This is our preview of phablet (class of mobile devices designed to combine functions of a smartphone and tablet) displays compared outdoors in direct sunlight. It was hard to get all of these devices at once. We put Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra next to Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (still one of the best portable devices on the market), next to HTC One Max and next to the only Windows Phone – Nokia Lumia 1520. Which one you think has the best display performance outdoors? Tell us in comments below.

1080p display from 5.7 to 6.4 inches

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has 5.7 inch display, showing 1080×1920 pixels which means pixel density of 386 ppi. Sony Xperia Z Ultra has a the biggest 6.4 inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels which is 344 ppi pixel density. HTC One Max has a 5.9 inch display with also 1080 x 1920 pixels which is 373 ppi pixel density. In the end, Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet comes with 6.0 inch display and 1080 x 1920 pixels which is 367 ppi pixel density, but Nokia is the only one with ClearBlack technology. How would you rank these displays?


We think Galaxy Note 3 is the best. Super AMOLED display are better now than before, while HTC One Max’s display is pretty good, but colors are just not that awesome as on Samsung. Nokia’s ClearBlack technology provides the best black reproduction outside in direct sunlight, but again, colors are not as on Note 3, while Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra sadly has the poorest display if you look at it outdoors. It just looks washed out.