iPhone 11 Will Use Old LT2 Display Material & Might Match Note 10+


Samsung'a Galaxy S10 lineup came with excellent displays which utilized the company's brand new M9 display material. This enabled the devices to achieve a 0.4 white point color accuracy.(JNCD). Apple's iPhone XS lineup also has this rating, and now, it's looking as if the iPhone 11 will bring this down to 0.3. Take a look below for more details.

Apple's iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max Might Improve Color Accuracy In The DCI-P3 Gamut While Using Samsung's LT2 Display Material Suggests Report

When we compare the freshly released Note 10 Plus display tests with those for the iPhone XS Max (both conducted by DisplayMate), the panels have only a couple of differences. It's a known fact that while Apple designs its displays, Samsung is the one who manufacturers them.

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A new report, courtesy of the South Korean press, suggests that this time, Apple might not make more orders of a critical display material from Samsung. The Cupertino tech giant's sales problems with the iPhone are well known by now, with reports of declining shipments boosted by claims that Samsung's assembly facilities are not reaching their maximum production amounts.

The Elec, reporting from South Korea believes that this year, Apple's iPhone 11 will continue using a variant of M9 dubbed 'LT2' for their OLED displays, like their predecessors did. Additionally, since Apple has already purchased the material from Samsung, the company has struck off Samsung from its display supplier list, believes the publication. The move succeeds the aforementioned reduction in display orders from the iPhone maker.

On this note, we can safely speculate display specifications for the upcoming iPhones from Apple, since if the report from The Elec holds water, then Apple too will only be able to make incremental display upgrades on the iPhone 11.

According to DisplayMate's latest Note 10+ tests, the phablet has improved primarily in color output for the DCI-P3 gamut. The Note 10's OLED panel reduces brightness for its whites (in an attempt to reduce power consumption gains), improves peak and black brightness for low and high ambient light, and fails to keep up with the high ambient light contrast rating of the S10 in any mode other than peak brightness.

A higher contrast reading translates into lower reflectance per m² of display panel. When we compare the Note 10's display to that of the iPhone XS Max, the former has a 0.4JNCD (lower the better) white point accuracy, which is only a single point less that the iPhone XS Max's.

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However, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus' display is vastly superior to the iPhone XS Max's panel when we talk about absolute color accuracy. The Note 10 Plus has an average color error at 0 lux of 0.4 JNCD, half of that of the iPhone XS Max's. Samsung's phablet's largest color error is 1.4 JNCD, more than a digit less than that of the iPhone's (2.5JNCD). However, the Note 10 Plus has a larger color shift than that of Apple's 2018 smartphone, and we expect that this year's iPhone 11 will reduce their absolute color errors and improve their contrast accuracy.

Moving towards viewing angles, the Note 10 Plus has a slightly higher white point color shift at 30° (2.8 compared to the iPhone's 2.6). Still, the phablet excels at reducing color shifts for color mixtures, and this should result in more detail being visible at odd angles.

Concluding with power consumption, this is the strongest segment that Apple has to improve on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max. Samsung's Note 10 Plus' display consumes more power than the S10's (owing to a larger screen size), but this panel consumes energy far more efficiently than the iPhone XS Max's. The iPhone's display consumes an average of 2.20 Watts (area: 15.7 square inches), while the Note 10 Plus consumes 1.30 Watts (17.6 square inches).

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