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Demystified: Types of smartphone LED displays and which one is the best for you

LED display is the latest advancement in touchscreen display technology. Here we demystify them so that your choice becomes easier.

LED displays quickly captured the market that was once dominated by LCD-IPS panels. Apart from rectifying the cons of LCD screens, they had their own benefits. They produce way sharper images without consuming much power. This made them the first choice of people for whom battery life is a priority. Moreover, their thin design gave way to the manufacturing of slimmer smartphones. There are different kinds of LED displays. Here we will unveil the pros and cons of each of them for you to decide, which one is the best for you.


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Organic Light Emitting Diode, commonly known as OLED, is today one of the most commonly used displays in smartphones. OLED is based on a technology in which a film of organic material is squeezed between two conducting layers. One works as an anode and the other as a cathode. These layers are placed between two glass plates, one is called a seal and the other a substrate. When you supply the electric pulse, is the two conducting layers, electro-luminescent light is created straight away from the organic material placed between. The intensity and hues can change based on the electric pulse.

Google Pixel 5 with OLED display
Google Pixel 5 with OLED display


AMOLED stands for Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode and is the latest iteration of OLED technology that is employed in smartphones. The unique nature of this screen is that it can turn off the pixels whenever it must deliver black colour. As a result, you get the “true black”. This technology has an advantage over other displays as it allows us to save power. You get outstanding color vibrancy and higher brightness in comparison to LCD panels. As a bonus, it is light in weight and supports long battery life. However, AMOLED displays have one disadvantage that they render oversaturated colours, at times.

Vivo V20 with AMOLED display
Vivo V20 with AMOLED display


Super AMOLED displays originate from a technology that is exclusively owned by Samsung electronics. The company offers licenses to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to use this technology while manufacturing the displays of their smartphones. AMOLED displays are enhancements to capacitive touchscreens. Instead of using the touch-sensitive sensors as a separate sheet, Super AMOLED displays employ them on the display itself. As a result, the width significantly reduces making them the thinnest display available in the market.

SAMSUNG GALAXY S21 with Super AMOLED display
SAMSUNG GALAXY S21 with Super AMOLED display

Which LED display is best for you?

According to most of the experts, Super AMOLED displays, are currently the world’s best smartphone displays you can get. Super AMOLED screen rectifies the drawbacks that you get in both OLED and AMOLED displays. Super AMOLED combines touch-sensors and the actual screen into a single layer that supports for slim design of smartphones. They consume much less power and render faster and more vivid motion responses as compared to other display technologies. However, when you decide to go for a Super AMOLED display, it restricts your choices as not all brands offer this screen.

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