Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will be hitting the stores in the U.S. tomorrow, so SamMobile decided it was a good time to give their screens a good look. Before diving into what makes the Infinity Displays tick and how they stack up to the competition, it's worth noting that many publications have already lauded the displays as the best in the smartphone world right now. The two different variants of the phone have the same resolution and characteristics, with different sizes.
To start with the basics, the Galaxy S8 has a 5.8-inch display, while the Galaxy S8 Plus features a massive 6.2-inch panel. Both of them support a resolution of 2,960 by 1,440 pixels, somewhat higher than the standard QHD resolution that pays respects to the two flagships' unusual 18:9 aspect ratios. The displays use a Diamond Pentile subpixel matrix, which apparently could be responsible for some early units having a reddish tint to them. Brightness goes up to about 477 nits, making Samsung's latest phones more than readable in direct sunlight. The phones also come with built-in display adjustment settings to further help in that area.
Color reproduction is where things get really interesting with Samsung's new devices. The default adaptive display technology delivers oversaturated colors that are characteristic of OLED displays, with the White Point a bit out of balance. The Delta E error, which is the margin between the way a color should look and how it looks on screen, is about twice as high as the minimum detectable by the human eye. The color temperature is a bit on the cold side in this setting. Shifting into basic mode gives you less visible "pop" in your colors due to the nature of the AMOLED panel, but the seemingly washed out colors are much more true to life, sporting Delta E error scores just under that minimum visible to the naked eye. All in all, this seems like the most realistic color mode, though it can appear a bit drab with more colorful content. The third mode that was tested was the AMOLED Photo mode, and it was found to be a happy medium. Colors were mostly on target, with the Delta E error margin just barely above the visible minimum. The color temperature for this mode is pretty much neutral, meaning it provides you with most benefits that characterize AMOLED displays, but without making the color gamut seem too unrealistically deep or saturated. Overall, the takeaway here is that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus buyers are in for a stellar viewing experience no matter what, and their mode of choice will come down to personal preference. Adaptive Mode will deliver powerful and vibrant colors, Basic Mode is starkly realistic, and AMOLED Photo mode strikes a balance between the two.