8 Things You Didn't Know About AMOLED Displays


A lot of people don’t realize just how far AMOLED displays have come, but here are eight facts about AMOLED displays that might surprise you. Let’s say you’re at an electronics store with your friend who asks you what the difference between AMOLED and Super-AMOLED displays is. What would you tell him? If you don’t know, don’t worry – not many people do! But after reading this article, they will! Here are eight things that you didn’t know about AMOLED displays that might surprise you! 

1) The iPhone X uses Super-AMOLED displays

If you’re an iPhone X user, you probably thought that Apple was using organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays on their smartphones. Actually, they use Super-AMOLED technology—it’s just made by Samsung and branded as OLED. It is rumored that Apple will switch to their own version of a Super-AMOLED display for 2019 iPhones due to concerns about supply constraints for OLED panels. Regardless of what brand Apple uses in its upcoming phones, it’s worth taking a closer look at how AMOLED displays are manufactured. Here are 8 interesting facts about AMOLED manufacturing that you may not have known. . . .

2) Samsung makes the best Super-AMOLED displays

It's true! Samsung makes by far the best Super-AMOLED displays, featuring high resolution, excellent color accuracy, and brightness. And according to DisplayMate, Samsung has produced its best display ever: The Galaxy S7 Edge has a 5.5-inch screen with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution (534 pixels per inch). It also has nearly perfect color accuracy and delivers spectacular brightness. Both of these factors make it easier on your eyes when using your phone for long periods of time. To learn more about Super-AMOLED technology and how other companies are trying to copy it, check out our recent post about LG's new G Flex 2.

3) Where are Super-AMOLED displays used?

Most people think of Samsung's phones when they hear about Super-AMOLED displays, but it turns out that there are a number of other products that use these beautiful screens. Take Google Glass, for example. Even though its screen is quite small, it uses a Super-AMOLED display to let you see notifications from your phone in an instant. The Pebble Watch also uses a Super-AMOLED display, giving it more vibrant colors and more battery life than other smartwatches on the market. The United States Military has used Super-AMOLED displays on their M1 Abrams tanks since 2008; these screens make it easier for soldiers to keep track of critical information like a gun range and ammo count at all times.

4) Super-AMOLED displays used to be too dim

Early iterations of AMOLED displays were largely disappointing, displaying muddy and washed-out colors. Some early devices even used green subpixels to get a full-color range, which lead to faint images and poor viewing angles. While those issues have been solved now, you’ll still see a difference in quality between different versions of AMOLED—and that’s why it pays to be aware of all options when buying your next phone or tablet. Most high-end mobile devices these days use Samsung’s SuperAMOLED displays because they offer a good balance between price and performance, providing accurate color reproduction while requiring little power. As we move forward, expect manufacturers to continue refining their technology—and making these displays even better!

5) OLEDs offer deep blacks, but at what cost?

The display on your smartphone is generally considered one of its most important features, as it directly affects how much you enjoy using it. Because there are so many variables at play in an OLED screen, be prepared to read a lot of technical jargon when looking for information about them. Generally speaking, deep blacks and vivid colors are among one an OLED’s best features. However, few people know that deep blacks come at a cost: lesser longevity than that offered by LCD displays. Check out our infographic below for more details on the pros and cons of AMOLED screens!

6) OLED vs LCD display technology explained

OLED vs LCD is one of those classic product rivalries, pitting our oldest technology against our newest. It’s also known as emissive vs transmissive displays – in essence, LCD technology reflects light from an external source, while OLED pixels emit their own light. That might seem like a minor distinction but there are important pros and cons for each approach. While LCDs have been around since televisions first appeared, OLED has only recently gained traction due to its numerous advantages over traditional displays. Understanding what makes both types of display tick can help you determine which type will be best for your next device. So let’s dive into that comparison!

7) How does the black color look on an AMOLED display?

If you’ve ever wondered what black really looks like on an AMOLED display, wonder no more. Because of a quirk in how these displays are created, every pixel is fully lit. That means that a pixel on an LCD display with black color will turn completely off; a pixel on an AMOLED display is never completely turned off. On top of that, since pixels are never truly off, they remain brighter than they would be if they were only partially illuminated. The resulting colors appear to be more vibrant and alive than those from other types of displays—and it also means you can always count on being able to see what’s happening on your screen in even some of the dimmest lighting conditions.

8) What happens when you scratch an AMOLED display?

The much-loved technology behind sharp and clear smartphone displays uses organic LEDs (OLEDs) that glow when electricity is passed through them. This differs from a liquid crystal display (LCD), which uses a backlight to make colors appear on screen, and works in much the same way as traditional light bulbs. Because OLEDs are self-emitting, they create their own light, which can be fun—except if you scratch it. In that case, you’ll need to look out for four main things: dirty marks; dead pixels; double images; and banding.


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