As the iPhone X series gets older, naturally, there is an emergence of different types of replacement screens that become available. Various materials are used to create each different screen which, in turn, means that each screen will have its pros and its cons. Some screens are intentionally created to be more cost-effective while others are made to try to replicate the original as much as possible. Check out the four types of replacement screens below to get a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses.

 

Original Panel:

This is the best quality screen and it is the closest to OEM available. On the downside, this is the most expensive screen.

 

Aftermarket Soft OLED:

This is the second-best quality screen available. It uses OLED technology which is a step above an LCD display. It is just as flexible as the OEM, which decreases the chances of damage to the display if the device is dropped.

 

Aftermarket Hard OLED:

This screen costs a little less than the Aftermarket Soft OLED. It uses OLED technology which is a step above an LCD display. It is not as flexible as the OEM or Soft OLED, which increases the chances of damage to the display if the device is dropped.

 

Aftermarket LCD:

This is the most cost-effective screen. It uses an LCD display, which all the iPhones have used up until the iPhone X. However, the display quality is not as good as an OLED screen.

 

Here at Etech, we carry two types of screens, Premium and Platinum. Our Premium screen is considered Aftermarket Soft OLED and our Platinum screen is considered Original Panel.

 

Something else to think about when handling the iPhone X series is that the FaceID is unique to every individual device.  If the device detects a front-facing camera or earpiece flex that is not original, FaceID will not work. Luckily, the front camera is embedded into the housing of the device. The earpiece speaker, however, has to be transferred from the original screen.

 

Keep these things in mind if a customer comes in for a repair on an iPhone X, XR, or XS Max and there is damage at the top of the screen. If the front camera or front sensor assembly is damaged, FaceID will not work. Make sure to check the following functions prior to and after the repair:

  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Top Speaker
  • FaceID

If you or your team are in need of help, please check eTech training services in order to receive more in-depth guidance on your repairs.