Check out this new tech trend that may already be in your pocket…

Today’s world is abuzz with a stream of new technologies, and flashy tech like the iPhone X and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 are bound to catch the eye.

One of the biggest selling points of new high-end phones is the giant, super colorful OLED screen. But what makes an OLED screen better than what I have on my phone right now?

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First let’s get the terminology out of the way: OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode (organic means the diodes are made of carbon based molecules).

OLEDs have two important features:

  • They use less energy than traditional LCD screens
  • Each pixel is self illuminating, meaning they can be turned off and on individually

These two features add up to big benefits. Because OLED technology doesn’t rely on a backlight, it saves power, allowing for greatly improved battery life. OLED screens also involve less layers than LCD panels, and this simpler design makes them more responsive so your phone feels snappier with less blur on fast moving videos.

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OLED screens have amazing contrast (measured by the difference in brightness between the screen’s black and white pixels). This contrast results from OLED screens being able to turn off some pixels entirely, meaning the blacks on your phone will be actual blacks and not just dark grays like on typical screens. Other colors pop more and images appear more saturated.

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If you don’t happen to have an extra $1,000 in your pocket right now to buy the latest phone, be patient. Like any new technology (and the stock market), prices will drop.