iPhone X Has Best Smartphone Display Ever Says DisplayMate


The experts over at DisplayMate have just published their comprehensive display shoot-out report for the latest iPhone X, calling it the “most innovative and high performance” smartphone display ever tested. Not just that, Apple’s first ever OLED iPhone also seems to have dethroned Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones from the top two display award categories.


The iPhone X display has earned the “highest ever A+ grade”, which was previously held by Galaxy S8, as well as the “Best Performing Smartphone Display” award that was given to the Galaxy Note 8 earlier this year. According to DisplayMate, the iPhone X display is very close to “Text Book Perfect Calibration and Performance!”. The experts also said that it’s “absolutely pointless” to increase the display resolution and pixel per inch count on the iPhone display.

DisplayMate notes that the iPhone X has a new 2.5K resolution with 2436×1125 pixels and 458 pixels per inch, which provides “significantly higher image sharpness” than can be analyzed by a person with normal 20/20 vision at a 12-inch viewing distance. 

“Most Smartphones and Tablets generally provide only one to up to several fixed Color Gamuts. The iPhone X has Automatic Color Management that automatically switches to the proper Color Gamut for any displayed image content within the Wide DCI-P3 Color Space that has an ICC Profile, so images automatically appear with the correct colors, neither over-saturated or under-saturated. Color Management with multiple and varying Color Gamuts are a very useful and important state-of-the-art capability that all manufacturers will need to provide in the future.”

The iPhone X display either matched or set new smartphone display records in the categories of highest absolute color accuracy, highest full screen brightness for OLED smartphones, highest full screen contrast rating in ambient light and highest contrast ratio. For more technical details, hit up the source link.


  • 3Stacks

    But…but…Samsung has used OLED for years ??

  • Olivier

    how can the iPhone have a better display than Samsung when Samsung makes the displays for Apple ?

  • From the source article:
    “What makes the iPhone X the Best Smartphone Display is the impressive Precision Display Calibration Apple developed, which transforms the OLED hardware into a superbly accurate, high performance, and gorgeous display, with close to Text Book Perfect Calibration and Performance!!”
    The hardware is the same, but it’s the software that Apple is using that makes the colors display more accurately than other phones.

  • DP

    Samsung makes it, but Apple designed the specs for it for Samsung to follow.

  • Olivier

    nice !

  • xxxJDxxx

    Interesting about the display brightness as the rated “nit” count was so much lower than displays on other devices.

  • Grover

    Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. A lot of people are referring to the max 1200 nits of display brightness from one of the Note 8 phone. However, 1200 nits is referring to the theoretical maximum brightness and is more of a technical specification without real-world meaning. It’s like stating that a CPU can handle 1 billion operations per second… but without other information, like how long it can sustain that or other information, it’s meaningless… just a number.

    For the Note 8, the theoretical maximum applied where only 1% of the phone is lit up, with 99% black, allowing all the power to go to that one area. Not sure what the iPhone X theoretical max nits are… but it’s the overall brightness that you should care about in any case and it’s entirely possible for the iPhone to be brighter in real world use.

  • Grover

    “Samsung Display” sells displays to “Apple”, “Samsung Electronics”, “Google”, etc. It could be partly that Apple defined the specs, and it could be partly that Apple was willing to pay more than “Samsung Electronics” to “Samsung Display”

  • raslucas

    You’ve got to think that is pisses Samsung off eh? They’ve spent years apeing the iPhone’s software features, Apple finally uses their all and mighty OLED, and finds a software way to make it way better than what they can do on their devices.

    I know I know, different divisions of Samsung… but still…

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    So even with a notch missing, it’s the best screen ever? Wow. Why did I throw my old TV away just because it had a broken screen.

    The screen-door effect is now in style as well I see. When Steve Jobs introduced retina displays, he claimed that not being able to see the pixels is a GOOD thing. But now seeing the pixels again in yellow and blue areas of photos is stylish. I guess it has that retro kind of feel. And screen burn in brings me back to the old days as well. Ah progress. It will be interesting to read the reviews a year from now when the blue pixels on the OLEDs start failing.