AMOLED panels may soon be much more affordable

AMOLED panels may soon be much more affordable
At this point, the OLED vs LCD debate has become mostly a matter of personal preference for consumers, but for manufacturers the decision to go with LCD is still very much a matter of cost. Even Motorola, a company with a primary feature called "Active Display" that leveraged OLED tech switched to an LCD panel for it's newest Moto X Pure, likely in a cost-cutting measure. 

But, word has it that Samsung may be lowering the price of AMOLED panels soon, which could put the components more on par with the cost of LCD panels. Samsung will reportedly drop small and medium size AMOLED display prices by about 20% in 2016 after new production facilities are completed and partnerships with several Chinese manufacturers can increase overall availability of panels. Given that Samsung's AMOLED panels are currently about 30% more expensive than comparable LCD panels, this would put pricing much more on par. 

Consumers either do or don't like the saturated colors of OLED displays, but deeper blacks and potential battery savings are popular all around. So this could be trouble for LCD makers, especially if Samsung can successfully convince Apple to switch iPhones over to AMOLED displays

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31 Comments

1. FluffyBled unregistered

The fruit is listening :O!

11. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

pff apple invented this technology in 2017

18. FluffyBled unregistered

Made my night! Thumbs up!

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

theyll invent Retina FHDOLED which use organic LED to produce more natural color, deeper black, battery efficient, and some other bullcrap to make it like totally new technology

27. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Doesn't matter the price goes UP or DOWN. Apple will increase the end-price of the iPhone if they use AMOLED panel.

2. Tizo101

Posts: 541; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

this article was almost perfect but the author just had to drop the apple name at the end lol

8. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Probably because of the rumours that Apple may switch.

3. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

"Consumers either do or don't like the saturated colors of OLED displays" That's not a property of the technology, that's a choice of software calibration. Even the old S1 and S2 panels from respectively 5.5 and 4.5 years ago could be accurately calibrated towards the sRGB gamut using third party software. The technology does allow for a much wider gamut, but it's up to the software to use it or not.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Saturated colors will always sell more TVs if they are tune to realistic color the picture would look dull and therefore sell less TV.

4. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

You have to use AMOLED to see what you are missing. LCD is just crap. Have been an iphone and Note series user.

7. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I used both, from Samsung s3 to LG G3, its still matter of personal preference

12. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Though I prefer latest Amoled over any LCD, I admit that the Amoled of S3 is/was damn Crap..

28. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Well at the time it was pretty advanced

9. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Not "crap". Calling it crap is a very uneducated opinion. I'd say that LCD is more mature but OLED is a better display type.

10. dazed1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Google burn in and shadow detail..

29. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Yes, on LCD you don't have to worry about shadow detail at all as everything is grey and OLED from five years ago did have a burn in issue. Nice of you to look at ancient tech history, maybe next you can discuss how telephones should have buttons instead of a crank.

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Apple iwill include

6. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

When you go from an AMOLED screen to an LCD screen it makes the LCD screen look washed out. I prefer the colors of OLED screens.

13. brian81

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

For sure coz Apple is just waiting for to drop the price of amoled so they can get more profit again.

14. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

I hate AMOLED, it still couldn't correct those subtle greyscale hues

16. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

You are right, your LCD corrects it very well by displaying black as additional grey color.

15. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Wish could also be said for solid state drives.

17. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Once you go AMOLED,there's no going back,had to ditch my Redmi Note 2 after 3 months of usage for the very fact I couldn't stand the washed out looking LCD screen..

19. IOSANDROID

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

As Note 4 user i can say that it has a great display but it's not as people say that the colors in AMOLED are better i think they are worst, for me oversaturated colors are a no no, that's why i hated AMOLED before but since the Note 4 has a acurate display mode(basic) i gave it a try and is as good as any LCD panel but with better blacks, however i do have to say that iphones LCD display are very vibrant so i don't get what people say about LCDs washout colors, i guess they just had a bad experience with a low quality LCD, for me the Iphones have the best displays after the current galaxy line of smartphone, but if i go back a year ago to the galaxy s5, i'll take iphone LCD over AMOLED any day, at least when compared to samsung phones which are "the best AMOLED in the market", Note: i owned an iphone 5c before my Note 4.

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

i know u'll change your mind when apple release iPhone with AMOLED screen, lol

26. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Washed out mostly refers to: A) much lower contrast, which also makes colors look more dull B) large loss of contrast under angles, which makes the above worse. Same goes for the loss of visible contrast outdoors due to reflections.

23. contender

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 30, 2015

AMOLED panels are for the poor Retina , sapphire Display for the win

24. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm kind of confused here. How is it that you figure AMOLED panels, which are more expensive than LCD panels; are "for the poor"? That makes zero sense. And the type of the glass has nothing to do with the display. You could have an AMOLED display with Sapphire glass, or an LCD display with Gorilla Glass if you'd like. Wouldn't change display characteristics. I get that you're trolling, but at least makes sense.

25. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

you just demonstrated you have absolutely no idea whatsoever of the meaning of those words.

30. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Wow, you're the kind of idiot we at Apple would love as a customer, as our new iPhone 6S ticks all of your marketing check boxes. Could we interest you in one or do you maybe already own one?

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