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LG G6 Gets a 5.7-Inch QHD LCD Display With 18:9 Aspect Ratio

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LG has already confirmed to the world that last year’s G5 with its modules wasn’t exactly a hit and that with the upcoming G6, they put their focus into making a phone that is great in the aesthetics department. Last night, LG Display gave us an idea as to where at least one of those improvements would start – with the display. 

The LG G6, described in the press release below as the company’s “next flagship smartphone this year,” will sport a 5.7-inch QHD+ LCD display with a unique 18:9 aspect ratio (2880×1440, 564ppi). 18:9 is a first, in case you were wondering!

As LG notes below, 18:9 will certainly add some height (or width if you are holding in landscape) to the device, making for a potentially better split-screen experience, or by allowing them to do some second display tricks above or below content. For reference, most phone screen ratios sit at 16:9 these days (2560×1440).

LG also says that the QHD+ LCD in its next flagship includes “exclusive” inTOUCH technology that lacks Touch Cover Glass, meaning it’s thinner at 1mm thick (when not counting the display glass) and has bezels reduced by 0.2mm on top and 0.54mm on the sides. Finally, LG increased outdoor visibility by 10 percent while reducing power consumption by 30 percent.

Ready for the 18:9 world?

Press Release


LG Display Develops World’s First QHD+ LCD with 18:9 Aspect Ratio for Smartphones

Seoul, Korea (Jan. 10, 2017) – LG Display, the world’s leading innovator of display technologies, announced today that it will introduce the world’s first 5.7-inch QHD+ LCD panel with a 18:9 aspect ratio, responding to growing consumer demand for bigger, better screens on smartphones.

The company will supply the panel to LG Electronics for its next flagship smartphone this year. The most notable feature of the new mobile display is its “18:9 aspect ratio.” Displays, which take up the largest area of smartphones, have evolved from an aspect ratio of 4:3, to 3:2, 5:3 and 16:9; lately, a 17:9 ratio display has been introduced. Due to increasing consumer demands for bigger screens, LG Display developed the 18:9 aspect ratio display to provide more immersive viewing experiences.

The new 18:9 aspect ratio represents LG Display’s direction on how displays should evolve, while meeting the rising trend for watching videos on smartphones. The 18:9 aspect ratio is also optimized for multi-tasking, using dual-screen functions.

QHD refers to a resolution of 1,440×2,560 – four times the number of pixels on a standard HD display (720×1,280), which employs 538 Pixel per Inch (PPI), based on a 5.5-inch panel. LG Display’s new 5.7-inch panel called QHD+, has a resolution of 1,440×2,880 with 564 PPI, which is higher than conventional
QHD LCDs.

The new product not only provides excellent touch responses, thanks to the company’s exclusive inTOUCH technology, but also helps achieve a thinner and lighter smartphone due to the absence of Touch Cover Glass. The module (excluding the cover glass) is super slim, being less than 1mm thick, and has reduced bezel width by 0.2mm (20 percent) on top, and by 0.54mm (10 percent) on the left and right sides, compared to conventional QHD LCDs.

LG Display has also improved the outdoor visibility of the panel by increasing transmittance by 10 percent, while reducing power consumption by 30 percent. Outdoor visibility and low-power consumption are major criteria for consumer choices for smartphones.

“We expect to maximize user experience and customer value through the super high-quality display with its new 18:9 aspect ratio, which sets it apart from conventional displays for smartphones,” said Dr. Byeong-koo Kim, Senior Vice President and Head of Mobile Development Group 1 at LG Display. “LG Display will continue to set new standards in premium mobile displays, based on its differentiated technology.”

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  • Prisms2

    The only reason i’ll buy a LG phone again is if i want my phone to randomly shut off and never turn back on. This is what my g4 did as well as a persons g5 i know of.

  • Noel

    Nice display, now i hope they don’t let us down on battery capacity and stamina. Please LG make it a BIG battery..like 4000+mAh big. We all know Sammy means biz this year and are gonna serve notice to other OEMs through the S8….so LG, HTC, Sony, Motonovo and all the big Chinese OEMs have to bring it big. I particularly want to see what is cooking from LG and HTC.

