Samsung Galaxy S5

It’s no secret that Samsung tends to prefer AMOLED displays over TFT LCD, particularly on its higher-end smartphones and, more recently, on select high-end tablets. Outside of Samsung, we’ve seen other manufacturers turn to the technology as well, including Motorola with the Moto X.

The biggest advantage to AMOLED is that it provides more vibrant colors and blacker blacks, though the actual differences between the two technologies are a bit more complicated than that. Probably one of the biggest disadvantages is that AMOLED displays tend to be more expensive than LCD, simply because of production challenges that have kept AMOLED yields low.


Right now manufacturing prices of AMOLED displays are 10-20% more than comparable LCD panels, but the good news for AMOLED fans is that this situation may soon change. As production yields improve, NPD DisplaySearch claims that the costs of AMOLED displays could fall below than of LCD mobile phone displays within as little as two years.

[quote qtext=”Until recently there have been few breakthroughs in the production of AMOLED displays, and the OLED industry seemed to be facing hard times. If AMOLED costs fall below LCDs, as expected, it would lead to more opportunities for the OLED display industry, greater competition with LCD, and more choices for consumers. ” qperson=”Jimmy Kim” qsource=”DisplaySearch” qposition=”center”]

So what does this mean for the industry, and for consumers? As DisplaySearch puts it, for the OLED industry it means they will be able to better compete with LCD. Meanwhile the lowering of AMOLED costs could led more manufacturers to offer devices equipped with this alternative display technology, giving consumers even more options.

What do you think, do you prefer AMOLED technology or would you rather stick to devices packing TFT LCD screens?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • Vuyo Ncube

    As a consumer, I say the end justifies the means. No point nitpicking on display tech if it doesn’t produce results

  • hhh

    RGB Amoled are fine but Pentile Super Amoled like Samsung are suck.

    • xoj_21

      RGB gets yellow faster due the blue leds having short life.

  • Luka Mlinar

    I prefer LCD. AMOLED is overly saturated. At least with Samsung’s devices.

    • _X_

      Not the new S5. It has the most accurate colours. I use my phone in cinema mode…thats the nice thing about Samsung…they give options.

      Saturation is an old con for AMOLED…not true for newer models!

      • hhh

        Look again the over saturated are still there.

        • Luka Mlinar

          Got to agree wit this comment. I don’t know what S5 you have been looking at but the one i seen has the same problem.

          • Thorudk

            In Cinema Mode???

      • bakakun028

        The “cinema mode” isn’t a panacea to the saturation woes. Agreed, it does bring down the saturation to a more sane level but still far from ideal.

    • MasterMuffin

      AMOLED could be made accurate, but Samsung just doesn’t care/overly saturated colors look better for many people. S5’s cinema mode doe

  • Lorre

    I love Amoled panels, it makes color’s really pop. I have always preferred Amoled over LCD.

  • diversion

    I love amoled im waiting to purchase the tab s when it’s available

  • Patrick Smithopolis

    I prefer amoled displays. My Nexus 5 screen appeared to be washed out for a long time because I was use to the S4 screen.

    • ash

      Yes because s4 over saturate colors, and that is the reason you feel nexus 5 washed out. In real that is the real colour. IPS LCD uses most natural colours

      • xoj_21

        but blacks and contrats are horrible rather use PLS or SPVA screens

    • shs

      I too prefer Amoled displays though they are saturated but the vibrant colours and deeper blacks look way better and beautiful than the natural colours of LCDs and TFTs. Now in samsungs super amoleds we can set different levels of saturation for those who don’t like oversaturation. Only disadvantage of amoled is that they get burn in after a period but it depends on usage.So, for me Super Amoled > lcd, ScLcd, Ips Lcd and Tft

  • Ruz

    Then why dont we get to see OLED TV prices at par if not less? Why are they costing more than 10times presently?

  • wezi427

    I’m sure that’s what the author is saying, but I hope the manufactures actually reduce price for us.

  • Daniel Collins

    I personally prefer LCD, I can’t stand burn-in! Plus, LCD uses less energy overall.

  • rocker

    I still love S-LCD on my HTC phone

  • namesib

    AMOLED >>>>>>>>>

  • The-Sailor-Man

    This “natural colour”BS was invented by menial media to defend Apple’s puny , and obsolete, washed out “retina”.
    Well. Samsung made them now natural colours mode, but ppl will NEVER use it(or very, very seldom). They like great pictures.
    Time to think for something else, iboys.
    About the article: There will be ALWAYS newer tech AMOLED displays those two years, with high prices. So the title and the whole article is useless crap.

  • Roberto Tomás

    I’m really not interested in AMOLED panels so much as I am in AMOLED thin-film displays like LG’s, or Samsung’s YOUM. These are based on cheap plastics frames, and are made with OLED “inks” that rival inkjet printer ink costs .. yet for some reason, they went with marketing their flexibility and unbreakability, instead of marketing it as “cheap plastic displays”. Go figure.