Study shows display on Samsung Galaxy S4 trumps its predecessor, matches the Apple iPhone 5

Study shows display on Samsung Galaxy S4 trumps its predecessor, matches the Apple iPhone 5
DisplayMate took its usual scientific approach to determine which handset had the best display between the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Apple iPhone 5.  The Samsung Galaxy S4 screen has a much larger number of sub-pixels than the Apple iPhone 5 and both swamped the Samsung Galaxy S III.  Those with 20/20 vision cannot resolve the white/green pixels on the Samsung Galaxy S4 as close as 7.8 inches from the screen, 11 inches for red/blue pixels. Apple iPhone 5 users cannot resolve all pixels at 10 inches minimum while for the Samsung Galaxy S III the distance is 11.2 inches (white/green) and 15.9 inches (red/blue). If you have been thinking about replacing your Samsung Galaxy S III with the Samsung Galaxy S4, the latter has FHD resolution, more than double the pixels than its predecessor, with a 44% higher pixel density. It is also 25% brighter (68% on automatic brightness) and is 20% more power efficient.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 in Movie Mode presented very good images,  very good color and accurate contrast which matches the Apple iPhone 5. The Samsung Galaxy S III, with a color gamut of 139%, brings over saturated colors to the table. The Samsung Galaxy S4's color gamut at 132% wouldn't seem to offer a noticeable difference, but it does. Apple's smartphone scored a color gamut reading of 104%. When it comes to energy consumption, the Samsung Galaxy S III display used .83W of power versus .70W for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and .66W for the Apple iPhone 5. Checking viewing angles, the Samsung Galaxy S4 edged out the iPhone 5.

The final overall grades? DisplayMate gives the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Apple iPhone 5 each an A while the Samsung Galaxy S III received a B+.


source: DisplayMate via ExtremeTech, Slashgear

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67 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Bam. Still waiting for the Note 3, most likely. I want Exynos/PowerVR.

6. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Exynos 5450 or 5440 5430 or it could be the 5420, with Pvr554...™

29. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

They should have compared S4 with the likes of HTC butterfly, One, or Xperia Z.. 640p iPhone 5 screen is last year tech compared to bleeding edge 1080p screens today.. I think phonearena should sponser Displaymate a HTC One...

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I don't think the iPhone5 matches against the s4. IPhone's screen isn't even hd

3. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not an HD res, but it's competitive on a pixel density basis. You wouldn't be able to distinguish other than contrast, saturation and viewing angle. (Contrast and viewing angle would go to the S4, saturation would be down to personal preference.)

24. SleepingOz unregistered

Although the iP5's display isn't a HD one, it's quite a good display. Any honest person, who has actually seen it, will agree.

25. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

AGREE™

32. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I approved this message

33. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

With a ™®©

35. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

The iPhone 5 does have a very good screen! But am I the only one who thinks it seems just a little bit washed out? This is what I've thought every time I've seen one.

48. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

If you are used to the AMOLED screen, that might not be a surprise.

56. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

In terms of sharpness, the retina display is brilliant. But not having a HD screen means HD videos aren't actually HD and while it looks sharp, you're not actually getting the detail a HD screen would provide.

65. greenpeas

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Yes, i agree too b'coz i own it :-)

4. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Good job Samsung you finally got Amoled right.

5. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

still htc makes the best phone screens on earth no one can beat them in this area

7. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

HTC makes their own displays?

9. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

i don;t know but there phones have the best screen that ever been made no one has been able to beat the screens they use and anyone who denies that and gives tum a down is a hater and blind as hell.

13. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

No HTC doesn't make their own displays.

11. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Hey dummy...if they were so good, they'd be mentioned in this article now wouldn't they?? They obviously suck so they aren't in this battle. Hell, even the Iphone made it in this battle for some unknown reason, when the S4's super amoled full hd display is obviously superior to it. That doesn't say much about HTC's lcd screen :)

12. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

you the biggst dummy here this is only between samsung and iphone but when phone arena includes htc in the article and you will shut your pie hole

15. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

lmao...not gonna happen, cause they are comparing these phones, cause they have the superior screen, again, not sure why they claim the icrap has a good screen is beyond me in comparing it the the s4. There is no comparison. I'm a phone developer and I work at Best Buy in the electronics department. The super amloed full hd display, kicks the s**t out of all others period..

16. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

i saw the samsung s4 in best buy listen i watched videos on it and tried it and go watch a video on it from the sides it suck big time amoled screen has bad viewing angles i don;t believe you work in best buy cause you lier i saw it with my own eyes today and when there is a big light the screen is dark you can't seen anything i imagine how bad it would be out in the sun.

18. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

all the reviews expert sites says: "s4 amoled has excellent viewing angles" Then,,,, dont fkn lie.

19. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

it doesnt go to your local best buy put a video on the s4 and look from the side how the video sucks and then come here and talk you the f lier here dont talk before you see the phone like i saw it

23. SleepingOz unregistered

Stop taking your own case for a generality, buddy! SuperAMOLED has always had the best viewing angles among phones' displays. And now, Samsung has done a marvelous job with the one featured on the S4. GSMAreana even said that it is slighty better than the HTC One LCD.

43. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

don't get me wrong i really like AMOLED displays but SLCD3 is really nice too and HTC's displays using the zero gap touch measure actually have better viewing angles.http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/24/samsung-galaxy-s-4-review/ http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Screen-Comparison-Galaxy-S4-vs-iPhone-5-vs-Xperia-Z-vs-One-vs-Galaxy-S-III-vs-Lumia-920_id3286

55. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I find my One X's viewing angles superb and it truly is zero gap as it is much closer to the surface than the Galaxy S III.

58. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

64. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, it looks good. i didn't say Samsung's AMOLED displays had bad viewing angles but the display on my DNA impresses me just as much.

27. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

Amoled is fkn good ! accept It - deal with It - and move on !!! fkn troll

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