Curved edge display in concept phone turns corners with good looks at Sharp

Curved edge display in concept phone turns corners with good looks at Sharp

(Tech Xplore)—Bring it on. That seemed to be a fairly strong reaction this week from those who found out about Sharp's phone concept going curvy—and looking oh so good. Reader comments included "Beautiful," and "Take my money."

It looks as if Sam Byford, who runs Asia happenings from Tokyo for The Verge, is no less impressed with this big visual come-on. "Sharp has a knack for making phone displays with tiny bezels, as seen in the US a couple of years ago with the Aquos Crystal, but the company has upped its game in a big way and I want this on a phone immediately."

The concept device is called Sharp Corner R. It has 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, said PhoneArena, with a display making up 90 percent of the front panel with virtual buttons.

Those attending the CEATECH 2016 technology expo in Japan saw it, reported PhoneArena on Thursday.

Jed John in GizmoChina offered more details. He noted the Corner R's curved display with full HD (1080 pixels) resolution. He reported that "the Sharp Corner R concept phone uses Sharp Free Form Display created using the recently unveiled IGZO display technology which is said to come with 1000ppi."

Byford similarly said the phone "uses the company's Free-Form Display technology, which enables IGZO LCD panels to be cut into various shapes."

The company's Free Form displays can be cut in just about any shape, "because the driver circuits are built in its surface, they don't require bezels at all," said Bogdan Petrovan, senior editor with Android Authority.

EE Times Europe talked on Thursday about what Sharp brings to the table with IGZO technology. IGZO stands for Indium gallium zinc oxide. It's a transparent crystalline oxide semiconductor technology. Sharp uses it for various types of displays.

Julien Happich in EE Times Europe wrote that "One of the claims Sharp makes on its website is that thanks to the high electron mobility of IGZO, it was able to achieve unprecedented transistor miniaturization and circuit thinning, raising light transmission at pixel level while doubling display resolution."

Petrovan said, "with smartphone design hitting a plateau, bold new ideas like this are more than welcome."

The one question that many have is when the phone will be commercially available, and there is no answer to that yet. We are not sure when this will go commercial, said Jed John.

Byford in The Verge also said those enthused over the look would need patience. "Sharp seems to have difficulty helping its Free-Form Displays make the leap from trade show floor to retail, but this Corner R concept should be an easier sell."


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Oct 08, 2016
"Jed John in GizmoChina offered more details. He noted the Corner R's curved display with full HD (1080 pixels) resolution. He reported that "the Sharp Corner R concept phone uses Sharp Free Form Display created using the recently unveiled IGZO display technology which is said to come with 1000ppi.""


How can it be 1000ppi when the full-HD resolution of the display only gives you ~420 pixels per inch? Would be silly if the resolution of the display was higher and the picture was interpolated.

Oct 08, 2016
I think what the article is telling with 1000dpi is the technology limit of IGZO. So as long the actual dpi is less than 1000, the display will be manufacturable or working.

Oct 09, 2016
Wow, great concept. I have already interested to buy it when it will appear first. I think that the company is moving in the right direction because these upgrades are amazing! I'm a student and I cannot afford to buy it, but I hope it will be the time of mine;) I have problems with writings in the college and to solve these I use ratedwriting.com to help me write any kind of writings and then get the maximum grade for it. I'm enjoying it so much, so the choice is yours!

Oct 11, 2016
you are right. when i went to the new york for attending the weight loss programs in nyc i accidently look up the new samsung galaxy edge. you are right, the curved edge display gives the phone more sexy look. but there is a problem is that the display breaks fast when it fall the ground.

Oct 11, 2016
I really like your article.I have a galaxy s6 edge phone.I buy this phone in my 5 Day trip Cochin-Alleppey.Its just an amazing phone.But one problem is that the edge display damage quickly.Which is the only one disadvantage in this type of phone.Thank you.

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