iPhone X has ‘best smartphone display’ in the world, apparently

The iPhone X screen has been ranked as the “best smartphone display” in the world by an expert researcher.

With each major smartphone release comes a test by DisplayMate, a standards organisation for image and picture quality. Since the iPhone X launched last week, we’ve been patiently waiting for DisplayMate President Dr. Raymond M. Soneira’s take on the new screen.

The reason the iPhone X display has everyone excited is because Apple finally switched to an OLED panel. Unlike conventional LED-backlit LCD displays, an OLED screen has pixels that emit their own light, negating the need for a backlit. This improves power efficiency, dynamic range, and the overall colour gamut of the screen.

And it seems Soneira has been impressed by the switchover, writing: “The iPhone X is the most innovative and high-peformance smartphone display that we have ever tested.”

Soneira rightly points out that not all the credit should go to Apple, mind. The iPhone X screen is actually built by Samsung Display, the company that has been building OLED screens for Samsung Galaxy smartphones for years. But Apple used Samsung’s tech to raise the bar on its own flagship phone:

“What makes the iPhone X the best smartphone display is the impressive precision display calibration that Apple developed, that transforms the OLED hardware into a superbly accurate, high-performance, and gorgeous display.”

The 5.85-inch OLED screen is arguably the standout feature of the iPhone X, boasting a Super Retina resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels and a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This was made possible by slimming down the bezel on the iPhone X, allowing for the screen to dominate almost all of the front of the phone. It’s a similar design to the one we’ve already seen from the likes of Samsung, with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.

You can read Soneira’s full report here.

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