As Samsung struggles to churn out AMOLED displays for partners such as HTC – who were struggling to ship phones like the Desire, Nexus One, and the Droid Incredible due to the shortages – everyone’s turned their heads toward Super LCD. Much noise has been made that there really is no difference between the two, but Engadget puts that to the test in their side-by-side analysis of two devices – a pair of HTC Desires – only different in their display type. (the older AMOLED-equipped model versus the newer one with Super LCD.)
A summation of their extensive look: AMOLED produces more vibrant and richer colors while SLCD creates a sharper picture and a warmer tone. Under sunlight, the SLCD didn’t perform any better than AMOLED did (which is notorious for poor performance under intense lighting) – it was actually a step worse. They’re chalking this up to the display being covered by whatever glass HTC’s using to protect it as they noticed the same characteristics on the LCD-equipped HTC Hero.
Still, it sounds like if you’re not actually looking for a difference, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one, at first glance. Head on over to Engadget for their full look at the two displays running beneath the same type of glass and come up with your own conclusion.