Light Spectra for the Samsung Galaxy S8    
Figure 4a Screen Mode Spectra
Figure 4b Blue Light Filter Spectra

LCD Displays have Backlights consisting of White LEDs, which are made by using a Blue LED together with a Yellow phosphor to transform some of the light for the Red and Green primaries. The spectrum of an LCD display is just the spectrum of its White LED Backlight filtered through the individual Red, Green and Blue sub-pixel color filters within the LCD panel, resulting in broad rolling spectra for LCDs.

OLED Displays are emissive devices so their spectra are just the sum of the individual Red, Green and Blue OLED spectra, modified slightly by the touchscreen layer and anti-reflection absorption layer through which their light must pass. As expected the Galaxy S8 OLED spectra are relatively narrow with deep notches between the primaries, which results in highly saturated colors that are adjusted with display Color Management to provide high color accuracy for each of the Screen Modes.

The difference in the relative heights of the Green and Red Primary peaks for the user selectable Adaptive Display and Basic Screen Modes in Figure 4a below is due to their different White Point Color Temperatures, which requires different drive levels for each Primary Color. The Adaptive Display Screen Mode has a Bluish White Point, so it has reduced Green and Red drive levels.

Spectra for the Adaptive Display and Basic Screen Modes.
Light Spectra for the displays

The Blue Light Filter is designed to change the color balance of the display in order to reduce the amount of Blue Light produced by the display, which some recent research indicates can affect how well users sleep afterwards. As the user adjustable Blue Light Filter Opacity setting is increased, the on-screen images take on an increasingly yellowish tint because amount of Blue Light emitted by the display decreases, which is seen in Figure 4b below. With the Blue Light Filter at its Maximum setting, the Blue Light component is reduced by 80 percent.

In a separate article we provide an in-depth scientific analysis on the issues affecting Watching Displays at Night and their associated light spectra.

Spectra for the Blue Light Filter with Off, Middle, and Maximum Opacity Settings
Spectra for the Blue Light Filter

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