JDI is developing a flexible LCD display for smartphones

by XB on 25th January 2017

in News

If you think only the use of OLED panels would allow you to create a curved display, then JDI has other ideas. It has announced that it is currently developing a flexible LCD called “Full Active Flex”, which uses plastic on both sides of the liquid crystal layer. This means it is highly resistant to drops compared to more traditional LCD displays, which use glass.

It has introduced a 5.5-inch 1080p display that it plans to start mass producing in 2018. Who knows, we may even see Sony adopt the use of these displays to introduce a new design language for the Xperia range next year. Would you like to see a Sony Xperia device using a curved display? Or, do you see it as a gimmick? Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks Diogo!

  • dragonsneeze

    I don’t get curved screens at that scale. LG used Plastic LED in Flex and it sucked. Edge screens are also useless design pieces. This flexible panel could go with a wearable although it’s a bit too big for that.

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  • Madis

    Perhaps would be useful for VR glasses. Though 1080p and 60Hz might not be enough.

  • Barricade_BE

    I’d love for Sony to move over to OLED like they’re doing with their tv sets. And either spice the design up some more of go back to the perfect design of the Sony Xperia Z3, but no plastic, no flaps to cover the sim/microSD card slot, instead do those like other manufacturers (Apple, Samsung.. I don’t know how say it in English but use a metal cover for those slots). And ofcourse the fingerprint reader and a nice OLED + better camera as an addition.

  • Moisés

    I would not like to see something like LG G Flex, nor a fordable cellphone.

  • Moisés

    The sim slot of Apple, Samsung and others look like the one on XZ.
    But you do remove it by just pulling it out.
    The slot has a little whole, you have a “key” you stick in there to unlock.

  • Moisés

    It would be nice for a smartbracelet instead of making a smartwatch.

    A smartbracelet with a display 4cm x 7 cm

  • Barricade_BE

    Yes I know, I just really dislike the flaps that cover it. The way Apple, Samsung and others handle it looks way cleaner aesthetically. Anyway, that’s how I’d handle it if I could make my own phone.

  • Raj Singh

    Very cool but Sony Mobile has no idea what to do.

  • Moisés

    I agree..

    That is why I keep my z4 out of water, I am never sure if the flap is correctly closed.

  • penubag

    curved displays are still gimmicky. plus putting a glass screen protector on is less than ideal

  • webuser.my

    It being aesthetically cleaner, is subjective. I prefer the flap design.

    But from a practical point, you always need to have an object to eject the trays from those phones.

    I travel a lot, and to multiple countries and I appreciate not having to need a tray eject pin to change SIMs.

    All I want is for them to bring back real dual sim and none of this hybrid bullshit.

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  • KarFar

    Read it somewhere that no 835 at MWC. 821 is the max we can hope for

  • There rumors about Xperia with OLED display for 2018

  • Bashar Shehab

    Please no, we don’t need ant more edges, they are already as useless and inconvenient as they could be

  • I like that screen; anybody knows if this is actually an app?

  • Genorok

    A curved display is useless on a smartphone because why would you need more viewing angles? Now if they put in that OLED that’s near indestructible, then that’s a real design improvement, but not at the price of the clarity and brightness of the screen

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  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    why people so pesimist today??? this is good news for those who experience crack screen on previous phone.

  • laci_csk

    curved display is it a gimmick

  • azzido

    5 new xperias coming!:

    imx300, now imx400, sony, new sensor will not do much if you still pack it with this old crappy blurry G lens (we finally need better optics!!!) and dark F2.0… competition has F1.7 since long time ago with better optics and OIS… so c’mon it’s finally the time to provide us with better camera! 6GB of RAM in 2017 would be welcomed, 4GB was in flagships from 2016 so it is normal anything with 4gigs is mid ranger nowadays.

  • azzido

    correction, many other brands are coming with 8GB of RAM so please sony do not be behind with specs this year!

    I hope for great design like XZ, radio, great screen, camera and huge battery :)
    Would be nice to finally see faster 64GB of internal storage.

