For all intents and purposes the LG G5 was a failure. It was innovative but the implementation of the modular innovation was poor. Sales of it weren’t great either according to LG’s financial statements. It had a decent camera and display but in the end just did not sell well. In 2017 LG are hoping to make this year’s flagship a success through the use of a new display and beating the opposition to the market.
Usually these kinds of reports come from fairly unsubstantiated rumours but this time it has come straight from LG Display. LG Display have spoken to the Korea Herald stating that LGs upcoming flagship phone will have a 5.7in QHD LCD display (564ppi) which is not anything particularly exciting. What is different is that the display will have an 18:9 ratio, the first of its kind in the world.
LG Display state that the new display, dubbed “QHD+”, “will provide users with greater immersion than previous displays and allow consumers to multitask by using the dual-screen feature.” Using LGs in-TOUCH technology, the display will not require the usual touch cover glass as the touch sensor is embedded within the LCD cell itself. This is turn means the display can also be thinner and requires smaller bezels (reduced by 0.2mm on the sides and 0.54mm on the bottom). The lack of the front glass also makes it more visible under sunlight and uses less power than other displays according to LG Display.
The Korea Herald go on to state that the G6 is scheduled to be announced next month, possibly at MWC with it being available in the following two weeks. By launching the G6 earlier in the year than they did the G5 LG hope to beat Samsung to the market (who will undoubtedly be careful with the S8 release after the Note 7 fiasco) and hopefully pick up a lot of consumers that way.
If LG do decide to launch their 2017 flagship at MWC we will have two sets of boot on the ground and knowing Chris’ penchant for LG phones he will be all over it. It is shaping up to be a big year for flagships so hopefully we will see some top notch phones arriving on our shores soon.