OLED displays use organic materials that emit light when electricity is applied. OLEDs enable emissive, bright, thin, flexible and efficient displays. OLEDs are set to replace LCDs in all display applications - from small displays to large TV sets.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Edge closeup photo (RM)

Samsung's Super-AMOLED displays, announced in January 2010, are AMOLED displays for mobile devices (such as smartphones, wearables and tablets) with an integrated touch function. The thickness of the touch sensor is just 0.001 mm and this allows the screen to provide better images and to have great visibility even in direct sunlight compared with regular AMOLED displays with an external touch layer.

Super AMOLED and the PenTile matrix

Samsung's Super-AMOLED displays use a Pentile matrix sub-pixel design. That means that the green sub-pixel is shared by two pixels and the display has only 2 sub-pixels per real 'pixel' compared to the classic RGB matrix design (or Real-Stripe). You can see a PenTile matrix vs a Real-Stripe one on the images below (the PenTile is on the right). Newer Super AMOLED displays use a different PenTile matrix (Diamond Pixel pattern).

Super-AMOLED: the best mobile touch display

Super AMOLED displays are being used in all of Samsung's newer high-end phones, including the atest Galaxy S7 and S7 edge and the ill-fated Note 7. Super AMOLED display s are also adopted by other mobile phone makers - for example in the Meizu Pro 6, Huawei's Honor Note 8 and Lenovo's Zuk Z2. Samsung also uses Super AMOLED displays in its wearables, for example in the Gear S3 smartwatch (a round 1.3-inch, 360x360 panel).

Samsung GS6 and GS6 Edge photo



Super AMOLED displays provide an excellent image quality - in fact the display measurement experts at DisplayMate say that these are the best mobile displays ever tested.

Further reading

Latest Super AMOLED news

Samsung to produce more Galaxy S8+ phones than previously expected

Apr 06, 2017

Samsung's latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are not shipping yet, but according to reports that early reaction from retailers suggest that the larger S8+ variant is more popular than expected.

Samsung Galaxy S8 - Infinity Display

Samsung first aimed to produce 50% more Galaxy S8 variants than Galaxy S8+, but have decided now to increase the ratio of S8+ devices to 45%. The new phones will start shipping globally on April 21th.

Samsung announces the Galaxy S8 and S8+ with "inifinity" flexible Super AMOLED displays

Mar 30, 2017

Samsung announces its latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Both phones sport what Samsung brands as an Infinity Display - a curved flexible Super AMOLED that is almost without any bezels. Samsung did not release an edition with a non-flexible rigid OLED, but this isn't really a surprise.

Samsung Galaxy S8 - Infinity Display

The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8" Quad HD+ (2960x1440, 570PPI) OLED while the S8+ has a larger version (6.2") but with the same resolution (529 PPI). Both phones feature a 10nm Octa-core 64bit CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD slot, IP68 water and dust resistance, Android 7.0, Samsung Bixby assistant and a Dual-Pixel 12MP OIS camera. Both phones will launch globally on April 21st 2017.

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Samsung's Super AMOLED Galaxy Tab S3 is now shipping

Mar 25, 2017

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S3 is now shipping in the US for $699 (Wi-Fi edition). This gaming and entertainment optimized Android V7 tablet features a 9.7" QXGA (2048x1536) Super AMOLED display, a quad-core Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD slot and quad-stereo speakers.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 photo

According to report from Korea, Samsung Electronics has decided to start adopting OLED displays in all of its tablet devices and to increasingly use OLEDs in laptops. The Galaxy Tab S3 is the company's latest OLED tablet.

Did Samsung leak a bezel-less AMOLED Galaxy S8?

Jan 21, 2017

Last week Samsung released several videos that showcase its latest Super AMOLED displays. The videos shows what looks to be an actual upcoming phone with almost no bezels on the sides and no physical buttons on the front:

This design has been suggested (leaked?) before for Samsung's upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S8. Samsung is expected to reveal the S8 soon, at the MWC 2017 event (February 27th). Of course this could just be a concept handset created for the AMOLED video, but it could also be Samsung's actual new phone that was added to the video by mistake (or not by mistake).

