Japan Display Inc. has produced premium mobile displays, among other products, for a while. Their mobile displays normally wind up in top of the line phones from big names like OnePlus and Sony who don’t make their own displays like Samsung or LG do. Their Pixel Eyes line of high-performance LCD displays boast a number of special features, the biggest of which is the integration of the touch sensor and the display to help with durability and trimming down device thickness. This is achieved with proprietary JDI technology that no other firm uses. These displays tend to have thin borders, deep black levels for LCD displays and the capability for fairly high resolutions, being based on JDI’s special brand of LTPS, or low-temperature poly silicon, display tech rather than more commonly used standards. This makes them pricier, but gives them capabilities that most displays simply can’t match.
The second generation Pixel Eyes LCD models hit mass production on December 25, 2015. These newer displays are even thinner, with thinner bezels and improved in-cell touch technology. They are also capable of higher resolutions and can be scaled all the way up to 16 inches, making them more than adequate for everything from smartwatches to all but the biggest premium laptops. Deeper blacks and a new sensor structure and materials are also on board, keeping up nicely with competition from the AMOLED and IPS LCD worlds.
Finer touches are now a possibility due to the new sensor layout, allowing users who are so inclined to use capacitive syli as thin as 1 mm with superb accuracy. As an added bonus, the new display tech should work without a hitch with wet fingers, similar to the capability seen in the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. Underwater use isn’t specifically mentioned, but is a distinct possibility, given proper device waterproofing from the manufacturer. The same can be said of pressure sensing, although it would seem a separate module would be required, since it’s not mentioned in the press release. JDI’s new displays should start popping up in products in the first half of 2016, though no specific date has been given.