iPhone 4 Retina Display Superior to Samsung Galaxy S Super AMOLED Display

Submitted by lalit on September 30, 2010 - 7:02am.


Since iPhone 4 launch in June, Samsung executives have been claiming that their Super AMOLED display technology is better than Retina display on iPhone 4, specially when it comes to image quality and battery life. However, extensive testing done by DisplayMate shows that Samsung is wrong on both counts. DisplayMate has posted an article comparing the performance of five leading smartphone LCD and OLED displays based on extensive scientific lab measurements together with extensive side-by-side visual tests, incisive evaluations and comparisons.

DisplayMate compared displays of Nexus One, Samsung Galaxy S, iPhone 3GS, Motorola Droid and iPhone 4. In most tests iPhone came on top with highest display resolution, highest pixels-per-inch and highest number of Red + Blue sub pixels, more than three times that of Samsung Galaxy S (1.23 million vs. 0.38 million). Also Retina display had full 24-bit color depth compared to 16-bits dithering to 24-bits on Super OLED. And when it comes to power consumption iPhone was ahead by a factor of two when compared to any other display on the list.

DisplayMate concludes by saying “The iPhone 4 performed better overall so it earned the DisplayMate Best Mobile Display Award, the Motorola Droid earned the Best Mobile Picture Quality Award and the Samsung Galaxy S earned the Best New Mobile Display Technology Award. Each of these displays has lots of room for improvement and can leapfrog the others in their next iteration with appropriate action.”

The complete article on DisplayMate has much more in-depth comparison and analysis, and it is a must read. DisplayMate says that this is the first article in series of two articles, and the second article will be on glare, screen reflectance, ambient lighting and sensors, automatic screen brightness controls and using them to improve picture quality, screen readability, viewing comfort, reduce display power and increase battery run time. It will be interesting to see the results of second series of tests, as those tests will relate more closely to day-to-day usage scenarios.