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HTC Super LCD adoption official: AMOLED gets company

As expected, HTC has announced that they will be using both AMOLED and Super LCD (SLCD) panels for their smartphones from now on, in an attempt to work around the shortage of AMOLED screens that has limited their recent handset availability.  According to the company's press release, Sony's Super LCD technology "provide consumers with a comparable visual experience to HTC’s current 3.7 inch displays with some additional benefits including battery performance."
"HTC believes that both technologies offer exceptional user experiences, and we will employ both types of displays concurrently within our current product lineup." HTC statement
In fact, SLCD is apparently five times more power efficient than traditional LCD, and has wider viewing angles too; both factors have been plus points for the use of AMOLED screens rather than LCD in the past.  HTC tells us that we'll be seeing handsets using the new SLCD displays from later in the summer, both on current models (such as the HTC Desire and Google Nexus One) and new devices. [via SlashGear] Press Release:
HTC INTRODUCES SLCD DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY TO ITS PORTFOLIO New Displays to be integrated into HTC Desire and Nexus One Taoyuan, TAIWAN – July 26, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today introduced Super LCD display (SLCD) technology into a variety of HTC phones including the HTC Desire and global Nexus One later this summer. The SLCD display offers an exceptional natural balanced colour, clear contrast, broad viewing angles and improved power efficiency. “HTC is experiencing high-demand for many of our phones, specifically our phones with 3.7 inch displays. The new SLCD display technology enables us to ramp up our production capabilities quickly to meet the high-demand,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “The SLCD displays provide consumers with a comparable visual experience to HTC’s current 3.7 inch displays with some additional benefits including battery performance.” SLCD is the latest generation of LCD technology that offers improved performance from earlier LCD panels including approximately five times better power management. SLCDs also offer an enhanced viewing experience with wider viewing angles that are enabled by Sony’s new VSPEC III™ technology. About HTC HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

Expansys price Acer Stream at £400; due in early August

Retailer Expansys has announced that it will be the exclusive supplier of the Acer Stream Android smartphone in the UK.  Priced at £399.99 ($610) including tax, and set to go on sale come August 3rd, the Acer Stream takes on the Google Nexus One with a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera (with autofocus but no flash) and an HDMI output. There's also the usual mixture of triband 900/1900/2100 HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS, along with DLNA media sharing, 2GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot.  The Stream can record 720p HD video at 30fps, and is powered by Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon chipset.  OS is Android 2.1, and it's available to preorder now. [Thanks Tony!]

HTC Forced to Switch to Super TFT LCD From AMOLED Due to Shortages [Update: HTC Plans to Use Both]

The Droid Incredible is still one of Verizon Wireless' most hotly desired devices, and despite the fact the handset is still on back-order, people are still buying them. One of the reasons for that, other than the 1GHz Snapdragon processor under the hood and Android 2.1 with HTC's Sense UI, is the fact that it features a 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. We just got a tip that suggests that's not the case anymore.

Galaxy S vs. Desire vs. X10 – Direct sunlight screen test

It’s a well known fact that AMOLED screen look terrible at best in direct sunlight. This makes the device almost unusable in direct sunlight. This is the one area where an LCD screen has a slight advantage over AMOLED screen. Samsung has just eliminated that advantage with the release of the Super AMOLED screen that made its debut on the Galaxy S.

Samsung Galaxy Beam: world’s first Android projector phone

Projector phones were supposed to be “the next big thing” in the evolution of cell phones. So far, that hasn’t been the case, there was a non-Android based projector phone released here in the US recently. Needless to say it didn’t do so well as far as sales goes. I personally haven’t seen one in the wild since it was released. Can Samsung break this technology into the mainstream with the Galaxy Beam?

T-Mobile’s Galaxy S Passes through the FCC

Although we’ve heard that the Galaxy S was headed to every major carrier in the US, it seems T-Mobile might be the first out the gate with their version. It has just passed through the FCC and it could (highly unlikely) make it way to Magenta in time for the free phone promotion this Saturday.

Samsung responds to Apple, Retina VS AMOLED

At the keynote presentation for the iPhone 4, Steve Jobs took a few shots at other displays for not being as good as the Retina display that is on the new iPhone. Many people took exception to these claims and finally someone has responded to these allegations. Samsung especially says, “The Retina display isn’t that great, AMOLED is better”. Well, this isn’t an exact quote but they are saying something along those lines.

Samsung Galaxy S Promo Site – Video

Samsung is doing a great job with the promotion of this device. Promotional boxes were sent out a few days ago now the promo site is live. There isn’t much information on this page but there is a place for you to sign up to be notified on when it will be available and to have more information sent to you directly.

Samsung developing an iPod touch competitor?

The latest rumor has Samsung prepping to go head to head with the iPod touch. This device will be running Android and will be a multi media focused device. There is currently no indication that this device will be another Android phone.
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