LG explains why it dislikes curved display panels, and why there isn't one on the G6
LG G6 is among the first 'all-screen' phones we're going to see in 2017
The biggest design trend in phones this year is going to involve manufacturers using massive display panels, while shrinking the bezels around them to almost nonexistence. LG is first out of the gate with exactly such a proposition: its 2017 flagship, the G6, is ready to roll, and guess what – it's rocking a stunning 5.7" screen in the body of a phone no bigger than last year's 5.3" G5!
Samsung and Apple are both believed to also follow similar design approaches with their own flagships later in the year, but if we take a closer look at the rumors, there's an important detail that pops up: while Samsung and Apple are expected to implement curved display panels into their handsets, LG is unapologetically sticking with a good old flat one. Hate it or love it.
Curved display panels are a sophisticated subject: while they serve a mostly aesthetic purpose, some could argue they help manufacturers build phones with better screen to body ratios – allowing bigger diagonals in narrower bodies. This claim does have some weight, although we could argue how much of a benefit there is in inflating the diagonal figure while also skewing the picture along the edges. Anyway, it appears that LG has had some bigger considerations when it came to whether it should join the curved panel bandwagon, or stick with a 'classic' flat screen. Here's what made LG's product team ultimately decide on mounting a flat LCD display.
LG gave us the opportunity to spend some quality time with members of the team who made the LG G6 possible, and you may be surprised at some of the arguments they had against curved screens.
REASON #1: Curved "edge" screens are uncomfortable to hold
LG argues that using 'edge' screens and 'edge' interfaces can be tiring cause muscle strain.
A side effect of the edge panel can also be an increased number of accidental taps, which could prove to be annoying, indeed.
REASON #2: Curved "edge" screens are easier to crack
Curved glass along the edges of a handset could mean frequent trips to the service center. | source - Cnet
So LG believes that by using a flat touchscreen panel on the G6, it's doing consumers a favor by delivering a handset that is both more comfortable and reliable. Both points make a lot of sense, but what we're wondering here is if these design decisions are going to truly resonate with customers, enough to make them look away from Samsung's (and later Apple's) shiny, curved pebbles. Time will tell, but until then, we're just going to enjoy LG's more pragmatic approach with the undeniably awesome G6.
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