Smartphone Display Performance Testing and Inspecting Solutions

Display is one of the key components of a smartphone. The display performance determines how the contents look on the smartphone and must undergo rigorous testing and inspection to meet the required standards. The performance of displays can be measured in terms of chromaticity (color), luminance (brightness), color gamut area, contrast, gamma, and uniformity.

Chromaticity and Luminance

Chromaticity and luminance are the two most basic parameters of display measurement. The parameters can be calculated from the XYZ tristimulus values deriving from the integration of spectral power distribution (SPD) and CIE color matching functions (CMF).

Color Gamut Area

Color gamut describes the color range that a display can reproduce. The CIE 1931 Yxy and CIE 1976 Yu’v’ are two common color spaces used to evaluate the color gamut.

CIE 1931 Yxy Chromaticity Diagram

CIE 1976 Yu’v’ Chromaticity Diagram

Both chromaticity, the CIE 1931 xy and CIE 1976 u’v’, can be calculated from the XYZ tristimulus values.

xy formula:

u’v’ formula:


Display contrast, expressed in a ratio, is calculated using the luminance of the brightest white screen and the darkest black screen.


Gamma is the response between the input video signal and the output luminance. This response is not linear, whereby an 80% input doesn’t produce an 80% output. Gamma correction is needed to achieve the desired luminance and color. It involves tuning the luminance or XYZ tristimulus values of the display. The display should exhibit smooth gradients from black to white with no color banding on a grayscale test image with the correct gamma correction.


Uniformity involves measuring the luminance and chromaticity of the whole display to ensure the output is uniform. Uniformity evaluation is especially important for OLED displays. Since OLED uses self-illuminating pixels that are based on their RGB sub-pixels outputs, variations in luminance and chromaticity between the pixels are likely to occur.

Aside from the above, other commonly measured display parameters include flicker, viewing angle, mura, defects like dead pixels, etc. When it comes to measuring all these display parameters, a variety of instruments are usually required. Konica Minolta, and Radiant Vision Systems, offer a broad selection of testing and inspection instruments that can help users measure all the display parameters with ease.

Instruments Typical display parameters that can be measured

Display Color Analyzer CA-410

Luminance, chromaticity, contrast, color gamut, gamma, flicker, etc.

Spectroradiometer CS-2000/CS-2000A


Luminance, chromaticity, contrast, color gamut, gamma, spectral power distribution (SPD), multi-spot luminance and chromaticity uniformity, viewing angle, current-voltage-brightness (I-V-L) characterization, etc.
ProMetric® Y-Series Imaging Photometers/I-Series Imaging Colorimeters Luminance, chromaticity, contrast, uniformity, mura, defects, pixel-level analysis, viewing angle (with FPD Conoscope Lens), image distortion, image sticking, etc.

Konica Minolta and Radiant Vision Systems instruments and solutions are widely used in the display industry. Check out how DXOMARK, an international leader in the quality assessment of smartphones, incorporated instruments from Konica Minolta and Radiant Vision Systems into their Display Bench to test and inspect displays.

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