Short supplies of AMOLED
screens have been blamed for delays in shipping enough HTC Droid
Incredible devices. That could be nothing but past experience, according to HTC, because the company is switching a number of devices to a "just as good" Super LCD display.
That switchover was rumored
back in June, but HTC saw fit to make it official on Monday. However, the company didn't specifically mention the hot-selling and nearly constantly back-ordered Droid Incredible in their press release, which leads us to wonder.
Here's the HTC 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.
How well this goes over with future purchasers of affected devices remains to be seen. While the Droid Incredible was not mentioned, it does use a 3.7" AMOLED display, so it would seem to be among the candidates for a switcheroo.