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AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode, //) is a display device technology used in smartwatches, mobile devices, laptops, and televisions. OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) describes a specific type of thin-film-display technology in which organic compounds form the electroluminescent material, and active matrix refers to the technology behind the addressing of pixels.
Since 2008, AMOLED technology has been used in mobile phones, media players and digital cameras, and it has continued to make progress toward low-power, low-cost, high resolution and large size (for example, 88-inch and 8K resolution) applications.[neutrality is disputed]
An AMOLED display consists of an active matrix of OLED pixels generating light (luminescence) upon electrical activation that have been deposited or integrated onto a thin-film transistor (TFT) array, which functions as a series of switches to control the current flowing to each individual pixel.
Typically, this continuous current flow is controlled by at least two TFTs at each pixel (to trigger the luminescence), with one TFT to start and stop the charging of a storage capacitor and the second to provide a voltage source at the level needed to create a constant current to the pixel, thereby eliminating the need for the very high currents required for passive-matrix OLED operation.
TFT backplane technology is crucial in the fabrication of AMOLED displays. In AMOLEDs, the two primary TFT backplane technologies, polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) and amorphous silicon (a-Si), are currently used offering the potential for directly fabricating the active-matrix backplanes at low temperatures (below 150 °C) onto flexible plastic substrates for producing flexible AMOLED displays.
Manufacturers have developed in-cell touch panels, integrating the production of capacitive sensor arrays in the AMOLED module fabrication process. In-cell sensor AMOLED fabricators include AU Optronics and Samsung. Samsung has marketed its version of this technology as "Super AMOLED". Researchers at DuPont used computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to optimize coating processes for a new solution-coated AMOLED display technology that is competitive in cost and performance with existing chemical vapor deposition (CVD) technology. Using custom modeling and analytic approaches, Samsung has developed short and long-range film-thickness control and uniformity that is commercially viable at large glass sizes.
Comparison to other technologiesEdit
AMOLED displays provide higher refresh rates than passive-matrix,[not specific enough to verify] often reducing the response time to less than a millisecond, and they consume significantly less power. This advantage makes active-matrix OLEDs well-suited for portable electronics, where power consumption is critical to battery life.
The amount of power the display consumes varies significantly depending on the color and brightness shown. As an example, one commercial QVGA OLED display consumes 0.3 watts while showing white text on a black background, but more than 0.7 watts showing black text on a white background, while an LCD may consume only a constant 0.35 watts regardless of what is being shown on screen. Because the black pixels turn completely off, AMOLED also has contrast ratios that are significantly higher than LCD.
AMOLED displays may be difficult to view in direct sunlight compared with LCDs because of their reduced maximum brightness. Samsung's Super AMOLED technology addresses this issue by reducing the size of gaps between layers of the screen. Additionally, PenTile technology is often used for a higher resolution display while requiring fewer subpixels than needed otherwise, sometimes resulting in a display less sharp and more grainy than a non-PenTile display with the same resolution.
The organic materials used in AMOLED displays are very prone to degradation over a relatively short period of time, resulting in color shifts as one color fades faster than another, image persistence, or burn-in.
As of 2010, demand for AMOLED screens was high and, due to supply shortages of the Samsung-produced displays, certain models of HTC smartphones were changed to use next-generation LCD displays from the Samsung-Sony joint-venture SLCD in the future.
Flagship smartphones sold as of December 2011 used either Super AMOLED or IPS panel premium LCD. Super AMOLED displays, such as the one on the Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy S III have often been compared to IPS panel premium LCDs, found in the iPhone 4S, HTC One X, and Nexus 4. For example, according to ABI Research the AMOLED display found in the Motorola Moto X draws just 92 mA during bright conditions and 68 mA while dim. On the other hand, compared with the IPS, the yield rate of AMOLED is low; the cost is also higher.
"Super AMOLED" is a marketing term created by device manufacturers for an AMOLED display with an integrated digitizer: the layer that detects touch is integrated into the screen, rather than overlaid on top of it. The display technology itself is not improved. According to Samsung, Super AMOLED reflects one-fifth as much sunlight as the first generation AMOLED. Super AMOLED is part of the Pentile matrix family, sometimes abbreviated as SAMOLED. For the Samsung Galaxy S III, which reverted to Super AMOLED instead of the pixelation-free conventional RGB (non-PenTile) Super AMOLED Plus of its predecessor Samsung Galaxy S II, the S III's larger screen size encourages users to hold the phone further from their face to obscure the PenTile effect.
Super AMOLED AdvancedEdit
Super AMOLED Advanced is a term marketed by Motorola to describe a brighter display than Super AMOLED screens, but also a higher resolution — qHD or 960×540 for Super AMOLED Advanced than WVGA or 800×480 for Super AMOLED and 25% more energy efficient. Super AMOLED Advanced features PenTile, which sharpens subpixels in between pixels to make a higher resolution display, but by doing this, some picture quality is lost. This display type is used on the Motorola Droid RAZR and HTC One S.
