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Comparing iPhone screen LCD with OLED

Choosing the appropriate iPhone model usually depends on its display screen. The two technologies that power these displays are liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). This guide compares these two types of screens and helps you decide which one is most suitable for you.

Understanding LCD and OLED displays

Before we compare, let's understand what these technologies are and how they work.

Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)

LCD screens use backlight to illuminate the pixels on the screen. From the first generation to the iPhone 8 and iPhone XR, this technology has been used for the iPhone.

Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs)

OLED display is the latest technology used in the iPhone, starting with iPhone X. Each pixel in an OLED display emits its own light, eliminating the need for backlighting.

Comparison between LCD and OLED

Color reproduction

OLED displays typically have better color reproduction because they can produce true black, making them more vibrant and saturated

power dissipation

OLED screens consume less power when displaying darker colors, as individual pixels may turn off when displaying black. However, when displaying bright colors or white, they may consume more power than LCDs.


LCD usually has a longer lifespan because OLEDs may experience "aging", a permanent mark that remains on the screen after displaying static content for a long time.


OLED displays are usually more expensive than LCD displays, which can affect the overall cost of the device.

Which one should you choose?

The choice between LCD and OLED largely depends on your preferences. If you value bright colors, higher contrast, and don't mind higher costs, OLED may be your choice. If you prefer a more affordable and durable option, and may compromise on display quality, LCD may be your choice.


Both LCD and OLED screens have their strengths and weaknesses, and the choice between the two often depends on personal preferences. cancel

OLED displays may be better for your eyes due to their higher contrast and ability to display deeper black.

Can you notice the difference between LCD and OLED?

Yes, especially in dark environments, you can notice darker black and brighter colors on OLED screens.

Is the screen of iPhone 12 OLED or LCD?

The iPhone 12 series uses an OLED screen.

Can the "aging" on the OLED screen be fixed?

The "aging" on OLED screens is usually irreparable as it involves the degradation of organic materials that make up individual pixels.

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