The newly announced Samsung Galaxy S9 has knocked the iPhone X off the top of the leaderboard when it comes to smartphone displays.
One of the ways to tell if a smartphone is worth upgrading are the various benchmarks that put the device through its paces shortly after release. The team over at DisplayMate did just that with the Galaxy S9 and have awarded it the highest ever A+ grade.
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Prior to the Galaxy S9, the best smartphone display according to DisplayMate belonged to the iPhone X. However, it seems Samsung has pulled this one out of the bag with the AMOLED panel on the S9 with what DisplayMate are calling the “most innovative and high-performance smartphone display” it has ever tested.
While the Galaxy S9 5.8-inch display is very similar to that of the Galaxy S8, of which you can see in our comparison
, Samsung did tweak some under-the-hood settings. According to DisplayMate’s Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, the Samsung display has been enhanced to provide a significant boost in picture quality and color accuracy. The Galaxy S9 display is also capable of hitting 1130 nits, which is 20 percent more than the Galaxy S8, but lower than the Note 8’s maximum output.
The display also scored the lowest ever screen reflectance score of 4.4 percent compared with the iPhone X's 4.4 percent, with a white shift of just 1.1 JNCD at 30 degrees.
This won't mean a great deal to most of us, but what it does highlight is Samsung seem to have made what was already an amazing display even better. By knocking the iPhone X off the top spot, it also gives a benchmark to compare for those on the fence about making the jump.
If you're interested in reading more low-level detail about the display, you can read the full report here