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9.7-inch iPad Pro has the best mobile LCD display ever tested by DisplayMate

by Killian Bell | April 13, 2016April 13, 2016 5:16 am PST

Apple’s new iPad Pro has finally been put through its paces by the display experts at DisplayMate, and it passed all tests with flying colors. It has actually been labeled the best mobile LCD display ever tested, breaking a number of performance records.

Although you could say Apple’s smartphone displays are lagging behind now, what with sharper and more colorful Quad HD panels available in rival devices, the Cupertino company is still delivering the best tablet displays money can buy.

The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro raises the bar even further. DisplayMate believes it trumps all other LCD displays — including the one in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in all but one area — with its low reflectivity and impressive performance.

The device boasts the highest absolute color accuracy for any display for both color gamuts, DisplayMate adds, plus the highest peak brightness in any full-size tablet, and the highest contract rating in high ambient light. It’s 20 percent brighter than the iPad Air 2.

“The iPad Pro 9.7 delivers uniformly consistent all around Top Tier display performance: one of a small number of displays to ever to get all Green (Very Good to Excellent) Ratings in all test and measurement categories,” reads the report.

DisplayMate also praises the iPad Pro’s Night Shift mode and True Tone, which is currently only available on this model, for improving readability in high ambient light. However, it recommends that Apple adds a slider that would make True Tone more customizable.

The only area in which the 9.7-inch iPad Pro fell short was in contrast ratio. With a score of 1,022, it was unable to outperform the larger iPad Pro’s 1,631 here. However, its strengths in other areas will likely be more important to most consumers.

If you want a tablet with the best LCD display money can buy, then, you want the new iPad Pro.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...