LG’s G6 will have a 5.7-inch QHD+ display

Alex Kidman 11 January 2017 NEWS


LG is pitching 18:9 as your ideal phone screen aspect ratio.

With CES 2017 behind us, the mobile world’s attention shifts to the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It’s predicted that once again the world’s biggest Android brands will unleash their finest smartphone wares in the hopes of luring in both telcos to range them and ultimately consumers to buy them. At this stage excluding rumours, however, solid details on what the next generation smartphones will actually contain are rather thin on the ground.

Unless you’re LG, that is. Fresh off announcing most of its CES 2017 content before CES 2017 actually kicked off, its displays division has effectively announced what should be the display for the LG G6, or at least a very large screened phablet phone. LG Display has announced a 5.7 inch display panel with QHD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. That resolution measures in at 1,440×2,880 pixels, giving it an effective pixels per inch density of 564. Sharp, in other words.

The aspect ratio is the other interesting part of the screen equation. You’re probably familiar with 16:9 as a cinema ratio, or if you’re of a certain age the older 4:3 ratio used for classic CRT TVs. Of late, smartphone screens have offered differing ratios to enable wider or taller screens for display.

While this may have an effect on displaying video content shot for other ratios, whether it’s cropping or letterbox-style bars, LG’s take on 18:9 is that it should be ideal for multitasking functionality. Multitasking apps are built into Android 7.0 ("Nougat"), and it's all but impossible that LG or any other major smartphone brand would launch a flagship device not running on Google's latest Android OS.

LG also claims that the new display should have improved outdoor visibility and lower power draw, although the screen is only part of the story when it comes to battery usage.

We’ll be reporting live from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where it’s expected that LG will formally launch the LG G6.

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