Article last updated on: Jan 17, 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:



Huawei Mate 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.

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.

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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).

Huawei Nova 5 / Nova 5 Pro

Huawei's Nova 5 is an Android smartphone that features a 6.39-inch 1080x2340 AMOLED display with an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, a Kirin 810 chipset, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage and a quan camera setup. The Nova 5 Pro offers a similar display but with a stronger specification (such as a Kirin 980 chipset and a Mali-G65 MP10 GPU).

Huawei Nova 5 photo

The Nova 5 and Nova 5 Pro will ship in China by the end of June 2019.

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro

Xiaomi's Redmi K20 Pro is a high-end smartphone that features a 6.39" full-screen 1080x2340 Super AMOLED display, an under-the-display finger print sensor, a triple camera setup, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6/8 GB of RAM, 64/128/256 GB of storage and a motorized selfie camera.

Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro photo

The Redmi K20 Pro is now shipping, starting at around $400.

Oppo Reno Z

The Oppo Reno Z is a mid-range smartphone that features a large 6.4" 1080x2340 AMOLED display with an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, a MediaTek Helio P90 chipset, 6 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage, a dual 48Mp camera setup and Dual SIM.

Oppo Reno Z photo

The Reno Z will ship by the end of June 2019 starting at around $350.

Meizu 16Xs

Meizu's 16Xs is a medium-range smartphone that features a 6.2" 1080x2232 Super AMOLED display with an under-the-OLED fingerprint sensor, a snapdragon 675 chipset, 6 GB of RAM, 164/256 GB of storage and a triple camera setup.

Meizu 16Xs photo

The Meizu 16Xs will ship by mid June 2019, starting at around $250.

Oppo K3

The Oppo K3 is an Android smartphone that features a full-screen 6.5" 1080x2340 AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 710 chipset, 6/8 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage, a micro-SD slot, a dual camera setup and a motorized pop-up selfie camera.

Oppo K3 photo
The Oppo K3 is now shipping starting at around $240.

Realme X

The Realme X is an Android smartphone that features a 6.53" 1080x2340 AMOLED full-screen display with an under-the-display fingerprint sensor, a snapdragon 710 chipset, 4/6/8 GB of RAM, 64/128 GB of storage, a dual-camera setup and a motorized pop-up selfie camera.

Realme X photo

The Realme X will ship by the end of May 2019 starting at $180.