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OLED vs LCD

    OLED-vs-LCD

    The current screen market is divided into two factions, one is the “OLED real fragrance” faction, and the other is the “LCD is never a slave” faction, the contradiction between these two factions can be said to be obvious, after all, each has obvious advantages and disadvantages, and they are extremely confident that they offer the best screen experience.

    Which is stronger or maybe weaker? Let’s start with a list of comparisons:

    OLED screen :

    PRO’S: Supports under-screen fingerprint recognition , OLED is more power-efficient under the same conditions. Color display is more vivid. Supports information screen display. Transparent, thin and bendable

    CON’S : Auto dimming is more abrupt. There is a “burn-in” effect after long use. The technology is not mature enough, so the cost is high. The graininess is heavier, and the 1080P resolution is not clear enough.

    However, Samsung screens are starting to handle 2K…

    LCD screen:

    PRO’S: High brightness (sunlight screen), It is stronger and should not break as easy. Screen technology is mature, so the cost is low. High color reproduction. There will be no color cast (burn-in) from long-term use.

    CON’S: High power consumption, drains battery faster. Fingerprints under the screen are not supported. The technology has not advanced since OLED were introduced.

    The LCD party feels that the OLED screen is  “not good, it hurts the eyes” and the OLED party says the LCD screen is “outdated” and “low-end”.

    Speaking of OLED’s “eye-hurting”, OLED screens mostly use PWM (Pulse-width modulation) dimming and at low brightness (below 50%) its frequency can be bothersome, it’s recommended to not lower the brightness below 50% if you’re having sensitivity issues.

    Although this kind of splash screen cannot be seen by the human eye, it can still be seen when captured with a camera. Viewing such screens for a long time will also be prone to eye fatigue, and the impact on vision is very obvious. This is also the reason why Android manufacturers are gradually introducing DC dimming.

    The LCD is used to adjust the backlight voltage to adjust the brightness, so PWM dimming is not required. If you are very sensitive to OLED screen flickering, choose an LCD screen.

    Speaking of the “outdated” and “low-end” LCD screen, we have to mention the huge changes in the mobile phone market after the release of the iPhone X in 2017. This is the turning point of the iPhone’s use of OLED screens, and before that, LCD was absolutely mainstream.

    After that, the LCD walked off the altar, and the OLED suddenly erupted. After the second half of 2018, you can hardly find a true flagship of an LCD. LCD is reduced to a “poor man’s screen” and is labeled with labels such as “low-end, outdated, power consumption, poor display effect, and cannot use fingerprints under the screen”.

    In fact, there may be some misunderstandings about LCD screens:

    1. LCD technology has poor display effect and no high-end screen

    2. LCD screen can only be used on low-end machines

    Don’t forget that the LCD screen has an uncrowned king – iPhone XR, which is an extraordinary display.

    We can see that LCD and OLED have their own advantages and disadvantages, it’s not “OLED is perfect, LCD is useless”.

    As for how to choose, choose what you need, not what you want.

    If you are not afraid of screen flash, if you want the screen color to be more stunning and more power-saving, choose an OLED screen;

    If you want to protect your eyes and use the screen longer, choose an LCD screen.

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