Today, we bring to you our list of the Top 10 Super Amoled Smartphones. If you are new to the subject, here is a brief explanation before we proceed. Unlike LCD displays, AMOLED panels don’t have a backlight. This means each pixel is powered separately. This also means the pixel can be completely turned off to render black color. Long story short, AMOLEDs have deep blacks, high contrast ratio and colors that pop. They are best suited for multimedia consumption. The whites on AMOLED used to be less bright than whites on IPS LCD panels, but that’s no longer the case anymore. AMOLED panels are also relatively light on the eyes.
Till a few years back, even the best AMOLED panels used to have an unnatural blue tint, more conspicuous on white background, but Samsung (who’s responsible for most AMOLED panels available) has fixed the issue. AMOLED screens are also more susceptible to burn-ins and degradation over a period of time, but the effect is not very noticeable throughout the normal life cycle.
top 10 super amoled smartphones
1. Realme X2
Realme X2 ticks many boxes when it comes to meeting trends and display is one amongst them. In the dint of a motorized pop-up camera, the company could grant us a full-screen experience without any notch or cutout of any shape or size.
It’s just a large 6.4-inches AMOLED panel with Full HD+ resolution. The peak brightness touches 430 nits, which is fairly legible even right under the scorching sun. The Realme X2 also allows you to tinker the color calibration and nice-have goodies like DC Dimming and DRM L1 Widewine certification (for HD streaming).
2. Vivo S1 Pro
Vivo S1 Pro brandishes the style and substance theme, something which reflects in its waterdrop notch display. This one’s a 6.38-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen. The Vivo S1 Pro also has option to switch between color profile presets, which lets you tweak the display to your liking.
You also get Always-on display, customizable notch and dark mode features baked within the software. You won’t have to strain your eyes, thanks to a dependable luminosity, including the auto-brightness.
Similarly, the Vivo S1 is another Vivo phone with AMOLED screen available under Rs 20,000 budget in both online and offline markets.
3. Oppo Reno 2F
The Oppo Reno 2F too manage to feature in this list thanks to the 6.53-inch AMOLED screen. It’s an uninterrupted screen thanks to the motorised pop-selfie camera module. While the MediaTek P70 chipset in the Reno 2F is not a powerhouse, it is good enough to meet requirements of an average user.
The phone includes a 48MP quad rear camera setup and 16MP selfie camera. Oppo offers it’s with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage with microSD card support. The Android-based Color OS not one of our preferred custom skins, though.
4. Samsung Galaxy M31
Samsung Galaxy M31 (review) sports a 6.4-inch Infinity-U AMOLED panel display with a resolution 2340 x1080 pixels (FHD+). The phone also comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection and Widevine L1 certification. Samsung has also updated the optics with as per 2020 trends. The M31 comes equipped with a 64MP sensor led quad rat camera setup and a 32MP selfie camera.
And it’s not just the peripherals, the internals pack Exynos 9611 chipset, 6000mAh, and Android 10 based One UI software.
5. Vivo Z1X
The Vivo Z1X is another smartphone from Vivo’s bracket boasting off an AMOLED screen. Backed by the Snapdragon 712 chipset, the Vivo Z1X is a good phone for budget buyers under rupees 20,000.
It includes a triple rear camera setup with a 48MP sensor being on the forefront. There is also an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 5MP depth sensor to assist them. 5000mAh battery and bundled 22.5W fast charger further strengthen its case. The Vivo Z1 Pro is available in 6GB RAM with 64GB ROM and 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM options.
6. Realme XT
Just like the Realme X, the Oppo’s spin-off brand also opts for an AMOLED in the Realme XT (review). With premium looks and 10nm fabrication process based Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset, Realme XT makes a quite compelling case for itself for the price.
Optics wise, Realme XT packs a versatile quad-camera setup that includes a 64 MP primary sensor, 8 MP ultrawide, a 2 MP macro sensor and a 2 MP depth sensor. Realme has packed with 4000mAh battery with 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charger.
Another Realme Phone with AMOLED screen under Rs 20,000 is Realme X (review).
7. Samsung A50s
Samsung’ 2019 A series star – the Galaxy A50s (review) is another good looking smartphone that houses with AMOLED screen on top. The Galaxy A50s comes with 6.4-inch SuperAMOLED screen that just looks amazing. It has a full HD+ resolution with an embedded fingerprint scanner.
This is one of the few Samsung phones outside flagship ‘S’ and ‘Note’ series to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. It features impressive Exynos 9611 chipset and 5000mAh battery.
Alternatively, you can also consider its older sibling the Galaxy A50 (review) which is slightly dated but more affordable.
