We already know LG’s upcoming G6 flagship will have a huge, 18:9, 2,880×1,440 pixel screen. But what do users actually gain from that unusual aspect ratio?
The answer is quite mundane: You get more space. A short teaser, posted by LG Mobile on Wednesday, shows some of the benefits.
First, it can display two squares on top of each other (18/9 = 2, duh), which opens the door for a nice, clean UI. It’s also great for multitasking, which, while far from unheard of on smartphones, could really benefit from a longer screen.
We’re not really seeing a lot of multitasking in the video, but LG explained how this would work in a press release. “Inside the calendar app, turning the G6 horizontally will display the calendar in the left window while a detailed schedule will appear on the right,” the company said.
The camera app will benefit as well; thanks to the extra space, users will be able to take and review photos simultaneously. LG’s camera app will also have a square camera feature, tailor-made for those 1:1 Instagram shots.
All in all, LG hopes the new screen will “kick off an era of premium smartphones with 18:9 screen aspect ratios.” With all the rumors about a bigger screen on both Samsung’s and Apple’s upcoming flagships, it’s hard to disagree. The jury is still out on the exact aspect ratio these new phones will have.
The LG G6 will launch on Sunday, Feb. 26 in Barcelona, and we’ll be there to report on the news.
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