The Galaxy S21 Ultra has become the world’s best performing phone in terms of screen performance, according to tests conducted by specialized portal DxOMark. Launched in January, the most powerful smartphone in Samsung’s current lineup has a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display. It scored 91 points in the overall test and beat the mark of the then champion Galaxy Note 20 Ultra by one point.
Samsung dominates the podium with the Galaxy S20 Ultra in third place. The top 5 also consists of the OnePlus 8T in the fourth position with 89 points and the iPhone 12 Pro Max with 88 points.
DxOMark’s test takes into account readability, color, video, motion, touch, and artifacts (such as front camera clipping). The score is generated based on an analysis of the results in each of the categories, obtained through experiments carried out under controlled laboratory and real-life conditions.
In terms of readability, the Galaxy S21 Ultra scored 74 points, tying with the long-time champion of the category, the TCL 10 Pro. According to the portal, the high level of brightness makes it readable in both indoor and outdoor conditions. As for color, the device earned a score of 82, falling six points behind the leader OnePlus 8 Pro due to slight oversaturation under certain conditions.
The video category is the highlight of the Galaxy S21 Ultra. With 90 points, the device managed to overtake the then-leading TCL 10 Pro, as well as being nine points ahead of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The high score is due to the level of brightness and color fidelity when viewing HDR10 content.
In motion, the score was 77, 10 points behind the leader Huawei P40 Pro. This is due to some minor problems with frames at 30 and 60 fps, as well as occasional crashes in games.
Things got more complicated in the touch test. The 55 points scored by the Galaxy S21 Ultra left them almost 30 points behind the leader OnePlus 8 Pro. According to the portal, the big problem is the lack of accuracy when zoomed in with the fingers in the gallery app. It is interesting to note, however, that the flaw does not occur when using the S Pen electronic pen.
Finally, the smartphone scored 78 in the artifacts category. The device was six points behind the OnePlus 8 Pro. According to DxOMark, the central camera cutout can get in the way during gaming and viewing the content in landscape mode. It was also noted that the device handles ghost touch well in portrait mode, but that the problem is recurrent in landscape mode.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra turned out not to be the best choice for gamers, but it still proved to be of excellent quality, readable, smooth web browsing, and with well-tailored brightness and faithful colors that ensure enjoyable viewing of HDR10 videos.
The Samsung S21 line is available for purchase on Amazon: Galaxy S21 for $674.99, Galaxy S21 Plus for $799, and Galaxy S21 Ultra for $999.