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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.

HTC Desire Dummy Handsets Start Making Appearance at TELUS Locations

If you're on TELUS, up there in Canada, and you've been waiting for the HTC Desire to show its beautiful mug, then you'll be happy to know that you're one step closer. Why? Because dummy handsets are starting to show up in brick-and-mortar locations. And yes, that means exactly what you think it means: the Desire is coming soon.

HTC Desire HD (aka HTC Ace) specs tipped for October launch

Last we heard of the HTC Ace, it was featuring on a leaked UK carrier roadmap and tipped for a release in October 2010.  Now there are some specs pieced together by SuperEtrader, and while we recommend liberal pinches of salt there's still plenty to get excited about.  According to the retailer, the HTC Ace will launch as the HTC Desire HD, and have a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera, 1GHz Qualcomm processor and Android 2.2. They've also tipped 720p HD video recording, Xvid playback and SRS surround sound support, together with automatic face tracking for the camera, Flash 10 and a relatively low 4GB of internal storage.  No word on what it might look like physically, aside from having a "unibody aluminium design" which sounds a lot like what HTC has done with the Legend (and, for that matter, what we saw in the HTC 1 concept earlier this week).  Fitting successor to the HTC Desire?  You tell us.
  • 4.3 inch WVGA Touch Screen
  • 8 Mega Pixel Camera
  • 1 GHZ Qualcomm Processor
  • Android 2.2 OS
  • HD 720p Video Capture
  • Xvid Video Playback
  • SRS Surround Sound
  • Automatic Face Tracking
  • Adobe Flash 10 Support
  • 4GB Internal Memory (up to 32GB)
  • E-book Reader Feature
  • Uni-Body Aluminium Design
[via Twitter]

HTC Expects to have Android 2.2 Updates Finished by Christmas

According to HTC, the Desire is getting a Froyo-based update in August, but unfortunately other smartphones like the Wildfire, Incredible and EVO 4G will not be as lucky. The global PR and online community manager at HTC, Eric Lin, believes they will be done with Froyo testing before Christmas, so that's when those other devices should expect an update. He also explained that it takes a lot of time to port all of their applications over to Froyo, and make sure that it runs well on all of their devices.

HTC Desire, Legend & Wildfire Froyo 2.2 update due Q3 2010

Android 2.2 Froyo is out for the Nexus One, but what about HTC's range of own-brand smartphones?  We've just spoken to the company's UK team, who have confirmed that HTC engineers are hard at work crafting up a Sense-friendly Froyo ROM.  According to the company, we can start to expect the fruits of those labours from Q3 this year.
"We are working hard with our partners to update the HTC Sense experience on Froyo and distribute it to our customers as fast as possible. We expect to release updates for several of our 2010 models including Desire, Legend and Wildfire beginning in Q3" HTC
Devices in line for an update include the Desire and Legend, together with the newer Wildfire which we reviewed over the weekend.  Froyo brings with it WiFi tethering together with performance increases; however we'll have to wait and see how HTC's carrier partners handle the roll-out, since they can often be another point of delay in the process as a whole.

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.

HTC Desire confirmed for US in August

HTC has announced that the HTC Desire will indeed see a US launch, having up until now been available only in Europe and Asia.  According to the company's official Twitter account, the Desire "is coming to the US via select regional operators in August." The exact details - such as which regional carriers and what sort of price tag the Android 2.1 smartphone will carry - are yet to be confirmed, with HTC saying it will announce them closer to the handset's launch.  Similar to the Google Nexus One, which HTC manufacture for the search giant, the Desire runs a 1GHz Snapdragon processor but has HTC's Sense UI.  More details in our review over at SlashGear.

HTC Legend AMOLED struggling with grayscale

The AMOLED display used by HTC for their Legend smartphone has ended up under the microscope this week, with Tweakers enlisting the help of color-testing equipment after the handset was criticised for not displaying grayscale colors properly.  According to their results, the Legend's screen shows various degrees of pink, grey, brown and green rather than true grayscale. At this stage, Tweakers aren't conclusive on whether the issue lies with the AMOLED display itself, or its white balance settings.  However, the effect - in varying degrees - was observed in two Legend handsets they tested.  Meanwhile brightness was also down, with the Legend mustering 253 cd/m2 while its Hero predecessor - which uses an LCD display - managed 310 cd/m2.  Unfortunately an HTC Desire wasn't available for Tweakers to similarly examine.
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