But now the Galaxy Note 7 is here, it looks as if the Galaxy S7 has been usurped after a few months at the top of the best in class display stakes. In a new report published this week, Display Mate got to grips with the new Note 7 panel and found it to be a vastly superior setup to the one aboard the S7.
And there was us thinking Samsung simply repurposed the S7’s display inside the Galaxy Note 7!
So how good is this new AMOLED panel inside the Galaxy Note? Short answer: it is amazing; the best display out there right now.
Long answer: “The Galaxy Note7 provides many major and important state-of-the-art display enhancements, with mobile OLED display technology now advancing faster than ever. It is the most innovative and high performance Smartphone display that we have ever tested,” noted Display Mate.
It added: “The Galaxy Note7 has a 5.7 inch Quad HD 2560x1440 pixel display, currently the highest resolution for Smartphones, with 3.7 Mega Pixels, almost double the number on your HDTV. It provides lots of image detail – it can display four complete HD 1280x720 images at once. The display has Diamond Pixels (see below) and Sub-Pixel Rendering with 518 pixels per inch (ppi), providing significantly higher image sharpness than can be resolved with normal 20/20 Vision at the typical viewing distances of 10 inches or more for Smartphones, so the display appears perfectly sharp.”
This means the Galaxy Note 7’s display is not only sharp as hell, but it also makes the jump to 4K panels completely redundant — unless it is done for marketing purposes. Why’s that? Simple: “In some cases Sub-Pixel Rendering can make the screen appear to have up to 3 times the resolution of traditional Pixel Rendering. As a result, for Smartphones it is absolutely pointless to further increase the display resolution and pixels per inch (ppi) up to 4K (3940x2160 pixels) for a silly marketing wild goose chase into the stratosphere…”
This is also the reason why Apple is adopting AMOLED for its iPhones next year. The pace of innovation inside the AMOLED space is simply breath-taking and it is Samsung, not Apple, that is driving all this innovation.
As it stands, no other display on the market comes even close to the Galaxy Note 7’s and Galaxy S7’s. Samsung has the market sown up in this regard. However, next year, you can bet your last dollar that Apple will come to the table with something AMOLED-based, just with a twist, like it did with its first 64-bit CPU.
You can read Display Mate’s full report HERE. It’s a long read, but there are some excellent points in it about AMOLED panels and why Samsung’s displays are so damn good.