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Japan Display announces new 6-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio

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Japan Display announces new 6-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio
Japan Display (JDI), announced that it has started mass production of a 6-inch screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a 1440 x 2560 resolution. JDI is calling this the "Full Active" LCD display, which employs a new high density wiring allowing the bottom bezel to be as thin as the other three sides. The screen comes with the second-generation Pixel Eyes technology allowing for deeper blacks. Additionally, users with wet fingers will be able to easily navigate the screen. The latter is important in this age of water resistant handsets.

Since Sony often uses JDI as a source for its screens, we would not be surprised to see this display used on Sony's next flagship Xperia model. After all, Sony is one of the three major companies that are part of the JDI joint venture. The other two are Hitachi and Toshiba. Besides, the 18:9 aspect ratio will probably be growing in usage on 2017-2018 flagship handsets thanks to the decisions made this year at LG and Samsung. Both of these companies went with the 18:9 aspect ratio on their new flagship models instead of the 16:9 aspect ratio previously used.

The 18:9 aspect ratio is great for viewing video because it reduces the size of the black borders found on the top and bottom of the screen when watching movies and television shows. Even though there is no guarantee that the next Xperia flagship model will use this display, it would seem that everything is lining up perfectly for it to happen.

JDI introduces its new 6-inch QHD screen

JDI introduces its new 6-inch QHD screen


source: JDI via Xperiablog.net

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posted on 19 Jun 2017, 18:27 1

1. trojan_horse (Posts: 4167; Member since: 06 May 2016)


6-inch amd 18:9... fine. But LCD? Wonder which Android OEM would want to use it for their flagship... Well, unless thry do not want their flagship to be Daydream compatible.

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 21:09 2

11. ibend (Posts: 6549; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


cheap chinese android maker maybe...
or apple..

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 21:10 2

13. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3342; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Nah, Apple is team oled now.

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 21:30

14. AmashAziz (Posts: 1239; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Not yet

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 23:34

17. audibot (Posts: 129; Member since: 26 Jan 2017)


pixel 2 since its Huawei

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 18:40 2

2. torr310 (Posts: 1063; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


no..... hopeful it won't be the trend.。 I still prefer the old school ratio than the wide screen.

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 21:10

12. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3342; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


You don't like the wide screen? Hate to break it to you but that is the old school ratio(16:9). I think you meant to say that you don't like the long screen because once you go over 5.5in with the 16:9 ratio the screen just gets wider and wider, 18:9 on the other hand increase the length of the phone and keeps a slim width.

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 22:01 1

16. iushnt (Posts: 2124; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


4:3 is old school. You want that?

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 19:21

3. seanwhat (Posts: 295; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


If this means they make a 'bezel-less' phone without a massive chin, then game on.

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 19:32 1

4. iPnos (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Jun 2017)


1440x2560 is 16:9. So, either the aspect ratio or the resolution is wrong (I guess the latter).

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 19:54

5. pacattack81 (Posts: 93; Member since: 08 Dec 2016)


Anything more than 17:9 it's too tall. Let's hope 16:9 screens don't go away like 16:10 laptops did.

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 19:57 5

6. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3746; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Yeah, because there's such a huge difference between 17:9 & 18:9.

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 21:08

10. pacattack81 (Posts: 93; Member since: 08 Dec 2016)


Yes there is a difference. 17:9 is right on the cusp of being too tall so I said anything more than that and it's just too much. My phone is 17:9 now and up against the S8+ and it's 18.5:9 ratio you can see how ridiculous their aspect ratio looks in person

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 21:33

15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3746; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


If you say so, buddy. Just out of curiosity, what phone do you own that sports a 17:9 aspect ratio?

posted on 20 Jun 2017, 04:11

20. pacattack81 (Posts: 93; Member since: 08 Dec 2016)


Xiaomi Mi Mix. Take a look at the dimensions​. S8+ is 6.2 inch screen at 159.5mm tall and 73.4mm wide. Mi Mix is 6.4 inch screen 158.8mm tall and 81.9mm wide. Although the length it's about the same the difference in width makes the S8+ too skinny when you put them side by side.

I wonder if the difference in width is because the s8+ is .2 inches less of screen and has curved glass and not because of aspect ratio.

At any rate the s8+ is too skinny in comparison to the mix. I'd prefer the AMOLED screen of the s8+ though.

posted on 20 Jun 2017, 06:08

21. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3746; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


The Mi Max is 1920x1080 or 16:9.

posted on 20 Jun 2017, 07:16

24. pacattack81 (Posts: 93; Member since: 08 Dec 2016)


I said Mi Mix not Mi Max. 2040:1080 which is 17:9.

posted on 20 Jun 2017, 12:34

26. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3746; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Good call. My bad. I still don't think there's any significant between 18:9 & 17:9, but whatever floats your boat.

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 20:14

7. HereForTheComments (unregistered)


I love samsungs new 2:1 aspect ratio. It's perfect for split screen. Hope that becomes standard. With DJI making same aspect screen - who wants to bet iPhone is gonna have the same?

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 20:22

8. RicoRecklezz (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Jun 2017)


I am already sick of 18:9 screens maybe it's because I have big hands but I find them uncomfortable

posted on 19 Jun 2017, 21:00

9. Chuck007 (Posts: 1294; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Actually hope Sony doesn't go with this panel? It's time to go AMOLED if you wanna compete with the big boys.

posted on 20 Jun 2017, 01:29

18. monoke (Posts: 726; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


Would be great if that top pic was an actual phone design! lol.

posted on 20 Jun 2017, 03:51

19. Lumberjack (Posts: 78; Member since: 04 May 2017)


XZ1 is going to be 16:9.
Same 5.2 in, but shorter than XZ.

This screen is probably for a chinese brand.

posted on 20 Jun 2017, 06:35

22. khalid22 (Posts: 64; Member since: 12 May 2016)


5.5 is best

posted on 20 Jun 2017, 06:35

23. khalid22 (Posts: 64; Member since: 12 May 2016)


5.5 is best

posted on 20 Jun 2017, 10:54

25. PrYmCHGOan (Posts: 302; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)


JDI isnt dping 18:9 because Samsung and LG did it. They all werw gonna do it anyways.

B3cause smartphones are getting bigger, but thw point is to increase display size, without increasing the phone size.

The 18:9 aspect ration will be common, as 4:3, 16:9/10 were.

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