There are many display types used in smart-phones: OLED, OEM, Soft OLED, TFT and a few others. One of the most frequently found on mid-to-high range phones now is TFT-LCD. But what do these all mean?
LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. LCD consists of a liquid crystal display that is illuminated by a full backlight. The backlight shines on the liquid and this process forms images on the screen of the phone. These displays are a popular choice in mid-range smartphones as they are easy to create and don’t cost an arm and a leg. Because they are based on a single backlight, there are very durable and reliable.
LCDs also tend to perform quite well in direct sunlight, as the entire display is illuminated from behind, but does suffer from potentially less accurate color representation than displays that don’t require a backlight.
TFT stands for Thin Film Transistor, an advanced version of LCD that uses an active matrix. Active matrix means that each pixel is attached to a transistor and capacitor individually.
The main advantage of TFT is its relatively low production cost and increased contrast when compared to traditional LCDs.
OLED stands for Organic-Light-Emitting-Diode. An OLED display consists thin sheets of electroluminescent material, the main benefit of which is they produce their own light, that means that they do not require a backlight like traditional LCDs do, which in turn cuts down on energy requirements. This means that a phone with an OLED display is going to last more than an LCD on the same amount of battery. OLED is a display technology that’s characterized by the use of light-emitting organic material. As the OLED display produces its own light and doesn’t rely on a backlight, it produces a dynamic and clear image with vibrant colors. All the colors on an OLED are easily distinguishable as they are sharper than other types of displays.Because the light is individual in every part of the screen, the viewing angles are better than that of a TFT display. When you use an OLED screen in bright sunlight, the display itself might not be as bright as a TFT under sunlight, but the image is going to be sharper and clearer as compared to TFT under sunlight. To conclude, if you put a TFT and an OLED under direct sunlight, the display on TFT will be brighter but it won’t be sharp and clear and the viewing angle will suffer. Whereas, if you put an OLED under direct unlight, the image won’tbe overly bright but it will be clearer, sharper and you can easily view it from different angles.
Hard OLED and Soft OLED:
The OLED displays come in two types, i.e., hard and soft. The hard displays are rigid and vulnerable to cracks and pores. They are easy to break and damage. Most of the aftermarket OLED displays are hard OLEDs. The advantage of hard OLEDs is that they are cheaper to manufacture and supply, and that is why the replacement costs are cheaper than that of soft OLEDs. The soft OLEDs are a bit flexible so they are not easily damaged or cracked. If you drop a soft and a hard OLED from the same height, there is a big chance that the if the hard OLED gets damaged, the soft OLED might survive. Apple started sending soft OLEDs with their Iphone X and they are one of the most popular apple’sdisplays to date. The soft OLEDs perform same as a normal OLED, the only difference is that they are not as rigid and they are more flexible. The soft OLEDare made out of thin plastic material and they fit perfectly in an Iphone X or any Iphone onwards’ housing, as compared to other aftermarket screens.
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer and it indicates that the parts for OEM panels are original. OEMs are of highest quality and getting an OEM means that if you get an OEM, you can hardly tell the difference between OEM and your original screen.
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