Transmissive: The transmissive liquid crystal cell does not have reflective properties. Utilizing a backlight behind the display creates the image that is displayed on the screen, and the transmissive liquid crystal cell acts as a light valve to either allow the light to pass through the display or to block the light. This technology is used when there are few ambient light sources available.
Transflective: Utilizing a transflector, which is a reflector that will still allow some light to pass through, transflective LCD displays are able to achieve both reflective and transmissive properties. This capability enables acceptable transmissive performance with a backlight in low-light conditions, and allows the utilization of a reflective lower-power mode in adequate ambient light conditions while maintaining good performance in direct sunlight. The transflective viewing mode is the most common monochrome LCD viewing mode.