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Kindle Fire HDX 7 takes 1st place in tablet display shoot-out, beating iPad & Nexus


DisplayMate, a company specializing in scientific display testing and calibration, gave top marks to the Kindle Fire HDX 7, saying its advanced display technology was “almost magical.” The Nexus 7 took 2nd place, with the Retina iPad Mini “a distant third.”

The Kindle Fire HDX 7 is Amazon’s 3rd generation LCD Tablet, and their displays have been improving by leaps and bounds since we first tested them back in 2011. Their Full Size Flagship Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is the best performing Tablet display that we have ever tested, due in part to using the highest performance LCDs with Low Temperature Poly Silicon LTPS. But the Mini Kindle Fire HDX 7 that we test here is also incredibly innovative because it is the first Tablet display to use super high technology Quantum Dots, which produce highly saturated primary colors for LCDs that are similar to those produced by OLED displays. They not only significantly increase the Color Gamut to 100 percent but also improve the power efficiency at the same time. It’s a very impressive display with very impressive technology.

Quantum Dots are almost magical because they use Quantum Physics to produce highly saturated primary colors for LCDs that are similar to those produced by OLED displays […] Quantum Dots are going to revolutionize LCDs for the next 5+ years … 

The Nexus 7, which uses a less advanced form of LTPS (no Quantum Dots here), was also described as having “a very impressive display.”

The very high efficiency LTPS technology allows the new Nexus 7 display to provide a full 100 percent Color Gamut and at the same time produce the brightest Tablet display that we have measured so far in this Shoot-Out series.

The iPad, once praised for having a best-in-class display, is now lagging significantly behind, says DisplayMate.

The new iPad mini with Retina Display has a high resolution high PPI display like the other two Mini Tablets that we test here. But shockingly, it still has the same small 63 percent Color Gamut as the original iPad mini and even older iPad 2. As a result, the iPad mini with Retina Display comes in with a distant 3rd place finish behind the innovative displays on the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and new Nexus 7.

You can read chapter and verse, and see all of the detailed comparison tables, over on the DisplayMate site.

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