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Apple iPhone 14 Display test

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We put the Apple iPhone 14 through our rigorous DXOMARK Display test suite to measure its performance across six criteria. In this test results, we will break down how it fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases.

Overview

Key display specifications:

  • 6.1 inches OLED, (~85.0% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8 mm (5.78 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches)
  • Resolution: 1170 x 2532 pixels, (~460 ppi density)
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz

Scoring

Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.

Apple iPhone 14
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135

160

144

163

151

162

151

155

130

165

133

149

Pros

  • Readable screen in indoor conditions
  • Good contrast and proper brightness when watching HDR10 video
  • Uniform in screen brightness and color

Cons

  • Lack of smoothness when scrolling
  • Lack of brightness under sunlight
  • Low brightness in low-light conditions

The Apple iPhone 14 runs on the same A15 Bionic chipset as its predecessor, the iPhone 13, but when it comes to display performance, the latest version shows some significant point improvements in areas such as motion and touch. The iPhone 14’s screen also has better brightness and color uniformity than last year’s model.

The use case that brings out the best in iPhone 14’s display performance is watching HDR videos, thanks to the device’s fine-tuned contrast and brightness. The iPhone 14 also provides a slightly smoother experience when playing video games, compared with the iPhone 13. However, web browsing and viewing photos in the gallery lacked smoothness.

Test summary

About DXOMARK Display tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone and other display reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective and perceptual tests under controlled lab and real-life conditions. Note that we evaluate display attributes using only the device’s built-in display hardware and its still image (gallery) and video apps at their default settings. (For in-depth information about how we evaluate smartphone and other displays, check out our articles, “How DXOMARK tests display quality” and “A closer look at DXOMARK Display testing.

The following section gathers key elements of our exhaustive tests and analyses performed in DXOMARK laboratories. Detailed performance evaluations under the form of reports are available upon request. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Readability

135

Apple iPhone 14

160

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
How Display Readability score is composed

Readability evaluates how easily and comfortably users can read still content (photos & web) on the display under different real-life conditions. DXOMARK uses its Display Bench to recreate ambient light conditions ranging from total darkness to bright sunlight. In addition to laboratory tests, perceptual analysis is also made in real-life environments.

Brightness under various lighting conditions
Contrast under various lighting conditions


Readability in a low-light (0 lux) environment
From left: Apple iPhone 14, Apple iPhone 13, Samsung Galaxy S22 (Snapdragon), Xiaomi 12
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Readability in an indoor (1000 lux) environment
From left: Apple iPhone 14, Apple iPhone 13, Samsung Galaxy S22 (Snapdragon), Xiaomi 12
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Readability in a sunlight (>90 0000 lux) environment
From left: Apple iPhone 14, Apple iPhone 13, Samsung Galaxy S22 (Snapdragon), Xiaomi 12
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Luminance uniformity measurement

  Apple iPhone 14, left, and Apple iPhone 13
(Photos for illustration only)
This graph shows the uniformity of the display with a 20% gray pattern. The more visible the green color, the more uniform the display.

Color

144

Apple iPhone 14

163

Huawei Mate 50 Pro
How Display Color score is composed

The color attribute evaluates the capacity of the device to accurately reproduce colors. The measurements taken are for fidelity, white point color, and gamut coverage. We perform color evaluations for different lighting conditions to see how well the device can manage color in the surrounding environment. Colors are measured using a spectrophotometer in a controlled lighting environment. Perceptual analysis of color rendering is against the reference pattern displayed on a calibrated professional monitor.

White point under D65 illuminant at 1000 lux


Color rendering indoors (1000 lux)
Clockwise from top left: Apple iPhone 14, Apple iPhone 13, Samsung Galaxy S22 (Snapdragon), Xiaomi 12
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Color rendering in sunlight (>90 0000 lux)
Clockwise from top left: Apple iPhone 14, Apple iPhone 13, Samsung Galaxy S22 (Snapdragon), Xiaomi 12
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Color fidelity measurements
Apple iPhone 14, color fidelity at 1000 lux in the sRGB color space
Apple iPhone 14, color fidelity at 1000 lux in the DCI-P3 color space
Each arrow represents the color difference between a target color pattern (base of the arrow) and its actual measurement (tip of the arrow). The longer the arrow, the more visible the color difference is. If the arrow stays within the circle, the color difference will be visible only to trained eyes.
Color behavior on angle
This graph shows the color shift when the screen is at an angle. Each dot represents a measurement at a particular angle. Dots inside the inner circle exhibit no color shift in angle; those between the inner and outer circle have shifts that only trained experts will see; but those falling outside the outer circle are noticeable.

White spectrum with/without Blue Light Filter
Spectrum measurement comparison of a white web page with the Blue Light Filter on and off.

Video

151

Apple iPhone 14

162

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Snapdragon)
How Display Video score is composed

Our video attribute evaluates the Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) and High Dynamic Range (HDR10) video handling of each device in indoor and low-light conditions. We measure tone mapping, color gamut, brightness and contrast of the display. We perform perceptual analysis against our professional reference monitor (Sony BVM-HX310) to ensure that the rendering respects the artistic intent.

Video brightness at 10% APL in the dark ( < 5 lux)


Video rendering in a low-light (0 lux) environment
Clockwise from top left: Apple iPhone 14, Apple iPhone 13, Samsung Galaxy S22 (Snapdragon), Xiaomi 12
(Photos for illustration only)

Clockwise from top left: Apple iPhone 14, Apple iPhone 13, Samsung Galaxy S22 (Snapdragon), Xiaomi 12
(Photos for illustration only)
Gamut coverage for video content
HDR10 Gamut coverage
SDR Gamut coverage
The primary colors are measured both in HDR10 and SDR. The extracted color gamut shows the extent of the color area that the device can render. To respect the artistic intent, the measured gamut should match the master color space of each video.

Motion

151

Apple iPhone 14

155

Huawei P40 Pro
How Display Motion score is composed

The motion attribute evaluates the handling of dynamic contents. Frame drops, motion blur, and playback artifacts are scrutinized using games and videos.


Video frame drops
24 fps content
60 fps content
These long exposure photos present the number of frame irregularities in a 30-second video. A good performance shows a regular pattern (either a flat gray image or a pull-down pattern).

Touch

130

Apple iPhone 14

165

OnePlus 9
How Display Touch score is composed

To evaluate touch, DXOMARK uses a touch robot and a high-speed camera to play and record a set of scenarios for smoothness, accuracy and response-time evaluation.

Average Touch Response Time Apple iPhone 14
60 ms
Fast
Good
Bad
Slow
This response time test evaluates precisely the time elapsed between a single touch of the robot on the screen and the displayed action. This test is applied to activities that require a high reactivity, such as gaming.

Artifacts

133

Apple iPhone 14

149

LG Wing

How Display Artifacts score is composed

Evaluating artifacts means checking for the performance, image rendering and motion flaws that can affect the end-user experience. DXOMARK measures precisely the device’s reflectance and the presence of flicker, and assesses the impact of residual aliasing when playing video games, among other characteristics.

Average Reflectance (SCI) Apple iPhone 14
5 %
Low
Good
Bad
High
Reflectance measurement (SCI)
Measurements above show the reflection of the device within the visible spectrum range (400 nm to 700 nm). It includes both diffuse and specular reflection.
Flicker Frequency Apple iPhone 14
480 Hz
Bad
Good
Bad
Great
Flicker comparison
This graph represents the frequencies of lighting variation; the highest peak gives the main flicker frequency.
Aliasing (closeup)
Apple iPhone 14
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