You hear the term “OLED” thrown around a lot these days, but what does it mean? Is OLED better than AMOLED or LCD? We’ll explain all of that and more below.
This post will compare three different types of screens: Amoled, Oled, and Lcd. Which is best for your phone? What are the benefits and drawbacks to each type of screen? These questions have been answered below in an easy-to-read format so you can make an informed decision when purchasing your next phone.
What Is OLED
This is short for Organic Light-Emitting Diode. An OLED panel is a self-lighting display which means that each little diode does both the lighting and pixel switching. The diode is made of organic compound matter, hence the name Organic light-emitting diodes. The benefit of this technology is that it allows for deeper blacks because there are no backlight pixels being shone through. As you turn the display off (turning the pixels black), there is no light shining through.
High Contrast Ratio – No Backlight – Blacker blacks
The downside with this technology is that it requires more power to light each diode, this means shorter battery life for mobile devices and even though early OLED panels were very energy inefficient, you can now find OLED panels on the market that are power efficient and high performance.
OLED downside: Expensive, Manufacturers have a hard time producing enough product to meet demand. This is why there is still a shortage of OLED TVs even though they’ve been around for years now.
What Is AMOLED
This abbreviation is a little less used but it stands for Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode. This technology has been around since the early 2000s and is used in small-scale applications such as watches to big scaled applications such as cell phones and computers screens.
AMOLED: The main downside with this technology, just like OLED, is that it requires backlighting. This means less contrast ratio than OLED and this also means that when the pixels are off (black), they emit no light at all.
AMOLED downside: Expensive to produce big TV panels because of low yield rate meaning something like 10% of screens produced are able to turn on and work properly.
What Is LCD
LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. With this type of technology, there is a glass panel with liquid crystals inside the entire glass structure. A backlight shines light through the display so even when the pixels are black they still allow some light to shine through them.
LCD Downside: Backlight emits more heat and can make your tv hot when viewing in a dark environment. Less contrast ratio than both OLED and Amoled.
So which technology is best for me?
OLED: If you want absolute black and you like watching movies in a dark room, I recommend OLED. This technology has been around for years and manufacturers have worked out how to produce these panels very efficiently now so there will not be shortages anymore. The biggest downside with this technology is that it requires power to light the pixels up even when they’re showing black (off). Although manufacturers are catching on that power consumption for 2018 models will take a big leap forward and hopefully, we’ll see more efficient OLED panels this year. Oled vs AMOLED right now in 2021, OLED is the winner in terms of black levels and power consumption.