HTC Switch to STFT LCD From AMOLED Due to Shortages

June 25, 2010 - Written By Chris Yackulic

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.

We all know why the Incredible isn’t in a lot more people’s hands, or still flying off shelves: the display. Samsung has reportedly been having trouble supplying HTC with the necessary equipment to outfit their Incredible device (pun slightly intended) with the AMOLED display. But, ironically enough, they haven’t been having any trouble with their own devices, even the ones that feature Super AMOLED displays.

According to OLED Display, Samsung Mobile Display cannot supply enough displays for their AMOLED-equipped devices. So, Google’s left with only one choice, it seems: Switch over to Super TFT LCD, which is produced by Sony. This is forcing HTC and Google to replace the displays in future HTC Desire and HTC Incredible handsets, due to the short supply.

Simply put, Samsung needs their factories putting out AMOLED and Super AMOLED displays for their own devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S/Captivate/Vibrant, or the Samsung Wave (all of which feature the latter, not the former). So, it seems that everyone else that uses the same technology is getting the shaft. Of course, this could just be a rumor amongst rumors, and here in the near future production could get kick started again. If this is indeed true, though, well — future Incredible owners may not be the happiest campers in the woods.