JDI reveals round low-power wearable display – could we see this in the SmartWatch 4?

by XB on 20th February 2015

in Accessories

HIB_1.34inchi_bSony 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.


Via JDI.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    hmm but this is not fully circular like LG’s OLED round smartwatchs

  • name

    We want lollipop, where is my lollipop

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Errrr if its like moto 360 I’m okay but this, not gonna work. Plus smartwatch 3 was great

  • Helder Rodrigues Lucas

    Your lollipop is right here .|.

  • Gadget Lover

    Bring it on, Sony. Show us your full design capabilities with a Newly design smartwatch. SW3 is boring looking device (IMO). Hopefully SW4 going to be the best android ware.

  • wared

    LCD again?
    don’t you get it? OLED is the future.

  • Amir

    Well, circle sw display are stupid imo, please have a square version and its all good.

  • ASD

    where is Z4 SONY????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Alex Norris

    Good question!

  • Amir

    may-june release. don’t look for it at mwc or soon. come back here in 3 months.

  • theskig

    It’s in Sony’s lab.
    I think Z3 is good enough to be used in the meantime.

  • Ryan Kumar-jassi

    Maybe sonys trolling us maybe it might be at mwc

  • Raj Singh

    The screen isn’t centered on the SW3, which kinda sucks, and I wish it had an Xperia button on the side.

  • Amir

    Well, be it at mwc or not, we most likely won’t be able to put our hands on it before late may-june.

  • Ryan Kumar-jassi

    Well i was gunna get it but thought itll be overpriced so upgraded from xz to z2 im happy with it

  • Amir

    z2 is a very good pick if you are on budget but still want top spec.

  • Ryan Kumar-jassi

    Yeah I wanted top spec but I thought for a phone that is very close with z3 and like £200 cheaper then I might aswell purchase it I got a bargain off it anyway and it was new so it was worth it

  • Timel

    Ummm Excuse me! But Who is gonna buy the products from a junk company that is going to bankrupt?

    Galaxy GEAR, Moto 360 or LG watch looks more beautiful and cooler

  • Timel

    Don’t expect too much with Sony

    This company is fucking lame and inefficient, for example while the company like Samsung, LG and Apple are moving to OLED and Flexible OLED but shitty Sony still stuck with LCD LoL

    No wonder if Sony is going to bankrupt in soon and you have to so dumb and so blind if you’re buying Sony SmartDevices LoL

  • ASD

    in 3 months,sony will be out,finally,from mobile business.how can you lunch a flagship,after everyone else.who the f will buy z4 then? RIP SONY!!!!

  • Timelsucksdick

    I am going to troll your ass off. Piece of worthless shit.

  • xperiafan324

    Not full circle, I don’t like this ‘rising sun’ look, make it 360° Sony!

  • doraemonboi

    Says the dumb f*uck that go to a site full of Sony news.

  • doraemonboi

    meh, not a full circle. If they are going to use this, the bezel is going to be thick.

  • Timel

    This is great!! I’ jizzing in my pants waiting for this to come!! Especially on my next Smartwatch 4!

  • Timelsucksdick

    Timel, what does your name even mean?

  • Timelsucksdick

    Try harder, asshole

  • Mg

    I really hope not. Round displays are form, square are function. Function should always take precedence over form.

  • Snorky112

    it will come later and it will be better, people will wait to see it before they buy it

  • Snorky112

    who gives a fuck about a heart rate monitor no one uses anyway ? like fingerprint scanner, so joke

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  • Snorky112

    it’s only your opinion, SW3 is better than other watches, just the screen is a bit behind… also only Asus watch looks pretty, others are similarly awful

  • Amir

    Well, you’re laughable at best. many many people want/need heart rate monitor. i do jogging everyday and i got to have hrm. what you don’t need other people need or want. don’t comment for the sake of commenting. have a brain? think first. accurate hrm woudl be a great feature.

  • Snorky112

    Quote: “don’t comment for the sake of commenting.”
    if you want a HRmonitor just buy another brand watch with a HRmonitor instead of insulting people

  • Amir

    Hehe, you are funny. you are insulting and ditching people who needs hrm and then you’re telling me don’t comment for sake of commenting? don’t make a joke of yourself please. you made a brainless comment, i replied accordingly, then you make another brainless pointless comment. bottom line: there are many people who needs hrm, you don’t. so why don’t you stfu instead of commenting for no real reason aside of boredom. “insulting people” lol. first read your comments. i love sony products and i want to support them. i have no prob waiting a bit to see how the next smartband is so you don’t tell me when or which hrm device to buy.

  • Tech Gospel

    SW3 has more features, but IMO looks far inferior to the SW2. I was hoping the SW3 would follow the design philosophy of the better designed SW2, or the Moto 360. The poor design on the SW3 is the reason I went for the Moto 360 after my SW2

  • DBS

    With that flat tire, I hope not. If Sony’s smartwatch 4 isn’t a FULL circle and looks awesome, I’ll be going for the GWAR or Watch Urbane from LG since they’re designing much better and better looking smartwatches.

  • skrug

    Maybe they are waiting so they can put that new curved camera sensor they are making =D

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    How’s that Moto 360 lasting you? Does it last even 6 hours?


    That’s funny because all of the technology you just mentioned originated at Sony! Judging by your literacy, your high school is probably going bankrupt.

  • Tech Gospel

    Yup, average 20-30 hours

  • Timel

    That’s why Sony can’t exist in the mobile field, Sony has no idea and no money to create and bring the new technologies to their product, Sony ‘s image isn’t a cool brand anymore nowaday, Sony fails to allure anyone but its products because Sony’s products looks normal and have nothing special and Sony’s maketting is the worst as well… rest in peace Sony.

  • Timel

    That’s why Sony can’t exist in the mobile field, Sony has no idea and no money to create and bring the new technologies to their products.

    Sony’s image isn’t a cool brand anymore Nowaday Sony fails to allure people to buy its products because Sony’s products are just normal and have nothing special and the maketting is also worse than any tech company So… rest in peace Sony.

  • jonyah

    Biggest issue with SM3 isn’t the lack of a heart rate monitor, but the lack of a speaker. You can use the smart band talk to do phone calls, but not the sm3? doesn’t make sense (yes i have both).

  • Amir

    Well, i agree with you but i think also lack of hrm. sw series needs to be like z series = the premium one with all features. sb and sbt is like mid range devices. sw series needs to lead and debut new features! just like with z series!

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