The screens of smartphones continue to increase more and more

The screens of smartphones continue to increase more and more


During the last century, the screens of cell phones were different . Or almost. There was no pattern and some were mounted horizontally, especially if they were small, as in the Nokia 3310 or many of the Blackberry that were so fashionable.

Others have implemented vertically, something logical if we read, like some proposals from Nokia with Symbian.

Little by little, as smartphones became standardized, we saw how the form of the panels was settling by adopting the 16: 9 ratio that was so common on TVs that it was a long time ago. or 4: 3.


When the iPhone arrived in 2007, its signature design was copied by many and although others have resisted, it is true that since then, the protagonism has gone to the screen. Screens 16: 9.

In 2017, this is over

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However, after a decade when hardly anyone dared to rethink this, and in which the few who did not triumph, something has changed.

Suddenly, some proposals began to arrive at the market with slender proportions. The LG G6 was one of the first to be more diagonal, but smaller. That was the key, at least for the marketing department: they could make cell phones of size and weight contained and raise the digit that indicated the number of inches of the panel.

This really triumphed, and little by little, all handset manufacturers began to use this new form factor, which extended the screen.

More diagonal but less surface

The problem was that although the diagonal was larger, the surface intended to show content was smaller so in practice, an 18: 9 cell would have less space than one with the same diagonal and 16: 9. But that does not seem to bother designers or consumers.

And it's true that for a certain type of content, it might be more practical, like using two windows at the same time. It was also clear that being smaller the control of the terminal was much more comfortable.

Same brand as Samsung went a little further and arrived at 18.5: 9.

But it does not stop there

In 2018, we still see models that have a resolution based on 18: 9 or 2: 1, but some are already starting to appear with even greater form factor.

The iPhone X and its notch have made some Chinese manufacturers believe imitations of it and this seems to have the side effect that the resolution is even greater.

The first to give a given was Oukitel, who is preparing the Oukitel U18 . This cell phone will be a medium-range terminal but will have a screen of 5.85 inches and resolution 1512 × 720, closer to 21: 9 than at 18: 9.

It is possible that this choice is due to the cut of the panel in the upper area and that we see a part usable by applications with an 18: 9 ratio, but the shape of the cell phone will change equally.

Where's the limit?

We have seen some monitors and televisions that, horizontally, also bet on creating slimmer proportions of screen, we do not know if for marketing reasons or other considerations.

On smartphones, it looks like 2018 will be the year we moved from the 18: 9 index to a larger and we'll have to wait and see if we get into a steady state, like the 2007-2017 decade or if, on the contrary, the panels continue to increase more and more.


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