Google Nexus One and HTC Desire smartphones sold in the next few weeks could be the last models to use OLED displays, with the news that the handsets' manufacturer is moving away from the technology.
According to reports, HTC has been unable to find the necessary supplies of OLED screens from Samsung in order to fulfil high demand for the Desire and Nexus One smartphones, both of which sport the same 3.7-inch OLED display.
Korean television network KT stated: "Google Nexus One, which will be produced after July will be equipped with SCLD (Super TFT LCD) and sold worldwide."
Official reasons for the switchover relate to a "change [in] the production standard" of HTC's smartphones and it is assumed that any change to the Nexus One will necessarily impact upon the near identical Desire.
A US network boss has openly said that HTC has experienced problems with Samsung, as the South Korean firm which currently produces the OLED screens for the Nexus One and Desire is falling behind in production.
SLCD technology is reported to offer a higher native resolution coupled with less power hungry standard operation, but there is scepticism amongst observers because OLED is intrinsically more efficient than current LCD technology because it requires no backlight.
There is a chance that HTC will make the screen change without greatly impacting on the sales of either the Desire or Nexus One, as presumably the replacement will be largely indistinguishable from the original to the average consumer.