Do you speak mobile?

by JohanBe inspired08/05/2015

Do you speak mobile?
Like many other technologies, the world of mobile communication uses its very own jargon to put points across. Interested to find out what's behind those technicals terms every tablet and smartphone manufacturer uses? Find out in this short glossary.


A screen technology based on OLEDs. These provide light when fed with small electrical currents. AMOLED doesn't require backlighting like regular LCD screens do, and thus provides a better contract and better rendring of colour.

Bluetooth :

Bluetooth is a wireless data transmission technology that allows you to connect your device to external devices such as headphones, carphones, etc.


The central processing unit (hence CPU) that enables a smartphone or tablet to work. The more powerful it is, the faster your device will be. The most performant processors at this time are the Qualcomm Snapdragon, Apple A8, Samsung Exynos and Motorola X8.


This is the graphic processing unit, the equivalent of the graphic card in your laptop or PC. This processor powers the rendering of images on your screen. The better your GPU, the more performant your graphics will be. Indispensable for serious device gamers.


Short for ‘Liquid Crystal Display’, or the use of liquid crystals in device displays. The old digital watches of the 1980s are ancestors to this technology. Fortunately, today you can have LCDs with High Definition quality and resolutions of 2506x1440 pixels so you can do much more than read the hour.


Short for ‘Near Field Communication’. This wireless technology is ever more present in recent smartphones and allows NFC chips to communicate with other NFC devices nearby. This can, for instance, facilitate mobile payments.

Stockage :

All smartphones come with an internal storage capacity which can, in many cases, be expanded. Internal storage determines how much data you can store on your device. Expansion of storage capacity is mostly done with extra SD or microSD cards.


RAM stands for ‘Random Access Memory.’ Like in a computer, it’s the memory your smartphone needs to be able to operate. The more RAM you have available, the more powerful apps you can use. Practically speaking, most apps nowadays are developed in such a way that they minimise the amount of RAM needed to succesfully operate.

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