AMOLED Could Become Standard Display Type on Mid-range Devices Next Year
We know that AMOLED displays offer various technological improvements over LCD, including better viewing angles, more energy efficiency, and great colors. Despite all kinds of benefits they offer, they are still not the technology of choice for manufacturers thanks to their higher production costs.
That may however change soon, as IHS Technology reveals that 5 inch full HD (1080p) AMOLED displays are now cheaper to produce than equivalent LCD displays for the first time.
According to data presented by IHS at the Korea Display Conference in Seoul:
Production costs in the first quarter for a 5-inch Full HD smartphone display are $14.30 for an AMOLED panel and $14.60 for an LCD display. In the fourth quarter of 2015, these figures were $17.10 and $15.70, respectively.
While the cost discrepancy is small, just 30 cents, it is expected to improve technology that is used in mid range and entry level devices. AMOLED could become the standard display type used by smartphone manufacturers in the next year, bringing higher quality displays on non-flagship devices.
For higher resolution displays though, LCD will still show lower costs than AMOLED. Which means, while we may start seeing more AMOLED displays on mid-range devices, LCD will remain competitive for higher resolution flagship devices.