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 aspect 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.
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, 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.
Here are a few phones that include 18:9 or 2:1 displays.
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 apsect ratios. The G6 is now out in the country at a price of 14,990INR from E-commerce site Amazon.
Rumors have been trudging in, indicating that the phone will be following the lead of the company’s G6 smartphone, and come out sporting an 18:9 aspect ratio with FullVision Display.
The rumors also suggest that the phone may also feature a secondary display, but that would just make it a bit awkward to use.
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.
Xiaomi’s 18:9 Display Phone
Numerous reports point out that Xiaomi is also working on an 18:9 display phone. It could be Xiaomi X1, Chiron, Note 3 or even the much-awaited Mi Mix 2, but something is certainly cooking in Xiaomi’s kitchen.
According to the theories floating around, Xiaomi will also be using the same JDI display as Sony.
Last Updated On: August 10,2017