LG G6 will have a unique screen: What's different and how will it affect you?


So, the LG G6 is just around the bend, and it seems like we're learning something new and interesting about it almost every day. The latest tidbit regarding LG's upcoming flagship has to do with its screen – its size, resolution, pixel density, and, most interestingly perhaps, its aspect ratio.

Yesterday, LG announced a new type of display with a QHD+ resolution of 1440 x 2880 and a strange aspect ratio of 9:18. Since it has now all been but confirmed that this display will be the one used in the G6, we decided to take a look at what this could mean for the end user.

On paper, and based on the info we have right now, the new screen beats the QHD ones found in the LG V20, V10, and G5. It has a higher resolution, a higher pixel density, and reportedly performs considerably better under direct sunlight thanks to its improved brightness. The panel is also around 30 percent less power hungry than its predecessor, various sources claim, so it should be easier on the battery as well. So, what possible drawbacks could the display on the G6 have compared to its predecessors? That's what we are going to find out here.

According to the latest official information provided to us by LG, the decision to incorporate a non-standard 9:18 screen in the LG G6 was made with multitasking in mind. While the display will retain the same size as those on the V10 and V20 – 5.7 inches – it will be considerably narrower, thus ditching the standard 9:16 aspect ratio for a 9:18 one. If the claim that this decision was made to take advantage of the ever improving multitasking features of Android, most notably the split-screen, multi-window option in Nougat, then it would make sense to elongate the screen a tad, while maintaining a narrow footprint, since smartphones are mostly operated in portrait mode. Let's see how this 9:18 panel stacks up against the 5.7-inch 9:16 screens of its predecessors:



As you can see, despite maintaining the same real estate of 9:16 screens, this new one is slightly narrower and taller. Multitasking was highlighted as one of the strong features of the V20 in its release trailer, so it wouldn't be out of the question that LG may be looking for ways to expand on the concept. And while the 9:18 aspect ratio may prove helpful when using two apps in multi-window mode, either side-by-side or on top of each other, what does it mean for general use?



Most content you view on the G6 will be resized to fit its screen – apps and games will effortlessly scale to the screen's ratio and fill it up nicely and we wouldn't worry too much about wallpapers either. However, when it comes to video, things will be a bit different. Since most video content these days is presented in a 16:9 format, YouTube videos, for example, will be played with black bars on the sides. On the other hand, if you're watching a movie, you will get a lot less in the way of letterboxing than you would in 16:9 landscape ratio, as movies are most often presented in wider aspect ratios that are closer to that of the new screen. Furthermore, scrolling through web pages or your Facebook feed will be better on the 9:18 screen (in portrait mode), as the phone will be capable of displaying more content at any given time.



All in all, we'd say the difference from switching to the new screen won't be anywhere as big as, say, switching from a 16:10 to a 4:3 tablet or something like that. Whether LG is on the right track with the new screen aspect ratio, and whether fans will like it, remains to be seen.

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67 Comments

1. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

A 5.5 inch with that aspect ratio would be perfect! LG just lacks recognition. Their products are miles ahead of Samsung in quality.

11. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Yea. The Metal™ (plastic) is real high quality stuff man.

32. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

I was thinking the same thing!

35. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Aldo Bootloop™

38. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Funny in 3 years of selling LG phone only 1 came back with bootloop :) Its a nice marketing tactic to always overblown issue on others oem phone you know?

46. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You're a known LG, HTC and Snapdragon fan, and you're a known Samsung hater. Aren't you the who was Saying that the snapdragon 810 overheated less and throttled less than the Exynos 7420? You've no credibility, dude.

53. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

As much as I like LG I have a v10. The v10 and g4 are still experiencing a huge level of boot loop or simply dead phones. I just got my v10 replaced by LG

58. IOSANDROID

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

It is not overblown i have had only 2 LG phones in my live and both had the bootloop problem, the LG G2 and the LG G4 and to be honest i loved both phones but i don't want to buy a brand new smartphone that won't last me 1 year (neither lasted longer than 8 months)

62. barcas

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

My partner had 3 G3's and all of them got the same bootloop issue then they wouldn't boot at all. She won't go back there again.

61. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

G3, G4, G5, V10, V20 and 5X are 1 phone?

37. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well my LG G5 dont overheat like S7 do. Its dont lag and freeze like S7 do. Its also arguably take better more authentic pictures. So yes real high quality stuff compared to samsung.

47. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The Galaxy S7 does not overheat, it's Exynow SoC is even more efficient than the Snapdragon 820!

52. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

That doesn't necessarily mean that the Exynos is more efficient than the Snapdragon, as Samsung's Exynos was designed for its own S7's. And about the SD810: trust me, I had the Z5, and I did not have problems with overheating at all. The SD810 problems were really exaggerated by people that did not actually use them.

55. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"That doesn't necessarily mean that the Exynos is more efficient than the Snapdragon, as Samsung's Exynos was designed for its own S7's." The same can be said about Apple's A-series SoC... It's the advantage of having a SoC designed solely for a single device. "And about the SD810: trust me, I had the Z5, and I did not have problems with overheating at all." When was the Xperia Z5 released? In October 2015! Sony obviously had the time to implement liquid-cooling or some other cooling method to cancel out the overheating, just like how Huawei did... as the Nexus 6P didn't overheat either. Have a look at the first batch of Snapdragon 810 phones released in the first half of 2015: LG G Flex 2 (January) and the HTC One M9 (March) were both indeed overheating due to the Snapdragon 810, and it noticeably downgraded their performance. So no, it wasn't overblown during the first half of 2015, as it was a legitimate issue... It only became overblown during the second half of 2015, when OEMs began implementing various cooling methods, and people were still bashing their devices to overheat, which wasn't the case anymore.

56. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

It surely does overheat. Mine does daily. My G5 never did. My S7 also randomly freezes and reboots about 5-7x's per week. Just because something doesn't happen to you, does not mean it doesn't happen to others.

59. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Just because something doesn't happen to you, does not mean it doesn't happen to others." The same logic applies to you as well: Just because your G5 never did, does not mean it does not happen to others.

60. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Never said it doesn't. Just said MINE doesn't while YOU have said that the S7 and Exynos processor doesn't overheat, reboot or freeze. While I talked about MY experience only, YOU talked as if it NEVER happens to any Samsung devices. The difference is in the details dude.

65. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

The s7 exynos does lag.simple task like veiwing face book makes the s7 stutter. It droped from 3ft and i got a long crack at the back,now i have a white line runing through the screen,it forceclose apps. Its sucks im tiered of this phone.i never had that problem with the v10. Now thats its cracked they dont want to exchange it.

16. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Don't get me wrong, they are not bad phones at all, but better then Samsungs high end phones, don't think so.

21. epic_ninja420

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

LOL thats a pretty good one there. Bootloop much?

28. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Stop spamming here

29. belosava

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Stop spamming here...

30. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

Ha! Pretty damn funny because it hits close to home. My dad's G4 just bootlooped a couple weeks ago. LG makes some decent phones, but doesn't really hold a candle to what Samsung is putting out IMHO. If I could have a 5.7 inch flat AMOLED screen, removable battery, Samsung quality camera, and stock Google then I'd be one happy guy.

39. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

you prefere lag and freezing all the time? Bootloop is overblown i had 1 client out of hundred phone sold thats had the issue. Samsung phone 3 out of 10 sold have big issue some overheat so much thats the screen get damaged.

49. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

So is it LG's smartphones who never lag? Get real, dude. "Samsung phone 3 out of 10 sold have big issue some overheat so much thats the screen get damaged" You and your infamous store, where nearly all Galaxy S6 which had the Exynos 7420 were returned back for lag and overheating, meanwhile the HTC One M9 which had the Snapdragon 810 was not returned back to your store... Yeah I believe that as much as I believe unicorns exist!

44. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Bootloop is a lot safer than exploding.

48. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Bootloop is a lot safer than exploding." Yeah right? Then why didn't the 2015 Samsung flagships explode? Meanwhile the LG G4 was a bootloop mess!

2. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

Remembering the #tallgate #iPhone5

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Just waiting on that perfect phone, will it be LG? Another Company? Probably the later.

4. shield

Posts: 837; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

9:18????? or 18:9 :D but better 2:1 Noodle.

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