Apple made a big deal over the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max’s OLED displays when it announced the handsets. DisplayMate has put these claims to the test in its in-depth review of the latter’s screen.
Unsurprisingly, the firm talks about the iPhone XS Max’s panel in glowing terms. In fact, it says the phone has the best display ever, kicking off the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 from the top spot in the process. The South Korean brand manufactured both the screens though, so the company benefits either way.
iPhone XS Max Display Performance
DisplayMate awarded the iPhone XS Max an A+, its highest grade. The phone pretty much excelled in every single test the company threw at it. For instance, it has a record high 100% APL Full Screen Brightness for OLED smartphones, touching 660 nits for the sRGB/Rec.709 and DCI-P3 color gamuts.
This helps improve screen visibility in high ambient light. The home screen has an even higher brightness of 725 nits. For comparison, both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 can produce up to 710 nits 100% APL Full Screen in their auto high brightness mode, but only in high ambient light conditions with a non-standard native color gamut and white point.
Apple has also made sure the device has an extremely high color accuracy of 0.8 JNCD (Just Noticeable Color Difference). This is apparently visually indistinguishable from perfect. The phone notably improves upon the iPhone X in these two aspects, in addition to having a much bigger 6.5-inch screen with a higher 2.7K resolution display.
The firm also went on to praise the automatic color management feature in the iPhone XS Max. Most handsets allow users to stick to one color gamut at a time. The Apple device switches to the correct color gamut depending on the image content, so they don’t appear over or under-saturated.