Xda-Developers | Samsung Galaxy S10 (Exynos) Display Review: Samsung Finally Embraces Color Accuracy, Becomes the Ambassador that Android Needs

Xda-Builders | Samsung Galaxy S10 (Exynos) Show Evaluate: Samsung Lastly Embraces Coloration Accuracy, Turns into the Ambassador that Android Wants

Everybody says it: “Samsung makes one of the best shows for smartphones.” It is broadly considered reality and never many attempt to dispute it. Even fewer attempt to (and even know find out how to) individually assess the show. The issue with that is the dearth of verification from what’s seen on publications (together with our personal) versus actuality and the restricted variety of legitimate factors of views and absence of experience on the matter. What many do not know is that previous-generation Samsung Galaxy shows did have points and even lagged behind the competitors in sure classes comparable to shade/white level calibration, gamma, and black clipping. They weren’t excellent shows — they had been removed from one of the best by way of calibration, really — and most show opinions gave them far more reward than they deserved. Many are additionally misinformed and declare their shows to be color-accurate when of their default oversaturated profile. Nonetheless, a brand new era of handsets provides emergence to new hope and expectations. The Galaxy S10 is Samsung’s newest endeavor in reeling in future applied sciences to the handsets of now, however in addition to its cutting-edge Infinity-O show, has its underlying panel traits really improved, or has it simply been facelifted?


  • Wonderful shade accuracy in Pure profile
  • Distinctive brightness — one of the best we have measured
  • Superb gamma and dynamic brightness
  • Very little black clipping
  • Big gamut and really vibrant “Vivid” profile


    • White level in Pure profile is simply too heat
    • Non-uniform and alternating angular hue shifts
    • Noticeable shade shifting alongside the curved edges
    • Banding seen in Pure profile




We have acquired info that means that the Exynos and Snapdragon S10 variants have completely different panel calibrations. This evaluation will cowl the Exynos variant. I’ll look into the variations with the Snapdragon variant and hopefully create a revision.

Efficiency Abstract

The entrance of the Galaxy S10 is plastered with what Samsung calls their “Infinity-O” show: a display screen that covers almost the whole thing of the entrance of the handset, curving across the edges, with an “O” punched out of it to accommodate a front-facing digicam. Subsequent to the digicam is the ambient gentle sensor and proximity sensor, that are cleverly hidden beneath the glass.

The panel has a local decision of 3040×1440 pixels, however by default, the Samsung Galaxy S10 renders at 2280×1080 to avoid wasting energy. This comes with a obtrusive compromise since this default render decision doesn’t divide wholly into its native decision, leading to added blurriness in its upscaling. Consequently, the Samsung Galaxy S10 show at its default render decision won’t seem as sharp as a local 2280×1080-resolution panel of the identical dimension. The Samsung Galaxy S10e, for instance, seems sharper than the Galaxy S10 in its default 1080p render decision, even when the Galaxy S10e had been to be scaled as much as the Galaxy S10’s dimension.

The show is the brightest OLED we’ve got measured in any respect APLs, reaching almost 900 nits for 50% APL, which is an effective APL to think about the common show brightness (you possibly can learn the definition of APL beneath within the “Brightness” phase), when the telephone detects shiny gentle in auto brightness mode. That is about 100 nits increased than we measured for the Samsung Galaxy Notice 9 and LG V40 ThinQ (showing about 5% brighter) and about 200 nits increased than the iPhone XS (showing about 10% brighter). The Samsung Galaxy S10’s show additionally lightens all colours when it detects daylight, reducing the display screen distinction, which improves the show’s legibility and shade accuracy underneath daylight.

Relying on the placement, the default shade mode on the Galaxy S10 could also be set to the “Pure” profile for the U.S. and a few of Europe, whereas primarily Asia could have it default to the “Vivid” profile (our Exynos unit got here in “Vivid”). The “Pure” possibility is the color-accurate profile with a hotter tint, whereas the “Vivid” profile will increase the saturation and distinction of the display screen and has a cooler white level. The “Vivid” profile is equivalent to the “Adaptive” profile discovered on earlier Galaxy telephones, and it stretches colours out considerably, as much as the native gamut of the Galaxy S10’s panel. It additionally has elevated distinction and will get barely brighter than the “Pure” profile. For sharing and enhancing content material, the “Pure” profile ought to at all times be used to make sure that photographs and movies will look related throughout different shows, like iPhones, which share the identical goal shade profile because the Galaxy S10’s “Pure” profile, not the “Vivid” profile like many have been misled to imagine.

