Sony has confirmed it is aware of problems with the Sony Xperia S‘ display, which cause it to develop a yellow tint if the phone gets too warm.
“Sony Mobile Communications has identified that the display on a limited number of Xperia S smart phones may show a slight yellow tint if exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.” said the company In a statement sent to CNET UK.
This is clearly a potentially big problem for Sony, being as the Xperia S is its current flagship phone, and its first since splitting from long time partner Ericsson. However Sony promises that the fault is limited to a “small number of units” and that its manufacturing process has been corrected.
Also, consumers shouldn’t worry too much as Sony has promised to “resolve this at no cost to the consumer”, via a replacement program.
A temperature of 40 degrees Celsius is very high for a phone to reach in a temperate climate like here in the UK but in warmer climes this is a much more likely occurrence. We’re following up with a request for more information about what is causing the problem and will update this story as soon as we know more.
The Sony Xperia S is a high-end Android smartphone featuring a 12MP camera, dual core 1.5Ghz processor and HD (720 x 1,280) display. In our review we found it to be a decent if slightly underwhelming handset anyway, and these screen issues clearly don’t help. Perhaps this episode will see the handset drop in price to compensate.
Heat looks set to be the issue of the moment with the iPad 3 also coming in for criticism due to it reaching roasty toasty temperatues of 44 degrees Celsius with extended gaming sessions. Though not hot enough to burn, this is certainly uncomfortably warm. With more and more mobile devices packing in more and more processing power, this trend is only set to continue – how long before we see tablets packing cooling fans?!
Got a Sony Xperia S? Have you had issues with its screen? Let us know your thoguht in the comments.