Super-AMOLED vs IPS LCD? Which is Better and Why?

The advent of the smartphone basically generated the idea of a full touch screen. After a full touch screen was built, now the next task was to upgrade it. The first model of the touch screen was the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and it had a non-capacitive touch. Then advancements were made with the LCD. First, it was made capacitive. After which it paved the way for many more advancements. And now there are two categories of screens. One is the LCD and the other is LED. The most upgraded version of LCD is called In-plane switching (IPS), while the upgraded version of LED is known as AMOLED and Super-AMOLED. And my further debate will mostly be consisting of Super-AMOLED vs IPS LCD. Both have different pros and cons.

Therefore, today I am going to compare Super-AMOLED displays with IPS LCD.


Q. What is Super-AMOLED?


Super-AMOLED is basically an upgraded extension of AMOLED. So, first, I will explain what is AMOLED.

AMOLED stands for Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode. It is an upgrade to OLED (organic light-emitting diode). This technology uses organic compounds which produce or emit light when open to an electric current. Most likely, it removes the backlight which leads to less power consumption. It’s a modified version of the IPS display. There are many improvements. However, it still lags behind in some areas. The colors are vibrant and glowing in the AMOLED display. The blacks in the screen are darker because portions of the screen can be effectively turned off. Theoretically, it also means a much more improved battery life.

S-AMOLED is a short name given to Super AMOLED. It stands for super active-matrix organic light-emitting diode. One attribute of the Super AMOLED display that distinguishes it from the AMOLED is that the layer which is responsible for touch is implanted directly into the screen rather than existing as an entirely separate layer. This particular aspect distinguishes Super AMOLED from AMOLED.

Q. What is an IPS LCD?


IPS LCD is synonymous with Super LCD. It stands for in-plane switching liquid crystal display. It’s a title given to an LCD screen that uses in-plane switching (IPS) panels. LCD screens utilize a backlight to produce light for all the pixels, and each pixel shutter can be turned off to alter the brightness. Super LCD was invented to solve issues that come with TFT LCD (thin-film transistor) displays to support a wider viewing angle and much better color and contrast.

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The LCD utilizes a polarized light which then flows through a color filter. Horizontal and vertical filters are present on each side of the liquid crystals which control the brightness and whether or not each pixel is on or off.

Q. Which one is Better and Why? (IPS LCD vs Super AMOLED)

While comparing the two types of display, I have come to a point that preferring one over the other without a detailed study will be unjust. Both displays have differences as well as some similarities. And in the end, any preference can be regarded as an opinion. But there are some visible differences among them which can be helpful in comparing S-AMOLED vs IPS. Like, in my opinion, if you consider deeper blacks and brighter colors then your choice would be the S-AMOLED. As the former is famous for its vibrant colors. However, if you prefer sharper images over bright ones, then IPS LCD would be a better option. Therefore, the opinion can vary while preferring one among the two displays.

Now, I will compare the two from different aspects. And this comparison is based on recent tech updates of 2020.

Image and Color Comparison: (Which one is better?)

Super-AMOLED is better in the following ways:

S-AMOLED displays are way better at displaying dark black because every pixel will be true black as the light can be turned off for each pixel. The Super LCD doesn’t contain this feature. Because the backlight remains on even if some of the pixels need to be black. Therefore, it could affect the darkness of those areas of the LCD.

The black color on the Super-AMOLED is truly black. Due to this the other colors apart from the black will also be much brighter and vibrant. In contrast, the backlight in IPS LCD remains on so the other colors are not that vibrant like Super-AMOLED.

IPS is better in the following ways:

In comparison between Super AMOLED vs LCD IPS, the latter is better in a number of ways as well. As LCD screens have backlights, which appear as though the pixels are closer together, making an overall sharper picture with a more natural effect. While on the other hand, AMOLED screens may seem to be over-saturated or unrealistic. After using the AMOLED for a period of time, the whites may appear slightly yellow.

AMOLED screens faced a problem of ‘Burn-In’. Due to this pixel quality deteriorates over time. Though, this problem can be minimized as the technology will improve.

When we use mobile phones outdoors in bright light, IPS LCD is often said to be easier to use. On the other hand, S-AMOLED screens have few layers of glass and therefore reflect less light.

Another important consideration while comparing the color quality of an IPS LCD screen with a Super AMOLED screen is that the AMOLED display gradually loses its vibrant color and saturation as the organic compounds might break down in cheap smartphones with AMOLED displays.

Size Comparison:

The overall size of the S-AMOLED is smaller than an IPS LCD. As there is no backlight hardware component in S-AMOLED, along with only one screen having the touch and display which makes S-AMOLED much smarter.

Power Consumption:

The IPS-LCD displays contain a backlight that utilizes more power than a normal LCD screen. From this stance, it is implied that IPS LCD uses more power than AMOLED.

However, the above-mentioned stance can sometimes be regarded as paradoxical. Because it also depends upon the usage of the screen. If all the pixels are lightened at every time then there is a possibility that AMOLED will use more power than an IPS LCD. In addition to that, each pixel of a Super AMOLED display can be fine-tuned for each color requirement. Therefore, power consumption in some situations might be higher than the IPS  LCD.

Price Comparison:

An IPS LCD screen contains a backlight while an S-AMOLED screen doesn’t. Though, the former has an extra layer that supports touch while the Super AMOLED display has a built-in touch. As there are enhanced colors and a bit superior quality used in the manufacturing of S-AMOLED, therefore, it’s quite clear that Super AMOLED is much more expensive.


Super AMOLED screens have excellent black levels, high contrast ratios, and vivid color reproduction. Because each pixel is separately lighted, they may achieve deeper blacks while using less electricity than IPS displays. However, problems with color fading and burn-in might develop over time.

On the other hand, IPS screens are more robust and offer wider viewing angles and more true-to-life colors. They have greater color reproduction and are less likely to suffer from burn-in. However, they can’t compete with Super AMOLED screens when it comes to black levels and contrast.

In the end, it’s up to you to decide if Super AMOLED or IPS is best for you. Super AMOLED may be the way to go if you place a premium on dark blacks and vivid colors but are willing to give up certain viewing angles in exchange.

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  • i have a motorola (ips) and a samsung (super amoled) phones, and you just cant beat the super amoled display in terms of pure visual pleasure, the colors the richness in black portions, it looks absolutely fantastic, the motorola display is good but then it looks a bit cheap. 4k content, prime video , netflix etc looks so awesome on the samsung that the ips display cannot match,

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