Displays come in many sizes and resolutions. Size is typically specified in inches and is the diagonal measurement. Resolution is the number of pixels displayed horizontally x vertically.

There are a number of different screen technologies.  AMOLED is a common display type providing fast display updates with low power. This type of display is essentially a matrix of pixels that can be switched on or off.

The display has a digitizer in front of it to support multitouch. A digitizer detects the position of a finger on the display and sends this information to the operating system (which provides this information to an app).  Common touchscreen technology is capacitive. When a finger touches this type of display it conducts a tiny amount of electricity, resulting in a distortion to the digitizer’s electrostatic field which can be measured to give a position on the display.

The digitizer can be overlaid on the display or integrated into the display. For example, “Super AMOLED” is a common display with an integrated digitizer. Digitizers support a certain number of simultaneous touches, 2 and 5 are common.

To help protect the display’s glass from scratching, the glass can be toughened during manufacture. Gorilla glass by Corning is commonly used in phones (there are currently 5 versions of Gorilla glass, 1 – 5 (for example, later versions improve scratch resistance).

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