iPhone X’s OLED display isn’t as bright as Galaxy S8’s Super AMOLED display

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Apple unveiled its first iPhone with a bezel-less screen, the iPhone X, yesterday. It features a 5.8-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels. Samsung is currently the sole supplier of OLED panels for this new iPhone, and one would think that Apple would source nothing but the best OLED panels from Samsung, but it doesn’t look like so.

While Samsung’s latest OLED panels, which are used in the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8, can reach a peak brightness of up to 1,000 nits, the iPhone X’s peak screen brightness is limited to 625 nits. Unless Apple has limited the maximum brightness deliberately or stated incorrect numbers on its website, there’s a chance that Samsung isn’t offering Apple its best OLED panels.

Samsung’s new high-end phones support the HDR10 format for high dynamic range videos, but Apple’s new iPhone X supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision. It remains to be seen how well the new iPhone’s “Super Retina Display” performs in comparison to the Galaxy S8’s or Galaxy Note 8’s Infinity Display in terms of color accuracy and brightness.

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15 days 18 hours ago
Cerus98
And people think Apple users are blind. Bogus and misleading articles like this only add fuel to the fire. The X has the highest average brightness of any OLED smartphone. The 1000+ that the Samsung boasts is only for small portions of the screen. Full screen brightness on the Note8 is only 423 and 560 on automatic and only in high ambient light. The iPhone X is 634 and up to 809 for portions of the screen. So your real comparison would be those two larger numbers. Instead an obviously biased Samsung article uses their displays peak brightness for small… Read more »
2 months 8 days ago
DonlanMatt

I am pretty darn sure it’s the same generation panel as the S8, but Apple has 3D Touch across the whole displays which adds an extra layer which could explain the peak brightness, still plenty bright compared to LCD’s. Samsungs display division has def been killing it in quality lately

maccyb
2 months 8 days ago
maccyb

Yes,, I wasn’t surprised to be honest. I think the last screen tech Samsung had that was below700 nits was the Note 4 if I remember correctly. Of course Google also used an older generation Samsung OLED on its Pixel phones. Apple are still paying $130 for each screen as Sammy upped the price, plenty of money for Samsung if iPhone X sells well. It will but won’t be a super success, it’s not good enough.

DareDevil01
2 months 6 days ago
DareDevil01

Pretty sure $130 isn’t going to buy the best panels. Replacement Samsung Galaxy S8+ panels are around $250-$300.

Goushique
2 months 22 hours ago
Goushique

There’s a difference in buying one display panel for replacement and buying 100,000 in bulk for production.

2 months 9 days ago
crpinkard

Apple has always been slow at bringing technology to their users. Look at how long it took Apple to realize that people wanted larger screens. Then they touted it around like it was a completely new concept. The iPhone X is no exception. Slow wireless charging, subpar display panel and water resistance, no headphone jack, and still shipping phones with cheaply made headphones and proprietary charging cables. The only thing decent that Apple brings to the table is their processors.

gtone339
2 months 9 days ago
gtone339

The iphone X display is indeed AMOLED, made by Samsung!

stondec
2 months 9 days ago
stondec

most flagship phones today are similar in function and feature. The Note 8 however is superior in function to them all because of the S Pen

RoadRunner99
2 months 9 days ago
RoadRunner99

At least the display itself is not warped. Samsung had the best displays on the planet until it decided that glare and edge distorted colours would be an improvement.

EugeneOnTheEdge
2 months 9 days ago
EugeneOnTheEdge

Technically speaking, iPhone X has a lower resolution of 1125 x 2436 (2,740,500 pixels) compared to S8/Note8’s 1440 x 2960 (4,262,400 pixels; 55% higher pixel than iPhone X). The number speaks by itself why S8s and Note8 are brighter.
Note that screen size should not affect the brightness–black pixels do not lit on AMOLEDs. Indeed, it would be a different story if the screens weren’t AMOLED.

