Even if you dislike a bit oversaturated screens on Samsung’s high-end phones, there’s no denying that the South Korean company is widely regarded as the leader in smartphone displays. This has been confirmed now by a comprehensive evaluation of the new Note 8’s Infinity Display conducted by screen experts over at DisplayMate Technologies.

Note 8 has “the most innovative and high performance smartphone display that we have ever lab tested,” said Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, DisplayMate’s president.

TL;DR: DisplayMate gave the phone an all-time high grade of Excellent A+ because it exceeded the display performance of Galaxy S8 and the previous Note device in the main assessment categories including brightness, outdoor visibility and color gamut.

The Infinity Display, as Samsung is calling it, is brighter and less reflective than its predecessor’s while delivering higher resolution and enhanced features. The OLED panel delivers not only major improvements in the display hardware, but also provides many new and enhanced features and functions, Soneira added.

At 6.3 inches, Note 8 packs in a 20 percent larger screen than that on the Galaxy S8 series and 14 percent larger than previous Note displays without increasing the size of the phone itself.

It has a record high peak brightness of 1,240 nits, a 22 percent increase from Galaxy S8, and a screen reflectance level of 4.6 percent, which is one of the lowest that DisplayMate has ever measured for a smartphone. The panel itself has a larger aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and features a 3K QHD+ 2,960-by-1,440 pixel resolution.

It uses Diamond Pixels and sub-pixel rendering to squeeze in more pixels, resulting in sharpness of 521 pixels per inch versus iPhone 7’s 401 pixels per inch 1,920-by-1080 panel. Samsung says the Note 8 screen provides significantly higher image sharpness than can be resolved with normal 20/20 vision at the typical viewing distance of ten inches or more.

Note 8 is certified by the UHD Alliance for the Mobile HDR premium designation: it’s capable of playing the same 4K HDR content produced for 4K UHD Premium TVs.

Like iPhone 7, it supports wide color gamut (112 percent of DCI-P3 and 141 percent of sRGB) while taking advantage of a built-in video processor to deliver an expanded dynamic range for non-HDR video content in order to create an HDR-like effect.

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 should feature an OLED panel built by Samsung Display so this test gives you a good idea what to expect from the OLED iPhone in terms of image quality. With a significantly higher brightness and lower screen reflectance levels, iPhone 8 should be easily readable even under relatively high ambient lighting, such as bright sunlight.

Note 8 will be available in stores beginning September 15.

If you exclude OLED panels and focus on LCD technology alone, iPhone 7 earns the title of the best performing LCD smartphone panel, DisplayMate said earlier in the year.

Its Retina HD screen has the top performance across the board, as per DisplayMate’s findings, delivering uniformly consistent performance. It’s one of a small number of displays ever to get Very Good to Excellent ratings in all test and measurement categories since the company started testing smartphone display technologies in 2006.

  • CuBoy531

    The phone is not all about display. It’s about productivity. What good of a display if the phone sucks!

    • roflrabbit

      It’s not AOSP, so what? And it isn’t as horrible as you say, how many phones on the Note line have you owned and used extensively in order to conduct that statement? What can this not do that other phones can? Label and explain every. single. thing. that isn’t a stupid ‘framework required’ restriction.

      • Bacillus

        Ahh, as every Samsung phone is beaten by the upcoming iPhone trying to mimick Samsung tech 2 years later. Because wireless charging is “only ready now to be adopted” after 2 years as Samsung copied Apple in advance blahpdiblah

      • “every Samsung phone is beaten by the upcoming iPhone” Uh… you do realize that not even the Samsung S7 can beat Apple’s iPhone 6s in many of the benchmark tests out there right? So before we talk about apple beating them with next year’s tech why don’t we wait for Samsung to actually beat the tech that Apple released almost 2 years ago?

        That said… if “wireless charging” is the best example you have I’m not super impressed. While I appreciate wireless charging for my watch I won’t plan on using it with my phone unless I’m forced to by Apple. I understand that’s a personal preference and that I’m probably in the minority on it, but gaining support for a piece of hardware first isn’t as important to me as overall stability, performance, app compatibility, and the deep hardware integrations that Apple offers that Samsung has no way of offering.

      • Galaxy Life

        Benchmarks that don’t include

        Bluetooth, download speeds, camera shutter speeds, battery charging speeds etc. If you’re going to benchmark, benchmark everything.

