Smartphones display: LCD, OLED or AMOLED

You are using the smartphones for a long time now but if the terms used for describing the smartphones’ screen are still not so clear to you then read this post. To make things simpler, here are the smartphones display terminology, the related numbers, and abbreviations. We will walk you through the major screen types and help you to pick the best one.

There are various types of display used in the smartphone display. The display can be either monochrome or color. We will be discussing the three display – OLED, LCD, and AMOLED. All these three have some advantages as well drawbacks. Let’s dive in it.

(OLED) Organic Light-emitting diode

This technology involves a carbon-based material placed in between two conductive sheets and with class plate’s encasings at the top and bottom. The OLED display consists of small dots of organic polymer which emit light when charged with electricity.

OLED displays are more advantageous over the LCDs. They need less power and are thinner, lighter, brighter, have wide viewing angles, contrast and response time for video and animation.


  • Bright and bold colors
  • Better definition than most LCD screens
  • Very thin
  • Lightweight
  • Great responsiveness
  • Less battery hungry in many cases than other screen types


  • Expensive
  • Age quickly and can lose color clarity for reds and blues

Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)

LCD display is of two types – resistive or capacitive. The resistive screen supports the touch from a stylus, finger, fingernail or any other hard object. Capacitive screens react to the touch of a bare finger. TFT LCD is considered better than both the resistive and capacitive. However, IPS LCD is the superior of all the LCD touchscreens.


  • Age very slowly
  • Retain color well over the years
  • Lower cost than OLED in most cases
  • More durable


  • Battery life tends not to be as good
  • Touch performance is less impressive
  • Can have a narrow viewing angle (the screen appears faded when looking at it from the side)
  • Not sharp in definition as OLED
  • Thicker and heavier

Active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED)

AMOLED and Super AMOLED technology is more expensive and is used only in high-end applications and offers a number of benefits. This type of display delivers bright and vivid colors and is well suited for portable electronics where battery power consumption is critical.


  • Lightweight
  • Excellent color reproduction and performance
  • Thin width
  • Great battery life
  • Wide viewing display


  • Expensive

So which smartphone screen should you choose?

This actually depends on your budget, needs, and preferences. IPS LCD and Super AMOLED cannot be compared. If you are on a strict budget then you should not go for OLED. If you are looking for an affordable smartphone then you can encounter an LCD screen as they provide the best compromise between value and performance. To end with, make a balanced choice according to your usage and budget.


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I am an Engineer turned Writer, Blogger, and Web Developer. A writer by day and reader by night, and is passionate about technology and Gadgets.

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