JDI’s new 6-inch 18:9 ratio display hits mass production; could we see it in a future Xperia?

by XB on 19th June 2017

in News


Japan Display Inc, a joint venture between the display panel businesses of Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba, has announced the mass production of a new 6-inch display with a 18:9 display aspect ratio and 1080 x 2160 resolution.

The ‘FULL ACTIVE’ LCD display, as JDI refers to it, has a slim bezel design on all four sides, which hopefully gives Sony the incentive for much smaller bezels on the top and bottom of its devices. The LCD module also uses JDI’s Pixel Eyes technology, resulting in deeper blacks and better operability with wet fingers.

The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 earlier this year, introduced narrower and taller phones designs with very slim bezels. While the jury on phones with ultra-wide resolutions is still out, Sony hasn’t closed the doors on moving away from a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Sony often sources displays for its smartphones from JDI, so there is a good chance that we could see this display adorn a future Xperia model. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything,

Via JDI.

Thanks KF!

  • razorg

    WOW WOW WOW WOW! Oh yes!!! Can’t wait!!!

  • Bryan Grobmann

    Amazing!

  • RockStar2005

    Hell yes!!!

  • Alvin

    Oh no, Sony falls in to a gimmick world.

  • Raj Singh

    I would love to see a phone with a 6 inch display but I also want bezels so I can hold the thing comfortably.

  • paul_cus

    Time for a successor to the Xperia ZL.

  • dragonsneeze

    well we don’t know for sure if Sony will use this but if they do yep. Maybe a 16:9 version could be made for Sony for a tad less bezel.

  • Kwstakhs

    Sony if you remove the stereo speakers you’ve lost 1 customer

  • Santos

    16:9 is much better than 18:9, no cropped pictures or black bars on the size (horizontally ) 18:9 is stupid

  • Francesco

    No way… I totaly prefer 18:9, it allows you to have bigger screen with the same comfort. The total information on the screen are higher when needed (browser, mail, messages etc) and for media I have black bars anyway cause I shoot photoes in 4:3 (and they are not a problem at all)

  • Conan

    would much rather they hop on the OLED train.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    The ugly navigation bar takes up a lot of screen space and gives you less space to type. Atleast 17:9 could be preferred if i could get a full 16:9 to use outside of the navigation bar.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    They won’t.

  • Vinny Conforto

    actually S8 looks fantastic in person

  • MrWalker1000

    it wouldn’t fix the positioning. Sony should adress it with software tbh so the navigation bar disappears when typing or something.

  • MrWalker1000

    oh shit that would be dope. but the ZL didnt have a 6 inch though which is way too big imo

  • MrWalker1000

    knowing sony they would never make this is the only option. The will give you the option not to buy this for the flagship or maybe two variants of the flagship one without this ratio.

    or maybe this is the new XA2 flagship to come.

  • Sultan Albatati

    i cant wait to see any xperia with xa design in a xz premium specification. dont need 18:9 like other shit design smartphone.

  • Wiching

    i want 21:9 smartphone…

  • Phil Gym

    Less bezels are what Xperia should go for. I would LOVE to see it

  • Me

    They will never ever remove the stereo speakers

  • Me

    I prefer 18:9 than 18.5:9. 18:9 is great in split screen with perfect two squares.

  • Me

    Maybe in the future it could be the standard ratio.

  • Me

    That is too much. So tall.

  • MrWalker1000

    i think sony will make two versions of the flagship with different aspect ratios

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  • hansip

    Just imagine that Prototype device up there, add some 8mm bezel top and below, add Speaker, camera, keep the loop surface, and that would be the bomb!

  • Battal

    Tomorrow comes Sony and add bezels to this and make it ugly, go on sony you want look like iphone you still have chance :)

  • Talos the Robot

    In some themes I have installed the navigation bar was transparent except the on screen buttons just like the galaxy s8.

  • Talos the Robot

    Sony doesn’t produce anamorphic lenses, nor any 18:9 ratio TV, so why they should release a phone with that aspect ratio?

  • Francis Troy Fabrigas

    Cause you don’t need that ratio on TVs.
    On the other hand, 18:9 becomes useful for showing more information on the screen, gives off more screen real estate, and bigger displays with small body.

    Downside is that no content is ever made in that way, and it reduces the durability of the screen.
    But making use of the unused screen will be a huge bonus for me.

  • Francis Troy Fabrigas

    Oh, we have a moron here between the delicates!

  • Francis Troy Fabrigas

    I can restly assure that this will be the display of the XZ1. Maybe it will be an HDR screen as well, though just 1080p and not 4K, but neither does Samsung nor anybody else ditched 1080p yet.

    Deeper blacks? Awesome! I wish it will be a hell lot closer to AMOLEDs if not beating them. XZ Premium’s black at 100% brightness is so darn high, which kind of beats the HDR function.
    Hope it will get improved, like about 0.10 nits of black at 100% brightness and 0.05 nits of black at 0% hrightness.

    Missing Stereo Speaker? I don’t mind, as long as the speaker is still on the front and delivers way louder and clearer sound. They could’ve put an even better stereo speaker on the XZ Premium, given the bezel size, but I wish that they do something to it.

    18:9 is fine for me, as long as the remaining unused screen will be utilized with useful functions like App Shortcuts, Tools and Controls over of the device (i.e. WiFi, BT, Flashlight, Screenshot, etc), Notifications, Time/Date/Reminders/Battery Percentage, and at the bottom are the software keys – just so it doesn’t feel like the 2:0 ratio isn’t wasted.
    Of course an option to disable them must be present, but for multitasking, it’s definitely a great opportunity.

    For camera app, they can implement a native separation between video and photo mode, where you can shoot native high quality stills while recording video, instead of just taking a screenshot while recording, ’cause photos captured in video mode are nowhere near as good as the main photo shooting mode.
    And hopefully this wider screen could possibly let them organize their UI better, with more advanced manual controls.
    1/32,000 – 30s shutter speed setting would be a stunner, along with RAW capture support and even video controls.

    They can do so much things that are really useful for the display, so I wish they will not waste the superiority but rather take full advantage of it.
    You know, Sony isn’t HTC who makes phones that wastes space.

  • Biancoceleste

    Would be horrible if they do that.

  • Biancoceleste

    Agree. No need to change what works simply for the sake of a fad.

  • Biancoceleste

    Let’s hope not.

  • Moisés

    XZ1 is 5.2″

  • Moisés

    It will affect Remote Play.
    Games are made for TV.
    PS Division won’t change it to 2:1.
    Mobile division follows the others ( tv, image, music, games) , does not lead.

  • Moisés

    Nice..
    The issue is the power as fingerprint scanner.
    It needs more space

  • Moisés

    XZ1 : 5.2″ full HD , 3000 mAh, 4gb, 64gb, imx400
    XZ1 Compact: 4.6″ HD, 2800 mAh, 4gb, 64gb, imx400
    XZ1 Ultra: 6.2 ou 6.44″ FHD , 4gb, 64gb, imx400.

    IFA 2017

  • Battal

    Oh, you just discovered your true self?, congratulations Moron!

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Even if the navbar is transparent, that doesn’t change the issue with it taking up screen space. Nav bar dissapearing while typing is also not a great idea. 17:9 would be a great solution, it wouldn’t make it that much taller or uncomfortable.

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Xperia XZ1 Ultra or Xperia Z6 Ultra, let’s hope for it

  • comme des garcons

    Bezel-free Xperia phones would be cool !!! That’s what I’m waiting for

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