The experts at DisplayMate positively gushed about the quality of the iPhone 11 Pro Max display. They call the screen “almost certainly considerably better than your existing Smartphone, 4K UHD TV, Tablet, Laptop and computer monitor.”
The crisp OLED screen in Apple’s newest flagship handset met or exceeded the test lab’s records in color accuracy, brightness, reflectance and more.
iPhone 11 Pro Max display: Color accuracy and brightness
An important job of any screen is correctly displaying colors, and the new flagship iOS handset reportedly kills it. Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies, said, “The iPhone 11 Pro Max excels due to its impressive Absolute Color Accuracy (0.9 JNCD), which is Visually Indistinguishable from Perfect.”
People regularly use smartphones outdoors, where strong ambient lighting makes it challenging to see the display. The iPhone 11 Pro Max offers a brighter screen than any other handset DisplayMate ever tested. Soneira noted:
“A Record High Full Screen Brightness for OLED Smartphones of 770 nits for 100% APL [Average Picture Level] and 821 nits for 50% APL, which improves screen visibility in high Ambient Light. On its Home Screen the iPhone 11 Pro Max produces an impressively High Brightness 902 nits.”
Contrast, reflectance and more
Soneira did deliver some moderate criticism of the iPhone 11 Pro Max display’s contrast, though. He called it slightly too high, due to a slightly too steep Intensity Scale. Still, he admitted test photos used to evaluate picture quality looked “absolutely stunning and Beautiful, even to my experienced hyper-critical eyes.”
Reflectance can adversely affect screens, too. Displays that act too much like mirrors prove hard to see. The lab found that Apple’s handset’s reflectance rated 4.5%. That’s close to the lowest that DisplayMate ever measured on a phone.
Soneira finished by saying, “Based on our extensive Lab Tests and Measurements the iPhone 11 Pro Max receives our DisplayMate Best Smartphone Display Award earning DisplayMate’s highest ever A+ grade by providing considerably better display performance than other competing Smartphones.”