8. Samsung Galaxy M30s
In 2019 Samsung has launched a number of phones with AMOLED screen and one of them is M30s. Launched at Rs 15,990, the Galaxy M30s has received a hefty price cut and is now retailing for Rs 13,990 making it a good buy for the price.
Apart from an AMOLED screen, the M30s rocks an Exynos 9611 octa-core chipset coupled with Mali G72 GPU and up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. There’s also a triple cam setup at the back featuring 48 MP primary sensor, 8 MP ultrawide and 5 MP depth sensor.
9. Samsung Galaxy M21
The Samsung Galaxy M21 (review) is another smartphone that has an FHD+ AMOLED panel. The display is crisp and vibrant and very well suited for multimedia consumption.
The handset is powered by Exynos 9611 octa-core SoC, has a 48MP led triple rear camera setup, a 20MP selfie camera, and a massive 6000mAh battery
10. Vivo V17
After a number of price cuts, the Vivo V17 is available for under 20,000 and therefore it has made it to this list of AMOLED display phones. The Vivo V17 AMOLED screen has a 2.98-mm punch hole which was one of the tiniest indentations. The 6.44-inch screen offers an 84.9% screen-to-body ratio with FHD+ resolution. The aspect ratio is 20:9 with about 409 PPI density and the screen also covers 100% of DCI-P3 color gamut.
The selfie snapper houses a 32-megapixel shooter, whilst the back nests a 48MP-led quartet. In 2020, the Vivo V17’s Snapdragon 675 might feel little underwhelming gaming enthusiasts.
WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A SMARTPHONE?
SMARTPHONE PERFORMANCE: PROCESSOR AND RAM
Your smartphone processor, also known as the chipset or the SoC, is the component that is responsible for just about everything functioning on your smartphone. It is essentially the brain of the system, and most of these processors also come equipped with AI capabilities that essentially make your smartphone as ‘smart’ it is today.
A capable processor not only allows your device to function seamlessly but is also capable of enhancing other factors. One example is image processing. Samsung phones, as an example, comes in two variants – one hosting the Snapdragon chipset (the latest one being Snapdragon 865+). In contrast, the other one employs Samsung’s in house Exynos processor (the latest being Exynos 990). Some reviewers have explicitly stated that there is a tangible difference in not just the processing power of the two variants, the Snapdragon being much snappier, but also the image-processing abilities.
So, when you choose your smartphone, it is integral to know what processor you’re getting along with it since the performance directly correlates with it. Popular ones include Snapdragon, Apple A13 Bionic, Exynos 990, and Kirin 990. Apple processors are known for their raw computing power, and Snapdragon processors are the closest equivalent in the Android realm. You also have lower-powered processors for mid-range and budget devices such as the Snapdragon 730 and 730G, Snapdragon 675, MediaTek Helio G90T and G85, and more, that are commonly found in lower-priced 2020 smartphones. If you’re on a budget and don’t mind sacrificing some power to save money, consider buying phones with one of these processors since they drive down costs quite a bit.
Coming to RAM, this refers to system memory that smartphones use to hold data that active applications are using. A portion of your smart- phone’s RAM is always used up by the operating system, to keep it run- ning. We’re not going to get into the nitty-gritty of RAM usage in a phone since it involves explaining terms such as kernel-space which will end up taking a lot of room in this article. Having sufficient RAM can allow you to have a larger number of apps running in the background, which significantly affects your multitasking experience. However, some smartphones are breaking all barriers and installing a whopping 12-16 GB of RAM in their smartphones. That’s definitely overkill for smartphones, especially if you don’t plan on switching between 10-20 apps at the same time. If you’re a light smartphone user, someone who only uses their phone for calls, texts, What- sApp and light browsing, you can easily get away with 3-4 GB RAM. For power users, something around the ballpark of 6-8 GB is perfectly fine.
CHOICE OF OPERATING SYSTEM
It boils down to two options – Android or iOS. The choice is actually more complicated than you imagine since both operating systems have a sizable list of pros and cons. If you’re someone who enjoys tinkering around with your device and customising it to your heart’s content, you’re Team Android. If you like a simple, powerful OS which gets constant software updates and is supported for a more extended period, you’re Team iOS. Nevertheless, Android is also almost as powerful but not quite as simple, although the current Android version has become much simpler to use than the days of Gingerbread. Just know that iOS, as an OS, is quite limiting, in some cases. For instance, you cannot sideload apps from the internet if they are not available on the App Store, the split-screen mode still isn’t a thing on iPhones (just iPads), you cannot customise your home screen (although iOS 14 may include widgets), and you definitely cannot use launchers to completely change the look of your phone. However, iOS comes with a plethora of advantages as well, such as iMessage, FaceTime, regular software updates, and the biggest of all, minimal bloatware, and no adware! We’re looking at you, Xiaomi!
