Back in 2017, LG released the LG G6. While not a particularly outstanding device, the G6 will go down as the first smartphone to adopt an 18:9 aspect ratio as, until then, most smartphones utilized a 16:9 ratio. Since then, phones have steadily become longer, with Sony taking things up a notch with the 21:9 Xperia 1. According to new information, the Galaxy 11 will be even longer than Samsung’s current crop.
At this point, we’re just about four months away from the launch of the Galaxy S11 phones, so it stands to reason that we’ll start getting a steady influx of leaks on the phones. The latest leak comes in the form of an HTML5 benchmark that lists a device with the code number SM-G416U, which appears to be a disguised internal designation for the Galaxy S11 Plus.
The device in question is seen running on Android 10 and with a display resolution that directly converts into a 20:9 aspect ratio. It’s not an outlandish prospect either; while the S10 and Note 10 phones make do with a measly 19:9 ratio, devices like the A70, A80, and A90 all sport 20:9 aspect ratios.
Longer aspect ratios allow OEMs to improve screen to body ratios, so we’re not going to moan about this increase. A longer form factor is also generally a tad more comfortable in hand, with the added boon on making horizontal swipes easier.
On the flip side, it makes reaching the upper section of the device a bit harder. There’s also the issue with pillar-boxing during media consumption in landscape orientation. As with all things, there are pros and cons to this touted change. We’re leaning towards the pros being more compelling than the cons, though.