Article last updated on: Jan 17, 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) 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.

Blackview BV9600 Pro

The Blackview BV9600 Pro is an outdoor rugged Android (8.1) smartphone that features a 6.21-inch 1920x1080 notch-type AMOLED display, a Heilo P60 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a large 5,580mAh battery.

Blackview BV9600 Pro photoThe BV9600 Pro is waterproof (IP68/IP69K, up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes) and dust proof. The screen also has wet-finger tracking technology and a glove mode.

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung's flagship smartphone for 2019 will include three models:

  • The Galaxy S10 Light will use a 5.75" 2340x1080 flexible AMOLED display
  • The Galaxy S10 will sport a 6.11" 3120x1440 flexible AMOLED
  • The Galaxy S10 Plus will sport a large 6.44" 3120x1440 flexible AMOLED

Samsung will unveil the Galaxy 10 with all its variants in March 2019. Stay tuned!

Huawei Mate 20 X

Huawei's Mate 20 X is a large smartphone that features several high-end technologies - a 7.2" 1080x2244 (346 PPI) AMOLED display, a triple Leica cameras setup, a GoodixTech under-the-display fingerprint sensor, a 5000 mAh battery and a graphene thermal management film. The Mate 20 X uses an octa-core Kirin 980 (7 nm) chipset, a Dual-NPU AI-optimized processor, 6GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and an NM card slot.

Huawei Mate 20 X photo

The Mate 20 X is now shipping globally, available in the US starting at $930 (note: affiliate link to Amazon).

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