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