  • Joey Riz

    For really…Why have another huge phone when they already have a huge phone? Are they just not listening to consumers at all? Do they not see what every other company is doing?

  • mcdonsco

    Why won’t LCD’s just die already!?!?!?!

  • John

    Didnt Blackberry make a squarish phone? Forgot its name. This will be quickly forgotten too.

    • Great Dude

      Yep it was Black Berry Passport
      Unless they make the screen like that si navigation buttons don’t take from the screen (like how hardware buttons don’t) then it will e hard to convince people to get it.

  • bose301s

    18:9 makes some sense in that you could display a 16:9 video at full scale and keep the nav bar visible as well.

  • The Doctor

    I can’t stand that 18:9 ratio.

    This is the phone LG should have released last year.

    • MKader17

      That screen is 2.275:1 which is 20.5:9.

      That was pretty ugly though.

      • I thought it looked fine, I actually really wanted one. I don’t think it ever never came to US

    • Great Dude

      I think this one was the first 4 inch mobile phone ever.
      I am glad someone else remember it

      • I might have been. Either way I really wanted this phone……

  • LG always needs a gimmick don’t they? Were any of us asking for this aspect ratio and a taller phone? I’ll hold off on judging until I see the entire package, but this doesn’t look promising. We’ll see what kind of magic they can pull with the reduced bezels, but I was really excited for a premium phone from LG that had a 5.5″ or smaller screen. No more modules or aspect ratio gimmicks, just get the basic things right!

    • jdbarn

      I’m thinking one of the reasons for this is to make it appear even more bezelless(is that a word?).

      • Interesting, I could see that. I’m all for less bezel, but a “good feel in hand” (hard to quantify) is more important than the specific measurements of the bezel. Let’s hope LG knows what they’re doing.

    • Danmheadache

      You are right just like they did with the V20 internationally and V34 for Japan only.

    • MJ

      I think having more screen real estate is not that much of a gimmick especially compared to Samsung which senselessly wraps the screen around the side edge corners.

      • MKader17

        A 5.7″ 2:1 ratio screen is 0.5% larger than a 5.5″ 16:9 ratio. Not really that much more real estate.

        • MJ

          It’s a couple of lines of text brother…

          • MKader17

            ???
            Do you mean that you can fit 2 more lines of text in the vertical plane?

            If so, you can fit nearly as many extra characters in the extra width of the 5.5″ 16.9.

            No matter how you slice it, you will gain 0.07 in^2 of “real estate” which is just a bit more than 1 pencil eraser…

          • MJ

            I think you are confused dude…

          • MKader17

            I think you are Tr0ll dude…

  • Daistaar

    Not to be a stickler, but if it’s a 18:9 aspect ratio, why don’t you just call it 2:1 aspect ratio? 16 by 9 aspect ratio made sense because they was no way to reduce it further, like 4 by 3. This isn’t the case with 18 by 9 which can reduced to 2 by 1 (or screen width exactly twice the length of the screen height).

    • drewthebrave

      Because higher numbers are better. Next year, They’ll call it 28.8×14.4 aspect ratio *facepalm*.

    • atc-tech

      Bigger numbers are better! Nobody wants 2:1… but give them 18:9… well that’s TWO BIGGER than the old crappy 16:9 they had… so it has to be better, right?

      • SA_NYC

        It goes to eleven.

    • Great Dude

      to compare it to their other phones (18:9 is easier to compare to 16:9 than 2:1)
      Like how they say 5000 Watt batteries instead of 5 KW battery because it is easier to compare to other batteries .
      The same why you may read 6000 Kilo Metre instead of 6 Mega Metre which people aren’t used to

  • Rashad

    Why couldn’t they use this for the V20? Makes no sense for the G series to be this big. Are they planning on making the V30 a 6 inch phone later this year?

    • Big EZ

      I agree, but if they can keep it the same size as the G3 (maybe G4) it would be acceptable. This would mean it would have smaller top and bottom bezels similar to the S8 rumored pictures.

