Sony Ericsson working on 4.7” 3D Android phone?

The line between phone and tablet continues to blur with the increase in display sizes on mobile devices. As handsets get thinner and more portable, screens are getting larger with many new smartphones sporting screens larger than four inches. For many buyers, it seems, bigger is better when it comes to how much screen their greasy fingers are able to paw at.

If you’re of the same opinion, then a report from Android and Me on Sony Ericsson’s latest device should get your fingers tingling with excitement. Following on from the 4” Xperia Play and 4.2” Xperia Arc, the company is believed to be working on a new Android handset with a vast 4.7” display - and not just any display either.

Keen to capitalise on the buzz generated by rivals such as the LG Thrill 4G (known also as the Optimus 3D outside in many markets) and HTC’s EVO 3D, the display on Sony Ericsson’s new handset will be capable of displaying glasses-free 3D content, and is believed to sport an impressive 1280x720p HD resolution as well.

Little more is known about the new device at this stage, although Gizmodo speculates that it may be a natural successor to the Xperia Play, which has so far received something of a lukewarm reception from critics and buyers alike. The prospect of a 3D PlayStation handset with such a high-resolution screen is rather tantalising – but until a few more facts come out about the new device, we’ll have to call that nothing more than wishful thinking.

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wow, I would love to test that 3D display. I own a Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 and a Nintendo 3DS because I love 3D but screens of both are small. 4.7" with such a high resolution looks impressive to me! I think I may finally make the switch from my SE W810i to one of those bigger phone that does a lot more... just not sure it will still be a good idea to keep it in my back pocket.

With Sony's android update history, I don't think I would want this phone if i didn't root it. But then again who wouldn't make they're phone more awesome?

Roxkis said,
With Sony's android update history, I don't think I would want this phone if i didn't root it. But then again who wouldn't make they're phone more awesome?

You haven't seen the new Sony Ericsson lineup yet. It's awesome, and they are getting tons and tons of updates. I've got a Neo, and I've received a lot of new features. Sony will be providing major Android updates for at least a year after each phone release, and probably much longer.

4.7" LOL? it's a f**king phone!

Huge screens and cheap plastics.

Because of this android phones will never have the iphone success.

My phone (Samsung Focus) has a 4" screen and is not too large. I think my next one will be a 4.3" screen if the features are right and it runs WP on it.

I am tall with big hands though...

tmaxxtigger said,
Those that already have the large display phones, how do you find them for everyday use?

Got a 4" phone and I can't say how I used to use a 2.7" phone back in the Windows Mobile era. Bigger screen estate allows for easy web browsing, makes typing far quicker and more accurate (I use Thumb Keyboard) and basically, it's much more enjoyable to use on a everyday basis. That is not to say that bigger is better, I think there is a limit to how big the screen size of a "phone" should be and surpassing 5" would probably, more or less, be uncomfortable and impractical to use.

tmaxxtigger said,
Those that already have the large display phones, how do you find them for everyday use?

I have DesireHD. No problems, you get used to it in a day or two, after that other phones look tiny It's great to see things bigger, good for video, looking at photos, playing games, ... It fits in the pocket, that's what's important to me. Oh, I also have a hard-rubber case around it so it makes it even a bit bigger (about 2mm in each way), but got used to it.

Agreed the bigger screen is always nice, so long as it fits in the pocket still and is easy to hold. I guess the manufacturers will continue to push the size until they find the best compromise that people are willing to buy.

I have the HTC Sensation with a 4.3" screen and I love it - a large jump up from the 3.7" on my old HTC Desire. The battery life is terrible, though. You'll want to keep a charger nearby, as you can easily burn through the battery in less than a day.

It depends what you want from a phone.