The fact that the display of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a pretty great example of quality utilization of AMOLED technology has already been largely accepted last month after an in-depth Galaxy S7 Edge display analysis was conducted. Today, however, we are going to be focusing on the display of its less curved counterpart, the Samsung Galaxy S7. Regarding the basics, the S7 has an identical resolution to the S7 Edge as its screen boasts 1440 x 25460 pixels, also known as Quad HD (QHD). However, these pixels are stretched over a screen that’s 0.4 inches smaller, which means that its 5.1-inch display features density of about 577 pixels-per-inch (PPI), 43 more than the S7 Edge. The arrangement of these pixels is identical to the last year’s S6 model which featured the so-called Diamond PenTile pixel layout.
The device’s maximum manual brightness amounts to about 454 nits (measuring units) while the auto mode goes up to 683 in auto mode. For comparison, the S7 Edge has about 25% more limiting manual mode and an insignificantly brighter auto mode. In other words, the display is absolutely fantastic in terms of brightness. Unfortunately, just like most other AMOLED displays, this one doesn’t excel in the context of the color gamut. Upon closer inspection, everything on the device looks a bit too saturated and the white point isn’t exactly white but instead leans towards the colder, i.e. bluer color spectrum. The same goes for the grayscale color which also features noticeably blue whites. On the brighter – or better said – the darker side of things, the blacks are absolutely perfect. Everything that’s supposed to be black looks black and there’s nothing to criticize here.
The Basic mode is as close as one can get to a perfectly calibrated screen. Its white point is still a bit off target but that’s really hard to notice, especially in comparison to the phone’s Adaptive mode. The grayscale in this mode is a bit too trigger-happy with spraying red all over the screen which means that the Basic mode looks a bit warmer than the alternatives. The so-called AMOLED Photo mode is similar to Adaptive mode in terms of how it makes the colors pop out though it never feels overdone which means that it’s basically a nice compromise between the colorful Adaptive and a bit dull Basic mode.
In short, the screen of Galaxy S7 is not as accurate as that of S7 Edge, but the difference is rather minuscule and this is still the best screen on the market due to its fantastic contrast ratio, immense brightness levels, and a close-to-perfect color temperature, at least in Basic mode. If you do end up getting a Galaxy S7 and are for some reason not satisfied with it, the screen quality definitely won’t be what you’ll have issues with, as all of the aforementioned flaws are almost impossible to notice with the naked eye.