The “Pure” profile targets the sRGB shade house by default and can also be calibrated to focus on vast shade areas like P3 and Adobe RGB when app-supported shade administration is obtainable for acceptable media. As ordinary, Samsung does a good job with shade accuracy with their commonplace reference profiles, however the Galaxy S10 continues Samsung’s hotter calibration development that plagued their earlier handsets, nonetheless putting it behind different shows just like the iPhone X(S) and the Pixel 3 (XL) in shade accuracy. Nonetheless, the colour accuracy of the “Pure” profile is great and seems principally excellent, although whites and pale tones will seem noticeably heat. The profile has a gamma of roughly 2.15, with gentle shadows and barely darker mid-tones, however general has wonderful picture replica and distinction. Video playback will increase the on-screen distinction, darkening the shadows for a crunchier image. Nonetheless, though that is the color-accurate profile, Samsung nonetheless stretches out and oversaturates the colours in its default launcher, which designers ought to think about and be cautious about when viewing their icons on the Galaxy S10.

The viewing angles on the Samsung Galaxy S10, at a 30-degree angle, are the bottom we have measured to this point. Nonetheless, the numbers do not inform the entire story. The shift remains to be non-uniform and sudden at acute angles, and nonetheless noticeably varies between shifting in direction of crimson and shifting in direction of cyan (technically it shifts away from the complementary). Moreover, the colour shift will increase additional in direction of cyan previous 30 levels, which we didn’t measure. Additionally it is at all times seen on the curved edges of the display screen on lighter/white content material. Due to these intricacies which are tough to completely account for, our crown for greatest viewing angles nonetheless belongs to the LGD panel on the LG V40 ThinQ, with even the Pixel 3’s viewing angles additionally beating out the Galaxy S10’s.

Black smearing is equivalent to earlier era panels, whereas black clipping (black crush) has improved (lessened) with the Samsung Galaxy S10. The Galaxy S10, nevertheless, remains to be inferior to OnePlus’ newest handsets in black clipping, and outclassed by the iPhone X-series panels in each these classes. The lifted shadows of the Galaxy S10 in its “Pure” profile do assist in lowering the notion of black crush, but it surely stays non-optimal for correct shadow rendition.


To acquire quantitative shade knowledge from the show, we stage device-specific enter check patterns to the handset and measure the show’s ensuing emission utilizing an i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer. The check patterns and gadget settings we use are corrected for numerous show traits and potential software program implementations that may alter our desired measurements. Many different websites’ show analyses don’t correctly account for them and consequently, their knowledge could also be inaccurate.

We first measure the show’s full grayscale and report the perceptual shade error of white, together with its correlated shade temperature. From the readings, we additionally derive the show gamma utilizing a least-squares match on the theoretical gamma values of every step. This gamma worth is extra significant and true-to-experience than people who report the gamma studying from show calibration software program like CalMan, which averages the theoretical gamma of every step as an alternative.

The colours that we goal for our check patterns are impressed by DisplayMate’s absolute shade accuracy plots. The colour targets are spaced roughly even all through the CIE 1976 chromaticity scale, which makes them wonderful targets to evaluate the whole shade replica capabilities of a show.

The grayscale and shade accuracy readings are taken in increments of 20% over the show’s perceptual (non-linear) brightness vary and averaged to realize a single studying that’s correct to the general look of the show. One other particular person studying is taken at our reference 200 cd/m² which is an effective white stage for typical workplace situations and indoor lighting.

