OnePlus 3 Features Optic AMOLED, But What Is It?


OnePlus 3 officially launched on June 14 this week and carries with it the Optic AMOLED branding that the company coined for its display.

While we all know that AMOLED stands for Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode, where the diodes emit their own light to eliminate the need for backlighting, the "Optic" word affixed to the OnePlus 3's AMOLED-powered display leads most to assume that there's something more to its technology than other available brands, i.e. Super AMOLED, but what is it?

OnePlus indirectly reveals in a recent Ask Me Anything (AMA) thread on Reddit that there's nothing to it, really, save for a different display configuration profile set by the company for its OnePlus 3 flagship smartphone.

In the mentioned thread, OnePlus Co-Founder, Carl Pei, addresses a series of questions centered around the OnePlus 3's Optic AMOLED display that seek to understand what was so special about it.

One question asks how the optic AMOLED technology of the OnePlus 3 differs from "regular AMOLED displays used in other phones," to which the co-founder replies that the company has "taken Super AMOLED and added [its] take on contrast and color temperature" to supposedly make the device's graphic display more "true to life."

"In addition, we've designed its performance profile to work well when outdoors in bright conditions," he adds.

If that answer was still somehow vague regarding the phone's supposedly upgraded AMOLED technology, fortunately, another question addresses this rumor directly.

The question asks Pei from what generation the OnePlus AMOLED panel was manufactured from, and he answers that it's from the "current gen." The co-founder does add that these panels are built and "customized" for each manufacturer as "serious manufacturers" do not use "off the shelf displays."

There are enough facts revealed in these answers, but for the sake of irrefutable clarification, another question asks if the Optic AMOLED panel was made by Samsung, to which Pei replies with "Yeah," while one more question asks what the "Optic" in "Optic AMOLED" stand for, in case it's another acronym, to which he replies with, "Our Optic AMOLED display features a dual-polarizing layer, resulting in really vivid and true-to-life colors."

At this point, it is safe to conclude that Optic AMOLED does only mean a different integration and configuration setting over other available brands using the same Super AMOLED panel provided by Samsung.

It is unknown, though, if the said configuration works better than other devices until enough hands-on reviews surface. We'll keep you posted once we get a better look at the OnePlus 3 Optic AMOLED display.

In the meantime, the announcement trailer for OnePlus 3 can be viewed below:

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