JDI develops a “Full Active” LCD display – allows us to dream of a bezel-less Xperia smartphone

by XB on 9th August 2016

in News


JDI Full Active Display_ThumbJapan Display Inc has announced a new type of LCD display called a “full active” display, which will allow smartphone manufacturers to design phones with minimal bezels. JDI’s new display utilises a number of technologies to reduce the width of the bottom bezel, enabling it to be as narrow as the other three sides.

The technologies include a new high-density wiring layout, as well as new processing techniques and module assembly. The result, says JDI, is that it will allow the creation of bezel-less smartphones i.e. where the size of the handset is pretty much the same size as the display. JDI has created a 5.5-inch display for smartphone devices and plans to start mass production by the end of March 2017. Given how many people complain about the bezels on some Xperia devices, let’s hope we see one of these new full active displays appear on a Sony smartphone next year.

JDI Full Active Display

  • KzX

    Instabuy ???

  • Hideg Jen? Péter

    Finally there is new display with less bezels. (Lucky i didn’t buy phones in 2 and half years, still using Xperia SP. but i wanted Xperia Z3/Z5 Compact is nicer pocket than Xperia SP.)

  • Nice

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    and then people will complain later about sony sensor, human never satisfied…..

  • laci_csk

    Nice try.

  • Amir

    Xperiablog, For your information, JDI don’t give a dime about sony mobile even though JDI is part sony. The main customer of jdi is apple. Z5 4k display is not of jdi but of some other manufacturer, for example. JDI don’t even have oled tech ready to be implemented on mass smartphones which is much more beneficial to the user. Sony mobile design was never their main problems. JDI is lagging behind competition mainly due to not being oled ready.

  • Rohit Patil

    15 more beautiful women in the world?

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Oled is still shit after like 2 years of usage with colours beginning to get yellowish or you end up with something burnt in on the screen. So I still prefer lcd screens until all problems with Oled is solved. Sonys lcd screens for the z4 tablet and Xperia x Performance is awesome who manufactur the display for them btw?

  • RockStar2005

    Very interesting!

  • iia3ezu

    Assuming of course, Sony is still in the business of making phones in 2017.

  • RockStar2005

    I’m sure it will be. They just had a quarter in the BLACK instead of red for the first time in years. Now of course that’s ONLY b/c they laid off a bunch of workers, charged more for less on their phones (though the XP IS faster than the S7…. I’ve owned both so I know)……i.e., like removing fingerprint sensor…….DON’T advertise or have carrier support, etc. Basically, they only got in the black b/c they’re doing the OPPOSITE of what they should be doing………..which is being MORE aggressive, esp in the US: advertising (billboards, TV ads….not these generic YouTube ads that only ppl who were gonna buy the phone anyway are gonna actually watch), getting carrier support, giving the customers MORE for less, aka taking the throne they were MEANT to have, not leaving it for f’ing Samsung or Apple. Grow some BALLS Sony Mobile!! You ARE the chosen one………. now own up to it!!

  • Amir

    sony mobile buy their panels not only from jdi but also auo and sharp. Oled is the best option currently available for mobile, far better than what ips led has to offer.

  • Vuyo Ncube

    OLED panel production yields for everyone beside Samsung and LG (TVs only) are terrible though :/

  • Tochi Nwodu

    It looks attractive on colours thats all… Especially on reds and blacks
    Asides that, its so yellowish

  • Alvin

    These kind of great technologies will never make it on to next sony flagships. But if they will, I’ll be happy, i mean who wouldnt? I want Sony to use crystal led on their phones lol… they need to work on black levels on every displays of their phone because black colour in my z3 looks very ugly compared to a low end Galaxy J3 which has super amoled that has perfect blacks.

  • Akand

    I prefer always IPS LCD to OLED. OLED is too vivid and childish. On the other hand, LCD is more natural. Only problem with LCD is black level, but NEO LCD is better choice than OLED. I always prefer natural, NOT vivid and too bright and childish Super AMOLED. And always NO to gimmick side curve which reflect light on the edge.