We primarily use the colour distinction measurement CIEDE2000 (shortened to ΔE) as a metric for chromatic accuracy. ΔE is the business commonplace shade distinction metric proposed by the Worldwide Fee on Illumination (CIE) that greatest describes uniform variations between colours. Different shade distinction metrics exist as properly, comparable to the colour distinction Δu′v′ on the CIE 1976 chromaticity scale, however such metrics have been discovered to be inferior in perceptual uniformity when assessing for visible noticeability, as the brink for visible noticeability between measured colours and goal colours can fluctuate wildly between shade distinction metrics. For instance, a shade distinction Δu′v′ of 0.010 will not be visually noticeable for blue, however the identical measured shade distinction for yellow is noticeable at a look. Notice that ΔE will not be excellent itself, but it surely has come to be essentially the most empirically-accurate shade distinction metric that presently exists.

ΔE usually considers luminance error in its computation, since luminance is a essential element to utterly describe shade. Nonetheless, because the human visible system interprets chromaticity and luminance individually, we maintain our exams patterns at a relentless luminance and compensate the luminance error out of our ΔE values. Moreover, it’s useful to separate the 2 errors when assessing a show’s efficiency as a result of, similar to our visible system, it pertains to completely different points with the show. This manner we will extra completely analyze and perceive the efficiency of a show.

When the measured shade distinction ΔE is above 3.0, the colour distinction could be visually seen at a look. When the measured shade distinction ΔE is between 1.Zero and a couple of.3, the distinction in shade can solely be seen in diagnostic situations (e.g. when the measured shade and goal shade seem proper subsequent to the opposite on the show being measured), in any other case, the colour distinction will not be visually noticeable and seems correct. A measured shade distinction ΔE of 1.Zero or much less is claimed to be utterly imperceptible, and the measured shade seems indistinguishable from the goal shade even when adjoining to it.

Show energy consumption is measured by the slope of the linear regression between the handset battery drain and show luminance. Battery drain is noticed and averaged over three minutes at 20% steps of brightness and trialed a number of instances whereas minimizing exterior sources of battery drain.

Coloration Profiles

Samsung overhauled its Display screen Mode choices on the Galaxy S10, and as an alternative of getting the earlier “Adaptive,” “Photograph,” “Cinema,” and “Primary” display screen modes, it has been simplified to simply two choices, “Vivid” and “Primary,” with the default possibility relying on the provider/vendor from which the Galaxy S10 was bought. Samsung says that “Pure” is default in Europe and within the U.S. whereas “Vivid” is default in Asia. That is the primary time Samsung has pushed to make the color-accurate profile the default, which is critical since most customers are probably accustomed to Samsung’s oversaturated profile that has been the default in all their earlier OLEDs.

The “Vivid” profile is equivalent to the “Adaptive” profile on earlier Galaxy gadgets, merely renamed to be extra acceptable, and preserving the choice to regulate the colour temperature and the person crimson/inexperienced/blue shade stability sliders. There isn’t any type of lively shade administration on this profile, but it surely receives distinction and shade modifications made by Samsung’s mDNIe (cellular Digital Pure Picture engine) in some eventualities.

The “Pure” profile is what replaces the three reference shade profiles (“Primary,” “Cinema,” and “Photograph”) on the earlier Galaxy gadgets. They’ve achieved this as a result of Samsung lastly applied help for Android 8.0’s automated shade administration on the Galaxy S10, which is an enormous step in the suitable path for increasing its adoption throughout Android. Supported apps, which embody Samsung’s personal Gallery app, now correctly shows content material with embedded ICC profiles, a function that Google’s personal Images app hasn’t totally rolled out but. This help is what is required for different Android gadgets to correctly play again the Samsung Galaxy S10’s HDR10+ movies. With out correct shade administration help, the movies will play again in commonplace dynamic vary.


Our show brightness comparability charts examine the utmost show brightness of the Samsung Galaxy S10 relative to different shows that we’ve got measured. The labels on the horizontal axis on the underside of the chart characterize the multipliers for the distinction in perceived brightness relative to the Samsung Galaxy S10 show, which is mounted at “1×”. The magnitude of the shows’ brightnesses, measured in candelas per sq. meter, or nits, are logarithmically scaled in response to Steven’s Energy Regulation utilizing the modality exponent for the perceived brightness of some extent supply, scaled proportionally to the brightness of the Samsung Galaxy S10 show. That is achieved as a result of the human eye has a logarithmic response to perceived brightness. Different charts that current brightness values on a linear scale don’t correctly characterize the distinction in perceived brightness of the shows.

