We’re big fans of the iPhone 14 Pro Max here at , and its 6.7-inch screen is a major factor in calling it “truly the best of everything in today’s iPhone world.”
Now, DisplayMate (opens in new tab) – the recognized authority on mobile image quality – awarded Apple’s latest flagship its highest display performance grade (A+) after the device set 15 (fifteen!) display performance records during testing.
DisplayMate found that the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s Super Retina XDR display is capable of reaching a maximum brightness of 2,300 nits – nearly double the nit count of the iPhone 13 Pro Max (which has the same screen size and resolution) and about 500 more than the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (based on Samsung’s own claims (opens in new tab) earlier this year).
Let there be light
Despite sharing dimensions and resolution, Apple’s latest high-end iPhone improves on its predecessor’s display, adding a handful of new features, including an always-on display mode and a new Dynamic Island centered around the phone’s sensor.
Evidently, though, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is also significantly brighter than the iPhone 13 Pro Max, having now usurped its big brother as DisplayMate’s Best Smartphone Display award winner. Interestingly, Apple advertises that the iPhone 14 Pro Max offers up to 2,000 nits of brightness – but DisplayMate managed to record a figure of 2,300 nits.
The diagnostics company also credited Apple’s latest handset with awards for highest absolute color accuracy, smallest shift in color accuracy, greatest image contrast accuracy and intensity scale accuracy, as well as smallest shift in peak luminance. .
Ironically, the displays used by Apple in the iPhone 14 Pro Max are actually produced by Samsung, so we’d expect the latter’s next flagship – likely the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra – to match or even exceed Apple’s latest handset in brightness.
For now, though, the iPhone 14 Pro Max is the brightest smartphone on the market – even though the Samsung S22 Ultra remains our top overall pick of the best phones money can buy in 2022.