WSJ: Apple to consider advanced LCD panels from Japan Display for some future iPhone models

With Apple launching the first iPhone to feature an OLED panel later this year with the iPhone X, next year all three 2018 iPhone models are expected to ship with an OLED screen on board. Despite this game plan, a report in today’s Wall Street Journal says that Apple is contemplating using some advanced LCD screens made by Japan Display for certain models being manufactured in the future.

The LCD panels, called “Full Active” by Japan Display, are expected to make up 70% of the company’s business in the smartphone and smart device sector for the year that ends in March 2019. So far, interest …


Japan Display to restructure itself as an OLED producer?

For Japan Display, the company is in a rather tough financial condition. Even though smartphones continue to sell, Japan Display’s LCD panel business for the connected devices cannot make up for the company’s late entry into OLED displays. And even Apple, which has stood by its LCD screens since the unveiling of the very first iPhone in 2007, is experimenting this year with one of its handsets. The tenth-anniversary Apple iPhone 8 will likely become the first iOS powered device to carry an OLED screen, leaving the Apple iPhone 7s and Apple iPhone 7s Plus to carry on this year with LCD panels.

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Andy Rubin plans to bring the Essential Phone to the UK, Europe and Japan

You didn’t think Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone will be exclusively available in the United States, did you? Even though the company behind the quirky smartphone hasn’t yet come forward with an official statement to confirm its expanded availability, Financial Times reports the Essential Phone will be released in many other countries.

Apparently, Andy Rubin’s company negotiated the release of the Essential Phone in the UK with local carriers. Last week, Essential execs held talks with EE and other UK network operators to find a suitable time frame for the launch the …

Google's Android One project reaches Japan, but it's way overpriced

Sharp X1 is the name of the first Android One smartphone to hit the Japanese market. The X1 will remain a Japanese affair for as long as Sharp plans to produce it, so don’t get your hopes too high when it comes to its availability outside this country.

Android One phones are by definition meant to provide consumers with an affordable alternative to the Pixel and Nexus devices. These smartphones are among the first to receive major Android OS updates when Google releases them, but support usually ends after about two years of their market release.

However, …

Sony made this gorgeous hybrid watch to only sell it in Japan

Sony is no longer keen on making and selling Android Wear smartwatches, but it’s sure upping its hybrid watch game. Unfortunately, it has been keeping the products of its clocksmithing efforts strictly to Japan. Westerners are only to observe from a distance, and potentially look up imports on eBay. Oh, well!

The Three Hands Square is Sony’s latest masterpiece, a clean and attractive hybrid watch that will be available in both round and square designs. The latter is visibly made for female customers. The pictures speak for themselves, while the smart functions these …

Gawk hopelessly at these new all-screen Sharp phones you won't be able to get outside Japan

Wow! Seriously, look at Sharp’s brand new phones and tell us 2017 hasn’t been an extra special year for smartphone design! We always counted on the Japanese firm to lead the bezel-less movement, as it’s always had a thing for making minimally framed phones – even back when the technological means to do so weren’t really there.

Now, Sharp has reached the point where it seemingly can’t go any further with minimizing screen bezels. This happens with the brand new Sharp FS8016 and FS8010 smartphones, set to debut in Japan this July. Stunning design aside, …

BlackBerry KEYone pre-orders sell out in Japan; phone to launch on June 29th

With the BlackBerry KEYone set for a June 29th launch in Japan, pre-orders of the phone have sold out in the country. Actually, it took about an hour for the Android flavored handset to find a buyer for every unit up for pre-order. BlackBerry Mobile is offering the latest ‘Berry through a partnership with Fox. Inc. and Caseplay. On the latter’s website, the KEYone is listed at a price of 69,800 Japanese Yen, which translates into $623.41 USD at current exchange rates.

Despite the sell out, those interested in the KEYone are being told that they can still register their interest in the handset …

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, …

Super Nintendo World theme park at Universal Studios to open in Japan by 2020


00000488_01 Mario’s got a date with Universal Studios theme parks, and the first concrete one is 2020: That’s the year Nintendo and Universal are targeting for the debut of the first of three Super Nintendo Worlds. The Nintendo themed areas at Universal parks in Orlando, Hollywood and Japan will host attractions, restaurants and shops, and the first will open in Osaka ahead of the Olympic Games… Read More

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Japan Displays Upcoming Touch Screens Feature Slimmer Bezels Wet Finger Support

Apple supplier Japan Display revealed some details on its second-generation “Pixel Eyes” LCD modules over the holidays, providing us with a look at some of the ways the display industry is advancing. Japan Display’s “Pixel Eyes” modules incorporate touch functionality into the display, and in the second-generation model, there are some exciting improvements.

Using a new sensor structure and new materials, Japan Display has managed to decrease the thickness of the bezel, going from 0.8mm to 0.5mm. A deeper black level is available, and the display can accept input with a stylus as narrow as 1mm for finer detail when drawing or writing.

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Perhaps the most intriguing feature in the LCD module is its ability to operate with wet fingers. Many current smartphone screens are unable to work accurately under water and when fingers are wet as water is capacitive and confuses the built-in touch sensors.

iPhones, iPads, and the Apple Watch, for example, don’t respond well to touch with wet fingers or when placed in water, so technology like this could be essential if Apple wants to have a functional display in a device advertised as “waterproof.” Some iPhone 7 rumors have indicated the next-generation iPhone could be a waterproof device.

In a report earlier this week, The Motley Fool highlighted Japan Display’s second-generation “Pixel Eyes” technology and the possibility it could be included in the iPhone 7. Volume shipments on the displays will begin during the current quarter, making them available for possible inclusion in the iPhone 7 when Apple begins ramping up production during the summer months.

While Japan Display is one of Apple’s suppliers, it is not entirely clear if Japan Display screens are used in the iPhone and if the second-generation Pixel Eyes display technology will be used in future products. There have been rumors suggesting Apple and Japan Display have partnered up for a $1.7 billion display plant to produce screens for iPhones in 2016, so it’s not out of the question that we’ll see Japan Display screens in the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7s.

Regardless of whether Japan Display’s technology ends up in the iPhone, the advancements made by the company serve as an interesting glimpse at features that could be adopted more widely by the display industry in the future, eventually making their way into Apple’s devices.