Elephone S8 Review

7 September 2017, 08:42:22

Elephone S8 Review
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Display

Elephone S8 is equipped with a 6-inch display from Sharp with a QHD resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels). It is protected by a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 4. According to the manufacturer, it takes up 92.4% of the total front surface of the device. However, this is not the case. A simple math unveils that it actually takes a bit over 81%. There are plenty of software features for tweaking the display, which go beyond the stock ones. The device contains the MiraVision suite of options, which has activated all possible features for all three colours modes. These also include two new ones - SmartScreen and Chameleon Display. The first enables light-adaptive brightness and adjustment of its sensitivity, content-adaptive power-saving, readability enhancement. Chameleon Display is dedicated to viewing comfort along with the BluLight defender. In addition to MiraVision, there's another feature called ClearMotion, which is a video fluency enhancer. Finally, there's a Night Light feature, which in its essence is a reading mode. It turns the screen amber for additional viewing comfort. To sum up, if you intend to use the big screen for reading books, browsing the internet and watching films/videos, or even for VR, you have all the software tools on board to adjust the image to your liking and comfort.
Brightness White luminance Black luminance Contrast Color temperature
100 % 262.757 cd/m2 0.336 cd/m2 782 : 1 7930 K
75 % 241.384 cd/m2 0.311 cd/m2 776 : 1 7920 K
50 % 172.235 cd/m2 0.231 cd/m2 746 : 1 7871 K
25 % 96.28 cd/m2 0.121 cd/m2 796 : 1 7802 K
0 % 13.453 cd/m2 0.018 cd/m2 747 : 1 7723 K
The brightness of the display is quite low. The peak level is 263 cd/m2, which results in poor readability outdoors. The black luminance is quite high, and as a result, the static contrast ratio is very low 750-800:1. This might have been done on purpose to control power consumption as the display is very large and with a high resolution, but that's just a speculation. Otherwise, indoors the display is quite pleasant to look at and work with. Its colour temperature is quite acceptable - 7900 K, which is a plus. According to the CIE diagram of our review unit, the display covers a bit less than 100% the sRGB colour space. It offers an exact match in the blue realm and minor deviations in the green and red ones. The sub-pixel architecture of the IPS panel is a traditional striped one.

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