When measuring the show efficiency of an OLED panel, you will need to perceive how its know-how differs from conventional LCD panels. LCDs require a backlight to cross gentle by shade filters that block wavelengths of sunshine to supply the colours that we see. An OLED panel is able to having every of its particular person subpixels emit their very own gentle. Because of this the OLED panel should share a certain quantity of energy to each lit pixel from its most allotment. Thus, the extra subpixels that should be lit up, the extra that the panel’s energy must be divided over the lit subpixels, and the much less energy that every subpixel receives.

The APL (common pixel stage) of a picture is the common proportion of every pixels’ particular person RGB elements throughout your entire picture. For example, a totally crimson, inexperienced, or blue picture has an APL of 33%, since every picture consists of utterly lighting up solely one of many three subpixels. The entire shade mixtures cyan (inexperienced and blue), magenta (crimson and blue), or yellow (crimson and inexperienced) have an APL of 67%, and a full-white picture that utterly lights up all three subpixels has an APL of 100%. Moreover, a picture that’s half black and half white has an APL of 50%. Lastly, for OLED panels, the upper the whole on-screen content material APL, the decrease the relative brightness of every of the lit pixels. LCD panels don’t exhibit this attribute (barring native dimming), and due to it, they are usually a lot brighter at increased APLs than OLED panels.

There aren’t any surprises right here — the Samsung Galaxy S10 has the brightest OLED within the enterprise in its auto brightness mode.

However first, for individuals who will not be utterly conversant in common pixel ranges (APL for brief), please be certain to learn our description of it above to have the ability to correctly interpret the numbers for the luminance output of an OLED show.

A show’s luminance at most system brightness is lowest when the display screen is stuffed utterly with all white pixels, which is an APL of 100%. We measure at this situation to document the decrease sure or worst-case worth for the luminance of white on a display screen. We recorded the Samsung Galaxy S10 to emit 723 nits at 100% APL. That is the brightest OLED show we have measured at this APL by a good margin. At a extra accommodating APL of 50%, the show luminance can go as much as 893 nits, which is shiny sufficient to be comfortably legible outside when not underneath direct daylight. Larger brightness remains to be required to adequately face up to the distinction given off by direct daylight.

DisplayMate‘s evaluation on the Samsung Galaxy S10 boasted a “File Peak Brightness of 1,215 nits,” which is spectacular, however not a correct determine to characterize the everyday peak brightness of the show. This determine represents the height luminance at 1% APL, with barely any lit pixels on the display screen, at which we measured 1,180 nits on our personal Galaxy S10. Brightness figures at low APLs are primarily to gauge the depth stage of specular highlights in HDR content material, and even then, the APL of most movies fall round 15-20%, not 1%. Nonetheless, at 10% APL, which is a really darkish decrease sure for HDR content material, we measured the brightness at 1,068 nits, which is improbable with not an excessive amount of fall-off in comparison with 1% APL.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is tied with the iPhone XS for the dimmest at 50% APL, able to dropping right down to 1.Eight nits. That is about 20% decrease than the Google Pixel 3, the Google Pixel Three XL, and the LG V40 ThinQ at their lowest, which measured at 2.Four nits, 2.2 nits, and a couple of.Three nits, respectively.

Distinction and Gamma

The gamma of a show determines the general picture distinction and lightness of the colours on a display screen. The business commonplace gamma that’s for use on most shows follows an influence operate of two.20. Larger show gamma powers will end in increased picture distinction and darker shade mixtures, which the movie business is progressing in direction of, however smartphones are seen in many various lighting situations the place increased gamma powers will not be acceptable. Our gamma plot beneath is a log-log illustration of a shade’s lightness as seen on the Samsung Galaxy S10 show versus its related enter drive stage. Measured factors which are increased than the two.20 line imply the colour tone seems brighter than commonplace, whereas decrease than the two.20 line means the colour tone seems darker than commonplace. The axes are scaled logarithmically because the human eye has a logarithmic response to perceived brightness.

