NVIDIA Prism vs Sony Triluminos : T’O’N Verdict



T’O’N compares Nvidia and Sony’s screen technology to find the sharpest, richest and brightest display currently in the market

Nvidia’s PRISM display, when it was first introduced with the Tegra 3 processor, gave a new meaning to power-efficient screens. Now Sony is out with its own Triluminos 1080p display that promises clarity and depth never seen before. Which of the two is the better display? We find out.

Nvidia PRISM

Nvidia’s PRISM or Pixel Rendering Intensity and Saturation Management display technology is most commonly found on devices that are powered by the tech giant’s Tegra 3 processors. This technology is known for its efficient use of power. Though it uses the battery life of a gadget judiciously, it does so without compromising on the quality of the display.

PRISM works by reducing a mobile gadget’s backlight power while enhancing its pixel colour at the same time. In this way, it is able to ensure the same visual quality with a significantly extended battery life. With PRISM, users can look forward to viewing a clear display for a substantially longer time with PRISM, thanks to its battery conserving functionality.

With Nvidia’s PRISM display technology on board, Tegra 3 devices boast of two simultaneous display controllers and MIPI DSI. Resolutions on PRISM screens stand at 1920 x 1080 pixels in HDMI, 2048 x 1536 pixels in LCD and 1920 x 1200 in CRT.

Not only does PRISM read a device’s screen and save battery life by optimizing its brightness and pixels, it has another use as well. In Tegra 4 devices, it understands how a regular capacitive stylus works with a gadget’s screen. Nvidia uses this technology to detect what sort of pressure a stylus is exerting on the screen when used for writing. It’s software then adjusts the stroke size accordingly. The system works the same way in order to erase what is written on the display as well.

Sony Triluminos

Sony’s Triluminos display is known for its ability to reproduce ‘true, natural colours’ that appear with the same depth and richness as they do in the real world. One of the most new-age devices to come with the Triluminos screen technology is the Xperia Z Ultra phablet. Its display makes it the perfect device for watching videos and surfing the web while on the move.

The trick behind the brightness and depth of the Triluminos display lies in how it uses intelligent backlight technology. As compared to LED backlighting, it reproduces more tones and textures that result in purer, more distinct colours. Faces on the display look more lifelike than ever while shades of reds, greens and other bright colours appear rich, with greater depth.

Sony has always been known for the richness of its displays and the tech giant has just upped the ante with its Triluminos screen technology. If Sony goes ahead and uses this technology on its new and upcoming mobile devices, users can look forward to real life-like colours on all their videos and stills.


Both Nvidia’s PRISM and Sony’s Triluminos display technologies are path breaking in their own right. Where the former maintains gorgeous picture quality without compromising on battery life, the latter promises a purity in colour reproduction never seen before.
Which display you should go in for depends on what your priority is vis-a-vis your mobile device.

If you are particular about your gadget being able to run for long hours on a single battery charge but at the same time you don’t want to compromise on high definition visuals, go in for a display powered by Nividia’s PRISM technology.

On the other hand, if a beautiful lifelike display is your poison, try out a screen that runs on Sony’s Triluminos technology. The purity and depth in its colour reproduction will make you feel like you are living the movie that you are watching.


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