The world can’t stop talking about the all-new iPhone X, be it the “expensiveness” or the notion that the device in itself is pretty fragile. We have seen a hoard of iPhone X drop test videos aimed at demonstrating how the display (and the rear) fails. Cutting through the noise, today, let us talk about the quality of the display. The iPhone X display gets the highest ever rating on the “Displaymate” benchmark. Displaymate has been consistently benchmarking devices including smartphones and smartwatches.

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As per Displaymate, the iPhone X display has performed exceptionally well across various parameters like True Tone Display, Nightshift and Mobile HDR. The report has further lauded the calibration and has compared it with “Text Book Perfect Calibration and Performance.” Needless to say, the 120Hz touch refresh rate has worked well for the iPhone X display. Apple has also shifted for the first time from LCD to the OLED display. Let us take a closer look at all the parameters that spell a difference and how the iPhone X display stands apart.

1. The Shift to OLED

Apple has arguably mastered the LCD displays in smartphones. While LCD displays have served well on smartphones, they still fall behind the LEDs in terms of efficiency and vibrancy. Since the LCDs require a larger area and the bezels are indispensable, Apple had to make a shift the OLED displays. The OLEDs have been around for a while but it’s only recently that the OLED displays have evolved to outperform LCD displays on smartphones.

2. Precision Display Calibration

Displaymate has discovered that the Precision Display Calibration helps Apple to achieve unprecedented levels of accuracy alongside high performance.

3. Larger Display and an Aspect Ration of 19:9

The iPhone X display comes in a new form factor, one that is 22% larger than the 16:9 aspect ratio. The display will be taller in portrait mode and relatively wider in landscape mode. This, in turn, is expected to help accommodate notifications and increase the screen real estate.

4. Automatic Color Management

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Unlike most of other smartphones that usually end up offering a single Color Gamut, the iPhone X comes with an Automatic Color Management. The Automatic Color Management will automatically switch to the appropriate color gamut and thus the images appear in correct colors. With the Automatic Color Management, cases of over-saturation and under-saturation are avoided. The Color Gamut is of prime importance as far as color reproduction is concerned.

5. Dim Setting and Night Shift

The iPhone X’s super dim settings will let the users set the maximum brightness all the way down to 2 cd/m2. This setting is ideal for night viewing and in indoor conditions with poor lighting. More often than not, I personally find the minimum brightness settings on various smartphones to be uncomfortable for night viewing. The Night Shift has become one of my favorite features across both the MacBook and the iPhone. The mode allows users to reduce or increase the blue light from the display and this eventually helps in better sleep cycles.

6. The Display War: iPhone X Vs Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 held the crown as the best smartphone display, that is until the iPhone X arrived. Still, many of us have doubts in our minds on how exactly the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 display triumphs the one on the iPhone X.

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 produces up to 1,240 nits while the iPhone X manages only 634 nits, yet the iPhone X wins the race. Wondering How? Well, the Note 8 can indeed produce 1,240 nits of peak brightness but its only for small portions of screen area. For Full-Screen Brightness, the Note8 is capable of producing up to 423 nits while the iPhone X is capable of 634 nits full-screen brightness.

iPhone X also registers a Screen Reflectance of 4.5 percent which is the best that a smartphone has to offer till date.

6. 2.5K High-Resolution Display

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The iPhone X offers a 2.5K High Resolution 2436 x 1125 pixels FHD display with 458 ppi of pixel density. The Diamond Sub Pixel helps in enhancing the brightness and the sharpness. In fact, the iPhone X offers 726 nits of brightness on its home screen.

7. True Tone and HDR

A True Tone viewing mode automatically changes the White Point and color balance of the display in order to match the real-time measurements of the ambient light falling on the screen. This eventually results in better visibility and reduces the reflective property of the screen. The Mobile HDR allows the iPhone X to play 4K High Dynamic Range created for the 4K UHD TVs. HDR aims at offering a better dynamic range by maintaining the contrast between the brightest whites and the darkest blacks.

The Result

  • Highest Contrast Ratio
  • Lowest Screen Reflectance
  • Highest Absolute Color Accuracy for any display
  • Smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle

This article is co-authored by GK.

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