Article last updated on: Aug 06, 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:



Samsung Galaxy Note 10 / Note 10 +

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 is the company's 2019 flagship phablet device, featuring a 6.3" 2280x1080, 401 PPI, Dynamic Infinity-O AMOLED display (6.8" 3040x1440, 498 PPI, on the Note 10+) with an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, a Snapdragon 855 processor, 8GB (10GB on the Note 10+) of RAM, 256GB of storage and a triple-camera setup. The Note 10+ has a 5G model.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 photo

For the Note 10 and 10+, Samsung upgraded the S Pen with a new design and capabilities and worked with Microsoft to enable Windows Live mirroring support for the Note 10.

The Galaxy Note 10 is now shipping starting at $949. The Galaxy Note 10+ starts at $1,099.

Huawei P30 / P30 Pro

Huawei's P30 smartphone features a 6.1" 1080x2340 AMOLED display (6.47" 1080x2340 on the P30 Pro), a Kirin 980 chipset, 6/8 GB of RAM and 64/128/256 GB of storage (the P30 Pro has a 512GB variant) in addition to a Nano Memory card slot. The P30 also features a triple camera setup (quad-camera on the P30 Pro) and an under-the-display fingerprint sensor.

Huawei Mate P30 Pro photo

The P30 and P30 Pro are now shipping globally, starting at around $550. The P30 Pro 8Gb costs around $1,200.

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Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung's flagship smartphone for 2019 includes three different variants (in addition to the lite GS10e version). As we focus on the OLED display, we list these below:

  • Galaxy S10 5G: 6.7" 3040x1440 (502 PPI) flexible AMOLED
  • Galaxy S10+: 6.4" 3040x1440 (522 PPI) flexible AMOLED
  • Galaxy S10: 6.1" 3040x1440 (550 PPI) flexible AMOLED

Samsung Galaxy S10 photo

The S10 phones use Samsung's latest AMOLEDs, that are now HDR10+ certified, include an under-the-OLED fingerprint sensor (Qualcomm ultra-sonic) and cut-outs for the selfie cameras. Samsung calls these displays "Dynamic AMOLED" (due to the HDR support, probably) and "Infinity-O Display" due to the camera cut-outs.

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).

Oppo Reno Ace

Oppo's flagship Reno Ace smartphone features a 90Hz 6.5" 1080x2400 500 nits HDR AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 8/12 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage, a microSD card slot and a quad camera setup.

Oppo Reno Ace photo

The Reno Ace will ship by the end of October 2019.

Sharp Aquos Zero 2

Sharp's Aquos Zero 2 is a high-end gaming smartphone that features a 6.4" 2340x1080 AMOLED display with a 240Hz refresh rate. Other features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 8GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage, dual-camera setup and IP65/IP68 water resistance.

Sharp Aquos Zero 2 photo

The 240Hz display is actually a 120Hz display that inserts a black frame between each actual frame to create a quasi-240Hz cycle. This, according to Sharp, reduces motion blur . The touch panel is also operating at 240Hz which "dramatically improves" the response.

Huawei Mate 30 / 30 Pro

Huawei's Mate 30 smartphone sports a 6.62" 1080x2340 AMOLED display with an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, a Kirin 990 chipset, 6/8 GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a triple camera setup. The Mate 30 Pro features a smaller display but with a higher resolution (6.53 inches, 1176 x 2400) and a quad camera setup. The Mate 30 family of smartphones (which also include a 5G edition of the Mate 30) features a graphene heat dissipation film.

Huawei Mate 30 photo

The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will start shipping in October 2019.

Vivo NEX 3

The Vivo NEX 3 sports a 6.89" 1080x2256 (363 PPI) Super AMOLED edge-type full-screen display and an under-the-display finger print sensor. Other features include a Qualcomm 855+ chipset, 8 GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, triple camera setup and a motorized pop-up selfie camera.

Vivo NEX 3 photo

Vivo expects to launch the NEX 3 in October 2019, and the company will also release a 5G variant (NEX 3 5G).

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max uses a 6.5" 2688x1242 (458 PPI) AMOLED display and features Apple's latest A13 Bionic chip, 64/256/512GB of storage, a triple camera setup, HDR, FaceID - and is water and dust resistant.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max photo

Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Max will start shipping on September 20 starting at $1,099 (for the 64GB model).

Apple iPhone 11 Pro

Apple's iPhone 11 Pro uses a 5.8" notch-type 2436x1125 (458 PPI) AMOLED display and features Apple's latest A13 Bionic chip, 64/256/512GB of storage, a triple camera setup, HDR, FaceID - and is water and dust resistant.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro photo

Apple's iPhone 11 Pro will start shipping on September 20 starting at $999 (for the 64GB model).