  • Alvin

    To be honest, I’d rather have a phone display with weak blacks and less vivid with long lifespan rather than an overly vivid display with great blacks but has a short lifespan.

  • joseph carmine nero

    Sony uses dispays from JDI too.MY Z5 display is JDI for example.check XDA people for more info.most people there have JDI IPS_neo

  • Alvin

    Reds on amoled looks like orange, that’s why I despise it despite how i was amazed by its blacks

  • Sampahio Damaceno

    @MashmallowTimel Timel maybe now Sony Mobile listen to you

  • Amir

    Where did i write about z5? I metioned z5p not having its display from jdi, but from some chinese company. I also wrote that sony mobile buy their panels from not only jdi but also auo and sharp. Read again.

  • Amir

    Not at all, at least not on my note 5. In terms of colors it has far better color temp than any ips lcd, s7 as well, for example. Both are oleds. Both has different display modes. Look at note 5 or s7 in basic or photo mode. In these modes they are the best displays on the market. Don’t take my word for it, see the endless comparisons and reviews on the net. Sony mobile, on the other hands, has terrible color temp, way too cold. The display on basic or photo mode on note 5/s7 is not saturated at all, the display is honestly simply amazing, i can not speak enough about it. I have my note 5 for a year now – not a slight degrades in display quality. After the best ips displays and than switching to oled i just can not go back to ips.

  • Dimitrije Dk

    But isn’t the XA exactly that…

  • jadukoralim

    Don’t believe a word from this lying bitch Amir. He is a big samsung fanboy, he has been posting wrong info, trolling comment about xperia device all over Phonearena, Gsmarean’s comment section for the longest time using the same username.

  • Timel

    I hope Sony will adapt their Backlight Master Drive technology to the next Xperia flagship phones

    With their amazing BMD , SONY makes me and many people have faith with LCD again!

  • EQ

    Also OLED has uneven white balance across the screen, blue pixel has far shorter life length than red and green thus the color accuracy will decrease over time giving less color accuracy, burn-outs. Also the white balance and color accuracy is highly dependant on the brightness level. The lower the worse. And then if you have lots of white areas onscreen it will chew battery. IPS LCD with modified tech is so far the best all in all.

  • EQ

    Yeah my Z1 also got JDI panel.

  • Timel

    I think OLED is definitely the future anyway , it’s rollable and in the near future our smartphones and tablets will be flexible , Sony must spend lots money with OLED R&D as well, prepare for the new era. If Sony still do nothing they will miss the train again like the past.

    I wanna see Sony to be a leader , not a just follower.

  • Geno

    I wouldn’t want there to be a bezel-less top and bottom because front facing speakers are the best.

  • ramuk

    Do you have any idea what kind of tech “Backlight Master Drive” is? I guess not. If you have sightly of idea then you wouldn’t comment like this. LMAO, Backlight Master Drive in a smartphone that has a thickness of 8.2mm.

  • Timel

    I said ‘adapt’ in my above commemt that mean the adaptation of BMD for use in mobile

    I think Sony have many great engineers , Sony is not stupid as you, ramuk.

  • ramuk

    Yeah, whatever stupid. Still LOL. Black Master Drive in a 8.2 mm phone. LOL.You have zero idea about the tech and zero interest in Sony’s well being. That’s why you always post the most impossible thing from Sony smartphone without thinking about the reality or possibility. Sony is smart that’s why they don’t listen to your stupid request. LOL.

  • Great Dude

    I think it is somehow like that from 2 sides and it really has a fantastic looks on hand much better than I expected ,I have seen it in a shop.
    As I said Xperia XA is almost bezelless from two sides while this is almost bezelless from all 4 sides.

  • Timel

    I used a word like ‘adapt’ in my above comment that mean ‘the adaptation of BMD for use in mobile’ I dont mean that Sony will pull BMD out of Bravia ZD9 and then put it in the next Xperia flagship phone.

    Sony is not a stupid thing like you ramuk. Sony have many great engineers in their buildings.

