In March of 2018, the repair industry was introduced to the first iPhone X Aftermarket LCD Display assembly, and only a few months later we saw for the first time an iPhone X Aftermarket OLED Display Assembly. Since then, the industry evolved even further and now we can choose between a couple of options, as you
should probably know.
When it comes to aftermarket OLEDs, we can find them in two different ways: hard and soft (also known as rigid and flexible). The original iPhone X screens has a flexible OLED Display that allows the display to flex around the edges of the screen. With this in mind, it makes sense that the first aftermarket OLED screens were soft, with rigid (hard) coming out later.
The problem is that, unlike the clear difference between OEM refurbished and Aftermarket displays, it’s quite tricky to see the difference between a hard and a soft OLED display, so we decided to make it simple for you.
Soft OLED (or Flexible OLED)
Just like the original iPhone X’s screen, the soft OLED display is built on a flexible material. Its display size matches the dimensions of the OEM screen and the flexibility around the outer edges allows the soft OLED materials to absorb an impact without damaging or breaking the visual display. Overall, Soft OLEDs better match the iPhone X’s 5.8” display size and have a performance compared to an OEM, making them pricier.
Hard OLED (or Rigid OLED)
Hard OLED screens are built using a stiff glass substrate; Because of it, the display does not flex very much along the curve, so the display has an enlarged bezel that slightly reduces the size of the 5.8” display. The hardness of the glass also makes the screen more prone to cracks if the device is dropped.
Two reasons for choosing the rigid AM OLED is that they cost less and have higher screen brightness; but at the expense of display size and durability. It’s also worth mentioning that, while enhanced screen brightness sounds like an added bonus, it may be harsher to look at.
Here’s the Overall Breakdown:
|Soft OLED (Flexible)||Hard OLED (Rigid)|
|Display Size||Equivalent to OEM||Reduced from OEM|
|Durability||Equivalent to OEM||Lower than OEM|
As you can imagine by now, the soft OLED performs more similar to an original screen than the hard ones. However, the hard OLED is a good option if you are looking for a more affordable product, without sacrificing too much the quality of the screen’s performance. In the end, it’s up to every repair tech and end user to determine which screen will be best for each repair.