 13 to 17

6. JMartin22

Posts: 2391; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Remember, because of naturally lower reflectance rate of AMOLED screens, they'll perform even better than LCDs on similar footing in brightness ratings.

33. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I'm not sure about this but from what i know naturally the metallic cathode in an OLED acts as a mirror, with reflectance approaching 80%, leading to poor readability in bright ambient light such as outdoors. You need a proper application of a circular polarizer and antireflective coatings to reduce the high reflectance rate of OLED. source: wikipedia

46. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The solution is Clear Black Display.

51. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Yeah just like what i said before you need a proper application of a circular polarizer and antireflective coatings to reduce the high reflectance rate of OLED. Just like ClearBlack Display (CBD) technology, CBD adds a reflection-blocking polarizer layer between the touch layer and the display panel.

3. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

samsung finally catch up with the best IPS out there

24. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Catchup lol.

31. Amir1 unregistered

hehe, don't be so sure. wait for the display comparison. i put my money on Z2. IPS is unmatched in natural looking colors. i don't think this will change in 2014.

37. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

And the others try to oversaturated their ips display to looks like an amoled.. but they'll never achieved deep black like amoled does..

4. JMartin22

Posts: 2391; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Better color reproduction and brightness. That's good. But one thing that's still been having rather uncertain. Is that 500 nits achievable through manual brightness? Or is it like the auto-brightness mechanism where it needs to sense the amount of light hitting the sensor strictly? Mobile OLED displays have come such a long way in just 4 years. I believe Samsung will bring even more power efficiency, color improvements and maybe comparable or better brightness improvements with their inevitable Quad HD AMOLED that's bound to come around.

5. bluescreen

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

i can hardly even tell the difference....whats the use unless your trying to play where's the freckle!

7. JMartin22

Posts: 2391; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I see the brightness difference and color richness in many of the photos. You may wish to reexamine a bit more closer.

11. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I think the difference betweem S5 and S4 is more vivid than that of S5 and Note3. I think Note3 has still one of the best screens out there and S5 is great as well.

13. JMartin22

Posts: 2391; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Numbers 1 - 4 you can't tell the difference between? The S5 obviously looks brighter and richer. And probably more accurate, too; based on the color gamut diagram.

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

High Brightness+ versatile color accuracy and saturation+ super amoled= BEST DISPLAY IN THE WORLD

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