  • Great Dude

    I don’t think it would be applicable for phone users to have completely bazelless phone ,after all there is front facing camera, proximity sensor and probably a speaker or two
    the phone should also have some bezel to be hold .
    The good thing in this technology that screen ratio can increase from 60-70% to around 90% (or bezels can decrease from 30% to 10%)
    and that hopefully will make holding and using a 5 inch phone much easier.

  • Michael Reiche

    Yes it looks smart with a bezel-less screen, but is it really that practible? On my Z5 it happens, that I touch the edge of the screen, with the muscles that moves the thumb. This is when I’m reaching with my thumb for the opposite side.

  • ramuk

    LMAO, your previous comment was deleted. I’ll post the same thing again then. You have zero idea about the tech and zero interest in Sony’s well being. That’s why you always asked the most impossible thing from Sony smartphone without thinking about the reality or possibility. Possibility of using Slim Backlight Drive – yeah quite possible but BMD is not possible. Sony is smart that’s why they don’t listen to your stupid troll request. LOL.

  • Timel

    I deleted it

  • Timel

    How do you know that BMD in mobile it’s impossible?

  • Timel

    Agree

    Users want thin right and left bezels. Not all 4 sides.

  • ramuk

    Don’t want to. If I give you the info about the tech I wouldn’t be able to keep calling you stupid. If another person asked about it I would have explain it to him/her nicely but I’ll not do the same for you.You are especially stupid because you can easily find about the info about BMD on the web. If you are a true Sony fan you would have research about the tech instead of trolling here. Your “youtube knowledge” about Sony is showing here. I now also know that you lack the very basic of TV tech. LOL.

  • Bezels for the win !

    nah , they like to keep that awesome tech for presentations only , otherwise it would bring them to much profit if they ever mas produce it .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFpptSFBWTM

  • (NinJer)

    So they make a display, where’s the earpeice and microphone, or dual front facing speakers, waterproof?

    Yet they can claim bezel less display smartphones. top kek.

  • Timel

    unfortunately, JDI is not Sony Mobile.

  • Timel

    OLED is definitely the future anyway , it’s rollable while LCD can’t.

    In the near future our smartphones and tablets will be flexible,
    like these devices

    Flex Vaio
    http://cdn.phys.org/newman/gfx/news/hires/2009/superthinfle.jpg

    Kyocera Proteus
    http://cdn2.ubergizmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/kyocera-proteus-640×480.jpg

    Samsung’s rollable OLED
    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NS9HCwFbOU4/V0X4fkawavI/AAAAAAABLwk/CNvgVXuccKEa4ZkZSkOf2rKlzhOjNaFCA/w413-h228/Samsung%2527s%2BRollable%2BOLED%2BPrototype.gif

    LG’s rollable display
    https://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Dqp4gdCuzpjX5kNigiOIvjA1-MU=/0x234:2247×1498/1600×900/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/48488493/CES_2016_18_inch_Rollable_OLED.0.0.jpg

    even Chinese manufacturer like Lenovo also serious focus on flexible/rollable OLED

    Lenovo Cplus, a bendable smartphone
    https://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/img/JlL5MHuaHwPXHn7tAJSlknOWFhI=/570×0/2016/06/09/42c110af-e16a-4ec5-b1fb-6188295e025d/lenovo-bendy-phone-slower.gif

    Lenovo Folio, a flexible tablet
    https://media.giphy.com/media/3o6gDPuN4k3d0oQOvm/giphy.gif

    So what about Sony? Sony has no wow innovation like this for long time

    Sony must invest in OLED R&D serioisly, prepare for the new era

    If Sony still do nothing they will miss the train again.

    In the near future, I wanna see Sony get back to be a leader in display market again, not a just follower like they are today… But it’s just a dream right Sony?

  • Bezels for the win !

    invent in OLED ? ever heard of SONY’s CLEDIS display (Crystal LED) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRucBViqF6U

    rollable and flexible display ? nah SONY should make rollable and flexible polymer battery first …

  • Timel

    YES ! I do

    CLEDIS looks really awesome!

    Talking about the Television and Camera , I always believe in Sony! they never let me down.

