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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s display is near-perfect so what’s left for the future?


Last updated: September 18th, 2020 at 09:36 UTC+02:00

Samsung’s AMOLED displays have gotten better with each flagship generation and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is proving that to be true once again. The 120Hz variable refresh rate has been one of the main talking point when debating the qualities of Samsung’s new flagship, but the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s AMOLED display was improved in many other ways that may have been often overlooked.

Brightness is just one of the many areas demonstrating that Samsung is constantly improving its AMOLED display technology, as shown by a recent DisplayMate report. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s 6.9-inch AMOLED panel has a peak brightness of 1,609 nits in High Brightness Mode, up from the Galaxy Note 10+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 1,308 and 1,342 nits, respectively. Even so, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s display is 16% more power efficient compared to the Galaxy Note 10+.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra display is breaking new records, but what’s next?

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has set or matched 11 Smartphone Display Performance Records and the list looks very similar to that of the Galaxy S20 Ultra. The latest flagship earns the Visually Indistinguishable from Perfect label in a number of display categories including Absolute color accuracy and Visible screen resolution.

This is simplifying it, to say the least, as the original paper contains dozens of points explaining in technical detail how the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s AMOLED display is great. Equally interesting is the way DisplayMate believes that mobile displays should improve with next generations. The source believes that it is absolutely pointless to further increase the display resolution and pixels per inch (ppi) for a marketing wild goose chase into the stratosphere, with no visual benefit for humans!

Instead, what Samsung and other mobile display manufacturers should be doing is focusing on improving performance in real world ambient light conditions. AMOLED and LCD displays alike are Accurate only when viewed in Absolute Darkness 0 lux, claims the source, which means that loss of color gamut, color saturation, and image contrast does occur in the real world due to ambient light.

Addressing these shortcomings could lead to the next generation of mobile displays. This may be the future of AMOLED, but until we find out, rest assured that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s display is Samsung’s best to date.

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