Next Generation iPad Display May Not Feature AMOLED

There is no rumor to quash here. We knew all along that the iPad 2 display may not be too different from what we see in the current version. More optimistically, we had people speculating a retina display on the new iPad.

However, if you were one of those hoping for an AMOLED display on the new iPad, there is confirmation that Apple shall not be having them on the next generation tablet. Why? Because the company is learned to have placed orders for back light units that will be used with LCD panels on the iPad 2. AMOLED displays typically work without back lights and the latest news would put to rest all speculations that the displays could be AMOLED.

If you are a fan of AMOLED, or rather Super AMOLED displays, then hold back for the next generation Galaxy Tab from Samsung. It should be coming with a 1200×600 pixel Super AMOLED display.

HTC Droid Incredible AMOLED Display Becomes SLCD

The extreme short supply of OLED variant screens has been affecting the distribution of quite a few handsets. Just a few weeks back, I had written about HTC deciding to do away with the OLED screens on its Desire smartphone to replace it with what they called Super LCD. Looks like the strategy has worked. The company, it is learned now, has now decided to follow the same trick for the Droid Incredible. The transition to SLCD displays on the Droid Incredible is expected to happen by the end of this month.

The announcement should however not affect existing owners even if they went for a replacement. Such users who will need a replacement after the new production plan goes into effect can request for a Certified Like-New Replacement [CLNR] device that will get them an Incredible with AMOLED displays.

LCD Vs. AMOLED Vs. Super AMOLED Sunlight Test

Sometimes display technologies can be quite overwhelming for regular users who do not actually care about whether the display is LCD, AMOLED or Super AMOLED. However, each of these different technologies do perform differently and it makes sense to offer a look into their performance before deciding upon the phone of your choice.

Folks at TechBlog give us an excellent demo of how these three display technologies fare under bright sunlight. As you can watch from this long video below, there is little to choose from since none of the three screens are explicitly better. Nevertheless, the LCD on Nokia Xperia X10 appears to be marginally better than the Super AMOLED screen on Samsung Galaxy S which is in turn better than the AMOLED screen on HTC Desire.

What are your views? Watch the video and tell in the comments.

[TechBlog via Engadget]

Nokia N87 Smartphone Specs Leaked?

French website, BeGeek has published pictures of what they claim to be internal documents from Espoo that details technical specifications of the company’s upcoming N87 smartphone.

According to these rumors, the Nokia N87 will come with

12MP autofocus camera
Xenon Flash and night view mode
600MHz ARM Cortex 8 processor
3.7 inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen
Wi-Fi, A-GPS
FM radio and transmitter
16Gb/32Gb storage
256MB RAM
Symbian OS

While it sounds impressive, we are still not convinced with the credibility of the information. So, as for now, take this with a grain of salt.

[via BeGeek, SlashGear]

Samsung Bada OS Phone Launching On February 14

Samsung’s first Bada OS smartphone is likely to launch on Valentine’s day at Barcelona. This is revealed from the company’s teaser page located at SamsungUnpacked.com website.

The website which has an ocean theme to it (‘Bada’ in Korean means Ocean) announces

“On Feb. 14 a New mobile from Samsung is born. See it first in Barcelona.”

So what are the likely features of this new device? Engadget notes that Samsung’s first Bada OS phone could come with 3.3 inch, 800×480 pixel Super AMOLED display touch screen phone.

While not too many other details are available for now, we will let you know as and when something more is sniffed out!

[via Engadget, Slashgear]