The PPI rat race is over for good and manufacturers have been looking for more innovative and meaningful ways to enhance one of the most important aspects of your smartphone experience – its display.
Looks like the trendy 18:9 displays that debuted with phones like LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ have proved to be quite convincing. These displays appear to be more tall than wide and allow manufacturers to accommodate larger display size without compromising much on one-handed usage.
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Do 18:9 aspect ratio screens add any value?
So how much value does this sort of display actually add? We would say it’s more than just tech snake oil. Watching videos on the longer SG S8+ and LG G6 displays certainly feel more appetizing.
Besides, a lot of Video content is already being shot for wider 2:1 (or 18:9) aspect ratio screens and, also, popular content streaming sites like Netflix and Prime Videos already stream content for such wide screens. Moving forward, this trend is going to stick and we will see more content that can adapt to such displays. Even today, the software can efficiently scale videos to fit full screen on 18:9 screens rather nicely.
As mentioned above, another advantage of such displays is that they allow for better one-handed usage since they are narrower than same size 16:9 screens, thus allowing manufacturers to fit in huge displays in not-so-huge phones. Also, the fact that you can fit more on the display also helps while surfing the internet, and during split-screen multitasking (something that we find ourselves using quite often these days).
Here are a few phones that include 18:9 or 2:1 displays.
Google Pixel 2XL
The software giant, Google, announced two “Made by Google” smartphones this year, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL. While the Pixel 2 comes with the normal display with thick bezels, the Pixel 2XL, a higher-variant of the same model, sports full vision display with 18:9 screen-to-body aspect ratio.And you will also find dual front facing speakers on top and bottom.
The Pixel 2XL comes clad in an aluminium body with hybrid coating and a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Other features of the phone include POLED Display, a camera with OIS+EIS support, Android Oreo and Snapdragon 835 processor.
To mark the tenth anniversary of iPhone, Apple on September 12 announced a refreshingly new iPhone, dubbed as the iPhone X. The new iPhone X marks the beginning of the infinity display with 18:9 screen aspect ration on the Apple smartphones.
Looking at the other changed features on the phone, this time the iPhone doesn’t feature bezels on the top and bottom of the screen, and the famous Apple home button is missing too. The phone comes with FaceID unlock and on the rear it has got the vertically placed dual-rear cameras supported by LED flash.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung’s latest offering the Galaxy Note 8 also houses an infinity display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Just like the Galaxy S8 duo is a phone bewitches you with its looks and a killer display.
If you dear to look past those two aspects, it got a dual rear camera setup, S-pan and premium hardware that will tempt you to buy this phone. It packs an immersive QHD+ display, Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895SoC, 6GB RAM and 64GB storage under the hood.
Samsung Galaxy S8/ S8+
The Galaxy S8+ and S8 have the best smartphone displays money can buy. Samsung’s AMOLED expertise combined with swanky curves make this corner-cut display way ahead of its time and of the competition.
The new Experience UI on the phone is well optimized to handle the immersive 18.5: 9 aspect ratio screen and most content and apps scale in a palatable manner. It’s not the fastest phone around, but the high-end hardware and awesome camera performance ensure that most of us won’t find much to complain about.
The LG G6 too offers flagship experience and a gorgeous 5.7-inch 18:9 2K resolution IPS LCD screen, which is also HDR 10 and Dolby Vision compliant, for a very reasonable price.
The water-resistant phone is powered by Snapdragon 821 SoC paired with 4GB RAM and includes dual 13MP wide-angle rear camera system with OIS and wide aperture optics. It’s quite compact for a 5.7-inch display phone owing to the ultra-narrow bezels around the screen and houses a 3300mAh battery.
Apart from offering a reasonably priced flagship, LG also passed on this flagship trait to a slew of mid-range phones – LG Q6, LG Q6+ and LG Q6a.
All three of these phones have similar hardware, save for differences in RAM and Storage capacities. All three are powered by Snapdragon 435 chipsets and have the same 18:9 aspect ratios. The G6 is now out in the country at a price of 14,990 INR from E-commerce site Amazon.
Huawei Honor 9i
The Honor 9i is an affordable full vision 18:9 screen-to-body aspect ratio smartphone launched in India by consumer electronic firm, Huawei.
The Huawei Honor 9i comes clad in a metal unibody design, with round edges, 2.5D glass up front, and dual-cameras both at the back and front. Under the hood, the phone is powered by Kirin 659 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, driving Android Nougat based EMUI 5.1 software.
Micromax Canvas Infinity
Micromax has managed to pass on this seemingly high-end feature to the affordable price segment. The Canvas Infinity (Hands-on review) costs just 9,999 INR and offers an 18:9 display with minimal bezels on all sides. The display resolution is HD+ and the handset is powered by Snapdragon 425 chipset with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
LG is might serious about Infinity displays. The company’s latest offering, the LG V30, is the third device that has made up to this list.
The phone sports a Full vision display with 18:9 screen aspect ratio, which runs end to end and is surrounded by minimal bezels. The LG V30 is a successor of the South Korean firm’s previous offering LG V10 and V20 smartphones.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
The latest device by Xiaomi flaunts an 18:9 display, on the front. The company has launched the device on their home soil and is the successor of last year’s Mi Mix. The Mi Mix 2 sports a very unique display, with screen running right from its forehead to the bottom bezels.
Other key highlights of the phone include a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor backed by 6GB/8GB RAM and 64GB /128GB /256GB storage space. For photography, it has 12MP Sony IMX 386 sensor with 4axis optical stabilization at the back and 8MP with f/2.0 aperture on the front.
The Vivo V7+ is first 18:9 display device from the self-proclaimed Selfie expert brand. The phone comes with 5.99-Inch FHD+ display which has a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 layered on top.
Apart from the full edge-to-edge display, the V7+ features a 24-megapixel selfie camera and a 16-megapixel rear camera. THe Vivo V7 Plus comes with Snapdragon 450 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The phone will be available in Matte Black, Rose Gold, and Champaign Gold colour options.
Oppo – Another smartphone brand from BBK realm, is set to introduce an 18:9 display phone in next few weeks. Rumor has it that, Oppo F5 will be launched in India around October 26.
According to the preliminary information, the Oppo F5 comes with new AI Beauty Recognition technology for selfies. The Oppo F5 reportedly is backed by Snapdragon 660 coupled with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It flaunts a 6-inch full view FHD+ display and a semi-metal unibody design.
Next Sony Xperia Flagship
Reports suggest that Sony’s next flagship will include JDI’s 6-inch 18:9 display with minimal bezels surrounding it. The new phone is expected to debut at IFA in Berlin on August 31, 2017.
Since 18:9 display screens are relatively narrower, the 6-inch display size wouldn’t result in a gigantic unwieldy phone either.
Last Updated On: October 13, 2017