Apparently, two is better than one; at least in the Smartphone land. After dual cameras becoming a smartphone staple, we are beginning to see phones with two displays gaining traction. That isn’t to say that dual screen phones are anything new. There have been phones in the past, including Smart Flip phones and Yota phones, that are well known for using that extra display panel. However, With the improvement in display technology and with chipsets getting more battery friendly, we expect that more and more manufacturers will be comfortable using an extra display on a phone moving forward. Let’s take a look at a few existing and relevant dual screen phone options.
Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus
Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus launched recently are mid-range phones that have dual cameras and dual screen. Thanks to slim AMOLED Panels, Meizu has still managed to limit the overall thickness to 7.3mm and to retain reasonable capacity batteries.
The second screen on the Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus is mounted on the rear and can be used to capture selfies using rear cameras. It also relays weather, location and time information.
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LG’s V-series was perhaps the first one to bring dual screens to contemporary mainstream phones. The secondary ticker display on the phone is used for showing quick settings in the foreground and also to add more information regarding the content on the main screen.
Every year, LG is getting better with its ticker display implementation and the one used on the LG V20 doesn’t feel like a gimmick. You can access quick setting tools, app shortcuts, recent apps for fast multitasking, music controls and more directly from the second display. If certain rumors are to be believed, the secondary screen on LG V30 might slide out from the rear
HTC U Ultra
HTC’s U Ultra too has a second screen that shows things like your favorite contacts, app shortcuts, reminders, event notifications, etc. When the phone is off, you can directly double tap the secondary display to turn it on and check information like time and weather. You can also manually add contacts to it.
Works pretty much as it does on LG V20.
LG Q8, that’s largely being considered as a compact variant of LG V20, has high-end specs and a secondary always on ticker display up top.
The phone is powered by Snapdragon 820 and includes a button-less fascia primarily dominated by the main 5.2-inch Full HD display. LG has also added dual cameras on the rear.
Yota Phone 3
Yotaphone, which has always been a strong proponent of dual displays, is reportedly working on its third generation phone.
Yota phones have big e-ink displays on the rear, the same kind as you’ll find on Amazon Kindle lineup. These displays consume very little power and are glare free, which makes them quite useful. The Yotaphone 3 is expected to launch in October 2017.
Every year we marvel at Samsung employing powerful high-end hardware in its dated design w-series flip phones. But perhaps there is an unanticipated demand for these dual screen flip-phones with numeric keypads as a new one keeps coming every year.
This year’s Samsung W2018 is reportedly powered by Snapdragon 835 and is also expected to make its way to Global markets.
Best phones with two displays
Dual display technology has proven itself to be more than a mere gimmick. Manufacturers are experimenting with innovative implementations of two screens, and they have actually started making some sense. For now, these are the best dual display phones that you can buy or look forward to buying.