AMOLED: A display technology

From the early days of Android Samsung has always focused on superior display technology. They always used AMOLED panels on their S series devices. Where all the other manufacturers had opted for TFT or LCD displays in their flagships. This thing goes even beyond when Samsung uses the term ‘Super AMOLED’ for their displays. They have been the pioneer in display technology, as they used displays with superior resolutions in their flagships. While the other manufacturers always fell behind their innovation. Even giants like Apple are still using outdated LCD technology in their devices. However, in personal use, people didn’t notice much of a difference between the two technologies.

Advantages of AMOLED displays:

  • Energy efficient: Yes, AMOLED panels consume less power as compared with LCD displays. AMOLED panels use individual pixels to light up the display while LCD technology uses backlight system which consumes more energy.
  • Blacks are blacker: In LCD panels the screen lights up using a backlight which creates inaccuracy in showing blacks. While on the other hand, AMOLED panels show better blacks with superior contrast level. The individual pixels on the screen light up without disturbing the contrast levels by their illumination.
  • Better visibility in the night: Again the LCD display uses a backlight to show the content on your screen. But it creates unnecessary excessive light which can be harmful to the eyes in the night. AMOLED technology, on the other hand, makes sure to light only the required pixels, which maintains the ease for your eyes.
  • Thinner display: Samsung devices are always thinner than their competitors. This is due to the fact that AMOLED displays don’t have the backlight unit in their displays. Therefore, their displays are sleeker and slimmer.
  • They can be flexible: Although there is currently no phone that could bend properly. But in the near, it is very possible to make a phone that you bend or fold. The AMOLED panels are capable of bending without breaking anything. This creates huge opportunities in the smartphone as well as smartwatch market in the world.

Disadvantages of AMOLED displays:

  • Less color accurate: You might have noticed while using a Samsung device that their displays show over saturated colors. This vivid thing may seem good in the first place. But later you will realize that pictures taken from your Samsung device appear completely different in your device and something else on others.
  • Less brightness: Due to no backlight unit in the back of the screen. You will notice that AMOLED panels are less bright than their LCD counterparts. LCD displays will give you brighter screen in general.
  • Screen burn: Individual pixel can die in AMOLED panels if they are dropped to the ground. Causing a specific area of the screen of malfunction. While on the other hand, LCD displays are not prone to this problem, as they got backlight system and reinforced chassis.
  • Expensive: There’s a valid reason that why all the manufacturers are not equipping AMOLED panels to their devices. Even after so many years, AMOLED panels are quite expensive compared with regular LCD technology.




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