Supply shortages are forcing HTC to switch from AMOLED to LCD displays
Samsung, the world's number 2 handset maker, has been using much of the supply of AMOLED screens that it builds. The Samsung Galaxy S is equipped with a Super AMOLED display and with a variant of the device expected to launch on all four major U.S. carriers, the demand for the screen will be huge. An analyst at Kiwoom Securities, Kim Sung-In, said, "For Samsung Mobile Display, there may be not enough AM-OLED displays to supply to companies other than its affiliate Samsung Electronics." The analyst expects 15-20 million units of the Galaxy S to be sold in the second half of the year. Meanwhile, Samsung's Mobile Display unit has a annual capacity of 35 million screens. While the Korean based firm says it is running at full capacity, it will try to add more supply by increasing the manufacturing capacity of its 3 inch mobile AMOLED display by 10-fold to 30 million units over the next 12 months.
While many might consider the switch in the N-One to an LCD screen to be a lowering in the phone's specs, the Sony LCD model to be used will offer higher resolution and consume less power than the AMOLED display it replaces. The contrast level, however, is lower. " Korean carrier KT says, "AMOLED and SLCD are different technological methods which have their respective strengths and weakness." So far, HTC has been quiet and CEO Peter Chou has not commented on the situation. Besides the Nexus One and Droid Incredible, other HTC Android phones that use AMOLED screens include the Desire and the Legend. No date was given when the latter three devices will be changing to the Sony LCD screens.
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source: KoreaHerald via AndroidandMe