HTC switching from AMOLED to S-LCD panels due to supply shortage?

Take this with a heavy grain of salt because it doesn’t make much sense at all to me. According to the Korean Herald HTC is about to start manufacturing the Google Nexus One, HTC Desire and HTC Incredible (why not the Legend too?) with S-LCD screens / panels instead of AMOLED because of Samsung’s inability to supply enough AMOLED panels. There are lot of holes in this story: first off AMOLED and LCD have major differences in terms of power consumption so I don’t see how HTC is going to simply swap between the too without changing the battery or the Power Management controls on the devices. Secondly S-LCD is not a new type of LCD panel but a joint venture between Samsung and Sony formed back in 2004 to build LCD TV panels(not for smartphones..) and the last news is that Sony is out of it and has formed a new joint venture with Sharp. The other shady claim in the Korean Herald piece is an analyst who’s expecting sales of the Samsung Galaxy S to reach around 10-15 million units in the latter half of this year..sure..I have a bridge to sell you if Samsung manages to sell that much in 6 months…

Update: Android Community claims to have heard from HTC that:

HTC has plans to keep using the AMOLED technology from Samsung, but they are also going to use Sony’s Super TFT LCD displays as well. According to HTC, there is no discernible difference between the displays from Sony and Samsung, and they are expecting the differences to slide under the radar. [..]As of right now, HTC says that they’ve got a working demo of the screen in progress.

Lets say that I still remain highly skeptical about this supposedly new S-LCD panel from Sony that nobody has ever heard about before….but if this indeed turns out to be true and HTC is going to use a new and improved LCD panel on its devices it can only be good news IMO. Especially for those who aren’t fond of the PenTile Matrix sub-pixels arrangement on the AMOLED displays.

Source: Korean Herald , S-LCD

  • Diego!

    HTC should buy an LCD builder company and make their own hardware not depending on third parties companies which also are their competition (i.e.: Samsung)

    I think they will save a lot of money AND customers! Since everybody now who wants an HTC needs to week between two and three weeks. Insane.

  • Diego!

    HTC should buy an LCD builder company and make their own hardware not depending on third parties companies which also are their competition (i.e.: Samsung)

    I think they will save a lot of money AND customers! Since everybody now who wants an HTC needs to week between two and three weeks. Insane.

  • Sabir

    this is bullshit, one of my reasons to get a Desire in July when my plan ends was the AMOLED screen, and now starting in Juli they are gonna start selling ‘em with fucking LCD?

  • Sabir

    this is bullshit, one of my reasons to get a Desire in July when my plan ends was the AMOLED screen, and now starting in Juli they are gonna start selling ‘em with fucking LCD?

  • Diego!

    Let’s wait and see. I own a Samsung Omnia II, its screen is a resistive AMOLED, and let me tell you by personal experience that in direct sunlight is almost impossible to read anything on the screen.

    I don’t know if you’d seen the video her in mobiletechworld, where they compare SuperAMOLED, AMOLED and LCD screens in direct sunlight. LCD and SuperAMOLED are the winners!

    So, maybe this SuperLCD could be a winner too. Before we say something negative, we should really watch it first. I think HTC won’t let this problem happen twice to them.

    And they should know Sony’s SuperLCD must be good too. Fingers crossed! :D

    P.S.: Hopefully Sony won’t play like Samsung if the SuperLCD turns out better than AMOLED. hehehe

  • Diego!

    Let’s wait and see. I own a Samsung Omnia II, its screen is a resistive AMOLED, and let me tell you by personal experience that in direct sunlight is almost impossible to read anything on the screen.

    I don’t know if you’d seen the video her in mobiletechworld, where they compare SuperAMOLED, AMOLED and LCD screens in direct sunlight. LCD and SuperAMOLED are the winners!

    So, maybe this SuperLCD could be a winner too. Before we say something negative, we should really watch it first. I think HTC won’t let this problem happen twice to them.

    And they should know Sony’s SuperLCD must be good too. Fingers crossed! :D

    P.S.: Hopefully Sony won’t play like Samsung if the SuperLCD turns out better than AMOLED. hehehe

  • Diego!

    I meant here in mobiletechworld. Lol, it’s 00:12AM in my country and I can’t sleep :(

  • Diego!

    I meant here in mobiletechworld. Lol, it’s 00:12AM in my country and I can’t sleep :(