Nokia Lumia 900 AMOLED vs Nokia Lumia 800 AMOLED – what’s the difference?

Both the Nokia Lumia 900 and the Nokia Lumia 800 use AMOLED screen technology for top notch picture quality. However, you may have heard it mentioned that there are differences in their make-up. We take a closer look at what those differences are and what it means for you.

What’s so special about the Nokia Lumia 900 screen?

When the Nokia Lumia 900 arrives later this year, it will replace the Nokia Lumia 800 as Nokia’s lead device. In truth, they’re very similar in many ways, with mostly the same internal components, the same Windows Phone 7.5 OS and the same gorgeous all-polycarbonate design.

Both phones use AMOLED display technology too, which is a major step on from the more common LCD approach. AMOLED screens light each pixel individually for superior colour contrast and deeper blacks. It’s why your Nokia Lumia 800’s picture positively pops from the screen!

But there are differences. The Nokia Lumia 900’s screen is 0.6 of an inch bigger than the Nokia Lumia 800’s, of course, but this size difference has prompted a change in technological approach from Nokia. 

The Nokia Lumia 800’s display is built using a PenTile matrix. This means that it uses fewer sub-pixels – the individual red, blue and green elements that make up each pixel – than your average mobile screen, with a greater quantity of greens. This space-efficient approach is ideal – and indeed wholly necessary – for more compact AMOLED displays like the Nokia Lumia 800’s. For bigger screens, though, this technology can lead to image clarity issues.

That’s why the Nokia Lumia 900’s 4.3-inch AMOLED display uses a different technology. Its sub-pixels are arranged like a normal LCD display, with one red, one green and one blue sub-pixel assigned to each pixel. On such a large screen where you can see any image disparities that much clearer, this is essential to a clear picture.

While both devices take different approaches with their AMOLED displays, each uses the best method for the size of the screen. It’s why the Nokia Lumia 900’s screen will look just as clear (if not more so) as the Nokia Lumia 800’s, despite having the exact same resolution stretched over a larger surface area. And of course, both screens make full use of Nokia’s ClearBlack Display technology for excellent outdoor performance!

Whichever Nokia Lumia phone you own – the Nokia Lumia 800 or the Nokia Lumia 900 – you can rest assured you’ll get a super-clear picture and all the benefits that AMOLED technology brings.

Have you seen the Nokia Lumia 800’s AMOLED screen up close? What did you think of it compared to standard LCD handsets? Let us know in the Comments section below.

  • Dispenser

    Just got the 800 today and to use an old cliche LCD vs AMOLED is like chalk and cheese!