  • EQ
  • EQ

    So beautiful, what a post you made! Game, set, match!

  • EQ

    Xperia Z1+ line has good blacks but obviously not as good as AMOLED. That said since most apps and Android OS is designed around bright colors and the use of white areas this is a minimal problem. The black factor is also for low light situations else the blacks are deep.

  • azzido

    After X mid rangers flops it is not so sure. Hopefully they will not make the X mistake again.

  • Akand

    Flexible OLED might dominate few days but the real future is interactive projector and Holographic technology. In both sectors, Sony is working. In term of interactive projector Sony is most pioneer this time and they also showed it this year in US tech fair (forgot the name). In Holographic tech, Microsoft is working very hard. There is another 3D holo tech from another company which is more cool. Actually physical display has no future anymore. That’s why Sony is doing right in this case.
    But the problem is nowadays Sony invents cool techs but they don’t continue the development upto consumer level. And other companies take the advantage of Sony’s inventions and develop upto consumer level and earn the market popularity. Look at Pokemon Go, Sony introduced AR actually on mobile devices, but who is earning millions??
    Sony invented the first flexible OLED but now???
    Sony created curved sensor for mobile camera but they again didn’t continue.
    So actually, Sony is still creating cool techs but they lack behind at consumer level.

  • jamie evans
  • Timel

    It doesn’t matter who do it first, it matter who do it best

    we must accept that Sony now lack behind LG and Samsung in display market

    LG and Samsung really great at making and selling OLED panel

    I think OLED will dominate at least 15-20 years from now , Not only Korean companies but Chinese TV maker try to get in OLED market

    Sad that Sony is not the big player in OLED market , Sony lose out competition again this round!

  • dko3tgk

    Yes. This is correct. We all know bezels are necessary, but let’s have Sony go back to the >80% screen to body ratio of the ZL, not the piss poor 68% of the X Performance. Other top company flagships do not have such ridiculous large top and bottom bezels. Sony phones are too big for the size of their screens. I feel like I’m holding a XA Ultra sized phone but I only have a 5.1 inch screen. If Samsung gets rid of hybrid dual sim trays in the the Galaxy S8 duo, then I’m giving up my Z5 Dual.

  • tristi lumina

    Tbh, i don’t like smartphone that not have bezel / full active screen. It looks like TOYS and seriously UGLY LOL. No sense of art. And also agree with Akand, NO to SCREEN SIDE CURVE on the edge.
    Slim bezel is good, but if “too slim” then ugh.
    This is my taste, and if anyone HATE IT, I DON’T CARE!

    Imo, Bezel-less technology is good for TV and maybe “Reading tablet”.

  • Timel

    Interactive projector is a cool thing , but no one really buy it now,

    OLED is now and definitely the future anyway , it’s rollable while LCD can’t.

    In the near future our smartphones and tablets will be flexible,
    like these devices

    Kyocera Proteus
    http://cdn2.ubergizmo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/kyocera-proteus-640×480.jpg

    Samsung’s rollable OLED
    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NS9HCwFbOU4/V0X4fkawavI/AAAAAAABLwk/CNvgVXuccKEa4ZkZSkOf2rKlzhOjNaFCA/w413-h228/Samsung%2527s%2BRollable%2BOLED%2BPrototype.gif

    LG’s rollable display
    https://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Dqp4gdCuzpjX5kNigiOIvjA1-MU=/0x234:2247×1498/1600×900/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/48488493/CES_2016_18_inch_Rollable_OLED.0.0.jpg

    even Chinese manufacturer like Lenovo also serious focus on flexible/rollable OLED

    Lenovo Cplus, a bendable smartphone
    https://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/img/JlL5MHuaHwPXHn7tAJSlknOWFhI=/570×0/2016/06/09/42c110af-e16a-4ec5-b1fb-6188295e025d/lenovo-bendy-phone-slower.gif

    Lenovo Folio, a flexible tablet
    https://media.giphy.com/media/3o6gDPuN4k3d0oQOvm/giphy.gif

    So what about Sony? Sony has no wow innovation like this for long time

    Sony must invest in OLED R&D serioisly, prepare for the new era

    If Sony still do nothing they will miss the train again.

