Why the weird aspect ratio when there's practically a lot more content for 16:9? And isn't ironic that we were mocking the iphone for its increased length some years ago and that they were gonna end up with a remote? Now we have almost every android OEM making phones that are already looking like remotes by how tall and narrow they've become!
"Try to compare S8 with 18.5:9 and S7 with regular 16:9. S8 has a higher diagonal + more screen area while it is actually narrower compared to S7"
There are four problems with your analogy
1) unlike the mate 10 and mate 10 pro that have similar diagonal, the S7 has a smaller diagonal 5.5 compared to S8's 5.8 screen. Which takes me to the next point
2) both mate 10's have small bezels but you forget to note that not only are the S8's bezels smaller (including the side bezels), the side edges are also curved making it tricky to measure and makes the phone feel ergonomically smaller when held. Those who have used S7 and S7 edge can testify.
3) the phone size (not display size), the S7 is taller than the S8'S (top and bottom bezels again) and hence would look chunkier
4) And finally, your own conclusion shows your biase and just proves me right. How? The S7 and S8 have similar display area (83.4 S7 vs 84.8 S8) even though the S8'S has much smaller bezels and higher diagonal. Note that before the aspect ratio came into play, diagonal was proportional to screen area.
NOTE: It better to watch video content (except Hollywood movies) and browse the web with a 16:9 display than 18:9. Note that those who like big phones mostly prefer them for gaming and media consumption.
And the S8'S is more than 65mm wide which means it cannot be conviniently used for one hand typing (and I have big hands). My issue is I don't see the advantage of phones being taller, but even if everyone digs tall phones (which is not the case), why don't they give us the options and see which one we would choose intead of trying to psychologically playing us to link tall screens to bezeless screens.
Corey , 07 Jan 2018Why can't we have small bezels with 16:9 screen? Hate this 18:9 ratio and the sad thing is th... moreIt is possible. No one seems to make those phones, but there is no any technical reason why 16:9 or any other aspect ratio could not be Â”besellesÂ”.
xXx.Zed.xXx, 07 Jan 2018Where is my 21:9 phone?That's not a phone, it's a dil**.
Anonymous, 07 Jan 2018"The widening of screens also coincided with the shrinking of bezels Â– phones would have beco... moreYou draw the conclusion out of 2 phones? To me, width of a phone plays a big role, because it determines easiness of one hand operation. Try to compare S8 with 18.5:9 and S7 with regular 16:9. S8 has a higher diagonal + more screen area while it is actually narrower compared to S7. Even if S8 is longer than S7, it is easier to use, I have tried it myself obviously. Although I miss physical buttons. This algorithm of comparing wider phone screens to regular applies to most of the phones.
I watch most movies on my phone & the 18:9 ratio is cool actually! The movies fit quite perfectly unlike 16:9 ratio.
when will screen to body ratio become searchable in gsmarena?
herrzeba, 07 Jan 2018Why this trend of 18:9 even started? Nobody was asking for it. Now it's growing standard. Yet ... morei think when manufacturers cover the bezels with screen it automatically become 18:9 using the same body...... people prefer less bezel so no complaints
herrzeba, 07 Jan 2018Why this trend of 18:9 even started? Nobody was asking for it. Now it's growing standard. Yet ... moreMost customers won't complain because the mass (population) has absolutely NO idea about electronics, computers and etc...
Why can't we have small bezels with 16:9 screen?
Hate this 18:9 ratio and the sad thing is that I'm going to use that in my next phone because I have no choice.
Once in past we had an ugly bricks thick but very durable.
Now we have ugly bricks thin with a zero durability from damage like failing.
Why this trend of 18:9 even started? Nobody was asking for it. Now it's growing standard. Yet customers don't complain as much as lack sd card on S6's. We have no saying.
As long as it doesn't break into a million pieces on the first drop, I don't care. But I think 5.5 is my limit. I can barely use it with one hand.
Also phablets leaves no room for privacy. EVERYONE can see what you are doing.
coolsauce, 07 Jan 2018This is all psychological play on consumers. Instead of keeping the screens as big as they wer... moreFor those who believe 16:9 ratio will have worse STBR compared to 18:9 they just need to look at Mate 10 series
Mate10 (non pro) has 16:9 ratio with smaller bezels and front fingerprint and more screen compared to Mate10 pro which has 18:9 ratio
I think around 50% or more like adopt wide (or tall which is much more appropriate) ratio and most phone will look the same I dont care much about ratio as long as it ruin movie watching experiencet but here is no denying than wider (taller) ratio is taking over
LOL gsmarena.. LG BL-40 is not the widest smartphone screen.. It's not even a smartphone just a feature phone.. The widest smartphone screen goes to.. Drum roll...
Nokia communicator series..
They all had 640x200 widescreen which equates to a ratio of 28.8 : 9 !!!!!!
NOKIA HAD THE WIDEST SCREEN NOKIA FTW!!!!
"The widening of screens also coincided with the shrinking of bezels Â– phones would have become too tall otherwise"
What? So16:9 ratio is taller than 18:9 or are my missing something. The best way of comparing these two aspect ratios is use the mate ten variants (mate 10 and mate 10 pro) and then everything becomes clear
~thee pro is taller while the mate 10 is wider
~the mate 10 has a higher display area than the pro even though the mate 10 has a 5.9" screen compared to the 6" on the pro version
~the mate 10 has a higher screen to body ratio (>81%) despite having a front FPS any hence bigger top and bottom bezels than the pro
CONCLUSION: A 16:9 bezeless phone will have a larger display area, better screen to body ratio and less shampoo bottle screen compared to the 18:9 variants of the same diagonal. Even an advantage of a front FPS option and also remember that the control buttons are generally are at the top or the bottom of the screen which makes them harder to reach on a tall phone.
The question is then why do manufacturer, tech blogs and Fanboys insist on the tall aspect ratios?;
1)It is easier to follow the trends of the market leaders (Samsung, apple) thereby undercutting them than trying to set your own.
2) well, as for Fanboys, if Samsung or apple says taller aspect ratios are the future, then they must be right. And since Fanboys Will always be Fanboys they will come up with 100 reasons why.
3) Tech Blogs will also andorse such moves because of $$$$$, or because most of there readers are Fanboys of the big brands or they themselves are Fanboys (which is obvious from the articles)
PS: The only advantage of tall phones is having a bigger display when typing. (Please don't talk about opening two windows at the same time on such displays because it is worst especially in the landscape mode)
S8 User, 07 Jan 2018I have the S8 and I'm more than happy with screen. But I don't like the idea of having narrow ... morehttps://youtu.be/XNBP18nrRdw
Taller phone is useless to read my medical books...rounded edge make book curvier at edge.
I got my s8 plus as a gift.
I will never buy 18:9 .... Tech gone mad.