Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Earn DisplayMate's Crown for Best Smartphone Displays

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Earn DisplayMate's Crown for Best Smartphone Displays

Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge, which were launched just ahead of MWC 2016 on Sunday, sport top-of-the-line innards and features - while also missing out on a few. But as far as the display is concerned, nothing beats Samsung's offering, according to DisplayMate Technologies.

In its latest report, the video calibration equipment firm evaluated the display of many smartphones to conclude that the display panel used in the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones have the best screen modes, colour management, colour saturation, and colour accuracy. Interestingly, the smartphone that comes closest to new Galaxy's offering is Samsung's own Galaxy Note 5, which was launched last year.

The Galaxy S7, the display of which has a screen density of 577ppi, was found to be "perfectly sharp" even when viewed from a distance, says DisplayMate. The Galaxy S7's display also reflected only 4.6 percent of the light, which DisplayMate was again pleased with, in fact, it noted that it was one of the best values it has ever measured on a smartphone. Mirror reflections are also very negligible and Samsung has done "very good" in that aspect.

"The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy Note 5 are neck-and-neck record holders for display performance, effectively tied or alternating between first and second place in almost all categories except screen size for the much larger Galaxy Note 5, and the much higher pixels per inch for the Galaxy S7," the firm noted.

"What is especially impressive is that the overall display specs and performance of the Galaxy S7 have been maintained or improved after being scaled down by 20 percent in area from the Galaxy Note 5."

The firm was also pleased with 'Always-On' display technology that Samsung has baked into its display. The feature, which shows users notifications, time, and date without having to wake up the phone, doesn't cause "a significant power drain," DisplayMate noted. It found that the feature only consumes about 50mW to 90mW of power. To recall, DisplayMate found the iPad mini 4 to have the best display late last year.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Easy to hold and handle
  • Unbelievable processing power
  • Phenomenal camera
  • IP68 protection
  • Bad
  • Bloated software
  • Hybrid SIM/microSD slot
Display 5.10-inch
Processor 1.6GHz octa-core
Front Camera 5-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel
RAM 4GB
Storage 32GB
Battery Capacity 3000mAh
OS Android 6.0
Resolution 1440x2560 pixels
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Looks absolutely stunning
  • Record-breaking power
  • Incredible camera
  • IP68 protection
  • Bad
  • Slightly unweildy
  • Hybrid SIM/microSD slot
  • Bloated software
Display 5.50-inch
Processor octa-core
Front Camera 5-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel
RAM 4GB
Storage 32GB
Battery Capacity 3600mAh
OS Android 6.0
Resolution 1440x2560 pixels
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