Look, Ma, no notch! The LG G7 could let you opt out of 'Full View' mode


Uh oh, LG might have found a clever way to circumvent the fact that the G7 could house a notch for the 8MP selfie camera, housed in a cutout at its screen's top. The Israeli publication that first leaked the video of the G7, taken at the MWC expo, says that the phone has a screen cutout at the top, but the Hebrew write-up below also claims that it can be switched off... of sorts, and that's indeed seen in the beginning of the footage.

The G7 notch could be 'optional'

The G7 notch could be 'optional'

In the LG G7 settings, it turns out, there will be an option to toggle between "normal" and "Full View," with the latter mode being what was bandied about profusely, causing an uproar among LG fans who didn't like that their beloved brand may be turning into a copycat. LG, however, will seemingly be giving you the choice to either use the "horns" on both sides of the notch as screen estate extension, or switch to normal view, and blacken them to only house info like battery level, date/time and signal strength, merging them with the notch, at least visually. 

This will likely mean that you can watch YouTube clips with a cutout in Full View mode, like on the iPhone X, or house them in a more orthodox, but smaller footprint. This might be the smartest thing to do, given that Google has apparently thrown in the towel on notches, and introduced a full software support for that type of interface overlay in the Android 9.0 P Developer Preview that was outed last week.

source: Ynet (translated) via TechRadar

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47 Comments

1. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

nice. Samsung should copy this for Note9

2. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 899; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

No thanks don't need a notch.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4764; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You need an option. LOL.

6. Jango

Posts: 369; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Isn't this news a few days old? Also, notch or no notch, those bezels look ghastly.

12. shaineql

Posts: 514; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

IKR , look at those BEZELS !!!

39. tedkord

Posts: 16974; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

As long as that option isn't a notch that makes the advertised screen size a lie.

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 491; Member since: May 02, 2016

No .. We are fine .. no notches around

8. c.m.s

Posts: 216; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

Saying "no notches around" is just silly. You don't even see the notch when using a oled screen with this implementation. So you get the advantage of "the notch", have status icons (or other things) not interfering with the normal screen area, without having it stand out like in Apples implementations that some people don't like.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I keep seeing you tube videos of gaming on iPhone eks and see a notch each and every time. It's horrific. Won't buy a phone with a unibrow but at least Android P does it right by blacking out the horns when necessary regardless if it's a unibrow or an essential-like cyclops cut out.

11. c.m.s

Posts: 216; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

I use an iPhone X everyday and I do not even notice it... But this is not about iPhone X, the implementation shown above will look just like your old school forehead but with the advantage of having information in it as well.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Just because you choose to ignore it doesn't mean it's not there. For 18:9 video content and for gaming it sucks. There is no choice but to try and ignore it. Worst part is it serves no purpose to have cut outs.

19. yalokiy

Posts: 840; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

You can still have the notch hidden (as on picture above) while gaming and watching videos.

22. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I know you can on Android. Apple doesn't want you to in its guidelines (video can be letter boxed, I know).

21. c.m.s

Posts: 216; Member since: Dec 10, 2017

Speak for yourself, I do not agree at all. I do not "choose to ignore it", I do not notice it. When watching a movie my eyes are on the center of the screen and not far out in the corner. And when gaming (which I do alot) you almost always hold your hands in a way that your thumb will block the edges. But again, you keep coming back to iPhone X. This article is not about that and LG seems to be using another implementation.

23. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lol ok. Cheers

37. Fred3

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I agree. People just crabby about the phone being similar to the X but using this option is just like making the phone look like a LG V30 WHICH everyone loved. If the V30 had everything in the middle like the notch BUT does not have a notch, people will like the exact same phone as this one just without the notch option. It's silly

40. tedkord

Posts: 16974; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It still means the usable screen size is less than advertised.

13. yalokiy

Posts: 840; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Wish they implemented this in s9 or even s8, they wouldn't have been that tall as they are.

15. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Why? How does that make a difference at all?

18. yalokiy

Posts: 840; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Yes, the phone would be almost 10mm shorter. More comfortable in the pocket. Status bar has unused space there all the time, why not use it for the hidden notch and maximize screen to body ratio?

24. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

10mm shorter? Wtf are you smoking. The sensors are still there. Status bar is already removed from browsing, gaming, videos etc. It makes no difference at all.

25. yalokiy

Posts: 840; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Ok, I was too generous. Just measured my s8 status bar and it's 5mm. Still, status bar is always there during browsing. Anyway, I don't mind losing 5mm of video for better screen to body ratio.

26. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Go into your Samsung browser settings and turn off status bar. There I saved you your '5mm'.

32. yalokiy

Posts: 840; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Thanks for the tip, but I find chrome beta to work much faster. I use Samsung browser at night though.

38. Fred3

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Do you like how LGV30 looks?

45. thedizzle

Posts: 180; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

I love the v30 myself, but the POLED keeps me away

5. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This is actually a good choice, just alternately use the option every week and pretend that you are using another phone

7. Xperia14

Posts: 1190; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Terrible..

35. Fred3

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Not really this can be a good thing what if one day you want a notch and next day don't? If you don't want a notch but want that phone just use that option and it's like the notch is not even there.

9. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Great idea! Samsung start copying!

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