Super AMOLED PlusEdit
Super AMOLED Plus, first introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Droid Charge smartphones, is a branding from Samsung where the PenTile RGBG pixel matrix (2 subpixels) used in Super AMOLED displays have been replaced with a traditional RGB RGB (3 subpixels) arrangement typically used in LCDs. This variant of AMOLED is brighter and therefore more energy-efficient than Super AMOLED displays and produces a sharper, less grainy image because of the increased number of subpixels. In comparison to AMOLED and Super AMOLED displays, they are even more energy-efficient and brighter. However, Samsung cited screen life and costs by not using Plus on the Galaxy S II's successor, the Samsung Galaxy S III.
HD Super AMOLEDEdit
HD Super AMOLED is branding from Samsung for an HD-resolution (above 1280×720) Super AMOLED display. The first device to use it was the Samsung Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S III both implement the HD Super AMOLED with a PenTile RGBG-matrix (2 subpixels/pixel), while the Galaxy Note II uses an RBG matrix (3 subpixels/pixel) but not in the standard 3 stripe arrangement.
HD Super AMOLED PlusEdit
Full HD Super AMOLEDEdit
As featured on the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, this display has a 1920×1080 resolution that is better known as 1080p. It has a color gamut of up to 97% of the Adobe RGB color space.
Quad HD Super AMOLEDEdit
Quad HD Super AMOLED technology was first used by AU Optronics in April 2014. After AU Optronics released their phone which used a Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, other companies such as Samsung released phones utilizing the technology such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Broadband LTE-A and Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7.
Future displays exhibited from 2011 to 2013 by Samsung have shown flexible, 3D, unbreakable, transparent Super AMOLED Plus displays using very high resolutions and in varying sizes for phones. These unreleased prototypes use a polymer as a substrate removing the need for glass cover, a metal backing, and touch matrix, combining them into one integrated layer.
Also planned for the future are 3D stereoscopic displays that use eye-tracking (via stereoscopic front-facing cameras) to provide full resolution 3D visuals.
Below is a mapping table of marketing terms versus resolutions and sub-pixel types. Note how the pixel density relates to choices of sub-pixel type.
|AMOLED||240×320||2.6||154||RGBG PenTile||Nokia N85|
|Super AMOLED||3.5||210||RGB S-Stripe||Nokia N8|
|4.0||184||Nokia 808 PureView|
|854×480||3.9||251||RGBG PenTile||Nokia N9|
|800×480||4.0||233||Samsung Galaxy S|
|960×540||4.3||256||RGB S-Stripe||Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini|
|1280×768||4.5||332||RGBG PenTile||Nokia Lumia 1020|
|Super AMOLED Plus||800×480||4.3 (4.27)||218||RGB stripe||Samsung Galaxy S II|
|Super AMOLED Advanced||960×540||4.3||256||RGBG PenTile||Motorola Droid RAZR|
|HD Super AMOLED||1280×800||5.3 (5.29)||285||Samsung Galaxy Note|
|1280×720||5.0||295||RGB S-Stripe||BlackBerry Z30|
Samsung Galaxy J7
Samsung Galaxy J5
Samsung Galaxy E5
Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
|4.7 (4.65)||316||RGBG PenTile||Samsung Galaxy Nexus|
|4.7 (4.65)||316||RGB S-Stripe||Moto X (1st generation)|
|4.8||306||RGBG PenTile||Samsung Galaxy S III|
|5.6 (5.55)||267||RGB S-Stripe||Samsung Galaxy Note II|
|5.6 (5.55)||267||Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo|
|HD Super AMOLED Plus||1280×800||7.7||197||RGB stripe||Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7|
|Full HD Super AMOLED||1920×1080||5.5||400||RGBG PenTile||Meizu MX5|
|5.0 (4.99)||441||Samsung Galaxy S4|
|5.0 (4.99)||441||OnePlus X|
|5.0 (4.99)||441||Google Pixel|
|5.2||423||Motorola Moto X (2nd gen)|
|5.1||432||Samsung Galaxy S5|
|5.7||388||Samsung Galaxy Note 3|
|Full HD+ Super AMOLED||2160×1080||6.0||402||Huawei Mate 10 Pro|
|6.01||401||Google Pixel 3|
|Super Retina HD||2436×1125||5.8 (5.85)||458||Apple iPhone X|
Apple iPhone Xs
|2688×1242||6.5 (6.46)||iPhone XS Max|
|WQHD Super AMOLED||2560×1440||5.1||577||Samsung Galaxy S6|
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S6 Active
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active
|5.2||564||Microsoft Lumia 950|
|5.2||565||Motorola Droid Turbo|
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Google Pixel XL
Alcatel Idol 4S
vodafone smart platinum 7(Alcatel Sol Prime)
Moto Z Force
ZTE Axon 7
|5.7||515||Samsung Galaxy Note 4|
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
|5.7||518||Microsoft Lumia 950 XL|
|2960×1440||5.8||571||Samsung Galaxy S8|
|6.2||529||Samsung Galaxy S8+|
|6.3||521||Samsung Galaxy Note 8|
|6.4||514||Samsung Galaxy Note 9|
|WQXGA Super AMOLED||2560×1600||8.4||359||RGBG PenTile||Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4|
|10.5||287||RGB S-Stripe||Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5|
|3K AMOLED||2880×1600||(unknown)||HTC Vive Focus|
|Samsung Galaxy S10e|
|Fluid AMOLED||1440×3120||6.67||516||OnePlus 7 Pro|
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