OLED vs. LCD on Modern iPhones: Which one’s Better?

OLED vs. LCD on Modern iPhones: Which one’s Better?


If you’ve recently cracked your iPhone screen (which you could’ve prevented by following these tips), read on to find out what type of display panel would be the best fit for your smartphone screen.

Right now, two types of aftermarket iPhone displays are available: OLED and LCD. The OLED display has been immensely popular and JDI, the LCD supplier of Apple, says that the display type will sweep the market by 2021

Let’s dive in to understand the major differences between both types of displays.


 OLED and LCD: Apple’s Dilemma and the differences between them

The iPhone X was not the first cellphone to feature an OLED display. These display panels were in use much longer before iPhone X was launched.

OLED and LCD: Apple's Dilemma and the differences between them

There were many reasons behind Apple’s decision not to launch phones with an OLED display, with the main one being the inability to procure a large number of OLED display panels.

The company couldn’t find a supplier to fulfill the huge demand.

However, since the launch of the iPhone X with an OLED display in 2017, Apple has come a long way and recently announced to use OLED display for its upcoming iPhone models.

The biggest difference between an OLED display and an LCD is the cost. According to an estimate, the OLED display panels are 20% more expensive to manufacture than LCD panels.

This greater manufacturing cost also causes an increase in the total screen repair cost of an iPhone.

For example, according to Apple, the screen repair for iPhone 12 with an OLED display will cost a whopping $439 compared to $309 for an iPhone 11, which features an LCD panel. However, if you have AppleCare+ insurance, the screen repair cost will be considerably lower.

Another major difference is how both types of display panels work to light up your phone screen.

LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. Simply put, the display works when a backlight that is of the same size illuminates it by creating a steady white light. To understand in detail how an LCD works, you can read this article.

Whereas in OLED, also called Organic light-emitting diode, the backlight is not present. It doesn’t need one, as it uses an organic film to emit light when an electric current passes through it.

Getting an LCD screen replacement for an iPhone which uses an OLED display is possible. However, it’s not recommended.


Why OLED is better than LCD

The strongest argument in favor of the OLED display is its power consumption. Since the OLED display does not require constant energy emission by a backlight, it results in lower battery consumption.

Why OLED is better than LCD

There was a presentation done by Google which showed that Dark mode in phones with an OLED display could extend battery life significantly. This is because, in an OLED display, each pixel emits its own light.

So if a pixel displays black color on the screen, It’s actually turned off and not drawing any energy from the battery at all.

You should go for an OLED display if your iPhone were draining the battery fast, since the display screen consumes the highest amount of power in a phone. There can be a lot of other reasons for the battery draining, though.

You should go for an OLED display if your iPhone were draining the battery fast

The OLED display also has a better contrast ratio than an LCD. With an LCD, displaying a true black color isn’t possible since the backlight is always on.

On the other hand, since the OLED display has each pixel emitting its own light, it has a better white/black color balance.

This results in more vibrant and bright colors on the screen.

If you're into mobile gaming, an OLED display would be the best option for you

If you’re into mobile gaming, an OLED display would be the best option for you because the refresh rate of an OLED display is way better than an LCD.

Samsung’s OLED display can reach 120 Hz while running a fast-moving mobile game.

The upcoming iPhone 13 series is reported to use these same display panels supplied by Samsung.

The OLED display panels are also a good option for phone manufacturers. Since these display panels do not have a backlight, they occupy much less space and are thin in design. This allows the manufacturers to build phones that are slim in size and have more features.

If you want to get your screen replaced while being safe in the comfort of your home, you can contact us. We offer the highest-quality phone screen repairs in Gold Coast. It won’t take more than 30 minutes!

Our aftermarket screens are of the best available quality. However, we also have OEM screens. We offer a 6-months warranty on all of our aftermarket parts.

Call us at 0490-371-748 or fill out our booking form to book our service.


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