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What is ADS display: ADS vs IPS explained

Manufacturers currently offer a wide variety of displays made by different technologies, so it may be quite confusing for people to understand which one is better. One such technology that you might find in tech specs of TVs, monitors, phones, or tablets is ADS. For example, Samsung QN85A TVs have IPS ADS displays.

In case you want to understand the difference between IDS and IPS – this article may help you.

What are ADS screens?

IPS ADS is one of the modifications of IPS screens. Originally this modification was called ADSDS (Advanced Super Dimension Switch). However, such a name is difficult to pronounce and difficult to remember, so for commercial use, it was decided to shorten the name to ADS. For the first time, such screens were offered by the Chinese BOE in 2012, and since then such screens are sometimes used on various devices.

What’s the difference between ADS IPS and IPS displays?

Manufacturers claim there are some advantages of IPS ADS displays. Let’s take a closer look at them:

  • Increased brightness
  • Improved contrast
  • Improved screen rigidity

Seems good, isn’t it? However, let’s consider them from a logical point of view. Here’s what I think:

  • Improved rigidity – yes, the screen is made to be more rigid, you can see it by pushing on the screen. However, let’s be honest, how often do you press the screen? If it’s TV, you probably don’t touch it at all. And if it’s a screen with a touchscreen, it has a protective glass that already protects the screen from damage.
  • Increased brightness – the brightness of the LCD depends on the backlight, if you make a brighter backlight, then the overall brightness of the screen will be more. Note also that by design any IPS panels have a very high brightness and contrast.
  • Improved contrast – contrast ratio depends on many factors, the main factor is the quality of materials from which the screen is made. So standard IPS screen can have the same contrast as ADS IPS.

Of course, I don’t mean that ADS IPS screens are bad. However, you have to understand that it’s just one of the variations of IPS technology. There are about a dozen IPS variations and ADS IPS is just that BOE came up with their own screen manufacturing process.

Yes, it’s still a high-quality IPS screen, but in actual use, it doesn’t have any breathtaking advantages over standard IPS screens.
Currently, BOE uses this technology to make 4K and 8K resolution screens, which are used in high-end TVs, however, speaking honestly, there’s no important difference between IPS and ADS IPS displays.



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