Samsung launches its Galaxy A-series 2017 edition, all with Super AMOLED displays

Jan 02, 2017

Samsung announced the Galaxy A-series family of fashionable phones. The 2017 editions all come with Super AMOLED displays, premium metal frame and 3D glass back.

Samsung Galaxy A series 2017 photo

There are three new A-series phones: the Galaxy A3 (4.7" 720p), the Galaxy A5 (5.2" FHD) and the Galaxy A7 (5.5" FHD). All three will ship towards the end of January in Russia - and later on globally.

DisplayMate: The Note 7's OLED display is the best mobile display ever tested

Aug 10, 2016

Samsung announced its Galaxy note 7 last week, and our friend Raymond Soneira from Display Mate has published a comprehensive review of the Note 7 display. The Note 7 has a 5.7" 2560x1440 (518 ppi) flexible Super AMOLED dual-edge display - which DisplayMate says is the best performing mobile display ever tested.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 image

This is hardly a surprise - Samsung's OLED displays have been advancing at a very fast rate, and have surpassed the best LCDs on all parameters (except price, that is). Displaymate says that the major display enhancements introduced in the Note 7 include a new wider color gamut and new HDR mode specifically for 4K videos and a record peak brightness of over 1,000 nits.

ZTE showcased its new AMOLED phones at MWC 2016

Feb 29, 2016

ZTE had a large booth at MWC 2016, and the Chinese phone maker introduced and demonstrate three OLED phones. All these phones sport SDC-made Super AMOLED displays.

First up we have the Axon Mini, an Android 5 smartphone that features a 5.2" FHD (424 PPI) Super AMOLED display, an octa-core CPU, 13 MP camera, 3GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and Dual-SIM support. The Axon Mini was actually introduced a few months ago, but only now did ZTE provide the specifications.

Samsung unveils its 2016 flagship phones, the S7 and S7 Edge

Feb 21, 2016

Samsung unveiled its 2016 flagship phones, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The phones feature similar specs, but the Edge has a large display that is curved around the edges (a flexible OLED of course) and a larger battery.

Samsung Galaxy S7 photo

The Galaxy S7 sports a flat 5.1" 2560x1440 (577 PPI) Super AMOLED display, an 12MP camera (with a new high-performance sensor), 4GB of RAM, 32/64 GB of storage, optional dual-IM, NFC and a 3,000 mAh battery. The phone has a metal and glass body and is IP68 water resistance (up to 1.5 meters for 30 min).

Samsung announced new editions of the A7, A5 and A3 smartphones - all with Super AMOLED displays

Dec 02, 2015

Samsung launched three new smartphones today - new 2016 editions of the Galaxy A7, Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3. All three new phones sport Super AMOLED and will launch in a couple of weeks in China (and globally later on).

Samsung Galaxy A7 photo

So first up we have the The Galaxy A7 (2016 edition) - a large smartphone with a 5.5" Full-HD Super AMOLED display. The A7 uses an octa-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, microSD slot, 13 MP camera, fingerprint reader and a metal and glass body.

Samsung's Super-AMOLED Galaxy Tab S2 to ship September 2nd

Aug 28, 2015

Last month Samsung launched two new AMOLED tablets, the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch and Galaxy Tab S2 8-inch. Those two high-end tablets will start shipping on September 2nd, and you can now pre-order those tablets: the 8" one for $399.99 and the 9.7" one for $499.99 (those are the Wi-Fi only, 32GB models).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch photo

Both tablets adopt QXGA (2048x1536) Super AMOLED displays (263 PPI on the 9.7" and 320 PPI on the 8"). Other features include an octa-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32/64 GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera, LTE (on some models), Android 5.0 and a 5,870/4,000 mAh battery. Those are the thinnest (5.6 mm) and lightest (389/265 grams) metal-framed tablets on the market.

The 2nd International TADF workshop, July 2017, Kyushu, JapanThe 2nd International TADF workshop, July 2017, Kyushu, Japan