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OnePlus & Oppo claim to reach 4500 nits with latest OLED smartphones

07 Feb 2024 | Rasmus Larsen |

OLED displays are getting brighter each year. Chinese brands OnePlus and Oppo now claim that their latest OLED smartphones reach up to 4500 nits in brightness. What is the caveat?

In recent years, Samsung Display has made significant strides in improving the brightness of OLED smartphone panels, benefiting Samsung's Galaxy smartphone lineup.

Meanwhile, Chinese brands now seem to be beating Samsung at its own game, boasting brightness levels of up to 4500 nits on smartphones such as the OnePlus 12, Oppo Find X7 Ultra, and Realme GT 5 Pro.


Oppo 4500 nits

Oppo claims that its latest OLED smartphone reached 4500 nits. Photo: Oppo

However, there is a caveat. These peak brightness levels are achievable only in extremely small areas of the screen, less than 1% of the total. DisplayMate recently put these claims to the test and found that the peak brightness at the industry-standard 1% APL (1% of the screen is illuminated) is "just" 2675 nits.

Made in China

OnePlus and Oppo, previously relying on OLED panels from Samsung Display, announced a shift in October 2023 when they revealed a new collaboration with China's BOE for OLED panels. Despite the shenanigans around how to specify peak brightness, BOE's OLED panels do appear to set a new standard for both full-screen (100% APL) and peak brightness. Full-screen brightness is crucial for optimal smartphone display usage outdoors, whereas peak brightness is relevant for HDR content. Comparing apples to apples, here is how they stack up, summarizing measurements conducted by DisplayMate and XDA-Developers.

OLED brightness in smartphones

Full-screen (100% APL)Peak (1% APL)
OnePlus 12
OLED (BOE)
1630 nits2675 nits
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
OLED (Samsung Display)
1049 nits1760 nits
Apple iPhone 15 Pro 12
OLED (Samsung Display)
1040 nits2270 nits
 Table: FlatpanelsHD. Sources: DisplayMate, XDA-Developers
BOE is quickly transforming into a formidable competitor to Samsung Display. In 2023, Samsung Display held a 49.9% share of smartphone OLED panels, down 8.2% year-over-year, while BOE grew 44.7% year-over-year to a 16.2% market share, according to market research firm Cinno Research via BusinessKorea. The total market grew 16.1% to 690 million units in 2023. Also read: Future of displays: Insights from our LG Display & Samsung Display visits Although no official announcement has been made, BOE has previously been reported to be planning a move into OLED TV panel production. At this time, only LG Display and Samsung Display are mass-producing OLED TV panels. - Source: DisplayMate, XDA-Developers BusinessKorea

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