AMOLED Explained

Samsung Galaxy S Super AMOLED

You’ve heard of AMOLED, but what does it mean and which one’s right for your phone?


AMOLED is basically an Active Matrix Light Emitting Diode….in English that translates into a screen that gives you a brighter, more vibrant and saturated colour than LCD panels.

Due to the way AMOLED screens work the blacks don’t emit any light making them rich and endless perfect for atmospheric movies and black heavy user interfaces.


It was first shown off on the Samsung Galaxy S but is still current on handsets such as the HTC One S. This technology is 20% better for outdoor viewing than standard AMOLED screens.


When a Super AMOLED screen resolution hits HD (720p) it becomes a HD Super AMOLED. These screens are perfect for viewing high-definition video and are available on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Final evolution of Super AMOLED is Super AMOLED Plus.

All the AMOLED use something called PenTile Technology, at a microscopic level each pixel on the screen is composed of a red, a green and a blue sub-pixel. Pixels on a PenTile display share their green sub-pixel, which means for every one green you have two red and blue but Non-PenTile Technology doesn’t share any pixels making for a sharper screen.

Super AMOLED Plus

Super AMOLED Plus means you have a Non PenTile display managing to give you a sharper panel with the same pixel count. It is found on devices like the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the Samsung Galaxy TAB 7.7.

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