o0MHJ0o
2 months 9 days ago
o0MHJ0o

It wouldn’t be better than the S8s as they say. its an OLED panel, not Super AMOLED. It’ll likely be more on par with LG displays. Nothing will be the Note8 this year

auctyvance
2 months 9 days ago
auctyvance
Think Samsung sold them S6 amoled displays or samsung made special amoled for the but less than S7 or S8 amoled displays.. There is no way samsung would sell them their best amoled.. Dont see or find anything interesting with iphone x. Just an iphone 7 with amoled. rather a samsung phone with an apple logo… Got a feeling Face ID is the same as iris scanner, i doubt it will work with your eyes closed. if doesnt work with eyes closed then it is an iris scanner, just changed the name to make it sound like new and for… Read more »
DareDevil01
2 months 6 days ago
DareDevil01

Well Apple didn’t want to pay an excessive amount for the utmost best AMOLED panels that were available because they still like to keep their high profit margins. The display on the S8+ is around 300 dollars, over 2 times the cost of the panels that Apple are buying off Samsung.

goTouch
2 months 9 days ago
goTouch

I’m sure Apple is using top notch oled panels from Samsung. I think Apple is reducing maximum brightness to avoid burnin problems. I quiet sure about that. People having burnin problems on Galaxy oled phones used to use the brightness very high.

Burnin is a reality on oled panels and it is almost impossible to avoid at some point. A good practice is to avoid high brightness. Apple is forcing this.

DareDevil01
2 months 6 days ago
DareDevil01

That’s a bit misleading. The Note 8 doesn’t stay on 1000nits. It only adjusts the display to 1000nits when it’s out in bright lighting (ie the Sun) So therefor everyday people cannot keep it on the maximum brightness that the screen is capable of, without hacking/rooting the phone and using a custom kernel. The more obvious reason would be that AMOLED is really expensive. There is NO WAY Apple are using the best available AMOLED panels from Samsung as Samsung themselves spend close to $300 on the display for the Galaxy S8+, Apple are only spending $130

o0MHJ0o
2 months 9 days ago
o0MHJ0o

I’ve had sAMOLED since 2012 and known people who had them for longer. NO screen burn. Its a real possibility but not something that is likely to happen on your phone unless done deliberately or you really don’t care about having maximum brightness on and screen timeout off!

paddybear79
2 months 9 days ago
paddybear79

You shouldn’t claim such things without actually comparing the phones. It says ‘typical max brightness’. It’d say, that is something far different from peak brightness. Sorry, your article is unprofessional, and I say that as an S8 owner.

o0MHJ0o
2 months 9 days ago
o0MHJ0o

been confirmed, Max brightness is 625 nits for the iPhone X and Note 8 is 1200, S8+ is 1000 nits

o0MHJ0o
2 months 9 days ago
o0MHJ0o

Feel sorry for iSheep, the iPhone X rumours really hyped up this device, and apart from the design and Face ID, most of it fell short. Slow wireless charging, No IP68, No 128GB, no Pro Motion and even the “edge to edge” display has bigger bezels than the S8 (as a whole). Not saying the X is terrible, but for that £1000 price point, its really asking for a lot

DarthSidux
2 months 9 days ago
DarthSidux

The A11 processor used by the iPhone 8 and X is a beast however.

DareDevil01
2 months 6 days ago
DareDevil01

Directly from Apple’s website:
“The four efficiency cores in the all‑new CPU are up to 70 percent faster than A10 Fusion. And the two performance cores are up to 25 percent faster.”
The 70% improvement on the efficiency cores makes sense as there are double the amount.
Whereas the 25 percent improvement on the performance cores isn’t anything ground breaking.
All in all that’s about the same kind of improvement going from the Snapdragon 820 to the 835…

caesantos
2 months 9 days ago
caesantos

I don’t like iPhone X design. For me it looks like there’s a hole at the top of the screen!

Osensnolf
2 months 9 days ago
Osensnolf

Maybe there is a hole in your head? /s

Personally, I like the top of the iPhone X screen design a lot. I say this as someone who already has a Note 8 and someone who STILL has their Note 7 (in case you were questioning which side of the fence I am on).

DareDevil01
2 months 6 days ago
DareDevil01

How on earth is that beautiful??? Same with the gap at the top of the display on the Essential phone…

kkb19762015
2 months 9 days ago
kkb19762015

Beautiful to have an “hole” while watching a video……

mooseolly
2 months 1 day ago
mooseolly

Perfectly justify how the phone burn a hole into your pocket.

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