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SMARTPHONE DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS (Nits).

Smartphone displays are self lit with backlights and this helps them function all round the clock. No matter the time of the day, be it in the bright sunshine or at midnight, your screen is expected to perform. The smartphone display is expected to be bright enough to display information that is legible (clear enough to read).


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Since smartphones are small and highly mobile, we tend to take them out and about with us for a variety of reasons and purposes. This means that we may have to use these devices outdoors where there is a lot of light (especially sunlight).

When external light is brighter than your smartphone’s display, it becomes “washed out”. This means that you may be unable to decipher anything from it. This sometimes, is why you may be unable to use your phone properly under bright sunshine.

What is a Nit?

Smartphone brightness is measured in units called NIT. A Nit is a unit that represents the intensity of visible light. A high Nit rating means better legibility and operability under sunshine or other forms of external light.

A lot of smartphones today come with sunlight mode. In this mode, the display can become really bright and hold its own against sunlight. Usually if you set your brightness to Auto mode, it will push your display to maximum brightness.


Smartphone companies tend to advertise how bright the screens of their devices are in terms of nits and cite rather vague figures.

Low end devices such as those in the entry level and budget segments usually have displays of between 300 to 400 nit of brightness. A good example is Redmi 9A (400 nit). Midrange phones can have around 400 to 500 nit of brightness. Examples are Redmi Note 9 Pro (Pro Max) with 460 nit (616 nit in bright sunlight) and Realme 6 Pro with 421 nit. High end phones can have anything between 500 to as much as 900 nit of brightness. This can be seen in phones like Samsung Galaxy S20 (814 nit), Samsung S20 Ultra (894 nit), iPhone 12 Pro Max (800 nit) and the new Xiaomi MI 11 pushes the bar up to 1500 nit.


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