The Samsung Galaxy S7 is the first phone with auto brightness that actually works


The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge aren’t radically different in appearance from last year’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but an in-depth analysis has concluded both have the best screens of any smartphone yet.

According to DisplayMate’s analysis, the OLED displays used in its new fleet of flagships perform markedly better than its predecessors and the competition, and are more efficient than ever. Not just that, each stands out as the champions for color accuracy and contrast ratio.

The analysis found that the displays built into the two smartphones brings several hidden improvements. The maximum brightness is now 24% higher than the potential output that last year’s models were capable of.

Samsung has also increased the pixel density found in S7 and S7 Edge, packing in 577 pixels per inch (ppi,) which, again, trounces last year’s efforts, including the larger Samsung Galaxy Note 5‘s 518 ppi screen.

It’s also mentioned that, compared to all smartphones, TVs, and tablets that have come before it, the S7 and S7 Edge are the first to nail automatic brightness. As the findings put it, most devices with the automatic brightness feature fail to correctly compensate for the true ambient lighting of your environment, which leads to a screen that’s either too bright or too dim.

Many users, at this point, just switch off the feature, which fixes the brightness to one level and thus, can drain a battery quite quickly. But, Samsung’s latest appear to be the best around at correctly balancing screen brightness with the ambient lighting around you.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Always-on have you worried? Nonsense

Samsung inspired a lot of smiles by announcing that its latest Galaxy S phones would have bigger batteries, but much of that excitement quelled when it was then revealed that they would have always-on screens.

But, according to DisplayMate’s research, it’s nothing to worry about. The always-on feature requires very little power to operate. It’s noted that, in a similar vein to e-ink technology, OLED displays possess a unique quality in that they can push black pixels without using any power.


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