AMOLED vs PMOLED Display Comparison & Difference

‚ÄĘ Updated August 6, 2020

LED (Light Emitting Diode) Displays are super useful and Energy saving when considered in long term. Though there are LEDs like OLED, QLED, AMOLED, SUPER AMOLED, DYNAMIC AMOLED, FLUID AMOLED, PMOLED, SAMOLED, and POLED¬†Displays available, we’ll be discussing only AMOLED vs PMOLED which one is better in Terms of Energy, Efficiency, Quality & Lifetime.

One thing to keep in mind that why this Discussion is Taking Place.

As we have seen earlier, some Smartwatches still use the PMOLED Display, likely Galaxy Fit E, Instead Smartwatches like Mi Band 4 use AMOLED Display itself.

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Why OLED over other Displays?

¬†It’s obvious that OLED is more Energy Efficient than Other Displays like LCD IPS, TFT, TN Panel outputs. What makes OLED ( Organic Light Emitting Diode ) stand out among other competitors?

OLED is capable of producing the best quality display on your output device. It has an extra pixel, made of a material that Glows when Receives a minimum amount of electricity, with organic Contrast and better resolution as compared to others.

why oled over other displays

   This Photo Will be shown far differently in other types of Displays in constant conditions. In the same Brightness level and the same environment, OLED will show it sharper and Brighter than Classic LCD Displays.

   As the electroluminescent materials used in OLED Displays is Organic Compound, it includes carbon in their Molecule. Most necessarily each color that needs to be shown up requires different organic compounds, Which makes it costlier than usual.

¬† ¬†Interestingly OLED can produce extremely dark black in its On display state & that’s incomparable to Display’s offline state.

Let’s Compare what are the key points to be considered when choosing between AMOLED & PMOLED.


¬†The difference of driving electronics Determines whether it’s PMOLED or AMOLED,

AMOLED – Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode

Providing the sharpest contrast, AMOLED is driven by TFT which contains a storage capacitor by which the Pixel state gets maintained. An AMOLED is 100% on or 100% off in any fraction of time. 

AMOLED is more expensive than PMOLED and Samsung and LG Display are the major companies that dominate the market with a big margin.

Amoled screen

PMOLED – Passive Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode

A Display that’s quite comparatively easy and Cheap to fabricate with some major and minor cons in its manufacturing and Efficiency. Has a lower lifetime than AMOLED, is not Energy efficient, restrictions in sizes, which also Forces it to use more voltage.¬†

Not used in usual gadgets, instead, PMOLED is used in Remotes, Watches, Music players, Old model cars, etc.

The price is comparatively low than AMOLED.

pmoled display


   It can be concluded that

  • For Energy efficiency AMOLED is the one
  • For Pricing It’s PMOLED
  • For Lifetime AMOLED is a clear winner
  • Free sizing and Attractiveness AMOLED leads the race.
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