Most fashionable flagship smartphone shows now include calibrated shade profiles which are chromatically correct. Nonetheless, resulting from OLED’s property of reducing the common lightness of the colours on the display screen with growing content material APL, the principle distinction within the complete shade accuracy of contemporary flagship OLED shows is now within the ensuing gamma of the show. The gamma makes up the achromatic (grayscale element) picture, or the construction of the picture, which people are extra delicate in perceiving. Subsequently, it is extremely necessary that the ensuing gamma of a show matches with that of the content material’s, which generally follows the business commonplace 2.20 energy operate.

Ranging from the Galaxy S9, Samsung has made nice strides of their DDIC for bettering the ensuing show gamma of their panels. They’ve managed to tightly management the brightness differential response to APL in order that their electro-optical switch operate is minimally impacted and stays near its goal. On the Samsung Galaxy Notice 8, we measured a gamma vary of two.Three as much as 2.6 in its “Primary” display screen mode, which resulted in too darkish of colours and an excessive amount of distinction. With the Galaxy S10, Samsung managed to hit a fitted show gamma of two.15 in its color-accurate “Pure” mode and a couple of.27 in its color-stretching “Vivid” mode, which is far nearer to the business commonplace goal of two.2.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 switch operate seems to be non-constant and piecewise, nevertheless. As an alternative of a straight energy of two.2, the S10 panel has lifted shadows which are lighter than the two.2 commonplace and mid-tones which are barely darker. The general switch operate intently resembles that of the sRGB specification. Nonetheless, the sRGB switch operate describes an encoding gamma, not a decoding gamma, that’s meant to reflect the looks as what can be seen on a CRT show, none of which even adopted the sRGB switch operate spec for decoding.

Because it stands, the present switch operate of the “Pure” mode on the Samsung Galaxy S10 is not superb for high-fidelity SDR playback or streaming, particularly in darkish viewing environments, the place a gamma energy nearer to 2.Four is fascinating. Nonetheless, that is thought-about throughout video playback on the Galaxy S10, the place Samsung’s mDNIe will increase the distinction on the show, un-lifting the shadows. With this adjustment, the ensuing show gamma now will increase to a straight gamma of about 2.25, which is way more acceptable for video.

The default lighter gamma of two.15 all through the remainder of the OS is probably going a design selection for viewing media in well-lit environments like in places of work the place decrease (lighter) gammas are wanted to fight the ambient lighting, which leads to increased perceptual shade accuracy in these environments. Moreover, throughout Excessive Brightness Mode, which is triggered when the ambient gentle sensor detects shiny intense gentle like daylight, Samsung’s mDNIe considerably reduces the display screen distinction and lightens all shade mixtures to enhance daylight legibility and perceived shade accuracy.

Samsung additionally supplies a “Video enhancer” possibility, which barely will increase shade saturation in all instructions (not stretching to a particular gamut), considerably growing the brightness of the show (which permits movies to succeed in Excessive Brightness Mode luminance ranges), and re-lifting the un-lifted shadows.

One disappointment in regards to the Samsung Galaxy S10 panel is the presence of shade banding and aberration within the “Pure” profile, which should not be a difficulty on a flagship show, particularly on its “color-accurate” mode. Granted, it’s tough to correctly calibrate a large shade gamut panel to sRGB with out banding, however others have been profitable in doing so (iPhone XS, LG V40 ThinQ), and there’s no excuse for an business chief like Samsung to be having this difficulty. The Google Pixel Three XL additionally has minor shade banding in its “Pure” profile, however to a considerably lesser extent than the Samsung Galaxy S10. This isn’t the primary prevalence although, as previous-generation Galaxy gadgets additionally noticed banding of their calibrated reference profiles.

Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy S10 improves in its potential to show near-blacks, probably assisted by its improved gamma management and lifted shadows. We measured the Galaxy S10 show to clip blacks at drive ranges beneath 1.0% at 10 nits, which is an enchancment over its 2.7% on earlier generations, however nonetheless behind the likes of OnePlus and Apple, whose newest OLED panels have measured to clip blacks beneath 0.4% and 0% (zero measured black clipping), respectively, at 10 nits.

