Samsung's first Windows Phone 7 device just broke cover, thanks to the Bluetooth SIG. And, just as we had imagined it would be, it's a device that can definitely work well to steal some of our attention, even for just a bit. Also not surprising, is the fact that it's going to be on par with their already released, well-received Galaxy S devices. So if you would, please welcome the Samsung Cetus into existence.
HTC's confirmation yesterday that going forward they would be using both AMOLED and Super LCD (SLCD) displays for their smartphones so as to ease supply pressures has led to no small amount of confusion. Over at HowardForums they've managed to get a hold of an upcoming TELUS HTC Desire using the SLCD panel, and compare it to an AMOLED Nexus One, a Motorola Milestone with a regular LCD, and a Samsung Wave with a Super AMOLED display.
Video comparison after the cut
HTC has announced that it will be using Super LCD (SLCD) displays in its smartphones later in the summer, in response to the shortage of AMOLED panels that has been limiting supply of some of the company's most popular devices. As we heard last month, that's led HTC to look to alternative screen technologies, and now they've officially confirmed that handsets like the Nexus One and Desire will switch to the Sony-made SLCD panels.
Acer's Stream Android 2.1 smartphone went into a stealth mode of sorts after its official launch at the end of May, but UK retailer Expansys has just announced that the handset should be arriving on August 3rd. They'll be the exclusive source of the Stream, in fact, priced at £399.99 ($610).
AMOLED is one of the hottest display types out there, so much so that some handsets out there you can't even buy because they're selling faster than Samsung can manufacture them (you know, after they've already produced their own products). But, Samsung already has plans on making them better. How's unbreakable sound? Oh, and more valuable for manufacturers, too.
Motorola's first-generation DROID shook HTC's dominance of the Android segment and arguably reinvented the company after years of tired RAZR variants. Now, after a spate of low- to mid-tier Android devices, the company has unveiled their next high-end smartphone. The Motorola DROID X, again on Verizon Wireless in the US, scales up the screen, the camera and the processor, while simultaneously slimming down in the hand; it also faces strong competition from HTC, Samsung and others. Has Motorola done enough second-time around? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Samsung Mobile Displays (SMD) has announced that it is working on improving the performance of AMOLED panels and the efficiency of the panels significantly. The improvements will take the white efficiency of the displays from the 20cd/A level currently to 40cd/A.
If you haven't read the review of the Droid Incredible, or the HTC Desire, then we'll add the main draw of those phones right here (even though you should go read them, anyway): Their 3.7-inch AMOLED displays are amazing. Unless you plan on using your device in direct sunlight all the time, AMOLED is definitely one of the best displays out there (yes, Super AMOLED is better). But, it's been rough for HTC to keep their latest AMOLED-toting device in stock, and a lot of that has to do with that screen. Changes are afoot, though, which may help people out there aching to get their hands on the Droid Incredible they've purchased before the end of July.
Samsung's brilliant Super AMOLED displays are on their way to becoming more broadly available for rival manufacturers to use, with the company announcing they are planning a 5.5 generation plant scheduled to open in July 2011. The new facility will boost Samsung's potential output to a healthy 70,000 13 x 15 cm sheets per month, which works out to roughly 30 million 3-inch mobile device displays.