    In the near future, I wanna see Sony get back to be a leader in display market again, not just a follower like they are today…

  • Annejpatton

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  • Timel

    lol so you can’t explain anything?

    hahahahaha keep talking blah blah pretending like you know but you don’t , you can’t explain , you really have no idea about what you said hehehe

    https://img.ifcdn.com/images/ad7c7c9a8f08a1224317fc328049836c60f36e7ceac7145ad6ffd07a13d65a86_3.jpg

  • Matt

    i want that. dslr sensor , interchangable lens mount , 6 axis ois,

    if not sony is not worth my 150 eur ill want to spend on their phones.

  • Dimitrije Dk

    You don’t say? Sherlock.

  • Great Dude

    Well, you said “XA exactly that” and I said that this is from all sides and not two so it is not exactly like xperia XA .
    I think it could make a phone bezelless with three sides somehow similar to what sharp did or make it like the XA bezelless from two sides but have much smaller bezels than XA from the other two sides and these two examples are different than XA.

  • Great Dude

    Agree ,I think that bezelless screen could also be good for smartwatches and GPS screen devices in cars.
    But this technology could make screen ratios as big as 80-90% easily and that is a great thing IMO.

  • daniel kudo

    LCD sooner or later will be death, and apple as the biggest costumer of JDI will move to OLED in 2017 manufactured by samsung. LG already invest billions in OLED, and almost newer flagship chinese phone uses OLED display nowdays. If Sony or JDI crazy enough no to invest in OLED or alternative display that have much better in quality (maybe crystal LED, Quantum LED, or micro LED), JDI soon will be like sharp, toshiba, elpida, NEC, sanyo, that world will forget

  • daniel kudo

    So why every display review out there stated that 4K LG OLED tv has the best quality among the competitors and Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has the best display quality and another bunch of samsung phones like galaxy S6, Note 4, Note 5, A series according to displaymate and fu**ing every tech review out there? Because simply OLED miles better in quality than LCD. And who said that OLED has problems with white balance, colour saturation, low brightness or shorter lifespan, it’s already fixed years ago by samsung and LG.
    Sony should move on and innovate more in basic things, especially in their mobile division. Maybe their 2017 flagship will comes with Crystal LED, who knows

  • jamie evans

    thank you

  • EQ
  • EQ

    GTFO! S6 and S7 show lots of users reporting 1/2 or 1/3 screen purple/yellow tint issue, burn outs and borked colors. And lowering brightness changes colors which makes them look off. You are assuming Samsung is putting OLEDs of highest quality in their phones. No they are not, their QA is quite bad as they sell their phones to ‘dumb’ people who will defend their phones even if half the screen is glowing pink.

    Point is when it comes to OLEDs it’s all about QA else like Samsung phones you will need to wade through lots of units before you get one without the #PinkGate issue and proper white balance. Reviewers ofcourse gets handed a perfect unit from Samsung for their test to skew it as retail seller units are not even near that QA level. And then you have the bait and switch tactics Samsung use (camera sensors for example).

  • Phil Gym

    sounds like a successor to Z5C will be announced. good news

  • Phil Gym

    good news for Xperia. the less bezels the better looking!!

  • daniel kudo

    You just for speak yourself, i had bunch of samsung galaxy phones and there’s nowhere issue with the display. Instead Alot of sony display that has many problems like very bluish white balance since xperia Z3 until now

  • Cathyjcarden4

    <<e:o. ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????:::::::!!bu201a:….,…

  • Vjekoslav Andric

    Oled is crap eyecandy shortlife tech. LG only announced development of a longerlasting oled screens. We must wait and see. I do respect LG lcd displays, but would never buy oled.

    But whichever oled is no match in tech for sonys HDR LCD 4k displays
    And do not mention displaymate, as there are no sony displays reviewed since 3 years now, and also no comparisson reviews at all. They just always state sammys oled are the best and thats that, people should just be guilable to beliee them?!
    That site is no refference at all….

