Article last updated on: Aug 06, 2019

In recent years OLED technology has emerged as the leading smartphone display technology, and the world's most popular phone vendors are all shipping AMOLED smartphones.

Huawei Honor Note 10 photo

In 2018, over 500 million AMOLED screens were produced - mostly to satisfy demand from mobile phones vendors. The smartphone OLED 2018 market was led by Samsung, who has been using AMOLEDs in its high-end phones for many years, followed by Apple, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei and others. Samsung is branding its smartphone OLED displays as Super AMOLED display.

Most premium phones today adopt flexible OLED displays. Apple for example is using a flexible 5.8" 1125x2436 OLED (made by SDC) in its 2018 iPhone XS (the iPhone XS Max sports a larger 6.5" 1242x2688 flexible AMOLED). Display experts say that the iPhone XS Display is the world's best smartphone display.

OLEDs - the best smartphone displays?

Most display experts and consumers agree that OLED displays are the world's best smartphone displays. The best smartphone OLED displays are the Super AMOLED displays produced by Samsung Display, but other OLED producers (such as LG and BOE Display) are also producing high quality OLEDs.

Following is a list of smartphone with OLED displays:



Samsung Galaxy Note 10 / Note 10 +

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 is the company's 2019 flagship phablet device, featuring a 6.3" 2280x1080, 401 PPI, Dynamic Infinity-O AMOLED display (6.8" 3040x1440, 498 PPI, on the Note 10+) with an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, a Snapdragon 855 processor, 8GB (10GB on the Note 10+) of RAM, 256GB of storage and a triple-camera setup. The Note 10+ has a 5G model.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 photo

For the Note 10 and 10+, Samsung upgraded the S Pen with a new design and capabilities and worked with Microsoft to enable Windows Live mirroring support for the Note 10.

The Galaxy Note 10 is now shipping starting at $949. The Galaxy Note 10+ starts at $1,099.

Huawei P30 / P30 Pro

Huawei's P30 smartphone features a 6.1" 1080x2340 AMOLED display (6.47" 1080x2340 on the P30 Pro), a Kirin 980 chipset, 6/8 GB of RAM and 64/128/256 GB of storage (the P30 Pro has a 512GB variant) in addition to a Nano Memory card slot. The P30 also features a triple camera setup (quad-camera on the P30 Pro) and an under-the-display fingerprint sensor.

Huawei Mate P30 Pro photo

The P30 and P30 Pro are now shipping globally, starting at around $550. The P30 Pro 8Gb costs around $1,200.

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Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung's flagship smartphone for 2019 includes three different variants (in addition to the lite GS10e version). As we focus on the OLED display, we list these below:

  • Galaxy S10 5G: 6.7" 3040x1440 (502 PPI) flexible AMOLED
  • Galaxy S10+: 6.4" 3040x1440 (522 PPI) flexible AMOLED
  • Galaxy S10: 6.1" 3040x1440 (550 PPI) flexible AMOLED

Samsung Galaxy S10 photo

The S10 phones use Samsung's latest AMOLEDs, that are now HDR10+ certified, include an under-the-OLED fingerprint sensor (Qualcomm ultra-sonic) and cut-outs for the selfie cameras. Samsung calls these displays "Dynamic AMOLED" (due to the HDR support, probably) and "Infinity-O Display" due to the camera cut-outs.

Apple iPhone XS

Apple's 2018 iPhone XS sports a 5.8" 1125x2436 notch-type flexible AMOLED display (produced by Samsung Display), an Hexa-Core Apple A12 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64/256/512 GB of storage and a 12MP camera. In addition to the iPhone XS, Apple also offers the larger iPhone XS Max with its 6.5" 1242x2688 flexible AMOLED.

Apple iPhone XS photo

The iPhone XS is now shipping globally starting at $999 (64GB model).

Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha

Xiaomi's Mi Mix Alpha is a concept smartphone that uses a fold-around AMOLED display. The display is 7.92" in size, 2088x2250 (388 PPI, produced by Visionox).

Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha photo

Other features include a Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 12GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage, 5G connectivity and a triple camera which includes a 108MP sensor.

Vivo S5

The Vivo S5 smartphone uses a large 6.44" 1080x2400 Super AMOLED display, with a punch-hole selfie camera. The S5 also features an Octa-Core Snapdragon 712 chipset, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a microSD slot and a quad camera setup.

Vivo S5 photo

The Vivo S5 will start shipping in China by the end of November 2019 for around $385.

Motorola Razr 2019

The Motorola Razr 2019 is a clamshell-style smartphone that features a 6.2" 2142x876 (21:9) foldable AMOLED display (likely produced by LGD as Motorola specifically calls this a pOLED display).

Motorola Razr 2019 photo

There is also a secondary display - a 2.7" 600x800 AMOLED (which Motorola calls a gOLED, which likely means it is produced by Samsung). Other features include a Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a 16MP Google-Lens camera.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Xiaomi's Mi Note 10 features a 6.47-inch 1080x2340 Super AMOLED HDR (600 nits) display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and a quad-camera setup with a main 108MP sensor.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 photo

The Mi Note 10 costs around $600 and will ship soon in China.

Huawei Mate Xs

Huawei's Mate Xs will be a foldable smartphone that will be an upgrade to the Mate X. It will likely sport the exact same form factor and display (8" 2200x2480 foldable AMOLED display that folds outwards, produced by BOE) but with a stronger chipset (Kiri 990 SoC) and maybe other improved features.

Huawei Mate Xs launch photo

Huawei announced that the Mate Xs will ship in China in Q1 2020.

Meizu 16T

The Meizu 16T smartphone features a 6.5" 1080x2232 Super AMOLED display, an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6/8 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage and a triple camera setup.

Meizu 16T photo

The Meizu 16T will launch in China by the end of October 2019, for around $300.

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