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Galaxy Note 9 screen is the best phone display ever, DisplayMate says

We’re used to Samsung’s flagship smartphones having the best panels in the business, but analysis from DisplayMate claims that the upcoming Note 9’s screen “has now raised the bar significantly higher”.

Improvements to the Galaxy Note 9’s colour accuracy has the visual fidelity experts describing the device’s panel as “visually indistinguishable from perfect”, which is about as high as praise gets.

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But it’s not just colour accuracy: brightness, too, is up 27% from the Galaxy Note 8 to a measured peak of 1050 nits, meaning it should work beautifully in direct sunlight.

Elsewhere, the Note 9 mops up all the kudos with a number of new records. It has the smallest change in peak luminance, the smallest shift in colour accuracy and intensity scale, the largest native colour gamut, the lowest screen reflectance, the highest contrast rating in ambient light, the smallest brightness variation with viewing angle, and the smallest colour variation of white with viewing angle.

And breathe.

In all, the Note 9 gets an A+ grade. “The Galaxy Note 9 is the most innovative and high-performance Smartphone display that we have ever Lab tested, breaking and establishing many new Display Performance Records that are listed above,” the report says.

“The Galaxy Note 9 delivers uniformly consistent all-around Top Tier Display Performance and receives All Green (Very Good to Excellent) Ratings in All of the DisplayMate Lab Test and Measurement Categories.”

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If you’re feeling sorry for the displaced screen-technology champion, don’t: it’s also Samsung. The Galaxy S9 was the first handset to get greens in all categories – and now the Note 9 is the second.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launches on August 24. 

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