  • EQ

    It’s up to you if you want to live in denial.

  • EQ

    Trefiddy.

  • daniel kudo

    And so millions of samsung and LG costumer. Your fanboy level makes sony won’t innovate any time soon

  • EQ

    I see you are on Samsungs payroll. I will have to neg you son. NEGGED!

  • daniel kudo

    gurl bye

  • EQ
  • daniel kudo

    are u even 14 tho, stop being childish

  • EQ
  • Shamoy Rahman

    Um no, Sony is making OLED displays too next year for Xperias so I would not call it childish. Sony and their joint venture JDI (Japan Display Inc.) even said OLEDs are better. However, I don’t mind LCD at present if its over 650 nits bright if and blacks levels are good. Samsung makes terrible OLEDs while Sony has some excellent WRGB top emission OLED tech. Did you know Sony’s BVM-X300 OLED monitor has the highest color accuracy in the world and beats any other AMOLED and LCD on the market in representing white and white balance.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Sony IS MAKING OLED displays too next year for Xperias so I would not call it childish. Sony and their joint venture JDI (Japan Display Inc.) even said OLEDs are better. However, I don’t mind LCD at present if its over 650 nits bright if and blacks levels are good. Samsung makes terrible OLEDs while Sony has some excellent WRGB top emission OLED tech. Did you know Sony’s BVM-X300 OLED monitor has the highest color accuracy in the world and beats any other AMOLED and LCD on the market in representing white and white balance.

    Right now Samsung is making AMOLED look like shit but when Sony starts makes AMOLEDs for phones, they will do it 100x better than Samsung.

  • EQ

    Samsung is goofed!

  • Shamoy Rahman

    One think I like about Samsung is they are giving Sony some pressure and that forces Sony to innovate and differentiate itself. Without the pressure from Samsung, Sony wouldn’t be making such great products today. An example is the Bravia Z series TV. That is a great answer to SUHD and OLED and in fact in almost completely matchs LG’s best OLED in black levels and completely beats it and beats the SUHD out in brightness and color accuracy.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    I prefer 1mm bezels atleast or else the side of my skin would constantly touch the screen and that would be really annoying.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    They can minimize the bezels and have great front facing speakers at the same time, its called good use of space. Bezel shouldn’t affect the back facing camera, stereo speakers, and front camera as long as its not thinner than 5mm. I would prefer 5mm bezels with rounded corners.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    JDI is going to mass produce OLEDs in late 2017, they are not behind in the technology, they are behind in setting up the factories and equipment due to previous lack of funding. Did you know Sony is already mass producing 6 million 1080p 5.7″ LTPS OLEDs for the Playstation VR in their Mobara factory in Japan without JDI. Sony already knows how to produce OLEDs but they don’t make it for their smartphones and I think the reason is because they don’t have enough production capacity and they can’t do it cheap like Samsung. However, this year I am excited that PlayStation VR will open up OLED production to Sony and they will be able to make profits to fund further OLED R&D so they can bring down production costs. 6 millions OLED panels produced in half a year means Sony will catch up big time and won’t even need JDI’s help.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    JDI is on track to mass produce OLEDs in late 2017, they are not behind in the technology, they are behind in setting up the factories and equipment due to previous lack of funding. Did you know Sony is already mass producing 6 million 1080p 5.7″ LTPS OLEDs for the Playstation VR in their Mobara factory in Japan without JDI. Sony already knows how to produce OLEDs but they don’t make it for their smartphones and I think the reason is because they don’t have enough production capacity and they can’t do it cheap like Samsung. However, this year I am excited that PlayStation VR will open up OLED production to Sony and they will be able to make profits to fund further OLED R&D so they can bring down production costs. 6 millions OLED panels produced in half a year means Sony will catch up big time and won’t even need JDI’s help.

  • Omar

    Id rather see when will sony start using RAM that’s more than 3GB and UFS2 NAND.

  • tristi lumina

    hahahah agree! :D

  • pt020

    And if it will be bezel less phone where will you place the front camera,speakers,microphone and sensors?

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