200 vs 280 nits: a picture of the difference


Sharing the battery tests on the Q1P earlier today led to quite the revelation: Samantha appears to have an LED backlight. Weren’t we just discussing that technology yesterday? It’s already made an impact on my mobile device because the Q1P looks to get at least an hour more of runtime over the original Q1. So, aside from the potential power savings: how does the screen look?

Above are both devices with the Brightness setting on each set to the minimum. Sammy with the standard backlight is on the left and looking kinda dim. Samantha is on the right, and if we’re correct, is providing vibrant color and brightness using LED backlighting. I stepped through some brightness settings and have a trail of pictures to illustrate the difference.

Sammy now has 50% brightness while Samantha is still at the lowest setting. To the eye, these are pretty comparable.

Both units are now at 50% brightness.

Sammy gets boosted to full brightness while Samantha is unchanged at 50%. Again, these are comparable to the eye.

Both units running at full brightness.

If we do the math and compare 200 nits against 280 nits, it comes out to a 40% brightness boost. That makes sense since the Q1 at full brightness looks similar to the Q1P at 50% brightness. Add that to the benefit of around 40% to 50% more runtime if the test was right and this device looks even more attractive. I’ll be peforming more tests to validate and verify what we’ve seen so far.

The shame of this is: the product page for the Samsung Q1P only states that the screen is 280 nits of brightness; if that’s due to the LED backlighting, why not mention that in the specs?