Whenever we want to buy a smartphone, we differentiate phones on the basis of their RAM, processor, internal storage, camera & battery. But when it comes to screen size, we only say – this phone has 5″ inch display and the other has 5.5″. We usually don’t bother with the display type because generally, we don’t have much knowledge about them. So In this article, you will know about the basic differences between IPS LCD vs AMOLED display in the easiest way.


We all know about LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) as we are watching them from many years in our computer monitors and televisions. Smartphone manufacturers are using this LCD in phones with some advancement and provide TFT-LCD, IPS-LCD, SIPS-LCD, super-LCD, etc.

The most famous is IPS LCD (In-Plane Switching – LCD). This is better than any other LCDs. The colour production, viewing angles, contrast ratio, everything is good. In IPS-LCD Screen, the actual display is connected to the topmost layer of your smartphone’s screen (i.e digitizer). It provides zero-gap between the actual display and phone’s screen. But the disappointing thing in IPS-LCD is the black levels is not up to the mark. It appears greyish-black.

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LCD Technology uses a source of light on its back panel as a backlight to keep each and every pixel is in ON state and restricts it to provide pure black experience. Due to this backlight, IPS-LCD consumes more power (more battery drain).

ips lcd vs amoled

In AMOLED (Active-matrix organic – LED), small LEDs are attached with every pixel. So, when the phone is showing something on the right side of the screen, the pixels present on the left side remain in the de-active state. This helps AMOLED in producing pure black levels. The battery consumption is also very less as only the required number of pixels remains active at a time (Not the entire display as in IPS-LCD). The AMOLED screen has a good contrast ratio and so the dark part of an image or a video seems perfectly dark and bright part is enough bright.

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Pixels in AMOLED

So, it depends on you and your budget on which you are planning to buy a phone. A few years ago, we could only use this technology on high-end or flagship phones. But now there are lots of phones even in the budget below 20k which offers AMOLED display. So Choose your phone wisely.


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