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AMOLED vs IPS LCD display: What’s the difference in screen quality?

AMOLED vs IPS LCD display: What's the difference in screen quality?

Which offers better quality display among AMOLED and IPS LCD screens?

Screen quality is only one of the choices that people need to consider when buying a smartphone. Be it AMOLED (or Super AMOLED) or IPS LCD display, there are some who are not aware of their differences.

So, we ManilaShaker will share the basic pros, cons, and differences between the two display technology. If you have any suggestions or questions, just comment below!

How does IPS LCD work?

IPS (in-plane switching) LCD (liquid crystal display) provides better viewing angles and consumes less power compared to the other type of LCD screen, the TFT LCD. Color replication and sharpness also is better than that of TFTs. Aside from that, the IPS LCD provides better display when used in sunlight.

However, it is said that IPS LCD has a lack of contrast. In which blacks tend to appear greyish. Devices with IPS appear thicker than those who don’t sport it. On the bright side, the device with IPS has lower power consumption since the colors on the screen doesn’t affect its power.

Are AMOLED screens better than IPS LCD?

AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) also provide better viewing angles like the IPS. Yet, AMOLED displays offer more deep blacks and vibrant colors. Some say that AMOLED screens offer efficient battery life as well, but only when darker colors are shown. But that usually depends on how users utilize their smartphone’s battery life.

Not only that it provides better darks and colors than IPS, but AMOLED screens also have faster refresh rate. The downside is that IPS offers better whites than AMOLED screens since the whites in AMOLED tend to be yellowy in some cases. It also doesn’t utilize backlight so it isn’t that good when used in sunlight.


Nonetheless, as there are pros and cons of AMOLED and IPS LCD screens, there are likes and dislikes. Choosing the right screen will always depend on what the users think is the most convenient and quality choice for them.

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