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Droid X display down? Only a 'very small number' of Droid units affected.

Droid X users have reported a flickering on the 4.3 high-resolution Droid display. Motorola acknowledged the problem today, and promised to send out new Droid X handsets to all affected customers.

By Matthew Shaer / July 21, 2010

Droid X users experiencing problems with their screen will receive a new Droid X handset, Motorola said today. At left, a player pilots his plane through 'Skies of Glory,' a video game available on the Droid X.

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Well, it hasn't exactly reached iPhone 4 death grip meltdown status. And if the good folks at Motorola and Verizon have been paying attention to the news over the last few weeks, it probably won't. But today a spokesperson for Motorola acknowledged that a display malfunction affected a "very small number" of Droid X handsets, and promised to send out new Droid X units to any customers experiencing problems with their shiny new phone.

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"We are aware of a very small number of Droid X units that have experienced a flickering or banding display," a Motorola spokesperson told PC World today. "The exposure of devices is limited to less than one-tenth of a percent. We resolved the issue and are continuing to ship the product. Any consumer who experiences a flickering or banding display should contact Motorola's customer support center or Verizon Wireless for a replacement."

As we reported yesterday, since the launch of the Droid X on July 15, scores of Droid X owners have come forward with reports of flickering and dead pixels on the Droid X's HD display.

Of course, there's some irony here: The only malfunctioning part of the Droid X is the 4.3-inch Droid X screen, which many reviewers had singled out for praise. "The Droid X's screen isn't just large; it's also brilliant and crisp," the AP noted in July. "It's really fun to watch videos on it, read Facebook status updates from little on-screen 'widgets,' check e-mails and poke around online. Colors look bright, and text is easy to read."

(Read the complete Droid X review round-up here.)

Not that the mighty Droid X – the latest in the very successful Droid line – is likely to be laid low by something as insignificant as a flickering screen. The Droid X sold out at many retail outlets in the US on its first day on the market, and the Verizon Wireless online store isn't expecting Droid X stock until the end of the month, at the earliest. And there's nothing like electronics shortage to drive up consumer interest, is there?

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