Supply shortages are forcing HTC to switch from AMOLED to LCD displays

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Supply shortages are forcing HTC to switch from AMOLED to LCD displays
As we've previously reported, a shortage of parts needed for Samsung to produce the AMOLED screens it makes for Android models has pushed back shipments of Verizon's HTC Droid Incredible. Since HTC has been unable to get enough of the screens from Samsung, the Taiwan-based company plans on switching to LCD TFT screens manufactured by Sony. This speculation is based on a report in the Korean Herald and comes from Korean carrier KT. The latter firm plans on offering the HTC manufactured Nexus One in July and wrote on its web page that, "Google Nexus One, which will be produced after July will be equipped with SCLD (Super TFT LCD) and sold worldwide." Google and HTC have changed the production standard for the handset and this will allow for the new screens to be used.

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



1. Ferame

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 26, 2010

I wanted to buy HTC Desire in August, but now, when they said NO for amoled, i think I'll buy Samsung Galaxy S. Anyone can say how much it will cost in Europe?

2. rocketvernon

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 26, 2010

Samsung Galaxy S (I9000) would cost between £440-£453 pounds, Regards

3. tuminatr

Posts: 1125; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

not sure there is that big of a difference, from what I have read TFT can be read outside much better and support more colors

9. blugeni

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 27, 2010

with sAMOLED there is a big difference, its as good if not better than TFT under direct sunlight, increased viewing angles, also the color saturation and black reproduction is something that a TFT can only dream about, all this thanks to the removal of the air pocket between the OLED screen and the capacitve touchscreen.

4. dyster

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I think this is good news. The INC screen is beautiful, but very hard to see outdoors. If this move corrects supply needs, consumers win.

5. cadetz unregistered

if switch to LCD then will it make the batteries last longer?

6. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Probably not. AMOLED displays were great when it came to battery life. Plus look gorgeous.

7. ellistiu911

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 18, 2009

well from what I hear sony ericcsson's TFT LCD display are the best in terms of LCD, and black colors are really black and in color reproduction it can be compared with a regular vanilla flavored AMOLED. . (I don't think it can match up on the Super AMOLED) but in terms of energy consumption the AMOLED wins

8. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

unless the only difference between the AMOLED and Super TFT screens is battery consumption, isnt HTC sort of cheating future customers by giving them lower quality phones than promised?

13. vinsterdamus

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 20, 2010

lower quality is a big word. there is a difference but it's not a big one. were talking about amoled not super amoled so it's sort of a upgrade. it's summer now all people with a amoled screen can't view their screen outside anyway

10. xerxestri

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 27, 2010

Does anyone know or have an idea if this switch of screens will affect the price of either the old or new models of the Nexus One?

11. belayson

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 25, 2010

I hope this will give the nexus one actual multi-touch!

12. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

is it worth waiting for the pro version to come to ATT?..or just keep the onscreen version?

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