Japan Display Unveils a Dual-Screen Display for Smartphones

Smartphones and mobile devices with folding screens like the MS Courier are largely a topic for the history books, idle techie daydreams, or for R&D labs, but Japan Display’s new screen could make them a reality on the market.

Nikkei reports that Japan Display has developed a prototype which combines two screen panels which can fold flat.


We do not know the dimensions fo the new screen unit, but we do know that:

The Japanese developer and manufacturer of mobile displays is working with a Chinese smartphone maker to create a handset that will debut in the summer. The undisclosed Chinese partner is a major global smartphone maker, thus offering Japan Display a consistent source of demand for the panels.


Japan Display worked with Minebea and others to modify the shape of the backlight and design a liquid crystal display panel with a peripheral frame that is less than 1mm wide. The two panels side by side have a gap of less than 2mm between screens.

I wouldn’t take the teases about a maufacturing partner too seriously, not until we have a name to go with the promise.

The thing about JDI is that they may design a product and show it off at trade fairs but they won’t make it until a company orders it. So this screen is less a product than a promise right now, a promise which Japan Display might not be able to keep.

Nikkei via Liliputing

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Comment

  1. FSkornia18 November, 2016

    I wonder if the slick trifold screen tablets that are in WestWorld are going to inspire more devices like this. It might be a good solution towards finally reaching a device that meet the needs of a phone and a tablet w/o ripping pocket seams.

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