PREFERED USER INTERFACE
You also have to keep in mind that numerous smartphones come with their own skin or UI (user interface) smacked on top of Android. OnePlus has OxygenOS, a clean skin that is quite close to stock Android, Samsung comes with One UI 2, which has improved by leaps and bounds from its TouchWiz days, MIUI on Xiaomi phones, which is an ad-fest but is well-optimised, ColorOS on Oppo and Realme smartphones, that is heavily inspired by iOS.
Remember to try and experience the UI before buying the device to see if it works for you.
A GOOD DISPLAY
Smartphone display sizes seem to be ever-increasing and are continually pushing the boundary of what we’d expect a smartphone display size to be. They’ve reached the ‘phablet’ realm with displays even reaching up to 6.9-inches!
However, in the age where content is being consumed increasingly on our pocket devices (hard to call them that now), this may not be a bad thing. We suggest anything above 5.7 inches so you can really immerse yourself into games and media. As far as display types go, you have LCD and AMOLED displays. AMOLED displays have variants such as OLED or Super AMOLED (in the case of Sam- sung) and have better contrast and darker blacks. They also assist in saving battery since they turn off all the black pixels on the phone to display ‘true black’.
Next, you also have various resolutions such as Full HD, Full HD+ Quad HD. While QHD does provide crisper images, the difference between FHD and QHD is not too jarring, especially to the untrained eye. You should also check the screen protection on your device. Gorilla 5 and 6 are usually used in current-generation smartphones, and they provide reasonable protection for your glass sandwiches. However, we still recommend a case strongly.
THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF STORAGE
The current standard is 64GB on lower-end models and 128GB to 512GB on flagships. With swift sharing apps and technologies, almost all of us import every single GB of data from our previous phones to the new ones. So, adequate storage is essential. We recommend that you do not go under 128GB since it will give you enough breathing room to keep your data as well as download apps to your heart’s content. Also, keep an eye out for phones with expandable memory storage.
BATTERY LIFE THAT FITS YOUR DAILY REQUIREMENTS
The golden standard of battery life in flagship smartphones is 6+ hours of screen on time. Anything with higher capacities can mostly allow even heavy-users to power through. Flagship phones, as well as some mid-range phones, can also reach 8-10 hours of screen on time, which is brilliant. The goal is to get a phone that can at least pull through one whole day of intensive usage. So, ensure to check battery tests online before purchasing a device. Also, try and research if the phone you’re planning on buying has a decent power-saving mode.
CAMERA QUALITY THAT JUSTIFIES THE PRICE
In 2020, multi-cameras are the norm and phones with just one rear camera are extremely rare now. You usually get a primary lens which sports the highest MP count, a portrait lens, and a wide-angle shooter. And then, you also have a few extras that some manufacturers add such as the ToF (Time of Flight) sensor, macro lens, and colour filter lens. We, at the Digit Labs, are fans of the wide-angle lens because of the magnitude of images you can now take on phones. Capturing sprawling scenes is not a problem anymore! The portrait lens, when done well, can produce spectacular bokeh shots too. However, if this trend just isn’t for you and the growing camera bumps enrage you, it would be best to buy older phones with one primary lens or newer ones such as the iPhone SE 2020. Also, don’t go MP hunting, higher megapixel-count doesn’t always mean better images since the sensor size is much more integral to producing good photos.
Smartphones have also been employing pixel-binning, which essentially turns four or more pixel into one big pixel, that adds clarity and detail to the image. Also, for now, try to stray away from the 108MP sensors since they’re pretty rough around the edges at the moment plagued with image fringing and autofocus issues.
MISCELLANEOUS THINGS TO CONSIDER
- Wireless charging
- Gaming Mode
- Fingerprint sensor vs Face Unlock
- Bluetooth version
- IP Rating
- Dual sim
- Reverse wireless charging
- Stereo speakers
- Dual-band Wi-Fi
WHAT NOT TO CONSIDER?
While the design evolution is innovative and smart, it is simply too early to be completely reliable. Our verdict? Hold off on buying foldable phones for a few years.
In a country like the US which is slowly but surely seeing widespread 5G integration (low band or mmWave), sure, go for 5G phones to futureproof. However, 5G integration in India is still a ways away, and the proper rollout is years away. So, it makes no sense paying more to purchase a 5G phone.