  • Drummer62

    So, the biggest maker of OLED screens in the world is still using LCD? Why? Also, aren’t LG’s phones already to tall compared to most? Sorry, but taller phones are really awkward in pocket. Pass!

  • Johnny Hernandez

    Interesting choices here, I will have to wait to hear the rest of the specs, before I even consider this phone.

  • WAldenIV

    2:1

    The ratio consists of the lowest common denominator.

    • sinfoman

      #MATHFTW

    • Cogito

      The Verge’s write up openly acknowledged the awkwardness of “18:9,” but they said they felt it was more useful to maintain the 9 denominator to compare/contrast with more well-known ratios like the ubiquitous 16:9; i.e., no one reading has to do head math to figure out how much longer 2:1 is than 16:9 because 18:9 does that work for you.

      • MKader17

        At that point I’d prefer them to write 2:1 (18:9) 🙂

  • seattle tech

    So is it like 16:9 but extra space for software buttons? Still LCD while the industry demands OLED. The latest LCD wasn’t bad though

  • MJ

    but its not an iphone so i dont want it

  • jak_341

    Looking like another flop for LG. Wierd aspect ratio, 2K screen, LCD, and (presumably) boot looping software.

  • Chad

    Won’t 18:9 mess up app ratios that are set up for the near universal 16:9?

    Seems to be an odd thing to do to “make yourself stand out”

  • Guest

    Someone please draw up a 5.7″ screen size comparison between 16:9 and 18:9. I’m a visual guy…

    • sc0rch3d

      dunno…did some napkin math using 5.7 as the C of the triangle. 16/9 ratio gets you 4.98 x 2.8 whereas 2/1 gets you 5.1 by 2.55.

      if you think about that in landscape mode, you’re losing almost 1/3 of an inch height to gain 1/10 of an inch width. depends on what they plan to do (a la Mi Mix) with that width. and maybe something about mass manufacturing 2/1 is easier or more efficient or better yield.

    • Splee Yark

      Easy way to think of it is to watch a movie. Most TV’s now have a 16:9 ratio. So if you toss in Jurassic Park it will fill in the entire screen. This is the same ratio as most phones. Now toss in Star Wars and you’ll notice black bars on the top and bottom. This movie is in the 18:9 ratio, which is what the G6 will sport. Does that make sense and help?

      • ChrisI

        So George Lucas getting yet another royalty?
        Pfft.

        • Splee Yark

          What? Majority of movies are shot 18:9. It’s an aspect ratio not a robot’s name.

          • ChrisI

            Ugh.
            I should know better that tech readers have no sense of humor. Jesus Christ.

          • Splee Yark

            Oooh that wasa joke? Got it. I just had a kid so I’m a little slow on the uptake due to a lack of sleep. 👍

          • Mark2134

            I had to help him out on that one. He’s a bit tired 😛

    • Seiberian
      • Guest

        Thanks. What I was looking for.

  • MikBelch

    Is there a reason they aren’t saying “2:1”? Why not 36:18, it’s better than 18:9 for sure.

    • ozzyager

      My guess is to make it “easier” to visualize vs. a 16:9 screen.

    • sinfoman

      This is almost assuredly straight marketing. 18 > 16, so it must be better…

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    And why isn’t it OLED? . . . there better be a massive battery in this thing, because I’m not excited about what I’m reading.

    • needa

      OLED would be nice, I reckon, but LCD is still plenty good.

    • Duffman

      I still see LED better in sunlight than OLED.

  • HeatFan786

    5.7″ should not be the first size offering on the G6! Try around 4.8-5.1″ instead!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Most people want bigger phones — I don’t, but 4.8 isn’t going to sell in the Android World

    • drimdrab

      If they can get 5.7 in a 5.2 form factor, then I’m all for it.

    • Suicide_Note

      4.8″? This isn’t 2012, pal.

      • Daistaar

        The iPhone 6, 6S and 7 are all 4.7 inch. People clearly want them. @Good_Ole_Pinocchio:disqus is right though. Doesn’t really fly in our Android world but it is rather popular outside of Android.

