Polarized sunglasses and Xperia Z2 don’t mix

by XB on 18th May 2014

in Problems, Videos, Xperia Z2

Xperia Z PolarisedIf you are someone that wears polarised sunglasses and are interested in the Xperia Z2, then you should know that due to the polarisation of the display, the Xperia Z2 is not viewable in landscape mode. This means that if you wanted to take pictures, for example, you would need to remove your sunglasses.

All phones have this filter, but manufacturers normally ensure that the angle where the blackout occurs is not in the portrait or landscape planes. Typically manufacturers use a 45 degree polarisation angle to avoid such issues. Obviously this will only affect you if you wear polarised sunglasses. Polarised lenses contain a special filter that blocks this type of intense reflected light, reducing glare. The quick video below shows the issue in action on the Xperia Z2.

Thanks @Pau1ey!

  • Mike Gonzalez

    LOL i guess its not the only device with such “privacy” feature

  • bigshynepo

    This is a sloppy oversight. It could be a deal breaker for people who use landscape mode a lot.

  • kosumo

    edit : miss read of the news.
    I already had this issues on the Xperia Arc.
    Seems that sony doesn’t care. But in a way it allow to use your phone at 100% in a day use. But it’s verry boring when you want to use it as a navigator.

  • Mateusz R Traczyk

    I think it’s overlooked that many other phones suffer from this. I think for a fact that phones from Samsung and HTC suffer from this as well. This is nothing new.

  • patrixl

    My HTC One, J One and One X didn’t suffer from this.

    The Xperia Z1 didn’t either (on the au carrier, and the ZL2 on au is supposed to have the same kind of screen so hopefully it’ll be fine).

    Xperia Z Ultra did however have the same thing.

  • NakedEye

    never used or owned any sunglasses :]

  • torqe

    An interesting thing that I noted long time back is that when the scatterproof sheet is removed from xperia z ultra, i faced this issue. Until then I was able to view in landscape mode with polarized glasses.

    I think you must update thr article so that it doesnt look like only z2 has this problem.

  • torqe

    Edit: shatterproof I mean :)

  • HardyHarHar

    As some of Steve Jobs famous quote says…..

    “You’re holding it wrong!”

  • shortb

    how many people wear those glasses when using their smartphones?

  • webusermy

    Agreed. Having a screen protector on will eliminate this issue. So for those who feels the need to wear sunglasses while looking at their phone in landscape, there are alternatives out there.

  • bigshynepo

    I would say 25% of all high end glasses sold have a polarizing film layer on them or built into the lens. The pair of raybans beside me are polarized as are the maui jim’s I recently broke. If I had to remove my glasses to view my phone in portrait mode, I wouldn’t even consider it. The fact that they used the horizontal axis for polarizing isn’t a deal breaker for me but it sure shows a lack of oversight.

    Like they said in the article, the norm in the industry is to polarize the display at an angle not commonly used (like 45 degrees).

  • Jeff Martinez

    Barely finding this out? Same thing happens with the Z1 Compact.

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  • Bob

    Put a screen protector on top, some people are saying that fixes it…

  • NZ

    Same applies on Nexus 5 :-/


    i have the same thing with my Xperia Z

  • Makiz

    I face this problem with my Smartwatch 2 ….! My old Xperia Z has the 45 degree blackout thank god!!

  • metcarded

    This has happened since forever. I remember my K800 done this. I always assumed it was because there was a polarizing layer on top of the LCD panel. But then I found out that LCD monitors also go dark when you view them with polarizing glasses and I’m 100% sure that 99% of LCD monitors these days do not have polarisers on them – my LCD tv does it too btw.
    None of the lcds i’ve seen go dark at a 45 degree angle. They always black out at 90degrees.

  • laci_csk

    Stupid article. Thanks Xperia Blog for beeing anti xperia.

  • rygarto

    And Xperiablog discovers that water is wet.
    I guess that someone responsible for this blog should read up on the basics of LCD technology before posting such nonsense. Is this seriously the first time the author looked at an LCD screen through polarized glasses??? (FYI, all light emitted by an LCD display is polarized because that is the basic principle that allows LCD technology to work).


  • RealityCheck2013

    “I wear my Sunglasses at Night…” :D

  • harrold

    lol ur name tho

  • christian

    Who cares!

  • Joey Jobs

    DAT GODZILLA BEZEL!!! uglyyyy!

  • HardyHarHar

    DAT M.U.T.O persona replying on this article!

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  • AudioInjectedSoul

    I don’t know why, but my htc one M8 won’t get that blackout no matter what way I hold it with my polarized sunglasses on. My Dell Ultrasharp monitor blacks out completely though, with the same pair of sunglasses. How does htc manage to get around this problem?

  • AudioInjectedSoul

    Thanks Xperia Blog for bringing the facts on the table, good or bad. I’m a fan of Xperia, but I’m not a fanboy. I can handle some critique on the Xperia devices.

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  • bigshynepo

    Did you not read the article? Usually the polarization layer is oriented on the 45 degree angle so as not to interfere with portrait or landscape mode of the phone. The screen still goes black when held at a 45 degree angle but the phone is never used in that orientation (unless you are shooting an old Batman scene).

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Thnks for supporting the right thing and acknowledge the criticism so that our Xperia’s get better and better each time !!!

  • jonyah

    Most phones have this issue. The galaxy phones do, my G2 does. Most I’ve used do. I only use polarized glasses, and have dealt with this for year. There’s nothing new here.

  • jonyah

    I’d say it’s more like 10%. Polarized lenses can be hard to find. I don’t buy glasses that aren’t polarized and I usually have to work pretty hard to find the glasses I want in a polarized version.

  • bigshynepo

    I used to manage a sunglass hut in the 90s and I’d say 5-10% of our glasses were polarized at the time. I had to assume they were more popular now, especially with all the fashion names (dior, prada, etc.) including polarizing options. I still find some displays on car dashes and in boats can’t be read because they are already polarized but at least society is accommodating us glare-haters!

    I love Maui Jim’s but they are just to expensive to repair!

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  • laci_csk

    Right, who is the fool who taking pictures/videos or watching videos with sunglasses on his eyes?
    What criticism? It’s not an issue, only that’s it.

  • spatch

    Same on the ZL.

  • smk123

    I think most people value honesty over blatant fanboy-ism, anyone on this site clearly likes Xperia handsets, but they’re far from perfect…

  • Sumo

    So what’s the big deal??

  • Raj Singh

    The Xperia Z Ultra does not have this issue…

  • walkernet

    what about bono :P

  • however it s old post But i tested this at first moment i turned on my xz2.
    i don’t know but it s completely visible in all angles !!!
    better than N5 IPS but worse than note3 amoled (when wearing polarized sunglasses)

  • tmgp

    I have runned into this when i changed to Z1 compact… It’s a bad option from Sony. I never had issues when viewing the screen of other high ends phones from nokia (lumias) or samsung (galaxys).

    As for some comments that say that this is stupid, sorry, but you don’t know what you’re saying. It’s just as simple as driving and using the phone as gps, and having to lift the sunglasses to see the screen.

    It’s a bad design option from Sony. There’s not much more to say about this. I hope that they can correct it with the new Z3 handsets.

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