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Shortages Of Sprint's HTC EVO Hinder 4G Adoption

Douglas Carter
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Sprint's CEO, Dan Hesse, revealed in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that due to shortages of the HTC EVO 4G, (caused by shortages of AMOLED LCD displays) Sprint is expecting that their head-start with 4G technology will not be as great as once expected. With possibly 300,000 HTC EVO 4G handsets sold so far, Sprint needs to move much more 4G capable hardware to users quickly if they want to get a real advantage from their 4G network, which just expanded to seven new cities.

Shortages of the AMOLED displays used in many HTC devices have caused production of many phones at HTC to go on hold. There is word that HTC is switching their display technology and providers due to the delays caused in shipping phones like the HTC Droid Incredible and the EVO 4G. BoyGeniusReport writes that "HTC has said that they have signed several different contracts with other vendors (including Sony) to provide LCD screens and other parts for future handsets in an attempt to prevent delays."

Samsung, which produces many of the AMOLED displays used, is in the process of launching their line of Galaxy S phones (which all feature Super AMOLED displays). It is likely that Samsung's production of Galaxy S handsets for their massive release has taken precedence over producing and shipping any displays to other companies.

Ironically, the very company causing the shortage problem for the HTC EVO 4G, (and thus Sprint) is Samsung, who unveiled the Samsung Epic 4G, which will be Sprint's second 4G capable phone. Was this maneuvering by Samsung to make sure their handset is the most popular 4G handset on Sprint? It is hard to say, but the way things are going, Samsung stands to come out ahead.

If Sprint wants to be able to bill itself as a major player in the high speed mobile data competition, they need to get moving. Androinica notes that "T-Mobile is rolling out its HSPA+ network faster than Sprint’s 4G, and AT&T and Verizon are expected to have LTE networks next year that could be superior to Sprint’s WiMax network."

In other Sprint news, an announcement was made by Sprint that their 4G network has expanded to seven new cities. According to Engadget, "Rochester and Syracuse, New York; Merced and Visalia, California; Eugene, Oregon; Tri-Cities and Yakima, Washington" are the seven cities to receive the 4G coverage.

Other Sources: Android Central, Androinica, BoyGeniusReport, Engadget, Sprint

Image from Android Central

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  • Richard M. Jul 13, 2010 Link

    Shortages of the EVO 4G caused by shortages of AMOLED displays???
    WTF!?

    The EVO 4G is equipped with an LCD screen, you noobs!

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  • Douglas Carter Jul 13, 2010 Link

    Sorry, mistake on my part with the story. Samsung creates displays for both from what I read, and my mind accidentally just pasted AMOLED in because of the Samsung mention. Fixing it now. Thanks for noticing the error.

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  • Richard M. Jul 13, 2010 Link

    So there is an actual shortage in LCDs too?

    btw. Didn't HTC mention, they will release some devices of the current lineup which are currently equipped with an Amoled (like the Desire) as an "LCD model"?

    I'd love to see a Desire with LCD.
    Well, actually what I'd really love to see is an HTC HD2 with Android.

    And yes, I know the "Linux on HTC" project, but I think there will be a EVO 4G or Droid-X pendant be released in Europe before Android runs on the HD2 with all features.

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  • Douglas Carter Jul 14, 2010 Link

    Yeah, I mention in the article HTC is supposedly in talks with Sony to replace the AMOLED displays with LCD displays.

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