iPhone 12 Pro display gets high review scores in motion, readability, and artifacts

The new iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1-inch Retina display with Ceramic shield protection. Recently, DXOMARK tested the smartphone’s display using its built-in hardware, quality of photographs, and videography on default settings. The test revealed that the iPhone 12 Pro display quality ranks high in motion, readability, and artifacts scores.

The 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro ships with an A14 Bionic chip, 5G network support, and flat edge-to-edge display in a stainless steel case. It also has a new camera system with Night mode in Wide and Ultra Wide lens, LiDAR scanner, and Dolby Vision support.

iPhone 12 Pro display has an impressive list of specifications:

  • Super Retina Display
  • 6.1-inch OLED display
  • HDR
  • True Tone display
  • Wide color display (P3)
  • 2532-by-1170-pixel resolution at 460 ppi
  • 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical)
  • 800 nits max brightness (typical)
  • 1200 nits max brightness (HDR)

iPhone 12 Pro Display Test

In comparison to other leading smartphones in the industry, iPhone 12 Pro model got an overall score of 87 based on readibilty, touch, color and other measures.

“The DXOMARK Display overall score of 87 for the Apple iPhone 12 Pro is derived from its scores across six categories: readability, color, video, motion, touch, and artifacts. In this section, we’ll take a closer look at these display quality sub-scores and explain what they mean for the user, and we will compare the iPhone 12 Pro’s performance in several areas against one of its predecessors, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and one of its key competitors, the OnePlus 8 Pro.”

Here is what other devices scored in DXOMARK’s display tests:

  • Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G – 89 points
  • OnePlus 8 Pro – 88 points
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G – 87 points
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max – 84 points

In comparison to iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone 12 Pro has slightly better readability but major improvements in color, video and touch accuracy. Here is the complete test summary:

  • Readability – with a 72 score, the smartphone’s low brightness in various conditions and angles factored in a lower score than OnePlus 8 Pro and slightly better than iPhone 11 Pro Max.

  • Color – scoring better than iPhone 11 Pro Max, the 6.1-inch Pro model scored 75 on color performance, again behind the OnePlus 8 Pro’s score of 88. DXOMARK holds the yellow gradient of the white point of the iPhone 12 Pro display.

  • Video – the tester observed improved video brightness in the new Pro model, and gave it a 75 score.
  • Motion – with 81 motion score, the iPhone 12 Pro display had little stuttering at 30fps and 60fps HDR videos playback. The motion blur of the display showed no frame duplications and has consistent sharpness.

  • Touch – Although the touch feature of the model has improved, its touch smoothness was disappointing for the tester. Thus, it scored 61 points only.
  • Artifacts – The notch created an obstruction during gaming and video streaming in full-screen mode. Therefore, the model scored 82 points.

After the complete display test, the reviewer’s verdict is:

“The Apple iPhone 12 Pro showed some small improvements over the older and larger iPhone 11 Pro Max, and managed to tie for third place in our overall standings with the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G. No improvement was so noteworthy as to take anyone’s breath away, however; and slight delays and visible artifacts when starting videos, but most especially a lack of touch smoothness, had an impact on the Apple’s score.

That all said, the biggest issue remains the persistent yellow cast in every lighting condition and darker-than-average luminance that affects display readability, particularly at night.”

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