Why AMOLED? Why not!

Let's have some alphabet soup. You know what an LED is. That's Light Emitting Diode. Usually you see them as little indicator lights and now as part of computer monitor backlights. Then there's OLED. That's Organic LED. Kinda self-explanatory in that there's organic material in there. OLEDs are thinner and use less power (and thus battery life). But they're still rather expensive.

And then there's AMOLED. Active-Matrix OLED screens use even less power. Colors are more crisp. They can be flexible. They pretty much mean you're not messing around. Don't ask questions. You want one.

And above is an even better description from Samsung VP Omar Khan, who should know a thing or three about displays in cell phones, given that the just-announced Omnia Pro and Omnia II have AMOLED screens.

Via wmpoweruser

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  • Hi mobile phones with AMOLED are great. The OLED Displays are stunning, so bright and great contrast. AMOLED is the future not only for handsets.
    Check out this OLED Information website:
  • I'm eager to see some proof of the claims. It wouldn't be the first time someone who stood to benefit from hype over-stated their product's usefulness. It does sound like it should use less power. But will be it use enough less to make an actual difference to the user? If indeed it has better quality visuals, will they be enough better? And what's the extra cost going to be? > Don't ask questions. You want one. Ask questions. Even if a tech really is the promised land eventually, it doesn't necessarily mean that the first iterations of it will meet the hype, much less be worth the cost over lesser techs that have fully matured.
  • OK, questions aren't undue, but there are many points to this. Ask yourself about your current LCD TV. Even a very good one with high contrast ratio has a lower limit on how "black" it can be. Because there is always a light source, there is always going to be a degree of gray in even the most "black" black on an LCD TV. Getting rid of the constant backlight and replacing it with a specific light source for each pixel is much closer to what real life is like. This way if you're watching your favorite Film noir with all the dark and dank alleyways, you can actually see that it is dark in the alleyway, instead of seeing a big gray light in the middle of your dark room. It will blend into the darkness of your room (assuming your room is dark). The brightness-measurement tools used to compare these screens to LCDs are the same tools. AMOLEDs have the capability to blind a person in a lit room just by showing a pure white screen. When was the last time your LCD had the honor of making you walk straight into a wall?