We may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. If you're using an ad-blocker you might miss out on seeing the deals. Learn More

Sharp starts producing in-cell type touch displays for even thinner smartphones

Sharp has begun mass production of a new kind of display that will lead to even thinner and lighter smartphones.

The Japanese manufacturer is a major player in the smartphone component business. It developed the displays for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

That’s why when it starts mass producing a new kind of screen, we tend to sit up and take notice. Sharp has done just that with its new in-cell type touch displays, which have gone into full production as of this month.

Most smartphone displays have an LCD layer with a touch sensor attached. Sharp’s new technology integrates that touch sensor right into the display.

The result is a significantly thinner and lighter components – hence the potential for a thinner and lighter smartphone. Alternatively, it could provide space for a bigger battery. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Besides this smartphone form factor, Sharp has also announced that it’s developing the in-cell type touch technology for medium-sized displays. Think tablets and notebook PCs.

Read More: iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus

Sharp reckons that this larger form factor will also make better use of its existing IGZO technology, which opens up the possibility of much higher resolutions with a minimal impact on battery life.

IGZO stands for Indium gallium zinc oxide, which is a special semiconducting material that Sharp applies to the thin film that drives the displays. It facilitates an improved flow of electrons, which improves energy efficiency and allows for smaller pixels.

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links. Tell us what you think – email the Editor