LCD Screens

Smartphone screens explained: display types, resolutions and refresh rates

Panel types

Smartphone displays have created a lot more acronyms in recent years. Each one features a different type of technology. The list of acronyms for smartphone displays continues to grow: AMOLED LCD, LED, IPS TFT, LTPS and LTPO.

Component and smartphone manufacturers use more evocative names than ever before, such as “Super Retina XDR”, “Dynamic AMLED”, and other similar terms. This increases confusion for consumers. Let’s take a look through some of the terms found in smartphone specification sheets to help you decipher them.

Smartphones can have many different display types: OLED, AMOLED and Super AMOLED. TFT, IPS, TFT, IPS, and some other less common ones, such as TFT-LCD. The IPS-LCD is one of the most common display types found in smartphones with mid-to high ranges. What does this all mean?

There are two types of technology available for smartphones displays: OLED and LCD. Each one has its own variations and generation, which leads to more acronyms similar to TVs and their various ranges like LED, QLED and miniLED. These are all variations of LCD technology.