  • azzido

    we do not want Alkaleido metal as it is a fingerprint magnet, we want matt glass from regular Z5 and no plastic strip on the back. Give us also new refreshed UI as you will bore us to death with this ugly too stock design :/

  • azzido

    we want less MPx camera but with bigger pixels, everyone knows that imx400 with 27 million of tiny pixels will again produce huge noise… each camera with bigger pixels and around 12-16MPx is better, less noise

  • azzido

    I wonder what we will get for preorders for new XZ this time, recently it was headphones :)
    Maybe Smart Band Talk 2 this time?
    Or playstation VR? However this can be too expensive hmm.
    Imagine how many playstation players can buy new Xperia to get free Playstation VR :)

  • Moisés

    Go to youtube and seach for the channel IL FRANZ..
    He is photographer. Watch his videos. You will clearly see how easy XZ beats S7 .
    Better videos stabilization and photos have colors more real.

    Pixel has f2.0.

    F1.7 is good only at night, in daylight colors are too light.
    S7 makes lawn look little bit yellow-ish

  • Moisés

    Sony probably was tired of people complaining about cracked glass, specially z3 compact.

  • Moisés

    Some websites believe imx400 has 32 mp instead of 25

  • Moisés

    They will

  • Moisés

    That Evan Blass guy… His tweets

    It seems S8 will arrive with same QHD display, same batteries and cam of s7. Just bigger display.

    If the X Premium is real, it has a lot of chances…
    With the 4K HDR display, new camera and if it comes with a bigger battery, something like 3800mAh or more.

    I hope it comes dual, not hybrid slot.

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  • Gahead

    Learn to use the Xz’s camera,use Manual, superiour auto’s weakness is during indoor and lowlight, heck my Z5 Compact can even perform better than the iPhone 7 and S7, 4gb of ram is enough, since a 3gb Xperia can perform better than 4gb-6gb competitors, Samsung S7 with those 4gb still lags , heck even a snapdragon 635 Xperia X is much smoother, OPTIMIZATION man! OPTIMIZATION! juts like how Apple did it, don’t let the specs fool you, OIS? seems impossible, Sony is pushing the 5 axis image stabilization, what I want with the 5 axis sensor stabilization is to be also applied when taking pictures not only shooting video’s

  • Gahead

    Those 6gb-8gb of rams are just propaganda to me, LOL don’t put smartphones in the same category as PC’s when in terms to Specs, Sony doesn’t need to just put 8gb of ram, 4gb of ram would be the true case scenario and I’m fine with it.

  • KarFar

    It will have minimal bezels through, same about the G6. Sony could atleast improve the bezels.

  • Bashar Shehab

    OK go kill yourself.

  • Moisés
  • Moisés

    But the others have already.
    People get impressed easily by that.
    I think 3 is enough..
    Nobody keeps 40 apps open same time.

  • Eric Alexander

    After you POS

  • azzido

    The 5_axis stabilization works only in 1080p 30fps video recording and only for very close objects… Hencebit is useless for me, I trat it as marketing only… Too bad they abandoned 4k video mode recording years ago, no any upgrades here :(

  • azzido

    OMG what for… We need bigger pixel size, not smaller (32 MPx sensor), why japanese don’t get it? Other brands understand and produce much better pictures with less MPx cameras (bigger pixel size).
    I hope Sony will finally match the competition as they are lagging behind in camera department:/

  • azzido

    Then how come S7 low light pictures are so much better than XZ??? Probably much better lens and Sony is still using same old G lens… Time for upgrade lens Sony.

  • Moisés

    Low light yes…Because more light comes in.

    But in day light is not better. S7 has unreal colors.

  • Moisés

    If you create a giant photo you can have tons of big pixels.

  • azzido

    But has no blur ar rhe edges… These wide sensors are not that good idea as we can see it impacts the quality. Except colors s7 has better camera, less noise and no blur.

  • Timel

    I think curve display brings the unique design to smartphone

    But I don’t care about curve display actually, I wanna see Sony do something different like bezelless smartphone and embedded finger print scanner under the screen display

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