Galaxy Note 4 Wins Best Overall Color Accuracy in Flagship Display Shootout

The latest Galaxy Note from Samsung boasts one of the most true-to-life color mobile displays, according to a new study by DisplayMate.

Color accuracy is often an overlooked attribute by most consumers when shopping for a smartphone or tablet, yet it is one of the most important factors that go into making a great display. If you have ever wondered why colors on some mobile devices look a little off, it’s because some manufacturers and models provide better color accuracy than others.

As noted by display analyst Ray Soneira with DisplayMate, one reason why color accuracy is now especially important is that most internet content is loaded with rich media, and it’s important to know that you seeing an accurate reflection of what the images and photos look like in real life.

“An essential reason (and the clincher) is that you want to see accurate colors for your own digital photos, and those from family and friends,” Soneira reported on Tuesday, “which is especially important because you often know exactly what everything and everyone should actually look like.”

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 scored highest in all color accuracy tests by DisplayMate.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 scored highest in all color accuracy tests by DisplayMate.

Through a series of in-depth tests, DisplayMate pitted six flagship devices against each other and evaluated each display to find which produced the most accurate colors. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, the iPad Air 2, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 were each measured for five areas of color accuracy including full color gamut, facial skin tone, organic color, blue region, and white point.

While each device exhibited its strength and weakness, the Galaxy Note 4 managed to meet or surpass the highest ranking in each of the areas tested. Closing out the top three were the Surface Pro 3 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5, with the 2013 Kindle Fire HDX ranking fourth. Apple came in last with the iPad and iPhone, despite receiving high remarks for skin tone accuracy.

Although mobile display technology is constantly improving, Soneira notes that color accuracy still has a long way to go among manufactures because the color differences between today’s flagship devices are still easy to identify. For now, if you want the most accurate pictures out of the box, go with the Note 4.

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