Users unlock their phones about 110 times a day on an average. This primary method of interaction is of course, via its display. Over time, they’ve been getting bigger, and better. Display quality isn’t only about resolution, but a lot of other parameters under the hood. The most popular kinds of panels are AMOLED and LCD. User camps are divided amongst both, and in the end it really is a matter of your preference. Nevertheless, here are their differences.
Colour and brightness
AMOLED produces more brightness than LCD screens since it produces more light from the individual pixels. LCD screens produce more realistic tones but might not offer as wide of a contrast ratio as AMOLED screen.
Super AMOLED on left, Super LCD on right
LCD based screens consume more power than AMOLED screens. In such display, the backlight remains on. Thus to optimise battery, keep the brightness at its lowest level. The pixels on AMOLED produce all the light, while a black pixels is just off and uses less power.
AMOLED technology is superior for experiencing virtual reality. Rather than true blacks, grey-tinged black is produced in LCD screen for VR. For VR, actual black is vital.
As AMOLED screens tend to offer some significant advantages, manufactures are gearing to produce devices with AMOLED screen. AMOLED’s cost of production is higher, but is expected to reduce in the future. It may soon become the default choice for manufacturers, and already is for Samsung and its flagships.
Summing up – LCD display panels offer natural colours, higher brightness and better outdoor visibility. AMOLED displays are more energy efficient and give you better black.