What is OLED? A Beginner's Guide - Direct Cellular & Paging

What is OLED? A Beginner’s Guide

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If you’ve been keeping up with Apple’s iPhone 8 teasers, then you have probably heard that they are making the switch to OLED.

While the term OLED is new to the world of smartphones, the technology has been a staple of televisions since 2013. They have since become the top option when it comes to color contrast and picture quality.

With iPhone leading the charge, other leaders in the manufacturing cell phone plan to start incorporating the technology, abandoning their old LCD systems.

But what exactly is OLED, and why is it better than the LCD systems that the iPhone 7 employed? Our experts at Direct Paging and Cellular, the leader for cricket stores in Tucson put together a primer to help you understand this new technology.

What Is OLED

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. At its simplest, an OLED system relies on an organic compound (typically containing carbon) that emits light when prompted by electricity.

Is It Really Better than LCD

OLED has a number of great benefits. For starters, they use less energy to produce images, in part due to the unique way they create color. Because an OLED screen requires no energy to produce the color black, then any color made with black pixels will require less energy to render on OLED than on LCD.

And speaking of the color black, the OLED system that is capable of producing a true black, meaning OLED lights have an infinite contrast ratio — something that no other system can truly claim.

How Does This Affect Cell Phones

For starters, it means that cell phones will become slightly more fragile. That is because the OLED panel is incredibly delicate, requiring protective glass panels on both sides. It also means a much greater image resolution and clarity which will better facilitate streaming videos. And while nothing is certain with the next wave of telephones, it is reasonable to expect the new OLED lights to allow for even thinner cell phones.

OLED is primed to become the industry standard for lighting and screen picture in cell phones. Hopefully, this guide has helped you understand it better because if you are one of the estimated 190.5 million smartphone users that our nation boasts, then it is only a matter of time until you’ll be using an OLED phone screen yourself.

If you are interested in learning more, contact the experts at one of Direct Paging and Cellular’s 8 cricket stores in Tucson.