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Samsung Galaxy S8 receives A+ for highest resolution

Posted April. 06, 2017 07:21,   

Updated April. 06, 2017 07:30


Soon to launch in the upcoming weeks, Samsung Electronics’ smartphone “Galaxy S8” has received the highest mark for resolution from a U.S. display benchmark website.

According to Samsung Display on Wednesday, the U.S. DisplayMate gave an “Excellent A+” for the Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display equipped in Galaxy S8. The rating came as the first in kind, overtaking the “Excellent A” given to the “Galaxy S7” last year. The latest model overwhelmed its predecessor in all major aspects such as screen brightness, outdoor visibility, and color accuracy.

On its 5.8-inch screen, the Galaxy S8 displays Quad High Definition (QHD) Plus (2960×1440) for the first time as an OLED for smartphones. With 570,000 more pixels compared to QHD (2560×1440) on the Galaxy S7, the new flagship model shows sharper images. As the name goes, QHD displays four times higher resolution than HD. In terms of peak brightness, the Galaxy S8 improved by 19 percent compared to its predecessor. In addition, Samsung's newest smartphone has become the first smartphone to be granted “Mobile HDR Premium” certificated by high resolution display certifying agency UHD Alliance.

DisplayMate eval‎uated that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones with their newest most advanced state-of-the-art flexible OLED displays. It also noted that the Galaxy S8 enlarged its screen area by 18 percent while maintaining similar overall size.

As more and more users view high definition video contents on Facebook and YouTube, display qualities on smartphones are becoming one of the critical factors. To this end, Samsung Electronics applied HD (1280x720) to its Galaxy S3 launched in May 2012, and adopted QHD display from the Galaxy S6.

Dong-Jin Shin shine@donga.com