HTC officially switches to Sony SLCD displays. Nexus One and Desire to benefit
HTC has officially announced the first smartphones that will be shipped with Sony’s Super LCD displays instead of Samsung’s AMOLED panels, starting later this summer: the (global) Google Nexus One and the HTC Desire.
A “variety” of other handsets will make the switch, although HTC didn’t mention which ones exactly, so it’s not clear if the Verizon Droid Incredible is included or not.
Sony’s SLCD displays will allow HTC to “ramp up smartphone production capabilities quickly to meet the high-demand” – it’s well known that HTC currently can’t keep up with the demand when it comes to AMOLED-equipped smartphones, because of Samsung’s inability to produce as many displays as needed.
Interestingly, HTC’s Peter Chou says that SLCD displays, which use Sony’s new VSPEC III technology, “provide consumers with a comparable visual experience to HTC’s current 3.7 inch displays with some additional benefits including battery performance,” so the switch may be a positive one on all fronts.