Can you remember which manufacturer made a phone with a 21:9 display before Sony?

Over the last couple of years, smartphones have gone from carrying a 16:9 aspect ratio to screens as tall and thin as 19:9. For those who have been wondering what this aspect ratio is all about, it simply is a ratio measuring the width to the height of a screen. The higher the first number, the taller and thinner the display on a handset. And Sony is expected to unveil three new phones that sport an aspect ratio of 21:9 (the budget Xperia L3 model will reportedly feature an 18:9 ratio).

Many of you out there might figure that the trio of Sony handsets with the 21:9 aspect ratio are breaking new ground; after all, such a tall and thin screen has never been tried before on a handset, right? Wrong. Some of you might remember the LG Chocolate BL40, which was a touchscreen feature phone released in 2009. It offered a 4-inch display with a resolution of 345 x 800, a far cry from the 1440 x 3360 resolution expected on the Xperia XZ4.

So why use an aspect ratio of 21:9 on a phone. Well, in landscape the result is a more cinematic display perfect for viewing streamed movies and television shows. And with the large 6.5-inch AMOLED display expected on Sony's 2019 top-of-the-line-smartphone, we can imagine how great Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu content will look on the phone.

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New Chocolate BL40
  • Display 4.0" 345 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 1 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1000 mAh(5.00h 3G talk time)



1. Stellist

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 02, 2013

It's too bad nobody remembers Acer Iconia Smart.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This phone is 2 years older than Iconia Smart.

9. Stellist

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 02, 2013

Not like LG's BL40, Iconia Smart was an Android phone.

12. skips

Posts: 481; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

and that matters because...

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2358; Member since: Apr 18, 2011


4. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

nokia 9110i 9210i 9300i are firsts

5. Vogue1985

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

I remember the LG chocolate l, the did a good one on that one. Wowww, back in the day lol

6. brasstax

Posts: 543; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

What about the nokia communicator series?

10. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Yep. Although I don't think Nokia officially listed their aspect ratio, the E90 and its earlier model did look close to 21:9 to me.

13. domfonusr

Posts: 1086; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

The Nokia E90 Communicator's internal screen had a resolution of 352 x 800 pixels, giving an aspect ratio of 25:11, or about 20.45:9... The prior members of the series, the Nokia 9300, 9300i, and 9500 had an internal screen resolution of 200 x 640 pixels, or an aspect ratio of 28.8:9... the Communicator series had this resolution and aspect ratio with the 9210 and 9290, as well as the 9210i, and actually all the way back to the 9110 and the original 9000 all the way back in 1996. The 9000 and 9110 predated Symbian's introduction to the Communicator series, and ran GEOS, a GUI skin that ran on top of mobile DOS.

14. domfonusr

Posts: 1086; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Its also worth noting that Nokia's Communicator Series, from the 9000 to the E90, were essentially foldable phones in a time when such a thing was not really thought of as a mainstream idea of where phones would be headed any time soon. Granted, they did not have flexible displays, and so could not support have a foldable screen, but they did "fold" in the sense that the phone was hinged on one side, and had an external phone with 10-key keypad and a smaller screen, but opened up to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard and a large high-aspect-ratio internal screen on the opposite internal face. The later E75 and E7, though they were sometimes associated with the "Communicator" moniker unofficially, were not "foldable"... the E75 was a side-slider, and the E7 was a slide & tilt affair.

7. redmd

Posts: 1941; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Ah LG. I miss those times when you spearhead innovation.

8. TBomb

Posts: 1549; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

What was the ratio of the Juke? I don't even remember the OEM of it - just that I've seen only 1 person have it in my lifetime.

11. vegalux

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 30, 2019

Hey .. but i am not sure.. what about the Lenovo's bendable smartphone? youtu.be/XRFM5Y3a6xE?t=188

15. TheChosenPrime

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 01, 2019

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