Here’s something to get your teeth into. Over at LaptopMag, a whole host of Androids have been put through their paces in a grueling battery life endurance test. The goal was to keep the phones’ screens on while doing a moderate amount of processing, namely cyclically browsing a collection of web pages. Despite the supposed power savings afforded by AMOLED screens, the phones employing that screen technology fell quite a ways behind in comparison to the traditional LCD phones.
It appears that Verizon got a little bit too excited about the "end of September" switch-over for the Droid Incredible's screen. As an internal memo revealed to us a couple of weeks ago, the Droid Incredible was slated to make the switch from an AMOLED screen to SLCD (Super LCD) at the end of September but, as these snapshots show us, the future is now.
You may not notice the difference but the SKU has changed.
Well, it looks like that shortage of AMOLED screens people have been talking about has finally started to affect more devices than just the Nexus One. This snapshot of a Verizon internal memo reveals that the Droid Incredible will, in fact, be making a change from AMOLED to S(uper)LCD:
Basically, this means that the quality of the Droid Incredible's screen is going to go down a little bit. While SLCD is still definitely high-end smartphone worthy (It's what the HTC Desire has in the U.S.), there will be a noticeable difference.
After I dried my eyes, Samsung's executives in the video reassured me that the Super TFT they opted for instead is still great looking and offers even better battery life than super AMOLED. They also said that the Super TFT was developed in parallel to the Super AMOLED (so it's not old news) and is the best TFT display that you can get.
After several rapidly-iterated versions, storm99999’s Calibration Settings hack is branching out from the Nexus One. Now at version 4.1, the hack has morphed into a standalone application with a GUI allowing you to set individual levels for each of the Red, Blue and Green subpixel channels.
It also no longer requires CyanogenMod 6 – I have it running fine on my rooted, stock FRF91 Nexus One. A user has reported that it is working well on their Samsung Galaxy S running the leaked JP3 firmware.
HTC confirmed in a press release today that the Nexus One (which is still manufactured for and sold across Europe and Korea) and Desire will no longer be sporting AMOLED displays. Instead, HTC has opted to use Sony SLCDs. Their reasoning? The press release gives it to us from a nice, sugar-coated PR perspective:
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.
Android is getting some love from the great white North: the HTC Desire is coming to Canada on Telus. The Desire features:
- Sony SLCD 3.7” HVGA screen at 800x480,
- 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 5 MP camera with flash and video recording
- 3G (850MHz and 1,900MHz bands)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1
- MicroSD slot with support for cards up to 16GB
Telus is also throwing in an 8GB microSD card for good measure, and the device will be running Android 2.1 with HTC’s Sense UI.
The love-child of HTC’s Passion and Verizon’s Droid moniker (please don’t sue us LucasFilms) is beginning to feel more like a red-headed stepchild than a flagship device. Per Verizon’s website, new orders placed for the Droid Incredible won’t ship until August 3rd. While this is most likely for the same reason as previous delays (Shortage of Samsung AMOLED displays), Verizon previously claimed that demand would be “satisfied” some time in July.
Verizon’s CEO, Lowell McAdam, has said that the delay is due to higher than expected demand for the device, after being sold out just hours after release on Verizon’s web store.
The main cause of the delay is the AMOLED display, which is produced by Samsung.