(Update) Sony Xperia X Premium rumored to debut HDR display with 1.07-billion color depth

(Update) Sony Xperia X Premium rumored to debut HDR display with 1.07-billion color depth

UPDATE: Sony Taiwan confirmed there's no such device in the works.

Sony has been quiet after introducing its new Xperia X handsets in February. However, the company's equally strong and underachieving mobile department has been busy behind closed doors, working on what appears to be a smartphone with a killer display! If the latest rumors come to fruition, the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, and Xperia XA will be joined by the Xperia X Premium. Reportedly, its stand-out feature will be a 5.5-inch 'Whitemagic' LCD display with 1080p resolution and a face-melting 1300 nits of maximum brightness output. Most high-end handsets today don't go beyond 800 nits when pushed to the max.

Moreover, this is actually supposed to be the world's first High Dynamic Range (HDR) smartphone screen, featuring the unfathomable color depth of 1.07 billion colors! Gow did we ever get by with those 16.8 million colors for so long? And how is such color depth even possible, anyway? Well, instead of using up to 256 shades for each primary color (Red, Green, and Blue), the screen, which is likely the product of a partnership between Sony and Japan Display Incorporated, paints RGB colors with up to 1024 shades each! Allegedly, the screen can dial up its refresh rate to 120Hz and achieve a contrast ratio of 2000:1, which is expensive UHD TV set territory.

Of course, the display might sound class-leading on paper and is, beyond doubt, a staggering technological achievement. But a high peak brightness output, extended color depth and high refresh rate don't necessarily guarantee reference-quality image reproduction. But the rest of the smartphone's spec sheet doesn't leave much room open for performance doubts. The handset will be powered by Qualcomm's premium-tier chipset, the Snapdragon 820, and is also said to feature 3GB of RAM and a high-speed USB Type-C port. This means the Xperia X Premium will be able to spar with the Android big boys – the Samsung Galaxy S7/edge, the LG G5, and the HTC 10, among other recently launched flagship devices.

Alas, we don't get to hear about a potential price or release date for what seems to be Sony's most ambitious handset just yet. But we don't think the company can hold such an exciting announcement for too long.

source: Phone Radar

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89 Comments

1. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 259; Member since: May 15, 2013

They'll need a monster of a battery though.

17. dimas

Posts: 3241; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Come to think of it, it will be very handy as a flashlight.

19. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Every smartphone is a handy flashlight mate.

45. dimas

Posts: 3241; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

My bad. Correcting myself: batman spotlight

47. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well if they make the selfie flash with the screen this one will have the most effective screen for this!

18. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not really, how often do you think you will need 1300 nits of brightness. Honestly every phone need a monster battery, Sony has a good battery life rep so I don't expect the phone to underperform in that regard.

23. kabiluddin

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

If they really use "WhiteMagic" tech then they will be able to achieve much brighter display without needing a monster battery. According to JDI site WhiteMagic is able to achieve the same brighterness with 40% less power than conventional display. I'm personally hoping its true. HDR tech is more impressive than simple resolution bump.

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5591; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also its should have local dimming i.e. some areas of the screen should be able to go very very bright, while other areas are very very dim at the same time And I'd imagine it wont be 120Hz all the time (like what they did with 4K on the Z5P) It'd be 60Hz in normal use, but would switch to 120Hz in apps which benefit from it (e.g. VR) or 30Hz/24Hz for videos

32. kabiluddin

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

If they use the term "HDR" then they will use local dimming. Otherwise it wouldn't be a HDR display at all because it will fail the requirement of a HDR display. Sony will most like use this tech if the rumors is true -http://www.j-display.com/english/news/2015/20150918.html WhiteMagic with 2D Local Dimming to achieve High Dynamic Range Image Reproduction. Luminance - 1,000 cd/m Contrast ratio - 1,500:1~100,000:1 Look at the luminance and the contrast ration.Simply amazing if Sony can bring this tech in miniature form. The advantage of OLED without the disadvantage of OLED.

75. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

As long as the display is LCD, 1300nits won' t help hen outdoors,

21. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Why is it so hard for all you people? Couldn't you lowered down the brightness to save battery? SHhhsss

27. shaineql

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Impossible , 120hz on a phone , bring your 20k MAH juice packs, five of them. I dont wanna be a fanboy when i say this , but we all know we should just wait for samsung or apple to do it. Sonys 4k and other experiments didnt pan out, nor did other experiments from other oems.

30. vincelongman

Posts: 5591; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'd imagine it wont be 120Hz all the time (like what they did with 4K on the Z5P) It'd be 60Hz in normal use, but would switch to 120Hz in apps which benefit from it (e.g. VR) or 30Hz/24Hz for videos

60. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Mediatek said moving up to 120 Hz consumes about 10% more power. Extra white sub-pixels from the WhiteMagic setup, enough local backlights and maybe IPS NEO can easily take care of that.

26. shaineql

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Impossible , 120hz on a phone , bring your 20k MAH juice packs, five of them.

44. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I see this as all marketing...but its more than that! What are HDR tvs anyway

56. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

read the article. it's short and gives a simply synopsis what hdr is

76. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

but HDR display on a phone???

2. romeo1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I read on gsmarena it has a 4k display? Which one is correct? I think this is tje only x thst is worth upgrading if you had 1 of the z5 family. The rest isn't that interesting.

12. techbuttcheex

Posts: 202; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

They f**ked up the name of the phone. The Z5 Premium has a 4k display. The high end X model is called the X Performance, not the X Premium. It only has a 1080p display.

37. ananthu07 unregistered

The X Premium is different from X Performance. The X Performance is like the successor to the Z5 and X Premium has 4k and HDR display and it is a successor to the Z5 Premium. The Xperia X is the midrange with SD650 and Xperia XA is like the low-mid end with Helio P10 processor. GSMArena has got it right.

57. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Either way they need a new naming scheme. It's confusing

78. ananthu07 unregistered

true that

13. kabiluddin

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

It is most probably FHD HDR display. 4K HDR for a 5.5 inch display is still at least 2 years away.

61. romeo1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I hope you're wrong as this will probably go for 800-1000 euro

3. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

they can do what ever they want but as long as its an lcd it will never have a chance against Amoled especially Samsung ones

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

20. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I don't need a phone screen that doesn't lasts for more than 2 years. I saw a lot of burn in samdung screen on those retail stores and don't lie to me like it never exists

41. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I don't need a phone to last more then 2 years.

59. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well not everyone is as rich as you

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