Sony Mobile files patent for a “sensor-equipped” display

by XB on 22nd March 2012

in Rumours

Following on from last week’s news that Sony Mobile was looking to secure a patent to control your mobile via “head movement”, it now has another up its sleeve. Sony Mobile has filed a patent for a sensor-equipped display. This basically includes a light-transmissive display made out of an opaque material behind which a sensor would sit.

The idea is that you could place a sensor such as a front-facing camera, proximity sensor, illuminance sensor or fingerprint sensor behind the display. As the display is light-transmissive it would be able to detect light passing through it. This would mean that Sony could use more real estate for the display and less for worrying about room for the sensors that normally sit at the top of the phone. We don’t know how well this would work in practice but it sounds very interesting nonetheless.

Sony Mobile patent

Via Unwired View.

  • XYZ

    This is a brilliant idea.
    For one, less clutter for the front of the screen, yealding in phones that are less massive, but still pack a brilliant screen.

  • jeffrey vandenborne

    Keep innovating Sony. Every SE phone I owned so far is smoother than I had ever imagined and my new Xperia S even smoother so I honestly don’t give a [potty mouth] if quad cores took 10 years to make it to Sony phones. 

    These things are more important and anyone who disagrees, uninstall those silly benchmark applications, it’s pathetic and no, you wouldn’t use a phone to render 3D scenes or crack passwords.

  • Rene Pedroso

    I think Sony is really taking their mobile technology to the level of their TV’s, Cameras, and Audio equipment, where they are leaders in the industry. I think we are in for a great ride with Sony Mobile Communications and I am so glad I have been a Sony loyal consumer since the 70’s. I am still excited about the Xperia line.

  • Zooly

    This is not a new (but doubtless a good) idea, I’ve read about it about 2-3 years ago somewhere…

  • DragonClaw

    Exactly. :-D.
    All the 1Ghz devices, and the Arc S, are extreme smooth when compared with the similar specs counterparts. And the Xperia S, is even smoother. So the only reason to get a quad core, would be to get higher benchmark results and nothing else really.

  • Ajexis

    It won’t do much good really. Remember we still need a speaker and all the whiners who want their front cameras -.- the logo has to sit somewhere too.

  • Asad Mulla

    I know it doesn’t make any difference, But hte picture is of a cam shell phone. and the man looks like my daughter drew it LOL.

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