Sony admits Xperia S has yellow screen problem

Sony admits Xperia S has yellow screen problemIt's not exactly what Sony needs, is it?

Having launched its own solo handset - the Xperia S - and made what appeared to be a success of it, the maker has now been hit with its own version of 'antennagate': 'screengate'.

Some owners who'd forked out for the top of the range handset reported their screens going a bit yellow if they got too hot - and now Sony has confirmed to CNET that that is, indeed, the case:

"Sony Mobile Communications has identified that the display on a limited number of Xperia S smartphones may show a slight yellow tint if exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius."

Obviously wanting to draw a line under the issue - which Sony says only affects a handful of users - it has promised to replace affected phones.

So that clears that up!

Via CNET

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2012 at 19:37

"Made a success of it"?
This yellow screen issue aside - I reckon it'll become one of the fastest-resellers ever...
It's a step up from SE Xperia handsets, but it retained the good ole quality of gtting annoying pretty fast.
Where the Arc S had those ridiculous hardware buttons too close to the screenn the Sony Xperia S has the worst 'virtual' buttons ever. Which is lucky, cause for 45 minutes or so those awful keys will distract people from the stupidly placed power/screen-off button - again: much too small and unresponsive.
Then they'll realise that they had to get a microsim card, just to realise there's plenty of space for a proper sim under the hood.
Then they'll notice that the Bravia engine works esoterically - when I used the S for 2 days I asked about 9 people to describe the difference between Bravia ON and Bravia OFF. The consensus was a decisive "errm"...

But back to the beginning: The soft touch buttons are the dealbreaker. Rubbish. Their unresponsiveness affects pretty much everything you do on a phone... even the quite excellent camera becomes annoying.

There.
Do I detect a yellow streak, young Sir? :p

Pondlife  Apr. 3, 2012 at 19:52

I liked the look of it more in store than I expected to but couldn't buy one due to the annoying tv advert even if I wanted to.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 3, 2012 at 20:00

I liked the look of it more in store than I expected to but couldn't buy one due to the annoying tv advert even if I wanted to.

Yes, it does look good. It is not all bad. But there's no debating away the f*cked-up soft keys...

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 3, 2012 at 22:49

Ahh, Sony, you strike again. LOL.

krogothnx  Apr. 4, 2012 at 09:54

forget the yellow screens, they should concentrate on making the battery last more than 14 hours between charges...

inutes or so those awful keys will distract people from the stupidly placed power/screen-off button - again: much too small and unresponsive.

Really? i found the power/lock button to be in a good position (though my intro to smartphones was the x10 where it was in an identical position, so i may be biased there) and more importantly, was a good size and excellent to use. far better than any recent HTC i've encountered.

i'll conceed to the soft keys though, i got used to them within several hours but i can agree they're definitely a marmite issue.

Zlo  Apr. 6, 2012 at 21:21

I have two S's imported from HK to the USA. Both suffer from screen issues. Mine however gets the edge yellow and bright yellow spot in the lower righthand corner from just browsing the web for a minute and getting the phone up to around 28C which is in sharp contrast to the 40C+ statement from Sony. I was told from Sony support that I would have to get it fixed in Hong Kong as it "hasn't been released in the United States, yet."

So if you owned Sony how would you handle the new screen production? Would you put them in phones that are badly needed to ship to carriers who have contracted orders or would you kindly give them to service centers to replace the screens at a huge cost to the company for the suckers who already have the phone (and not their money anymore)?

I think what we should all do is post on all the xperia s reviews on the internet in the comments section about our problems with the screen as a deterrent to anyone considering picking up this phone.

And if you (as in Sony) think i'm lying about the yellow screen at low temps, i'll gladly trade a youtube video of it as proof for two replacement phones.

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