AMOLED and IPS displays are common in smartphones but which one is better among them and why? That's what you can read here.

AMOLED vs IPS Display: Which is better and why?

AMOLED and IPS displays are common in smartphones but which one is better among them and why? That’s what you can read here.

One of the main components of a smartphone is the display and obviously, we spent a lot of time staring at it. So, this should be one of the major points to keep in mind when you’re thinking about buying a new smartphone. Most of the smartphones these days are equipped either with AMOLED or IPS LCD display. If you’re confused between the two then here are the advantages and disadvantages of both displays which will definitely help you with it.

It’s obvious that AMOLED is better compared to IPS LCD and that’s the reason why every flagship is having it at this time. However, there are some disadvantages for these displays which can make IPS LCD panel way better choice for you. So, read on to know more.

AMOLED vs IPS: Advantages and Disadvantages:

There are some advantages and disadvantages for both kinds of displays and it’s you who have to decide which suits you.

Let’s start with AMOLED panels.It’s really popular in flagship smartphones and many mid-range smartphones are coming with this panel.

Advantages of AMOLED Displays:

#1 Contrast: AMOLED displays got great contrast ratio.of 1000000:1. The blacks are deep because the pixels turns off to to show black. There is no backlit which means there is no extra light coming from black areas, such as in IPS LCDs.

#2 Flexible: These are flexible and that’s the reason we got smartphones with curved displays. Or maybe super curved displays like in Mi Mix Alpha. It’s not possible in IPS LCDs because they are not flexible.

This is one of the reasons why smartphone brands can have smaller chin and bezels now, unlike in the past. And this is the reason why Apple was not able to make the bezels of iPhone XR and 11 smaller, as they have IPS display.

#3 Viewing Angles: IPS panels have excellent viewing angle of 178-degrees but AMOLED panels can have an even better viewing angle. So, there will be almost zero shift in colours when you’re viewing a premium AMOLED display from different angles.

#4 Colour Reproduction: AMOLED panels support wider colour gamut compared to IPS panels and due to that, these can show much more colours compared to an IPS display.

AMOLED displays can also support HDR10+ contents. IPS panels support HDR10 and that too only on software level. Hence, you can experience way better colours in it.

#5 Response Time: These panels can have as good as 1ms response time compared to about 15ms response time of IPS displays. Hence, you’ll see things quicker in the screen. It will be really helpful while gaming and you’ll mainly find such displays in gaming smartphones.

Disadvantages of AMOLED Displays:

#1 Burn-In: AMOLED displays are known to have screen retention issue or say burn-ins. It usually happens when you’re using your phone at really high brightness and the contents on screen which remains at the same place (such as notification icons) will be retained in the display. It results in ghost-like image retained on the display at the same place, mostly permanent.

However, complaints about it have reduced drastically with upgrade in technology. It’s not that common as before, so you don’t need to worry about it a lot. Still, it will be best to not use your phone with AMOLED display for long duration at high brightness.

#2 Colour Degradation: AMOLED panels’ pixels are made with organic materials which degrades over time. Display manufacturers have been trying hard to slow it down as much as possible by using different patterns of pixels.

It’s a common issue for AMOLED panels but usually happens after some years of usage, so you’re less likely to face it.

#3 Cost: These are expensive to manufacture and that is the reason why it is mainly used in flagship phones. Also, if you accidentally break your phone’s display then you’re going to pay pretty good amount of money to get it fixed.

#4 Dimming: For low brightness, AMOLED displays turns ON and off display rapidly which is usually not noticed by people. However, some people can notice this and they face issues like strain in eyes and headaches

Smartphone companies are bringing changes to it, such that this issue can be rectified and it’s fine for most of such people now, though some people still face eye strain.

Advantages of IPS LCD Displays:

#1 Colours: The Colour Accuracy on IPS panels are usually excellent. It makes the viewing experience great. AMOLED panels can have better colour accuracy and even the iPhone 11 Pro series have the best colour accurate display right now, however, it is not common for smartphones having AMOLED panel to have great colour accuracy.

#2 Lasts Longer: IPS panels just last longer. The pixels don’t degrade as quickly as AMOLED panels and that makes the display to have same colour reproduction over time. Also, there is no problem like burn-ins, so you can use your phone at high brightness without worrying about it.

#3 Cost: These are cheaper compared to AMOLED and that’s the main reason why majority of mid-range smartphones comes with an IPS panel. Also, just in case you broke the screen of your phone, it wouldn’t cost as much as an AMOLED display.

#4 Touch Response: IPS panels usually have better touch response when compared to AMOLED panels. However, keep in mind that most smartphone brands don’t care about it unless the phone is gaming centric. So, if you really care about touch response time then either iPhone or any gaming smartphone like ASUS ROG Phone 2 will be a good choice for you.

#5 Sharpness: IPS panels are usually sharper than AMOLEDs. It is because the AMOLED panels use pentile matrix pattern for the sub-pixels which results 8 sub-pixels per pixel compared to 12 sub-pixel per pixel in AMOLED. Hence, the display of same pixel-per-inch gonna be sharper if that’s IPS.

Disadvantages of IPS Displays:

#1 Contrast: It’s not as good as the AMOLED panels. IPS panels have backlit instead of self-illuminating pixels. So, even when they show black, there is a slight hint of backlit there. It results in not as good as experience as on AMOLED.

#2 Flexibility: These are not as flexible as the AMOLED panels. Hence, curved displays are not possible in smartphones having IPS panel. Also, the bezels and chin cannot be really small because the backlit need some space as well.

#3 Backlit Bleeding: There can be an issue of backlit bleeding in IPS panels. These days, smartphone brands are good enough to keep this issue as low as possible that the user cannot notice it.


It’s obvious that the AMOLED panel is better but at the end, it’s personal preference which matters. So, it’s on you to choose between the two after reading the advantages and disadvantages of both panels. Hope this article was helpful to you.

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