As reported by South Korea based tech website IT Times, LG is said to be planning to turn its next upcoming flagship device, the G6, into the first phablet in the whole world to feature a 5.7 inch QHD+ LCD display screen with an aspect ratio of 2:1. The move is said to be a direct response by the tech giant to address the rapidly growing demand not only for larger mobile screens, but also for super high quality displays. For those not familiar with QHD (Quad High Definition), it is a resolution standard for mobile display screens that usually provides an aspect ratio of 16:9. The resulting resolution for such a standard is usually four times better than that of standard high definition, which is at 720 p.
If this report is true, then this year’s G6 smartphone would basically offer a much more immersive viewing experience than any LG flagship offering has ever delivered, and it may even give some of today’s high profile flagship devices a run for their money, particularly Samsung’s Galaxy S7, whose aspect ratio of 16:9 is bettered by the G6’s rumored 18:9.
Also, by upgrading its flagship device’s display screen size from 5.3 inches to 5.7 inches, LG is squarely entering into phablet category. Much has been said about the ever increasing popularity of smartphones with big display screens, and in an age wherein mobile users are devouring more media than ever, this move by the South Korean phone maker makes a lot of sense. And with various service providers offering more generous video streaming options than ever, a flagship device with more than adequate screen real estate would definitely be of use.
And LG really needs to rebound in 2017 in light of sustained losses (it posted a $389.4 million loss during the third quarter of last year) and rather underwhelming sales numbers of its current flagship offering. The G5 was a cool smartphone and all but the South Korean mobile giant may have been too confident that a flagship with a modular design will instantly become a big hit. The company has since announced that it will not be going modular for the G6.
Still, LG is showing some fight entering the new year. The company is aggressively trying to expand its business, and it was reported last month that the tech giant might become a supplier of batteries for Samsung. Also, LG is investing heavily in OLED display screens (as is Samsung), in light of rumors that Apple will be putting an OLED display screen on this year’s upcoming iPhone 8.
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