Coloration Temperature

The colour temperature of a white gentle supply describes how “heat” or “chilly” the sunshine seems. Coloration sometimes wants a minimum of two factors to be described, whereas correlated shade temperature is a one-dimensional descriptor that leaves out important chromaticity info for simplicity.

The sRGB shade house targets a white level with a D65 (6504 Okay) shade temperature. Focusing on a white level with D65 shade temperature is important in shade accuracy because the white level impacts the looks of each shade combination. Notice that, nevertheless, a white level with a correlated shade temperature that’s near 6504 Okay might not essentially seem correct! There are various shade mixtures that may have the identical correlated shade temperature (referred to as iso-CCT traces) — some that do not even seem white. Due to this, shade temperature shouldn’t be used as a metric for white level shade accuracy. As an alternative, we use it as a instrument to characterize the tough look of the white level of a show and the way it shifts over its brightness and grayscale. Whatever the goal shade temperature of a show, ideally its correlated shade temperature of white ought to stay constant in any respect drive ranges, which would seem as a straight line in our chart beneath. By observing the colour temperature chart at minimal brightness we will get an thought of how the Samsung Galaxy S10’s panel handles low drive ranges earlier than clipping blacks.

Persevering with the development of previous generations, the Samsung Galaxy S10 show shade temperature stays persistently too heat in its “Pure” profile, previously the “Primary” profile, with a white level of 6172 Okay. It is a greater deal now, although, because the “Pure” profile is the default shade profile for Galaxy S10 customers within the U.S. and elements of Europe, and plenty of could also be postpone by the yellowish tint, which is usually related to one thing being aged or dirtied. This heat tint has been current in each single Samsung handset I’ve encountered because the Galaxy S8, and it’s a main calibration difficulty that Samsung wants to enhance, particularly now that they are pushing “Pure” as a default profile.

With respect to the drive variance, the Samsung Galaxy S10 has little or no drive differential in its “Vivid” profile, as seen by its easy and straight common shade temperature curve. There may be slight variance, nevertheless, within the “Pure” profile, with a noticeable spike in direction of a hotter tint at drive ranges beneath 20% which is not current within the “Vivid” profile. When observing the colour temperature chart at minimal brightness, each profiles development upwards in shade temperature as drive ranges decrease, steadily shedding the crimson emitter and overcompensating with inexperienced, transferring in direction of cyan earlier than lastly clipping black.

Coloration Accuracy

Our shade accuracy plots present readers with a tough evaluation of the colour efficiency and calibration developments of a show. Proven beneath is the bottom for the colour accuracy targets, plotted on the CIE 1976 chromaticity scale, with the circles representing the goal colours.

Base Coloration Accuracy Plots chart

Within the shade accuracy plots beneath, the white dots characterize the place of the Samsung Galaxy S10’s measured colours. The related trailing shade represents the severity of the colour error. Inexperienced trails signify that the measured shade distinction may be very small and that the colour seems correct on the show, whereas yellow trails point out noticeable shade variations, with increased severity at orange and crimson trails.

Samsung Galaxy S10 sRGB shade accuracy, “Pure” profile

Samsung Galaxy S10 P3 shade accuracy, “Pure” profile

The Samsung Galaxy S10’s shade accuracy plots present that its calibration is predominantly shifted in direction of crimson, although nearly all the shade variations are unnoticeable aside from white, lowly-saturated yellows, and highly-saturated red-yellows.

The “Pure” profile, which now helps Android’s shade administration, excellently reproduces each the usual RGB shade house and the vast P3 shade house, with a median ΔE of 1.2 for sRGB and a median ΔE of 1.1 for P3. The profile’s most errors are additionally very low and seem fairly correct, with a most ΔE of two.6 for 25% yellow for sRGB and a most ΔE of two.Eight for 25% yellow for P3.

