The LG G6 and its 18: 9 format: A small ergonomic revolution

2017 will no edges or will not. It is in any case that every major smartphone manufacturers seem to think, LG leads with the recent presentation of its new high-end LG G6.


But in addition to wage war to the borders, the successor to the atypical G5 opens a quasi-new format in the world of mobility, the ratio 18: 9. A small tour of the pros and cons of this “revolution”.

After experimenting with a G5 “modular” last year, this year LG is back to basics sometimes almost favoring efficiency to the originality of its G6.

Moreover, nothing better illustrates this new concern that the unusual screen size has adopted the new high-end Korean. While the 16: 9 reigned supreme until the world of mobility, the LG G6 has made the choice of 18: 9 (or 2: 1), which results in a narrower and higher phone other phones 5.7 inch.

A new way of thinking about mobile usability that has, let’s face on, certain advantages.

As explained Christoph Marschall , senior technology services and strategies, LG, this format coupled with the elimination of borders allows much more easily use a mobile to hand. It is easier to keep a secure grip by extending his thumb up, that to the sides.

Most applications have an increasing tendency to put the navigation elements at the top or bottom of the screen, browsing the G6 is thereby more effective than a Galaxy S6 Edge + has a screen of the same size. The almost non-existent borders also help.

Measures to rethink

But even more than issues of ergonomics, the G6 looks more compact than other phones with a 5.7 inch screen. This is the case, since the mobile has an occupancy rate of the screen to the front of more than 78%, and even Edge S6 + which has a ratio of 76%, seems more cumbersome in hand because of its largest width.

If the format can be confusing at first glance, you get used quickly and after a few days of using the other 5.7-inch phones seem massive.

The only real problem with this format is noticeable to the user, for if the extended format has much more sense – we use our phones more vertically than horizontally – as soon as you want to watch a video, a black band not necessarily very aesthetic come framing content.

And since the vast majority of content is still broadcast in 16: 9, the problem is unlikely to be resolved quickly. Also, some applications have a little trouble to accommodate this still unusual format, but they are rare and should be updated.

Meanwhile, it is possible to correct it with a tool to “zoom” available in the phone settings. Unfortunately, all can not be scaled, including YouTube is blocked in its default format.

But the situation is unlikely to last, as the Galaxy S8 should also go in format 2: 1 and Samsung strike force should put everyone in line.

Ultimately, LG is the first to embark on an area that may soon see the arrival of many products, and the addition of a new format and war to the borders will rapidly change our present and consider moving.

A phone 5.5 inch 18: 9 without borders will not have the same shape or the same size as mobile 5.5 inches on the market today. The mere mention of the screen size will probably suffice more initially to get an idea of the overall mobile space.

A small price to pay for a substantial gain in ergonomics.