HTC Titan 4.7″ SLCD display performance

Yesterday I showed you how the HTC Titan‘s 4.7″ SLCD display performed outdoors in bright daylight and it’s now time to check out the panel’s viewing angles performance. This is really important especially with a display of this size. I first noticed the great viewing angles when I first witnessed the device during the launch event early last month and was really happy to find out that I wasn’t dreaming back then because the Titan does indeed have a pretty nice screen. As you will see in the video below the colors are perfect even at extreme angles as if it was using an IPS panel. Issues appear only when the screen is viewed from a diagonal angle: the blacks/shadows will wash out but the colors will fortunately stay the same.

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HTC HD7S with Super LCD announced, LG Optimus 3D renamed LG Thrill 4G

This just came out of nowhere…AT&T and HTC have just announced an updated version of the HTC HD7 (which was only available on the now soon to be defunct T-Mobile US). So, what’s new in the HTC HD7S? Well it will come pre-loaded with the latest NoDo version of Windows Phone 7 and will also feature a 4.3inch Super LCD panel (this is a first as there was no SLCD panels of this size manufactured before). AT&T is also going to carry the LG Optimus 3D which is renamed as the LG Thrill 4G. Check out the full press release after the break:

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Slight difference in performance between Windows Phone 7 devices?

Let the nitpicking begging. There’s been a lot of hoopla about a recent video posted on YouTube showing the Samsung Omnia 7 loading a game silghty faster than an HTC 7 Trophy. Big deal folks! Did anybody stop to think for a minute and realise the following: the Omnia 7 has 1GB of on-board NAND Flash ROM compared to 512MB on the HTC 7 Trophy. The ROM and the internal flash (embedded micro-sd flash card or eMMC) are effectively mixed together and act as one single drive when the device is first booted up. So given that the Omnia 7 has twice the ROM there’s a good chance that some of the third-party applications are being installed on the ROM of the device (which is faster than the micro-sd based storage) and this is probably why the game in question is loading faster on the Samsung device compared to the HTC 7 Trophy. As stated by the guy who shot the videos, both phones have comparable performances when running the OS (which is installed in the ROM). But also keep in mind that even Two Omnia 7 side-by-side probably won’t have exactly the same performance either. This is the way things work. Videos after the break:

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HTC HD7 vs Samsung Omnia 7 vs HTC 7 Mozart screen comparison

The lucky gals at Engadget have just posted a three way screen comparison of the HTC HD7 vs Samsung Omnia 7 vs HTC 7 Mozart. The first thing you will notice is the perfect blacks on the Omnia 7′s Super-AMOLED compared to the HTC 7 Mozart’s SLCD panel and the Regular TFT-LCD screen of the HTC HD7. No surprise here but you will have to live with the sucky Pentile Matrix sub-pixel arrangement if you what the brightest Windows phone 7 device on the market. And just to be clear, the HTC HD7 uses exactly the same screen has on the original HTC HD2 so the colors feel kinda washed out even compared to other TFT-screens and the viewing angles are the worst of all the WP7 devices that are going on sale this week. More pictures and videos after the break:

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HTC Desire: SLCD VS AMOLED comparison

Engadget has just wrapped up an SLCD vs AMOLED screen comparison featuring the HTC Desire handset. As we have already seen earlier the difference between both screen isn’t really noticeable in regular use and the vast majority of users won’t even notice the two handsets have different panels. The AMOLED obviously “features” the famous PenTile Matrix that tends to render text in a fuzzy way but the perfect blacks tend to make up for this shortcoming in the long run. The SLCD is sharper (thanks to the regular RGB panel) but unfortunately drains the battery faster than the AMOLED. But all this stuff is kinda moot because “issue” with the HTC Desire is the damn Glass and air gap between the panel/digitizer and glass used by HTC. This renders the handset hard to use in the daylight and totaly nukes the screen’s brightness and colors.  Video and pictures after the break:

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SLCD vs Super-AMOLED and IPS LCD video comparison and specifications

Here’s the first Sony SLCD vs AMOLED and Super AMOLED video comparison following the officially announcement made by HTC this morning. You will see and HTC Desire equipped with the new SLCD panel against a regular Nexus One sporting an AMOLED display , a Motorola Droid with an IPS panel and a Samsung Wave with a Super-AMOLED display. The first thing you will notice is that the screen is still super reflective but this is mainly due to HTC’s design (and huge gap between the glass and the pane on the Desire ) an not the panel technology. Viewing angles are still not as good as the Super AMOLED (or regular AMOLED when looked sideways) but definitely better than the regular TFT. Now when it comes to contrast the Super-AMOLED tech still has the upper hand but the SLCD is really good IMO (and keep in mind that AMOLED have overblown and unnatural color so the SLCD is better in the long run). Check out the video below:

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HTC officially introduces SLCD displays to its portfolio

HTC has finally made it official: SLCD displays are going to replace AMOLED panels on their 3.7″ offerings (Desire, Nexus One, Incredible and the mysterious Windows Phone 7 handset). This is good news if you don’t like the overblown contrast and annoying PenTile Matrix found on Samsung’s AMOLED panels (Super-AMOLED is still amazing if those little things don’t bother you). It is not know yet if HTC will use Sony’s VSPEC III tech on anything other than 3.7″ screens . Check out the full press release after the break:

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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