Samsung smartphone with 19:9 aspect ratio seemingly in the works
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In just 18 months, the smartphone industry has gone from being dominated by traditional 16:9 displays to being flooded by modern 19:9 panels complete with notches. Despite the increasing popularity of these panels, however, Samsung has avoided the notched designs entirely by making use of its popular Infinity Display panels. Currently, these utilize a unique 18.5:9 aspect ratio but if a new benchmark listing is anything to go by, they could soon be stretched even further.
Going by the model number SM-G405F and running Android 9 Pie, the smartphone was benchmarked with a resolution of 869 x 412p, which translates into the taller 19:9 aspect ratio. Now, the listed resolution may seem relatively low, but it’s common on HTML5test benchmarks. In fact, the Galaxy S9, which boasts a resolution of 2960 x 1440p was listed with a resolution of 846 x 412p. Thus, if the SM-G405F’s numbers are extended, the actual resolution would be 3040x 1440p.
At this point in time, there’s no indication of which smartphone this may relate to, but there is a slight possibility that this could be a very early Galaxy S10 test unit. If this is the case, a notch up top is extremely unlikely, despite the taller aspect ratio. This is due to increased efforts on Samsung’s behalf to reduce bezels as much as possible – the chin could be half the size of Samsung’s current ones, and the top bezel is set to see a slight reduction too.
Regardless of which smartphone this is, it shouldn’t be too long before this model number starts popping up elsewhere. Once this happens, confirmation about the smartphone’s external design and internals will likely follow.