LG G5 "second screen" Always-on-Display mystery: what could it be?


Today, prolific leaker with excellent track record Evan Blass proclaimed loud and clear on Twitter that he has seen the LG G5 in person and that it has a secondary display. All was good and everyone was happy until hours after we saw the LG G5 leak out for the first time in what looks like its final form on Dubai's Craigslist alternative. Guess what? No secondary screen in sight.

So what is the truth: does the LG G5 have a secondary display or not?

Well, something should be there. After all, LG itself seemed to confirm it very officially when it announced the LG G5 Quick Cover case:

"LG's signature "second screen" Always-on-Display, rumored to be a feature in the highly anticipated LG G5, allows users to check the time, date and notifications, all with the Quick Cover closed. Complementing the look and feel of the forthcoming LG G5, the new LG Quick Cover incorporates a unique film with a glossy metallic finish to enhance the smooth and luxurious look and feel of the cover." (emphasis ours)

Important thing to notice: LG itself puts the words second screen in quotes, suggesting this is not a real second screen, but something a bit more metaphorical.

Now, here's an interesting theory coming from Komputer Swiat, a Polish tech website: what if that secondary display is not a separately position ticker display, but a fancy, transparent screen on top of the regular display of the LG G5 and it only lights up when the main screen is off. We know, it sounds like sound fiction, but stick with us. Komputer Swiat reminds us of an LG Display technology demo from the summer of 2015, when the company showed an OLED light laminated on top of mirrors, appearing as one whole surface with them, but in reality acting as a separate display.


Could this be it?

It all sounds good, but we doubt it. This sounds a bit too far-fetched to be a reality. The whole shebang around the 'second screen' Always-on-Display might be a lot about marketing, and we could end up having the whole screen dimmed and only a part of it showing content in a way similar to Android Wear watches. Whatever it is, with all those countless leaks and rumors, this seems to be the last unsolved mystery around the LG G5.


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  • Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(25h talk time)

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18 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

Sounds too good to be true.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@TyrionLannister I'm not holding my breath either... But who know, eh?

9. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

It doesn't seem to have a secondary screen of the V10 kind, so why not. But I wonder if that could cut from the screen's image quality somehow

17. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

if embedded secondary screen, then G5 will be a great device

15. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Possible use of an OLED this time around?

16. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Aha! I figured it out. The reason no one saw the secondary screen is because it stretches across the entire top! If you look at the second picture closely, you see a difference in the level of black between the main screen and the strip above it (below the camera and speaker). There's also a faint line dividing them. Hopefully this means the secondary screen is AMOLED. Besides, didn't anyone notice the phone is a tad long? iPhone-esque, yes? So a 5.3" screen is likely after all. I may get the dark colored G5 after all

2. shield

Posts: 834; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG G5 oled? hmmm

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! And there I was thinking that LG is on the verge of extinction ala Sony & Microsoft...! Would LOVE to see LG dethroning the... Cough... Uncle Sammy... Cough...

7. 2faraway

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Probably!! it won't be a problem I believe! It just depends on people stupidity to stick with the same device every year! the approach of G3 and G4 were good in many ways but they couldn't come close to the perfect package the G2! But there's a problem now, those who own an LG decvice since the very G2 incluiding my self. I don't seeing buying this thing without back volume buttons! and many will agree with me, it was something remarkable it was an "LG thing" and just whatever new buyers they'll get from the iSami world will lost those who really care about LG smartphones for good! LG is dead the very last original one was the V10! take urs before they're gone!

18. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Yeah, won't happen with the G5 though. Maybe the G6 will be good enough.

5. 2faraway

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

that explain the retro look in the "Always on display!" Now is it really efficiently!?

6. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

This has me very interested indeed. I'd love to see LG using its own OLED displays for its smartphones and tablets(if it is indeed OLED tech).

14. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Expensive it will be. I've heard they also will be making there own custom socs.

8. leotrim

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

All now go in OLED hahahah Samsung use OLED since Samsung Galaxy S1 :D

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Perhaps an E-Ink screen in front of the normal LCD screen?

11. duowing

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

If you look at the first picture of the front, with the flash you can see either a large bezel or what could possibly be a secondary ticker screen before the top black portion above the screen.

12. fyah_king unregistered

I hope the battery life is better than my v10 and g4.

13. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

It could be at the bottom where it's more practical.

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