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Smartphones with the best screens – Galaxy S20, Pixel 4 and iPhone 11 review

August 07, 2020

The industry of smartphones is ever evolving, and enthusiasts all over the world are constantly waiting for the next big release, the next game-changing feature. While we could talk for days about the technologies that popular smartphone models are supplied with, today we’ll stick to one of the most impactful features every model has – their screens.

Laymen and people who are not too well-versed in the smartphone technology typically value a phone in accord to its screen size, but there’s more to it than just that. Today we’ll see what Galaxy S20, Pixel 4, and iPhone 11 have to offer in terms of display and screen specs, so without any further ado, let’s get straight to it.

Samsung Galaxy S20

Basically, we’re starting off with Galaxy S20 mainly because it packs the best display-related features.

The highlight feature of the S20’s screen is the AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that displays 16 millions of colors, which as extraordinary as it sounds is pretty average for a top-tier smartphone.

However, it’s the Amoled double panel that sets this feature apart from the pack; basically, it’s one of the best smartphone screens in terms of color accuracy; it’s not the quantity that makes it different, rather it is the quality and precision by which it excels.

Amoled double panel also rocks superior refresh rate, which substantially reduces the amount of screen flicker and blur. Additionally, every Amoled-type (Super Amoled, Amoled double panel, TFT or OLED) screen significantly reduces eye fatigue and eye strain, making phones equipped with it much easier to use throughout the day.

In terms of size, the dimensions of the Galaxy S20 measure 5.97 inches by 2.72 inches by 0.31 inches while its screen is 6.2 inches in diameter and packs approximately 89.5% screen to body ratio. It’s larger than both iPhone 11 and Pixel 4, which is one of the many reasons why it’s superior to them.

The resolution Galaxy S20 supports is 1440 by 3200 pixels at 20:9 ratio, and it offers 120 hertz refresh rate at Full HD and 60 hertz at QHD.

Other notable features of Galaxy S20’s display are the always-on display mode and GorillaGlass 6 construction, both of which are considered as ‘protective features’. The always-on display mode does consume quite a bit of battery, but it can come in handy in any number of situations.

Overall, Galaxy S20 has the biggest display diameter, superior screen protection, excellent quality of features, and terrific resolution and refresh rate. Needless to say, it’s simply better in so many fields of performance than Pixel 4 and iPhone 11, although it does cost just a bit more in turn.

Apple iPhone 11

Apple’s iPhones are considered to be state-of-the-art phones of the future, and that description isn’t too far from the mark. Obviously, given the fact that every single iPhone up to date has been equipped with top-shelf features and settings, it’s only normal that it sports a high-quality screen as well. Let’s see what this phone has to offer display-wise.

Just like Galaxy 20, iPhone rocks a capacitive LCD display that sports 16 million colors; it boasts ultra-high color accuracy and a variety of built-in features that enhance screen brightness and contrast. As far as its display type is concerned, the iPhone 11 is outfitted with a Liquid-Retina IPS screen that offers superior eye comfort.

In terms of resolution, iPhone 11 is slightly inferior to Galaxy S20 as it boasts 828 by 1792 pixels with 19.5:9 screen ratio. However, on the upside it rocks True-tone technology that greatly enhances the already-great graphic performance of this smartphone. It also offers great color gamut performance, and 120 hertz touch-sensing refresh rate.

Durability-wise, iPhone 11 rocks oleophobic coating and scratch-resistant glass; although sturdy, it’s not as robust as GorillaGlass, but it is slightly more flexible.

The size of the display iPhone 11 comes supplied with is 6.1 inches in diameter while its overall dimensions measure 5.94 inches by 2.98 inches by 0.33 inches. Obviously, it packs a very thin profile and it’s one of the lightest smartphones on the market with only 6.84 ounces of weight.

Pixel 4

Last, but certainly not least is Google’s Pixel 4; this heavily acclaimed smartphone features a set of state-of-the-art features and technologies, and even though its display is slightly inferior to both iPhone 11 and S20, it still does an amazing job.

First of all, the dimensions of the Pixel 4 measure 5.79 inches by 2.71 inches by 0.32 inches, and it weighs about 5.71 ounces. Its screen is 5.7 inches in diameter, which means that it’s the smallest of the three. Furthermore, it rocks approximately 79.8% screen to body ratio and supports resolutions as high as 1080 by 2280 pixels.

Its display is a P OLED capacitive touchscreen that supports up to 16 million colors, just like the two we’ve just reviewed.

This smartphone is remarkably sturdy as it rocks Corning GorillaGlass 5 as its main protective feature; granted, GorillaGlass 6 is vastly more durable and flexible, but even the version 5.0 is pretty great for the buck.

Additionally, Google’s Pixel 4 features HDR and Always-on display features, both of which are pretty simplistic, but convenient nevertheless. It also offers 90 hertz refresh rate, which is slightly less than what Galaxy S20 and Apple’s iPhone 11 have to offer.


Although Galaxy S20, iPhone 11, and Google Pixel 4 are all smartphones of tremendous quality, they feature vastly different screens and displays.

The S20 is almost an uncontested winner, sporting the biggest screen diameter, the best protective features, and offering the highest supported resolution; iPhone 11 is right behind it with a decently sized screen, a very thin profile, and a variety of pretty unique protective features and specs.

Even though its performance does not shine as brightly in this particular sphere of performance, we shouldn’t label Pixel 4 as ‘the loser’ here. It does have a smaller display diameter and supports lower resolutions, but it still packs quite a bang for the buck.