LCD, LED or AMOLED!! What is the difference

When we buy a mobile phone, one of the most basic features that we look is the screen of the mobile. As the mobile market is growing, companies are coming up with different technologies to make their device stand out and screens are one such component. And most often than not, they end up giving some fancy names to their displays which adds to the consumer’s confusion. For our viewers, here we have tried to simplify the task of gaining the knowledge of various types of screens. So whenever you go to buy a mobile next time, you may not get stuck in which type of screen the mobile has.Basically, there are two types of touchscreen displays one is Capacitive and other is Resistive. CAPACITIVE touch screens work after they sense the human properties. RESISTIVE touch screens respond when a direct pressure is applied by the user.

Below are some display technologies that you are probably going to find in most of the devices :

TFT LCD (TFT stands for Thin Film Transistor technology):

You will most probably find them on budget phones because they come at lower price and offer a decent display. But they do not provide better viewing angles and consume more power.

IPS-LCD (IPS stands for In-Place Switching):

They are comparably better than TFT screens and do provide better viewing angles and better display. They even consume less power. Moto G4 Plus is the one device that comes with a Full HD IPS display.

OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode):

OLED is a LED technology in which an organic layer is used to emit light in response to electric current. As it does not require backlight it can display black levels better and is thinner than LCDs.

AMOLED (Active-Matrix OLED):

It is a hybrid OLED technology, but with an Active-Matrix backplane of TFTs which controls every individual pixel, thus they have a faster pixel switching response time and are more precise.


It is another AMOLED technology which is marketed by Samsung. The only difference is that it incorporates capacitive screen into the display rather than being a separate layer on the top.


You might have seen this display on OnePlus devices. Well in simple terms this display is a variant of Super AMOLED with custom adjustments to provide a more vibrant display.

Well at the end of the day choice offered to the consumers is limited as they are going to get a particular display technology in a certain price range. Most of the times it is up to the companies as to which display they have to use. But if you get any chance to choose between devices based on their displays, then if you have read this I’m sure you will make the right choice.