Get the best out of your phone display

Get the best out of your phone display

There are two predominant technologies while coming to smartphone screens. They are the traditional LCD panel and the AMOLED display. Mostly, mobiles still use LCD screens as the tech is more cost-effective due to its longstanding reign as the primary display type in smartphones, tablets, and TVs.

AMOLED screens are starting to take over as the technology matures and becomes cheaper and more reliable in recent years. The AMOLED display’s advantage is that each pixel emits its own light. That means a separate backlight isn’t required. When compared to LCD displays,  AMOLED screens are more energy-efficient. It also offers higher contrast levels and deeper blacks. It’s more susceptible to screen burn-in.

Most of the manufacturers concentrate on display resolution to advertise their product, not on display make like AMOLED or LCD. Recently, Apple rumored to be making the switch from LCD to AMOLED in its iPhone 8. There will surely be some confusion on this front. I’ll show you how to find out if you are curious as to which display technology your smartphone uses.

Method 1: See for Yourself

You can use to determine whether your mobile has an AMOLED or LCD screen is incredibly simple. The pixels in AMOLED screens emit their own light as I mentioned earlier. This means that black portions of the screen are areas where the pixels simply aren’t lit up. Moreover, an all-black image displayed on an AMOLED screen shouldn’t emit any light at all.

Start by downloading the all-black AMOLED test to try this method. Once you have saved the picture to your device, open it in a full-screen image viewer with the navigation bar and status bar hidden. Use any of the apps in this list if you don’t have a full screen image viewer.

Download the AMOLED test image

AMOLED test image                                                 AMOLED test image 1

A black image doesn’t emit any light displayed on an AMOLED screen. Turn your mobile’s brightness all the way up. Then take the device into a dark room. If you see any light emanating from the mobile then your device has an LCD screen. Or else, if your screen is completely dark while displaying the test image at full brightness, you have got an AMOLED screen.

Method 2: Check the Spec Sheet


This is a bit more precise as well as quite fun. Simply search for your mobile model in GSMArena. Once you have at your mobile’s spec page, look for the keywords “AMOLED” or “LCD” under the Display category.

Now, if You Have an AMOLED


There are also some cool features that enables on AMOLED-equipped mobiles, and even more ways to save battery power throughout the day.

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