Defining AMOLED in Display Technology

Your TV and mobile device displays probably contain these technologies

Galaxy S7 edge (left) and Galaxy S6 edge (right) feature an OLED display.

AMOLED is the abbreviation for Active-Matrix OLED, a type of display that is found in TVs and mobile devices, like the Galaxy S7 and Google Pixel XL. AMOLED displays actually pair part of a traditional TFT display with an OLED display. This allows them to offer faster response times than regular OLED displays, which can be prone to ghosting when displaying fast-moving images. AMOLED displays also offer greater power savings than traditional OLED displays.

Like traditional OLED displays, though, AMOLED displays may have a more limited lifetime, because of the organic materials used to make them. Also, when viewed in direct sunlight, the images on an AMOLED display are not as bright as what you'd see on an LCD.

However, with a rapid advancement in AMOLED panels, more and more vendors have started equipping their products with an AMOLED display. A prime example is Google and Samsung; Samsung has been using AMOLED display technology in its smartphones for a few years now, and now Google has jumped ship and equipped its first ever smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, with AMOLED screens as well.

Super AMOLED (S-AMOLED) is an advanced display technology that builds upon the success of AMOLED. It has a 20 percent brighter screen, uses 20 percent less power and sunlight reflection is negligible (it offers 80 percent lower sunlight reflection than AMOLED.) This technology combines touch-sensors and the actual screen into a single layer.

Also Known As

Active-Matrix OLED