How does the Samsung Vision Booster feature work on the Galaxy S22?
Samsung phones all have fantastic screens and the new Galaxy S22 series devices are no different. On paper, the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Galaxy S22 Ultra all seem to have an excellent display. From high-resolution panels to adaptive refresh rate support, these smartphone screens have it all at their fingertips. But there’s one feature in particular that stands out this time around: Vision Booster. So what is the new Samsung Vision Booster display feature on the Galaxy S22 and how does it work? Let’s find out:
Before talking about the Vision Booster feature, here is a brief overview of the display specs:
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Samsung Vision Booster feature on Galaxy S22 series
As you probably already know, Vision Booster is the flagship feature announced by Samsung for its new displays. This particular feature dynamically adjusts color tones to enhance on-screen visuals under direct sunlight. Samsung understands that increasing peak white brightness isn’t enough to improve visibility in bright conditions. Vision Booster also works on midtones and shadows to increase them in proper proportions to ensure images or videos are properly viewable.
Samsung’s Vision Booster feature supports tone mapping in sunlight to deliver the best viewing experience in addition to only boosting peak brightness. While Vision Booster only kicks in in direct sunlight, the Galaxy S22 phones use the same principles for other aspects of the display as well. The contrast of the screen is also appropriately adapted to its brightness and the environment so that everything remains visible.
Another thing worth noting about this feature is that color accuracy remains pretty decent overall, even when Vision Booster is enabled. This is particularly impressive considering how the feature boosts color brightness and system gamma becomes dynamic. Here’s a quick look at the difference between viewing a scene on the phone with and without Vision Booster enabled:
As impressive as the Vision Booster feature is, it has its downsides. Since Vision Booster uses a low resolution histogram map to calculate which regions of the display to optimize, it introduces a lot of posterization. This causes an abrupt change from tone to tone, which can make some scenes look weird. The Vision Booster function also does not work when the Eye comfort shield function is activated or set to “Adaptive”.
Also, the fact that Vision Booster is only activated above 50,000 lux is a bit of a shame as it requires the screen to be in direct sunlight. It would have been nice to have this feature enabled when the display is at around 2000 lux. Unfortunately, it doesn’t, and it shuts off once the phone detects the display is below 20,000 lux. We’ve highlighted this and a few other issues in our in-depth Galaxy S22 Plus screen review, so be sure to check it out. Our display review goes into detail about Vision Booster and various other aspects of the display, so we highly recommend reading it to learn more about the displays of this year’s Galaxy S22 series phones.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 is the smallest of the three phones with a 6.1-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X flat screen. This phone has a maximum brightness of 1300 nits.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus is the middle child of the Galaxy S22 series. It has a slightly bigger and better screen with a peak brightness of 1,750 nits.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the most powerful device of the three. This particular phone has an even larger 6.8-inch WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X curved display.
Samsung has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to display technology, so it’s no surprise to see its flagship phones getting premium panels with new and advanced features. That being said, the displays aren’t the only selling points of these new Galaxy S22 series phones. We also suggest you read our review detailing all the unique camera features of the Galaxy S22 series to find out what also makes these devices a sniper. Alternatively, you can also check out all features of the Galaxy S22 Ultra S Pen to see everything it brings to the table. Finally, you can also visit our Samsung Galaxy S22 deals page to check out all the launch deals and more to save money on your purchase.