DisplayMate has recently published a very in-depth shoot-out for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+‘s display, and the bottom line is that these devices have some of the best displays on the market in terms of performance and clarity. In fact DisplayMate says that the displays are the ‘crown jewel’ of Samsung smartphones. Both the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ use OLED displays, a technology that first became widely used in 2010. In order to provide accurate test results DisplayMate used the Mobile Display Technology Shoot-Out lab test which provides some very accurate results.
One of the main highlights of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+’s display is the Peak Brightness and screen readability in high ambient lighting, as well as power efficiency which has definitely improved from the display technology used in the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy S6. The two devices also have the highest resolution of any smartphone on the market, peaking at 2560×1440 pixels with a 5.7-inch diagonal and an impressive 518 ppi. Adaptive Display is also a very important yet overlooked feature which allows a wide color gamut and dynamically adapts images and videos according to the application and ambient lighting. What’s impressive is that the Adaptive Display mode has the highest color saturation ever measured by DisplayMate, with 134 percent of the standard sRGB / Rec.709 color gamut.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 has another nifty feature called Super Dimming Mode which lets you adjust the maximum screen brightness, it’s ideal for working during night-time conditions without disturbing others or straining your eyes. Finally a key point in DisplayMate’s analysis lies in display power efficiency. This generation of OLED displays show a 21 percent power improvement over previous generations of displays used in the Galaxy Note 4. This is very interesting because the Galaxy Note 5 has a higher brightness and it looks much better, so it’s a true achievement.