Sony Mobile may change with tradition and adopt a circular display for the next iteration of its SmartWatch according to our sources. It may very well end up using this new 1.34-inch diameter (320 x 300 pixel resolution) display from JDI – in particular, it is touting the ultra-low power consumption of the memory-in-pixel (MIP) reflective-type colour LCD module.
Battery life is critical when it comes to wearable devices. Sony has recognised in the past using a transflective display in the SmartWatch 3 to give the Android Wear smartwatch decent battery life. The new reflective-type module display has power consumption less than 0.5% of transparent-type LCD modules.
The display has an optimised optical design which JDI says gives it bright reflective-type images, even under bright sunlight conditions. Samples of the display will be available next month with sales expected to start in July 2015.