You might have heard about AMOLED displays, Super AMOLED displays, and you might have asked yourself, what is even AMOLED?? Don’t worry, we’re here to help you out. We will tell you everything that you need to know about AMOLED displays.
AMOLED stands for Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diodes. These are very popular displays for many devices that have a screen. Devices like TVs, Laptops, Desktops Displays, Touch screens, infotainment systems in vehicles, and digital dashboards on modern vehicles and gaming devices. It uses an “Active-matrix” of LED light instead of a “Passive matrix” to display different colors, that’s why they are very good at displaying deep and contrast colors. They are very bright, which makes it easy for users to see them in direct sunlight as well.
AMOLED and OLED.
AMOLED is just a type of OLED display that uses a thin-film display technology and uses pixel-by-pixel illumination technology to display things on the screen.
What if I ask you which was the first company to use AMOLED Displays, your answer will be Samsung and their super AMOLED displays, right?? Well, Samsung advertises their displays as Super AMOLED Displays and says that they are the best, which they are. They first used Super AMOLED displays in their Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Nexus in 2012 and we think that they were the first company to ever use AMOLED technology.
The first phone with Amoled Display
What if I tell you that there is another well-known company that used the AMOLED Technology in their phone, way before Samsung used it. That’s right, and that Company was Nokia. Nokia was the first company to ever used the AMOLED display in their Phone, which was Nokia N85, launched in December 2008. The Nokia N85 used a 240 x 360 pixels AMOLED display running on Symbian OS and a 5MP back camera with Autofocus. But we didn’t know that, because Samsung Advertised their Super AMOLED displays are the best.
Different kinds of displays
So now, let’s get to the main topic. What are AMOLED Displays? Well before we get to know about AMOLED, we need to know about LCD, LED, TFT, and IPS displays. Well don’t get confused, I am still here.
The LCD and LED display use LEDs to simply eliminate the back of the LCD and displays different colors, and make the LEDs dim where they want to display black color on the screen and control what is being displayed on the main screen.
On the other hand, OLED displays use semiconductor material with LEDs to display different colors and different brightness on the screen with the use of an LCD panel. The Pixels can be dimmed, or completely turned off to display a deep black color, resulting in a very sharp image, with great colors and great contrast in the image quality as compared to conventional LCD and LED Displays.
The AMOLED Displays uses a TFT (Thin Film Transistor) layer with OLED displays making it possible to use in bigger displays like TVs, Desktop displays, laptop displays, and Smartphones. This TFT layer provides greater control over the color and the sharpness of the colors that are displayed by OLED displays. This TFT makes the image sharper by introducing a Transistor at each pixel and provides an enhanced “Active Matrix” for controlling light better. This use of TFT makes the word “AMOLED” by using the word “AM” before “OLED”.
Advantages of AMOLED displays.
Now we know, what are AMOLED displays. So, let’s talk about the advantages of using an AMOLED display.
- AMOLED displays have better quality and sharper images as compared to other Display technologies.
- They have better viewing angles. Viewing angles plays an important part in the quality of the image.
- They have better contrast than other displays. They can display black color better than other displays and are good for displaying dark images.
- They are not power-hungry and don’t use much of the battery. They are power efficient.
- They are thinner and have less weight, as compared to other displays, making the devices thinner and reduce the weight of the devices.
- They have a lesser response rate as compared to other displays. Response rate means how much time a request takes to be completed.
- They have a Higher refresh rate as compared to other displays that use a passive matrix technology.
- They emit less heat because they are more power-efficient than other displays.
- They are very bright that makes them easy to view and use in direct sunlight.
- They are very popular in displaying deep colors.
- Due to the thinness of AMOLED Displays, you can get an In-Display fingerprint scanner in phones that use AMOLED displays.
Disadvantages of AMOLED displays.
Despite having better quality images, colors, viewing angles, power-efficient, brightness. The AMOLED displays, like everything, have disadvantages. Some of them are:
- They are very expensive to develop, that’s why devices that use AMOLED displays are very expensive, cheap devices that use AMOLED displays, have some major downgrades than other devices at the same price.
- AMOLED displays have shorter lifespans as compared to other displays. The reason behind this is that AMOLED display uses organic compounds which are believed to lose light after some time. Many companies are trying to overcome this problem by using different methods.
- Another disadvantage of Amoled displays is that they use the pixel-by-pixel illumination method which means that some pixels may get used more than others which results in the pixel getting dim, and eventually, that pixel stops working.
- If you break your AMOLED display phone, you have to spend more money to repair it as compared to other displays, and they are a little difficult to find as well.
Phones that use Amoled Displays.
When the AMOLED displays were launched, they were very expensive and only used in flagship phones which are priced at thousands of dollars, at that time. It was first used in Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Nexus, and Nokia N85, which were all Flagship and premium phones. And after many years, AMOLED displays are still being used in Flagship and Upper mid-range phones.
But now, some companies have started developing their AMOLED Displays and begin launching Phones with AMOLED displays in Mid-range as well.
So here are Top 5 cheap phones that use AMOLED displays.
Although Vivo S1 is an old phone, it is still the cheapest phone in the mid-range. It has a 6.38 inches display with a 1080 x 2340 pixels Super AMOLED display and had an In-Display fingerprint scanner. It came with 4GB Ram and 128 GB internal memory. It has a 16mp triple camera on the back and a 32mp camera on the front. It runs on Android 9.
It was priced at 36k when it was released but if you want to buy it now, you can get it for under 27k used which is a steal.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Next phone is Xiaomi Redmi Note 10. It is the cheapest phone that is released in 2021 with a 6.44 inches display, with a 1080 x 2400 pixels Amoled Display. It doesn’t have an in-display fingerprint scanner instead it has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It also has a 4GB Ram and 128GB of internal memory. It has Snapdragon 678 processor and runs on Android 11.
The price of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 is 32k.
Vivo Y51 is Another Phone of Vivo that has an AMOLED Display. It had a 1080 x 2340 pixels Super AMOLED display. Just like Vivo S1 and Redmi Note 10, has 4GB of Ram and 128GB of internal memory. It has a 48mp quad Camera on the back and a 16mp camera on the front. It runs on Android 10.
The Vivo Y51 is priced at 33k pkr.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10s
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10s is another phone from Xiaomi that was released in 2021 and offers an Amoled display. It has a 6.43 inches, 1080 x 2400 pixels AMOLED display. It has a 6GB Ram and 128GB of internal memory with a UFS 2.2. it has a 16mp camera on the front and a 64mp camera on the back.
The price of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10s is 38k pkr
The Realme 8 is another phone that is released in 2021 and offers a Super AMOLED display. It has a 6.4 inches, 1080 x 2400 pixels super AMOLED display with an Always-On-Display feature. It has 8GB Ram and 128GB of internal storage. It has a 64mp quad camera on the back with Gyro-EIS and a 16mp camera on the front. It has a MediaTek Helio G95 processor.
The Realme 8 is priced at 40k pkr.
AMOLED technology is the latest and advanced technology of OLED displays and has many advantages over ordinary LCD LED displays, like it has sharper image, color, more viewing angle, and is more energy-efficient than LCD LED displays. There are very expensive to manufacture so they were only used in high-end flagship phones, but as time passed, more companies started developing them and begin launching them at Mid-range prices. Some cheapest devices that used AMOLED displays are listed above.