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LG G6 "FullVision" display explored and explained: what does the 9:18 aspect ratio entail?

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LG G6 "FullVision" display explored and explained: what does the 9:18 aspect ratio entail?

It's been known for some time now, that the LG G6 will feature a fairly unique display with an aspect ratio of 9:18, instead of the current industry standard of 9:16. What this means, is that the screen will be slightly taller than what you may be used to, and thus, among other things, utilize the phone's front real estate better for smaller bezels and a greater screen-to-body ratio. When we heard of LG's intentions to integrate a 9:18 display into the G6, we discussed the repercussions of this choice in an informative post that explored how the new aspect ratio could affect users. However, LG itself has now spoken on the matter and it's time to hear what the company has to say to persuade us that this is the way to go.

Earlier today, the Korean tech giant took to its official blog to elaborate on the assets of the FullVision 9:18 display and how the user interface of the G6 has been custom tailored around it. Right off the bat, the press release names three advantages of the FullVision display:

  • Differentiated experience for viewing content such as video clips and web surfing
  • Improved camera UX that maximizes the extra real estate provided by the 18:9 format display
  • Smartly designed GUI (Graphical User Interface) that enables the opening of two perfectly square windows side by side, delivering a more productive, better multitasking experience

So, let's take a closer look at each of the points made by LG.


Web browsing & entertainment


As far as the “differentiated” experience of watching videos on an 18:9 screen is concerned, LG says there will be an easy and seamless way to make 9:16 media content fit into the new ratio. In our post on G6's unique display aspect ratio, we explored a couple of ways the new screen ratio could affect the viewing of media content on the new phone, and we were not overly pleased to imagine how vertical black bars may line the sides of every 16:9 YouTube video we watch, but LG has apparently thought of this and developed a way to fit standard media content to the new screen aspect ratio. We don't know what this entails exactly, but there is bound to be some stretching and/or cropping of the image involved in the process.

As for web browsing, the taller FullVision screen could facilitate for an overall better user experience, as more content would be displayed at once when surfing the web with the G6 in portrait mode.

The new aspect ratio may be good for web browsing, as more content would be displayed on the screen at once (in portrait mode), but the scaling of video content to fit in landscape orientation is another story entirely

The new aspect ratio may be good for web browsing, as more content would be displayed on the screen at once (in portrait mode), but the scaling of video content to fit in landscape orientation is another story entirely


Camera UI

A 9/18 screen inside of a standard 9/16 screen

A 9/18 screen inside of a standard 9/16 screen


LG claims the 9:18 screen has been put to good use when developing the camera app interface for the G6. You may be wondering how the camera app could benefit from the taller screen when you'll be shooting in either 16:9 or 4:3 most of the time, but apparently, the real fun starts when you start shooting in 1:1 format.

When taking square photos, the display is split into two perfect halves: one reserved for the viewfinder, the other, for previewing already taken pictures. This allows you to simultaneously shoot photos and see the results without leaving the camera app even for a second.

It is improvements to the user experience like this that could help the transition to the new aspect ratio, but phone makers will have to put significant effort into showcasing what can be done before app developers begin implementing similar conveniences into their apps. It's a safe bet that this will take some time, but slow beginnings are not necessarily a bad thing if they lead to something positive in the end.  

Multitasking


The taller display will also positively impact multitasking, LG claims, as the 9:18 aspect ratio will allow for two apps to be opened side-by-side in two perfectly square windows. Some apps will also use an adaptive interface that will change substantially depending on the orientation of the screen. The stock calendar app, for example, will display the calendar in a square window on the left side of the screen, while the right portion will be occupied by a detailed schedule view.

What opening two apps in split-screen may look like on the G6 in landscape mode. We are on the fence as to whether the square format of the windows alone would improve multitasking by much

What opening two apps in split-screen may look like on the G6 in landscape mode. We are on the fence as to whether the square format of the windows alone would improve multitasking by much



We're still not entirely sure how well the scaling of some content will translate to reality, especially when it comes to watching videos, but LG seems adamant that this is the way to go:

“The LG G6 with FullVision was inspired by the philosophy of experts in the movie industry who believe that an 18:9 ratio screen would be the best solution for viewing both old and new cinematic content in the digital age,” said Juno Cho, president of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.

With Samsung allegedly also prepping a 9:18 display for the Galaxy S8, this may become the next standard for smartphone screen aspect ratios, but it's simply too early to say at this point. We wouldn't really mind taller, narrower phones with smaller bezels and greater screen-to-body ratios, but we also hope that the new setup is put to good use, with user interfaces designed to take advantage of it. It is ultimately the utilization of the new screen ratio, by both phone makers and third-party software developers alike, that will either make or break the transition from 9:16.

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posted on 16 Feb 2017, 05:19

1. Settings (Posts: 2330; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


With that extra screen state, will SD821 able to handle it?

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 06:22 2

8. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 1021; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


The SoCs have been able to handle it for a while now. The 821 is perfectly capable, even if there's something better in the horizon.

