Galaxy Note 7 takes 'best smartphone display' crown, says DisplayMate

Samsung again shows it's the leader in making a great screen, as it even surpasses the S7 and S7 Edge.

The Galaxy Note 7 packs in the best screen that you can buy right now. That’s the conclusion of DisplayMate, which is widely recognized for running the most comprehensive set of tests on the latest phones to determine how the display compares against competitors and previous models.

Ray Soneira, the president of DisplayMate, regularly runs the detailed tests on the top flagship phones. He heaps praise on the Note 7, arguing that even the name is a misnomer considering how far it pushes display performance ahead.

“Since the Note series generally leads in display technology, the Note 7 should really have been called the Note 8 so that its name will be in better sync with the future Galaxy S8,” Soneira said in his analysis.

In terms of details, Soniera says that the Note 7 is the brightest display ever (over 1,000 nits with automatic brightness mode enabled), and includes a very accurate wide color gamut DCI-P3 mode and support for HDR video. The screen reflectance is a mere 4.6 percent, close to the lowest he's measured. That, combined with the high contrast, bright display, and dual ambient light sensors on the front and back of the phone, should make the Note 7 one of the best phones ever for use in bright daylight conditions.

The report notes that the strong performance of Samsung’s OLED displays could be pushing Apple to switch the iPhone to this technology in 2017. It’s still a rumor at this point, but given how far the display quality has come there’s a decent chance that Apple is giving it a serious look. The biggest challenge is scale: Apple sells well over 200 million phones a year, and it may be tough to manufacture enough AMOLED displays of top-tier quality.

Why this matters: Samsung shows no signs of slowing down in how strong it performs with smartphone displays. Its latest flagship has regularly been the winner of DisplayMate’s crown. And lately it’s been making the best Android phone you can buy, as we’ve been happy to recommend Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags galaxysamsungGalaxy S7

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Derek Walter

Unknown Publication
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?