8 Major Types Of Smartphone Display & Touch Screens You Should Know Before Purchasing A Smartphone


Display of Smartphone plays one big role in defining quality of user interaction with device’s software. Phone screens have evolved with time in terms of technology and experience. Touch screens of mobile phones varies from one brand to another and even one model to another in the same brand. So, never think that all displays or say Smartphone screens are same. Before purchasing a phone always enquire about display, otherwise you are going to ruin your experience.

Here is a comprehensive list of types of Smartphone screens available in market.

1. LCD

LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display, this display consists of a matrix of Liquid Crystals. Every pixel on the liquid surface is illuminated by some light from behind that’s why LCD displays give high performance and consume less power. You can also view LCD screen in direct sunlight.


TFT stands for Thin Film Transistor technology. TFT LCD are advanced version of LCD which gives higher resolution and better image quality than previous version. TFT LCD is most common type of displays which is generally used in feature phones, budget phones, and lower end Smartphone. On the cons side it consumes more power than LCDs.


In-Place Switching (IPS) LCD gives wider viewing angles and lower power consumption. IPS-LCDs are costlier than TFT LCD hence found in expensive Smartphones.

4. Retina

Retina display is a higher resolution (640 x 960 pixels) version of IPS LCD which is used in Apple iPhone 4 because of its brilliant picture quality. Manufacturers call it Retina display as its pixels can’t be bifurcated by the human eye. These super attributes make Retina display super sharp and brilliant.


Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) is a latest technology for displays of mobiles in which a layer of organic material is sandwiched between two conducting sheets. In OLED, brightness and color vary depending on the electric pulse. OLEDs are much better than LCDs because of their incredible color reproduction, lightning fast response time, wider viewing angle, and higher brightness. OLEDs have exceptionally light weight design. Power consumption is also very low in case of OLEDs.


Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode (AMOLED) are improvised type of OLED displays. AMOLED are rapidly gaining popularity in top end Smartphone categories because of brilliant color reproduction, light weight, better battery life, higher brightness, and sharpness.

7. Super AMOLED

Super AMOLED displays are advanced and latest version of AMOLED displays which is developed by Samsung. Super AMOLED display is built with touch sensors on the display itself instead of a separate touch sensitive layer which makes it the thinnest display technology in present market. Super AMOLED displays are much more responsive than normal AMOLED displays.

8. Haptic / Tactile Touch Screen

Blackberry and Nokia use Haptic technology for their touch screen smartphones which are targeted towards enterprise market. Haptic technology offers a tactile response on a touch action on the screen which provides an immediate and unmistakable confirmation to the user. Haptic technology is known for its brilliantly improved user performance and accuracy while typing on a touch screen.


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