Mobile Display Technologies and Differences

The technology for mobile phones is getting better and better as the days go by, and as it happens, the advertisements for mobile phones keep getting more harder to keep up with. As the technological features get better and better, it can be challenging to understand what each technology brings to the table. With these new technological steps, mobile display technologies also take their share.

These days when we want to phone, we keep seeing and hearing stuff like ‘’LCD, OLED, AMOLED, IPS’’ but do we actually know what they are? In this article, we will explain a couple of mobile display technologies.

What Does Display Technology mean?

The display is a technology that projects texts and images and such for computers, televisions, monitors and mobile phones. Thanks to display technologies we are able to watch TV shows, play video games, make phone calls and even read electronic books. There are a couple of different display technologies and they are also being used in mobile phones. With different mobile display technologies, users can prefer their own choice after calculating the pros and cons of each.

What Kind of Mobile Display Technologies are out there?

There are a lot of different mobile display technologies being used in different mobile phones. Even though not all of them are perfect, the ones that are lesser good than the better ones are usually cheaper. Thanks to these factors mobile phone users can choose from a lot of different types of display technologies depending on their budgets, options and expectations.

Though even if there are different names for mobile display technologies, they are mostly variations of LCD and AMOLED. For example, OLED is a sub-category of AMOLED. Because the manufacturers choose to use flashy names for their advertisements, it can be hard to understand what kind of mobile display technologies they are using on their phones.

AMOLED Display Technology

An AMOLED display consists of an active matrix of OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) pixels generating light with the help of TFT (Thin-Film Transistor) which works as a series of switches to create texts and images.

Compared to other mobile phone display technologies, AMOLED displays requires less energy which is a critical factor for portable electronics such as phones. AMOLED displays also have lesser than a millisecond delay which makes them superior compared to some other display technologies, and lastly, with a higher refresh rate than some display technologies, AMOLED displays are very common among mobile phone display technologies.

There are some variants like Super AMOLED. Super AMOLED displays reflect less sunlight and with touch detection being integrated with the display itself, is a much better technology compared to normal AMOLED displays.

LCD Display Technology

LCD (Liquid-Crystal Display) is another display type that is used in mobile phones and televisions. LCD is a display that is lit by a backlight while the pixels are switched on and off while using liquid crystals to rotate polarized light.

LCD displays nowadays aren’t being used since compared to OLED displays, LCD displays require a backlight which isn’t very practical for mobile phones. A display requiring a backlight is a bad thing because when the screen is dark and the display needs to light only one small area, the displays that use a backlight needs to light the whole panel which results in light leakage on the front of the panel.

OLED Display vs LCD Display

OLED displays require only one glass or plastic panel while LCD panels use two panels, but even though LCD displays use a backlight, it is still an option since the price of OLED displays are usually more expensive and can suffer from burn-in. The newer phones usually use mobile phone display technologies like OLED, AMOLED, and IPS more compared to LCD displays.

Which Mobile Display Technologies do you prefer?

All of the mobile display versions have their own advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the best one is up to you, but the important thing here is to decide the best up-to-date technology display. Which mobile display do you want to use on your phone? Do you love OLED, LED, or AMOLED? Please share your thoughts with us.

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