The new Pixel 7 series is to come out this year and many flagship enthusiasts will want to know how the phones will compare with other phones from this tier. To many, screens are of absolute importance, therefore, in this text, we will make a quick comparison between Samsung's S22, iPhone 13, and the potential Pixel 7 screen.
We do not doubt that the screens from the South Korean company presented year after year are the best we can see on the market and the Galaxy S22 family is no exception to that fact.
Both the S22, and the S22 Plus, of course, the S22 Ultra included, offer us high-resolution screens, with a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz, excellent color reproduction, and support for HDR10 +, and of course, all this is nothing new since the previous one generation also offered it.
The real novelties are the Vision Booster and the APSR (Advanced Panel Self Refresh). Vision Booster is the main difference between the Galaxy S22 screens and previous generations. What it does is dynamically adjust the colors and contrast of the screen to improve the visibility of the screen, even in the most adverse conditions, such as when we use it in bright sunlight.
In many phones, it happens that, by increasing the brightness of the screen in full light, the colors tend to change completely towards a more pastel and bright hue, which of course allows you to see it, but loses fidelity in the reproduction of the content.
Due to the above, the Vision Booster only activates when using an S22 in direct sunlight, allowing the phone to detect which areas of the screen require an increase in color reproduction and contrast.
This is made possible by tone maps that work by combining the phone's hardware and software to maintain image quality and detail, delivering true-to-life colors and making dark areas brighter. Vision Booster analyzes the histogram data of all content displayed on the screen, inspecting each pixel independently to enhance color tone and widen dynamic range based on scene analysis.
On the other hand, APSR is Samsung's evolution in variable refresh rate panels. With the Galaxy S21, the South Korean company already allowed to vary between 10 Hz and 120 Hz, but with the S22 series, they have taken this technology one step further by reducing power consumption and increasing the overall performance of the phone thanks to the decrease in the frequency of the signals between the controller and the panel.
The previous generation already had a magnificent Super Retina XDR screen, a very good quality OLED HDR screen, with a contrast of 2,000,000:1, True Tone, P3 cinematic color space, and good brightness. For iPhone 13, the maximum brightness has been improved to 800 nits (from 625 on the previous generation), making them much more visible outdoors. The maximum brightness when we play HDR content goes up to 1200 nits, just like its iPhone 12 namesakes did.
On a day-to-day basis, the screen behaves magnificently in everyday tasks, without any type of defect or shadow, the blacks are literally black and the contrast between colors is balanced and highlights the content - not only when we want to watch an episode of our favorite TV series on break from work, but also when reading a web page, consulting a map to reach our destination or writing an email.
Undoubtedly, one of the symbols of this generation of iPhone 13 is the reduction of the famous "notch" that has been a house brand since the iPhone X of 2017. This year, thanks to the creation of a new camera module and TrueDepth sensors, it has been slightly reduced. Unfortunately, that small gain in space on the sides of the remaining notch has not been used by iOS to show more information, such as the icon of a set alarm or battery percentage
One important change that seems to have gone unnoticed is that the speaker/microphone that was previously anchored to the TrueDepth module has been separated from it - now located practically on the top edge of the phone, in the middle, outside the screen, which it may be a hint for when it's time to remove that notch. At the moment, its reduction does help us to gain space in our content and not have it so present in that area, although we have already become accustomed to it.
According to many rumors, the Pixel 7 will have the same screen the Pixel 6 Pro has, which is a huge jump from the previous generation, of course, with different dimensions. The 6.3” LTPO OLED panel with QHD + resolution (3,120 x 1,440 pixels) and a density of 512 ppi are expected to be placed on the Pixel 7 phone.
The experience of using the screen on Pixel 6 Pro is of a high range with very good sharpness and a precise touch thanks to an adaptive refresh rate that goes from 10 Hz to 120 Hz depending on the type of content you are watching and the support of the app that shows it. There is no reason to expect less this time around.
The screen brightness is also remarkable and, although it does not offer the brightness of the latest Samsung screens, it moves within the limit of 800 nits of maximum brightness, while when displaying content in HDR it activates the HBM mode (High Brightness Mode), reaching peaks of 860 nits, which is quite less in comparison with S22 and iPhone 13.
Google does not offer many options in terms of screen color customization, but three modes are enough: Adaptive, Enhanced, and Natural to get a good fit. Most people have chosen the Natural Mode because it offers better balance and a more realistic and not-so-saturated image.
Which one is the best?
While Pixel 7 will have a much better display than its predecessor, it will still lag behind the other two flagships, therefore we place Pixel 7 in third place. The fight for the first and second place is quite a close one, but the edge goes to Samsung's S22 due to the higher refresh rate.
1) Galaxy S22
2) iPhone 13
3) Pixel 7
Pixel 7 is still expected to be a great phone though and at an affordable price as well. We can’t wait to see what the final product will look like!