If you're reading this on your smartphone, and it's of the Samsung variety, then it's pretty much guaranteed to be an AMOLED display panel you're looking at. The display technology based around OLED – Organic LEDs – has taken off for Samsung and their Super AMOLED technology has been at the heart of their smartphones ever since Samsung started manufacture of their AMOLED technology back in 2007. Now, Samsung are saying that they've manufactured 300 Million AMOLED panels since then.
For one component that's a big figure and Samsung are obviously proud of it after all, it's often their main trump card to play against other manufacturers. Super AMOLED is of course what most of us have come to know it by, ever since it first launched with the original Galaxy S. Now, Super AMOLED displays have gotten bigger and are packing in more pixels than ever. From the Galaxy S and the S II packing 800 x 480 to the Galaxy Note packing in 1280 x 800 and the Galaxy S III's 1280 x 720 display, the technology has come on a long way.
AMOLED has not always been the favored display technology though, with critics making note of the often overly-bright and saturated colors to the loathed PenTile sub-pixel arrangement. IPS panels have become more common and are praise for offering almost as much vibrancy as AMOLED but, with better viewing angles and a more realistic color representation. Personally, I prefer IPS-based displays over AMOLED as I don't care for the blue-tint that often comes with it but, this is one of the great things about Android – I don't like AMOLED so, I can buy a smartphone with a different display type.
Samsung has done well to keep production of their Super AMOLED displays going, enough to keep the 40 Million sales of the Galaxy S III going and still produce units for the future. When talking about the future, it's clear that the Galaxy S IV is going to be another beacon for AMOLED at if the rumors are right, the 4.99" 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED display should really make the latest Samsung flagship stand out from the crowd.