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The iPhone X will have an OLED screen, what does that mean?
September 12, 2017

Darker blacks and brighter whites.

With the inevitable announcement of the new iPhones happening tonight (Dubai time), many are anticipating how an iPhone with an OLED screen would look like. Though few admit that they aren’t really familiar with display technologies.

Let’s look at the iPhone – since its introduction in 2007 Apple’s flagship has exclusively used LCD (liquid crystal display) as its primary screen technology. It’s a panel that uses LED lights to light up the panel similar to what some HDTVs use. Apple made their displays even better by introducing the Retina Display on the iPhone 4, which packs more pixels that basically results in a sharper and more vibrant image.

But with OLED (organic light emitting diode), each pixel is individually lit, meaning that it can deliver perfectly dark black and very bright whites resulting in a more brilliant image. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is a famous example of an OLED screen (they use a variation called AMOLED) – try putting the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S8 side-by-side and you can see that colors on the S8 simply looks better and more saturated.

Since pixels are individually lit on an OLED screen, showing a black image simply means that the pixels are turned off. This in turn can also help the device conserve battery (hence some OLED smartphones recommend using black wallpapers).

But OLED itself isn’t perfect and is mostly susceptible to burn-ins where if you display an image for too long, you can risk having that image displayed permanently on the screen.

Still, manufacturers have devised ways on how to keep OLED screens performing at their best, which is probably why Apple has decided to move to the new display technology – and let’s admit it, OLED does look better.

Problem is, OLED screens are pretty much expensive to manufacture, which is one of the reasons analysts are predicting that the iPhone X with an OLED screen could cost upwards of about $1000.

We’ll finally know for sure about the details on the new iPhone in just a couple of hours. Stay tuned for our coverage of Apple’s iPhone keynote only here at!

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by Victor Philip Ortiz

Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Has passion for all things tech – you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and recently discovered his love for gaming.