OLED Vs AMOLED: Difference Between AMOLED and OLED

We have been spending more and more time on our screens – be it our laptop displays or smartphone screens. For those purely working on completing their presentations, the screen type won’t matter. But there are display connoisseurs who can recognize display types just by peeking at it. In a nutshell, there are AMOLED and LCDs that are widely used in television, computer, and phone screens, but the sub-category has grown quite a lot.

OLED Vs AMOLED

Some panels are reserved for smartphones while some for television and computer monitor (includes laptop) screens. Every panel has its own advantages and disadvantages, but what matters is the weight of the pros a display panel has. AMOLED panels are known to suffer from burn-in, whereas LCD panels are known for good contrast, which is changing. But, if you don’t see the difference between AMOLED and OLED, this article will clear up the confusion. So, let’s dive right in!

AMOLED

AMOLED, or Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode, works on the same value of OLED display. This display type is used on multiple machines due to its flexibility. The display is based on an active matrix system which has a thin film transistor or TFT, that is capable of controlling every flow of each pixel. The most significant advantage of AMOLED displays is its size; there isn’t any limitation. Moreover, it consumes less power as compared to other display technologies, which results in fewer battery consumptions.

OLED Vs AMOLED
AMOLED technology used in Samsung Galaxy Fold

AMOLED displays have two TFTs in which one starts and stops the charging of storage capacitors while the other enables the charging of these capacitors. Many consider opting for this display technology because it is light, thin, and quite flexible. That is why AMOLED is used in smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, game consoles, laptops, digicams, and even televisions. Samsung has been a pioneer in display technologies that the world had seen since its Samsung Galaxy Note 3 flagship phone back in 2013.

When it comes to the advantages of using an AMOLED panel, there are many! I already mentioned that it could be used in a display of any size. AMOLED displays have a much faster refresh rate. This display type is preferred by various industries to use in their applications. They also offer better viewing angles than, say, IPS LCD displays. AMOLED has cons too. The major flaw of using an AMOLED display is the possibility of a screen burn-in. Over time, the quality degrades faster, as compared to other display technologies. Lastly, AMOLED displays are exponentially priced as compared to IPS LCD.

OLED Vs AMOLED: Difference Between AMOLED and OLED
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Here’s an example: ASUS launched the Zenfone 6 with an IPS display. The phone cost around $500. The new Zenfone 7 has an AMOLED display, but it costs over $900. Yes, it has the latest processor, but that alone hasn’t increased its cost.

Now that you know a bit about AMOLED displays, let’s get to learn more about OLED displays.

OLED

Organic Light Emitting Diode, or more commonly known as OLED, is a display panel that emits light only when the current is passed through it. OLED displays are known to display a view that has vibrant and rich colors. That is why most manufacturers are using it on televisions and, more importantly, laptop screens (Dell XPS, 2019).

OLED Vs AMOLED: Difference Between AMOLED and OLED
LG OLED77W8PTA Signature 4K HDR OLED TV

OLED displays are much thinner and flexible than LEDs. The primary benefit of using this type of panel is its consumption process: it uses much less power while the dark colors are illuminated. Other advantages include a quick refresh rate, a superb screen viewing angle, fewer screen burn-ins, viewers can enjoy brighter whites and deeper whites – as compared to wash out black and white viewing experience. OLED displays are used in televisions, smartphones, computer monitor screens, transparent lighting, etc.

Nothing in this world is perfect, and that is also true of OLED displays. Its lifespan is short as compared to other display technologies. OLED displays are easily damaged by water. Moreover, they have some disparities in color balance.

How are AMOLED & OLED different from LCD Panels?

When it comes to display technologies, AMOLED, OLED, and LCD panels are on the top of everyone’s comparison list. AMOLED & OLED displays are known for their color options and great viewing angles that also bring out rich and vibrant looking images. Liquid Crystal Display, or LCD, consists of a matrix of liquid cells. They can become either opaque or change the color depending on the current of the electric field. This means, unlike OLED, LCD uses the entire background light to display the image. In a nutshell, OLED displays light up each pixel while LCD uses its background light.

OLED Vs AMOLED: Difference Between AMOLED and OLED
LCD display

OLED panels can switch on or off every pixel individually that helps them is displaying natural colors. LCD, on the other hand, uses a background light, as mentioned above. Background light a pixel panel block the white light behind them that creates colors. Thus, the colors are not entirely natural. Since each pixel in an OLED setting has its light, it is not as bright as compared to LCDs, which has background light provided by the lamps behind the display. On laptops, LCD displays have tremendous brightness when measured in nits, as compared to OLED displays.

Basic Difference Between AMOLED and OLED

AMOLED

OLED

AMOLED stands for Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode. OLED is an acronym of Organic Light Emitting Diode.
AMOLED displays are more flexible than OLED displays. OLED displays are less flexible than AMOLED displays.
AMOLED displays are more costly than OLED displays. OLED displays are less costly than AMOLED displays.
AMOLED devices consume less power than OLED devices. OLED devices consume more power than AMOLED devices.
AMOLED displays provide true color contrasts and are more vibrant. OLED displays are darker and dull compared to AMOLEDs.
AMOLED has no restriction on screen size at all. OLED supports large display technologies like TV but has a restriction on screen size.
In AMOLED, TFT(Thin-film transistor) is responsible for supplying power and charge the pixel. In OLED, TFT is only responsible for supplying power to the organic light-emitting diodes.

There’s also PMOLED

Another display working on the same principle as OLED, PMOLED, or Passive Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode is cheap and more comfortable to find as compared to LEDs. Its major flaw is its lifespan; they last for a short time as compared to LCDs. Moreover, this display technology cannot be adapted to screen size above 3 inches.

Which one is better?

The answer to this question lies entirely on you. If you want a display panel that will go on and on, then AMOLED & OLED aren’t for you. If you want an immersive and vibrant experience, AMOLED and OLED should be your last stop. This battle is never-ending unless you are crystal clear about your needs. Giving my two cents, I feel LCDs are a much better option for television screens since they last longer while AMOLED technology is better on phones as they are bound to be replaced after a few years.

No matter what choice you make, every display technology has its own flaws and advantages. What matters is which imperfections you can ignore and what advantages suit your needs. Once that is clear, you won’t have any more decisions to make.

Conclusion

These were the simple differences between AMOLED and OLED displays. There’s not much difference, but now you know what they are. Both the screen types perform admirably, be it on any machine. This doesn’t mean that LCD or IPS panels are far behind; they have their own advantage. When it comes to television screens, OLED is a new category that is manufactured only by LG, and other manufacturers adopt its technology.

When it comes to phones, AMOLED displays rule while OLED is apt for televisions. I use Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, and its Dynamic AMOLED display is unparalleled. I can’t say the same about OLED since I haven’t used it, but critics suggest it’s the next big thing for television and laptop screens.

What do you think about AMOLED or OLED? Does the difference matter to you? Tell us in the comments below.

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