Results: Do you have faith in the future of 2:1 display ratio?

Results: Do you have faith in the future of 2:1 display ratio?
So, we started 2017 with a bit of a weird step in smartphone evolution. The Galaxy S8 and LG G6 both rock a weirdly elongated display, with a 2:1 (in Sammy's case – 18.5:1) screen ratio. Not a lot of media supports it and some apps don't play well with it; some users welcome, others cringe a bit at the thought of it.

Of course, we do expect that apps that don't support the ratio will soon be updated to do so — Sammy and LG combined are too big to be ignored. And sure, some Netflix shows may be streamed in 2:1, but we don't see the tons of independent YouTube creators rushing off to change the way they film just to accommodate a weird new trend.

We are left wondering — will we see more smartphones with an elongated screen by the end of 2017? We decided to ask you what you think on the future of the unorthodox ratio and here's how you answered:

Do you think 2:1 ratio will become more widely adopted?

Yes, probably by most major brands
Nah, I see it being isolated to just a few brands, but most will stick to 16:9
Nope. I am pretty sure that even Samsung and LG will consider dropping the idea by this year's end



1. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 298; Member since: Feb 13, 2014


26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

not good enough!! make it 21:9 and we'll talk.. 32:9 will be much better (just like samsung's upcoming monitor)

2. nikhil23

Posts: 469; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Meanwhile, Iphone 8 leaks with a 2.25:1 aspect ratio. IMO a good move

3. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

@author " (in Sammy's case – 18.5:1) screen ratio. " 18.5 to 1? Idk, but a 2:1 ratio seems like an awesome ratio, it pleases my OCD.

20. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

lol, I remember that :)

35. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Ya lol

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Nine1Sickness the author (Paul K.) and you both have it wrong. It's not 18.5:1. It's actually 18.5 by 9 aspect ratio, or 2.06:1. The S8 has a resolution of (2960x1440), so how could it be less than 2:1? The LG G6 (2880x1440) has a 18 by 9 aspect ratio, or 2:1. Most TV's nowadays give a 16 by 9 aspect ratio. There is no shortage of stupid people on this site.

29. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Duh he knew it is 18.5 to 9 that is why he went 18.5 to 1??

4. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Too early to decide.

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2451; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I honestly wish manufacturers would release 4:3 aspect ratio devices alongside these new 18:9 ones . Not everyone wants a device built for watching Netflix movies and instead want a productive device for emails, web browsing, and looking at photos.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2451; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Or 3:2 aspect ratio would also be nice to have an option of.

11. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

That will probably be tablets if anything... It'd be like having an old blackberry device screen shape, which I don't want to walk around with it in my pocket

24. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2451; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You may not like it, but there would be a market to those who would. Also, the S8 and S8+ are both longer than their predecessors, and there are some people who may not enjoy having a long device in their pockets either. Some would prefer a wider device in their back pocket than one that may stick out like a sore thumb.

31. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'm not saying you're wrong here, but I would see that market being very niche as of right now. Also the s8 is only a quarter inch taller than the s7 which is very noticeable in my opinion. What are your thoughts on the current "standard" of 16:9?

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's the future, and it looks damn good.

9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Makes sense to move to the new aspect to me, only downside is that videos don't fit the full screen, but I don't know many people that watch more than an occasional YouTube video on their phone.

10. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

17:9 would be ideal. 18:9 means our devices will be more than twice as tall, which is stupid. Ideal dimensions are exactly 2:1 height to width (phone body).

12. nikhil23

Posts: 469; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

17:9 doesn't give you 2:1 ratio. It's 18:9 2:1

16. qolamreza

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

Best comment ever

30. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Uhm you consider 18:9 stupid but 2:1 ideal dimensions?

13. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

its too f**king narrow... I cannot stand how narrow it is, give me an extra .5" for f**ks sake...(giggidy)

14. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I hope its not. The screen ratio and the new fingerprint sensor locations are silly.

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

No because it creates screen bezel which is undesirable. You can't get advantage of the new ratio with most videos and games.

17. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I prefer 4:2 ...

21. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

i prefer 100:50

25. Tommikke

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Why on earth? In my opinion 6:3 (or even 70:35) is a better option...

18. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

2:1 is in course of becoming the norm among major brands. But I still like 16:9, for now.

22. LovesCameras

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

It depends on the total size for the 1:2 ratio to make sense. A smaller screen, say 5 inches, wouldn't be as usable in portrait as a larger, 6+ inches.

23. rowlin

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

2:1 or longer is much better because there is all kinds of headers, ads etc on top and bottom of screen to reduce image area.

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