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Apple iPhone 15 Display test

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We put the Apple iPhone 15 through our rigorous DXOMARK Display test suite to measure its performance across six criteria. In this summary of results, we will break down how it fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases.

Overview

Key display specifications:

  • 6.1-inch AMOLED Retina XDR (~87.2% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Dimensions: 147.6 x 71.6 x 7.8 mm (5.81 x 2.82 x 0.31 inches)
  • Resolution: 1179 x 2556 pixels (~460 ppi density)
  • Aspect ratio: 19.5:9
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz

Scoring

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

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Pros

  • Readable in most tested lighting conditions
  • Colors in photos are more vivid than in earlier models
  • Almost no frame drops in video playback

Cons

  • The 60 Hz refresh rate adversely affects smoothness when scrolling and playing games
  • Midtones in HDR10 videos lack contrast
  • An orange cast impacts color rendering and skin tones in photos and videos

The Apple iPhone 15’s brightness is readable in nearly all tested conditions and is particularly well suited for HDR10 content. Colors are more vivid than with previous models, but a visible orange cast impacts color rendering for both still photos and HDR10 videos. Frame drops are rare, and motion blur is well managed. Although corners can be hard to touch, and some smoothness is lacking, the device is reactive and accurate when zooming in the gallery and when playing video games.

Compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 14, the iPhone 15’s display can reach more than 2000 nits in outdoor conditions, compared to around 1000 nits for the older model. As with the iPhone 14, the iPhone 15 does a good job with all kinds of videos, showing no judder and almost no frame drops. On the downside, the 15’s refresh rate of 60 Hz is the same as the 14’s, and this affects smoothness when scrolling and playing games, especially when compared to the iPhone 15 Pro Max, whose refresh rate is 120 Hz.

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

150

Apple iPhone 15

163

Samsung Galaxy S24+
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


Readability in an indoor (1000 lux) environment
From left to right: Apple iPhone 15, Apple iPhone 14, Samsung Galaxy S23, Honor Magic5 Pro
(Photos for illustration only)


Readability in an outdoor (20 000 lux) environment
From left to right: Apple iPhone 15, Apple iPhone 14, Samsung Galaxy S23, Honor Magic5 Pro
(Photos for illustration only)


Readability in a sunlight (>90 000 lux) environment
From left to right: Apple iPhone 15, Apple iPhone 14, Samsung Galaxy S23, Honor Magic5 Pro
(Photos for illustration only)

Luminance uniformity measurement
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

150

Apple iPhone 15

164

Google Pixel 8 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 15, Apple iPhone 14, Samsung Galaxy S23, Honor Magic5 Pro
(Photos for illustration only)


Color rendering in sunlight (>90 000 lux)
Clockwise from top left: Apple iPhone 15, Apple iPhone 14, Samsung Galaxy S23, Honor Magic5 Pro
(Photos for illustration only)
Color fidelity measurements
Apple iPhone 15, color fidelity at 1000 lux in the sRGB color space
Apple iPhone 15, color fidelity at 1000 lux in the Display-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.

Video

146

Apple iPhone 15

162

Samsung Galaxy S23 (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 15, Apple iPhone 14, Samsung Galaxy S23, Honor Magic5 Pro
(Photos for illustration only)

Clockwise from top left: Apple iPhone 15, Apple iPhone 14, Samsung Galaxy S23, Honor Magic5 Pro
(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

143

Apple iPhone 15

156

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
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
30 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

126

Apple iPhone 15

170

Samsung Galaxy S24+
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 15
78 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

136

Apple iPhone 15

163

OnePlus Open
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 15
4.9 %
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 15
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
Apple iPhone 15
(Photo for illustration only)

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