New touchscreen on HTC phones

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Apr 20, 2010 5:21:23 PM via Website

AndroidCentral's hands-on review of the Droid Incredible and the critique of the multi-touch support had an unexpected side-effect. A comment on their story explains the new development as the result of HTC's implementation of new multi-touch sensors in the Droid Incredible and EVO 4G.

Buckaroo Banzai made this comment:

HTC is now using the Atmel mxt224 screen vs. the old Synaptics 2000. The Atmel is a known component of the upcoming HTC EVO 4G - I just didn't think they'd implement it this soon. Looks like they have. It's not merely a software enhancement on the Incredible over the N1; they are indeed using a new screen type. Very nice.

Here are some of the specs of the Amtel mXT224 taken from AndroidandMe and Amtel's website:

* usable on screens up to 10.2"
* position data is reported at >250Hz
* supports stylus, fingernails, and gloves
* low power consumption
* size and angle of touch recognized
* unlimited touches
* Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) of up to 80:1
* small footprint with few external components

This is a big improvement for touch screens capabilities. Now we just have to hope more companies start following suit.

Taken from my blog post =)