The profile’s shade accuracy mixed with its commonplace gamma and help for automated shade administration in its Gallery app permits the Samsung Galaxy S10 to breed most photographs and SDR movies that aren’t white point-sensitive with skilled excessive constancy. Nonetheless, the Samsung Galaxy S10, and another Android for that matter, ought to nonetheless not be used to professionally edit color-sensitive photographs or movies, since photograph editor apps with working shade administration help are nonetheless non-existent on Android. That is nonetheless greatest left to Apple gadgets, together with iPhones and iPads, or desktop workstations with a correct ICC shade profile.

The “Vivid” profile, previously the “Adaptive” profile, was the default shade profile in earlier Galaxy gadgets and stays the default on the Samsung Galaxy S10 in Asia and elements of Europe. The profile will not be color-accurate by any commonplace and stretches colours out to seem extra saturated whereas embracing a cooler white level. The gamut could be seen within the Coloration Gamuts diagram.

On this profile, the white level is just-slightly chilly by default at 6624 Okay, and colours are closely elevated in saturation with a median ΔC (change in chrominance/saturation) of 13.6. The display screen’s distinction can also be elevated in comparison with the “Pure” profile, leaping from the piecewise decrease gamma of two.15 to a punchier straight gamma of two.27.

  • Reds within the “Vivid” profile obtain a straight enhance in saturation with the identical hue as sRGB crimson, with the crimson main having a ΔC of 17.9.
  • Greens are boosted essentially the most on this profile, with a chromaticity enhance ΔC of 26.2, and with greens being shifted in direction of sRGB cyan with ΔH = 8.1.
  • Blues are the least modified, however nonetheless noticeably so. The blue main has an elevated chrominance ΔC of 6.Eight barely within the path of sRGB cyan with ΔH = 1.2.

The “Vivid” profile shouldn’t be used in any respect for any color-accurate enhancing or viewing, or when enhancing photographs to be shared with others.

Show Overview

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy S10Notes
Sort Dynamic AMOLED

PenTile Diamond Pixel

ProducerSamsung Show Co.
Dimension 5.5 inches by 2.2 inches

6.1-inch diagonal

14.Four sq. inches

Decision 2280×1080 pixels (default)

3040×1440 pixels (native)

19:9 pixel side ratio

Precise variety of pixels is barely much less resulting from rounded corners and show cutout
Pixel Density 389 crimson subpixels per inch

550 inexperienced subpixels per inch

389 blue subpixels per inch

PenTile Diamond Pixel shows have fewer crimson and blue subpixels in comparison with inexperienced subpixels
Distance for Pixel Acuity <8.Eight inches for full-color picture

<6.Three inches for achromatic picture

Distances for just-resolvable pixels with 20/20 imaginative and prescient. Typical smartphone viewing distance is about 12 inches
Brightness 341 nits / 723 nits auto @ 100% APL

451 nits / 893 nits auto @ 50% APL


15% dynamic brightness in “Pure”

31% dynamic brightness in “Vivid”

Dynamic brightness is the change in display screen luminance in response to displayed content material APL
Most Show Energy 1.21 watts for 341 nits @ 100% APL

3.66 watts for 723 nits @ 100% APL, HBM (42% increased than the bottom mannequin)

over 14.Four sq. inches

Show energy for 100% APL peak guide brightness emission
Show Energy Efficacy 2.62 candelas per watt @ 100% APL

5.76 candelas per watt @ 50% APL

over 14.Four sq. inches


Normalizes brightness and display screen space

Nit = candela per unit sq. meter

Candela = SI unit of luminous depth

Angular Shift -24% for brightness shift

ΔE = 5.6 for shade shift

ΔE = 8.2 for complete shift

Acute shifting
Shifts between crimson and cyan

Measured at a 30-degree incline
Black Threshold <1.0%


Minimal drive stage to be clipped black, measured at 10 cd/m²
Gamma 2.27



Not straight

Trade commonplace is a straight gamma of two.2
White Level 6624 Okay

ΔE = 3.2

Barely chilly

6172 Okay

ΔE = 3.4

Too heat

Customary is 6504 Okay
Coloration Distinction Common ΔC = 13.6

ΔC = 17.9 for crimson / ΔH = 0.5 in direction of yellow
ΔC = 26.2 for inexperienced / ΔH = 8.1 in direction of cyan
ΔC = 6.Eight for blue / ΔH = 1.2 in direction of cyan