      • HeatFan786

        Tell that to Apple? Their SE has a 4″ screen with similar specs of a 6S. Why do companies manufacture phones at that size? Not everyone wants a 5.7″ screen.

        • Suicide_Note

          Then OP should go buy an iPhone, because Android OEMs aren’t really interested in building tiny phones.

          • vOc627

            Rawr

          • HeatFan786

            Samsung is releasing a Galaxy A3 with a similar screen size. Sony releases Z Compacts. Several major OEMs are trying smaller products. There is nothing wrong with wanting a modest screen size. I prefer 5.1-5.2″ personally.

  • Tyler Durden

    Still stuck on QHD. Meh. Guess it’s a good thing because LG doesn’t know what a big battery is.

    • cadtek91

      Stuck? I’d say a 1440p display is plenty on a phone, hell even 1080 is still pretty good.

      • Tyler Durden

        VR sucked even on 1440p
        And plenty? So? Mobile needs it because there’s been zero innovation for a long time now.

        • Suicide_Note

          Throwing a 4K screen into a phone just for the sake of doing it is stupid. It’s like the idiots who jump into the comments and type ‘First!’.

          There’s no good reason, other than bragging rights, to have a phone 4K display at this time. And no, VR isn’t a good reason, either.

          • Tyler Durden

            Plenty of reason. One of them being, why record 4K if you can’t even watch it? Waste.

          • Suicide_Note

            Watch it on a 4K tv. Duh.

        • Supraman21

          *VR sucks on a pentile 1440p screen. Just waiting for Samsung to ditch pentile for RGB in their next displays.

        • Daistaar

          Screen resolution isn’t where innovation is needed at this point. Battery tech and better wireless charging is where we need innovation. More work and rivals in that Energious space for sure.

        • cadtek91

          Innovation is good, but perhaps focus it on making the screens better at that resolution, more power efficient and stuff, instead of always trying to make things smaller. Just like we don’t need phones thinner, but companies always seem to think we do.

  • cadtek91

    It’s still not OLED because why?

    • Tyler Durden

      Have to wait for Apple first

      • sinfoman

        BWAHAHA!!!

    • bringus476

      Right? For a company who makes one of the best OLED TVs on the market, you’d think they could produce a small OLED screen for their flagship phone.

      • Cory S

        Well, they are the only company even making OLED TV panels at all (Other OEMS use theirs)

      • cadtek91

        Well LG Display makes them and LGE uses them, but yeah.

    • Guest

      The LG Flex 1 & 2 both had OLED type displays I think. They were awesome but it added to the price. If LG wants to stay competitive cost is the first thing esp if your losing money every year in the mobile sector.

    • jdbarn

      I had the V10 and now have the V20. The only complaint I had about the display brightness or colors was that the secondary display on the V10 just wasn’t bright enough outdoors. They fixed that on the V20. I would enjoy an OLED display but their LCD’s are pretty amazing.

      • Ismail Akram

        I disagree with you. Today all displays looks good even LG LCD. But they are not great at producing accurate colors actually they are least accurate displays at the moment. There is no color management. I had LG G4 and V10 and after V10 I have decided not to buy LG anymore. Just cuz of display. I am not ordinary user and I don’t use one phone so it’s more obvious to me but if you have one all displays are really great.

        • calvin35

          Wrong. I have a Note5 and I also will not be buying anything from LG until they fix their display calibration. They currently have the worst white balance of any OEM in business today. They make Samsung’s default picture mode look warm by comparison. They’re white balance is so bad that it didn’t even matter if the colors were accurate because the whole damn display looks blue.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Meh… Let me see the thing LG.

  • JimmyHACK

    36:18 AR!

  • Mark Snider

    Seems overkill, hope it’s got a big battery

  • litobirdy

    huh? the phone is 1mm thick? i’m very confused. or the screen glass is 1mm thick? still confused even if its that lol

  • Rick_Diesel

    so they are making a V20 with different aspect ratio and no ticker screen? got it