Some Galaxy S9 displays suffer from black crush and color banding issues

Samsung makes some of the best mobile displays in the world. The AMOLED panels on Samsung smartphones is one of the reasons why many users buy their products. However, Samsung mobile displays are not without their share of problems and complaints. Overly saturated colors are one of the most common complaints associated with Samsung’s AMOLED displays.

Old problems on new displays

Samsung has been continuously improving its AMOLED panels to stay ahead of the competition. In fact, the Infinity Display on the recently released Galaxy S9 and S9+ is rated as the best mobile display in the market. Unfortunately, even the best mobile display in the market seems to have some issues according to the complaints online from some Galaxy S9 users.

On various forums online, some Galaxy S9 owners are reporting color banding issues on their brand-new smartphones with dark/black images. Also termed as the black crush, the problem refers to a phenomenon where the screen has issues displaying shades of dark accurately, resulting in a grainy or a pixelated picture with blocks of black. The black crush effect should be apparent while watching dark images or videos as details are lost similar to a heavily compressed file.

This is not exactly a new problem as many users have complained about this on the previous generation devices as well. So, either it’s a difficult problem to solve for Samsung or the issue is limited to only a small section of faulty devices. Currently, it is not clear how widespread this issue is. Samsung has not commented on the issue so far, though we’ve asked for a statement from the company and will update this story as soon as we get one.

Have you faced a similar issue on your Galaxy S9 or S9+?

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