Very vibrant

Common ΔE = 1.2 ± 0.6
for sRGB

MostΔE = 2.2
at 25% yellow

Seems very correct

Common ΔE = 1.1 ± 0.7
for P3

Most ΔE = 2.8
at 25% yellow

Seems very correct

ΔE values beneath 2.Three seem correct

ΔE values beneath 1.Zero seem indistinguishable from excellent

ΔC measures distinction simply in saturation relative to sRGB colours

ΔH measures distinction in hue relative to sRGB colours

Closing Remarks on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Coloration Administration

At this level, there’s simply a lot that Samsung has achieved properly. The Samsung Galaxy S10’s show delivers on almost each essential show panel attribute, and an important factor left is shade administration adoption all through Android. When a show is that this good, the nitpicky flaws come to higher consideration. As I discussed at first, Samsung’s panels will not be excellent, and the Galaxy S10, too, was revealed to have flaws all through my evaluation of it. From a purely display-geek {and professional} calibration-driven point-of-view, nevertheless, the iPhone XS remains to be the superior show bundle, with textbook ISF calibration at any white stage with the least drive variance, superior shadow rendering/black clipping and subpixel response time management, and the corporate chief in shade administration help and understanding in colorimetry, receiving the upper A+ grade.

Regarding the Galaxy S10’s show decision, from a “min/max” point-of-view, Samsung selected a non-ideal (horrible, really) mixture of panel decision and default render decision to maximise sharpness and reduce energy consumption. It is necessary to speak about this as a result of default choices make up how the telephone is to be represented by the corporate to the general public, and the choice shall be left alone by many. By intentionally choosing this rendering decision because the default, it represents what Samsung thinks is one of the best consumer expertise for its stability of sharpness and energy consumption. That is an method that sacrifices a more-ideal default expertise (that does not upscale by a non-integer issue) for the choice of a better decision, which is included for individuals who require the additional pixel density, maybe for VR or to accommodate their increased visible acuity. In the end, the stability is greatest discovered by tackling it with {hardware}, like how Apple does with their resolution-specific panels (with increased default PPIs than Samsungs’), however this removes the choice for the even-higher resolutions that Samsung supplies. Some might discover the default possibility underwhelming whereas discovering the upper decision overkill, however with no middleman choices, some might discover Apple’s method to panel decision superior.

Staying on the subject of default choices, Samsung’s choice in altering the default shade profile to the correct shade profile, even when solely in sure areas, is a major one, particularly when understanding that a lot of their shoppers benefit from the punchier colours of their “Adaptive” (now “Vivid”) profile. Nonetheless, that is the step wanted to push shade administration in Android into the fingers of builders and shoppers, permitting a higher vary of instruments in colorimetry and shade high quality, and permitting industrial strides to happen to ship cutting-edge applied sciences like HDR10+ content material to all.

This could now start to be potential since Samsung, Android’s market chief, applied Android’s automated shade administration which was launched in Android 8.Zero Oreo. Nonetheless, on the time of this writing, there may be little or no app help for Android’s shade administration, and solely Samsung’s Gallery app on the Galaxy S10 is available to show photographs and movies with embedded ICC shade profiles, with Google’s Images app solely not too long ago starting to roll out help for it. A whole lot of its lack of help is because of Android’s fragmented nature and lack of push for shade accuracy and shade administration, however there may be additionally Google in charge for his or her comparatively poor implementation and lack of documentation, sources, and a spotlight to the topic in comparison with Apple, who advocate to be used of vast shade and shade administration of their interface pointers. I beforehand wrote a rant about this in my earlier Pixel Three show evaluation, so I will spare this one the remainder of the small print.

What Android wants is Samsung pushing shade even additional, pushed by their innovation to permit HDR10+ content material to be correctly displayed on all gadgets, and maybe later undertake vast shade picture seize and sharing. A future not simply with gap punches, however the place Android apps and customers can take pleasure in all the colourful colours, to unleash the complete capabilities of our already-capable digicam sensors and show panels. It’d simply begin with the Galaxy S10, however hopefully, Samsung can work with Google, and — like its code title suggests —  go even additional Past.

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