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 08:30

19. j2001m (Posts: 3005; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


All I going to say that Samsung best to be doing the same as they may have problems with other apps

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 18:35

28. sgodsell (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


This is suppose to be LG's first smartphone with an AMOLED display. But we will have to wait for the release date to find out for sure. Because this is suppose to be LG's first Daydream VR compatible smartphone.

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 06:25 6

9. WPX00 (Posts: 462; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


The 810 was able to handle 4K, why wouldn't the 821 able to handle an extra 320 pixels?

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 06:59

12. refillable (Posts: 1070; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


What is more important, earlier launch date or SD 835?

SD 835 is hurr durr to me. Faster SoC, faster bands, what not, hurr durr. If it means not taking the chance to go ahead on the launch date, it's idiotic.

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 07:56

18. Settings (Posts: 2330; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


821 and 835 are not leagues away based on paper much more IRL performance. Maybe they're saving the 835 for V30.

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 05:23 3

2. fancollo (Posts: 130; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


why do these manufacturers try to make marketing and pr for a friggin ratio!!!! it's 1:2..wtf is it with that ridiculous 9:18..!!!

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 05:32 16

4. xperian (Posts: 382; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


It's for easier comparison to 16:9. Just like 16:10 is not called 8:5

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 05:57 2

6. mikedemoda (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Mar 2010)


school 'em boy!

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 06:10 1

7. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


right...
just like 16:9 vs 16:10 in laptop/computer screen ratio..
it will be more confusing if people call it 16:9 vs 8:5
or 7:3 for ultrawide (21:9)

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 13:50 1

25. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2226; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


By that logic 4:3 should be 16:12

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 05:24

3. TechGirl90 (Posts: 311; Member since: 06 Feb 2017)


I'm impressed with the utilization of the multitasking capability LG is aiming for in their LG G6, this is could be very convenient, I can't wait until February 26!, I'm excited! ^_^

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 05:51 2

5. nodes (Posts: 761; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


even on 21:9 screen, that 'multitasking' view on a phone is still a joke.

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 06:46

10. tangbunna (Posts: 148; Member since: 29 Sep 2016)


wow.. windows xp looks amazing multitasking!!!

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 06:58

11. medtxa (Posts: 1341; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


This all is just excuses to make phone doesn't looks odd when a lot of bezels trimmed. no one want to watch blackbar or cropped video.

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 07:07 6

13. Khyron (Posts: 298; Member since: 28 Sep 2015)


if this was implemented by apple IPHONEARENA would says its brilliant!
two perfect square apps on screen is magical!!!
make user expericience better
biased site only praysing fruit logo company everything else is wrong

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 07:41 3

15. bucky (Posts: 3132; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


you have issues... Apple was not mentioned anywhere. You are the one bringing apple up.

Sometimes i honestly think accounts like yours (useless ones) are only for the purpose of sparking troll wars and clicks...

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 11:11 1

23. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


You mean how liek your friends do on Samsung articles.

His point is valid though. When an OEM implements something, PA is always skeptical and tries to find an issue. But when Apple is claiming to be making something, they try to think of the most positive things to say about it, even if it never happens.

Example..the Apple book. Its just a book showing Apple's products in a high resolution. You would have thought the book was about, how we found like on another planet and this is what everything looks like.

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 07:41 2

16. kiko007 (Posts: 5383; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


Wtf are you talking about?

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 07:44 3

17. Z..... (banned) (Posts: 355; Member since: 01 Feb 2017)


He is talking about the Apple rotten fruit patent troll company,which you love....

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 11:12 3

24. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Blinders ----->> |OO|

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 08:50

20. sissy246 (Posts: 4021; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Even though I agree with you about iphonearena being bias there was no reason to bring apple into this.

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 07:41 4

14. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


and dont forget that this ratio will give 1:1 for each eye on VR
which is really good thing

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 09:17

21. Soundjudgment (Posts: 124; Member since: 10 Oct 2016)


If the two-screen solution produces completely square screens... who cares if the phone is in Portrait or Landscape mode? You would still see / interact with the display in either orientation. One would be side-by-side, the other would be top-bottom.

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 16:56

26. jeroome86 (Posts: 2100; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Just checking to see if, oh never mind. He's here already. Ugh.
Good grief.

posted on 16 Feb 2017, 17:41

27. android1234 (Posts: 173; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)


Well it all depends on both UI's. Samsung using the SD835 might be slower or more choppy compared to the G6 running on the SD821. Samsung's UI is still prone with slowing down and lag here and there. If they can optimize perfectly this year, it should be smooth. So far, the Google Pixel has the smoothest UI.

posted on 17 Feb 2017, 09:08

30. dazed1 (Posts: 554; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


ROFL, you haven't watching speedtest right>?

posted on 17 Feb 2017, 08:27

29. dazed1 (Posts: 554; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


All this info is useless when you got 8000K as a default white balance/bad calibration and somewhat low sunlight brightness.

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