Article last updated on: Jan 15, 2019

In recent years OLED technology has emerged as the leading smartphone display technology, and the world's most popular phone vendors are all shipping AMOLED smartphones.

Huawei Honor Note 10 photo

In 2018, over 500 million AMOLED screens were produced - mostly to satisfy demand from mobile phones vendors. The smartphone OLED 2018 market was led by Samsung, who has been using AMOLEDs in its high-end phones for many years, followed by Apple, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei and others. Samsung is branding its smartphone OLED displays as Super AMOLED display.

Most premium phones today adopt flexible OLED displays. Apple for example is using a flexible 5.8" 1125x2436 OLED (made by SDC, the same display as the iPhone X AMOLED) in its 2018 iPhone XS (the iPhone XS Max sports a larger 6.5" 1242x2688 flexible AMOLED). Display experts say that the iPhone XS Display is the world's best smartphone display.

OLEDs - the best smartphone displays?

Most display experts and consumers agree that OLED displays are the world's best smartphone displays. The best smartphone OLED displays are the Super AMOLED displays produced by Samsung Display, but other OLED producers (such as LG and BOE Display) are also producing high quality OLEDs.

Following is a list of smartphone with OLED displays:



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LG V40 ThinQ

LG's V40 ThinQ is a high-end large smartphone that features a 6.4" 1440x3120 (537 PPI) notch-type pOLED display (produced by LG Display), a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 64 GB of RAM, a microSD slot, a triple camera setup on the back and a dual camera setup on the front.

LG V40 ThinQ photo
The LG V40 is now shipping globally (note: affiliate link to Amazon).

Apple iPhone XS

Apple's 2018 iPhone XS sports a 5.8" 1125x2436 notch-type flexible AMOLED display (produced by Samsung Display), an Hexa-Core Apple A12 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64/256/512 GB of storage and a 12MP camera. In addition to the iPhone XS, Apple also offers the larger iPhone XS Max with its 6.5" 1242x2688 flexible AMOLED.

Apple iPhone XS photo

The iPhone XS is now shipping globally starting at $999 (64GB model).

Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus

Samsung's Galaxy S9 is the company's flagship 2018 smartphone, featuring a 5.8" 1440x2960 (570 PPI) Super AMOLED display (6.2", 529 PPI, on the S9 Plus). Other features include an Octa-Core CPU (Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810), 4GB of RAM, 64/128/256 GB of storage, micro-SD slot (on dual-SIM versions only) and a high-end Dual-Pixel 12 MP camera.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus photo

The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are now shipping globally (note: affiliate link to Amazon). The S9 and S9+ were announced in February 2018, and display measurement experts from DisplayMate rated the AMOLED display as the world's best mobile display ever.

Vivo NEX Dual

The Vivo NEX Dual is a large smartphone that features a 6.39" 1080x2340 Super AMOLED display, a secondary 5.49" 1080x1920 Super AMOLED display on the back, an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-Core chipset, 10 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and Dual-SIM.

Vivo NEX Dual photo
The Vivo NEX Dual is now shipping. You can find it on eBay for around $899.

Samsung W2019

Samsung W2019 is a dual-screen clamshell smartphone that features two 4.2" 1080x1920 Super AMOLED displays, a snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage and a dual-camera setup.

Samsung W2019 photo

Samsung did not yet reveal the price and release date of its 2019 flip phone.

Huawei Honor Magic 2

Huawei's Honor Magic 2 is an Android smartphone that features a 6.39" 1080x2340 (403 PPI) AMOLED bezel-less display, a HiSilicon Kirin 980 chip-set, triple camera setup, mechanical pop-up dual selfie camera, 6/8 GB of RAM and 128/256 GB of storage.

Huawei Honor Magic 2 photoThe Honor Magic 2 is now shipping. You can find it for around $675 on eBay.

Nubia X

The Nubia X is an Android smartphone with a 6.26" 1080x2280 IPS LCD display on the front and a secondary 5.1" 720x1520 AMOLED display on the back. The X is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset and features 6/8 GB of RAM, 64/128/256 GB of storage, a Dual camera - without a Selfie camera as the OLED can be used for that.

Nubia X photoThe Nubia X is now shipping. You can find it on eBay starting at around $699.