      • Well for the sake of not being too long I went with the one benchmark that affects 100% of the users whenever they are using their phones. A person can write pages and pages on comparing every last feature, but in terms of overall performance iOS is faster.

        As far as some of your other things those aren’t quite so easy to compare. AirDrop is significantly faster than NFC beam

    • Galaxy Life

      You’re right, so compare all that you can do on a Note that you can’t do on an iPhone.

      The iPhone plus does nothing with it’s display, it’s just big for the sake of being big. Why can’t you do split screen on it?

      • I must be getting too old to understand the modern needs of cell phone users. As someone who spends quite a bit of time with an iPhone Plus I can’t imagine ever wanting to have a split screen.

        I heard someone point out that you can watch a lecture video and take notes, and maybe the note works great with the pencil, but I actually jailbroke my iPhone just to try this scenario and ended up quickly realizing that when I’d open my keyboard I had to make the video small enough to not see it if I wanted to actually see what I was typing with any context. It quickly became obvious that it was easier to just listen to the audio and leave the not taking app in the foreground.

        I’d love to hear the real world use application for this, but IMHO the plus screen is way to small to take advantage of split screen viewing.

  • tariq

    ayyy! Cant wait to get it!

  • Iskren Donev

    I would be interested to find out how the tech in the Note 8’s display stacks up against the display in the iPad Pro 10.5″. From my limited point of view the ProMotion technology in the iPad display is truly a game changer.

  • It’s just too bad that display is being used to show a sub par OS 😛

    All kidding aside though that’s some impressive technology. At 1240 nits that’s almost double the brightness of the iPhone 7 screen (and there are times when that would be super useful). That said, looking at these specs I half to wonder how much some of this will translate into a better user experience and how much of this will just translate into meaningless paper statistics and ultimately only put an un-necessary drain on battery life.

    But the wide color gamut and the low reflection display are two things that I can deeply admire and hope to see more innovations like these!

    • Galaxy Life

      Users get to view 4k content on their phones and with Gear VR having a display of such quality greatly enhances the experience.

      The size of the display makes split screen use much more practical.

      • Outside of VR viewing 4k isn’t as much of a feature as much as a liability. Humans aren’t capable of seeing (under normal viewing conditions and distances) anywhere near that resolution which means that the result is impressive on paper but a waste of CPU, GPU, vRAM and battery. I mentioned that even a 2 year old iPhone is able to outperform the latest Galaxy, and while some of that is due to deep software and hardware integration, most of that performance gap is due to the sheer power required to drive the screen on the Samsung.

        Now if you want a VR device I suppose that’s a worthwhile tradeoff. Currently that’s a feature that (to me personally) is more of a toy than a useful tool. There may come a time where I’ll be envious of it, but for now I prefer to have the extra performance and battery.

      • Galaxy Life

        I see you’ve never tried a VR device.

        Well, go demo Oculus then come back and tell me about toys.

        VR & AR along with AI is where tech is headed.

        The iPhone can record in 4k but can’t view it on the device, that’s the very definition of gimmick or toy.

      • Actually I have tried out VR before. And I wouldn’t exactly compare the experience that an Oculus can deliver when powered by my GTX 1070 with a cellphone… That said, outside of some novelty or simulation experiences I don’t see this becoming a huge every day thing for cellphones. I can see a lot of application for AR, but the tech is early and by the time it’s a big part of our lives neither Samsung not Apple will have the hardware they have now.

        Also, I literally laughed and choked on my water when I read your statement about 4k recording and playback on the iPhone. I guess by that standard you’d recommend no one in Hollywood buy the Canon EOS C700 for $28,000 because the built in LCD display can’t show the 4k image on it huh? Who knew all this time every movie we watch in the theatre was filmed on toys?!

        So I’m sorry my friend, but we have very different definitions of what a gimmick is. Recording 4k at 60fps (something Samsung phones can’t do that the iPhone 8 and x can) is a useful feature that actual professional cinematographers can take advantage of. The new iPhone X’s ability to animate a poop emoji to lip sync with you? That’s a gimmick. And a crappy one at that…

  • Galaxy Life

    They should stop saying most this and best that.

    Just say best of this year or most of that year. And say it at the very end of the year after all phones have be examined.