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LG display patent points to full-screen LG 2018 flagship

The LG G7 could deliver one of the highest display-to-body ratio yet. (Source: Korean Patent Office)
The LG G7 could deliver one of the highest display-to-body ratio yet. (Source: Korean Patent Office)
LG could be set to reveal its most cutting-edge smartphone design yet if a patent for a new full-screen display module is any guide. The new panel is almost all-display with just a small cutout for what would likely house a speaker and tiny front-facing camera.

LG has developed a number of innovations in the smartphone space with many coming from its LG Display division. If an image spotted in a patent filing is any guide, the company could be set to make another breakthrough, this time with the potential to create a smartphone with one of the highest display-to-body ratios yet. The display component shows a full-screen display module with a tiny cutout that could house both a speaker and a tiny front-facing camera.

The LG G6 was the first smartphone to feature an 18:9 display when it launched last year, starting a design trend adopted by a number of other makers. The G6 design also strove to minimise its bezels, offering a large screen device in a relatively compact footprint. The new display module, should it be adopted by LG for its next G-series flagship or equivalent, looks like it will represent a logical continuation of that design approach. One can easily imagine the display component shown in the design patent being flanked by nothing more than the metal frame of a case.

Sadly, not a lot further information about either the size or the display technology used in the display panel component has been gleaned from the patent filing. However, a previous leak suggested that the display on the next LG flagship could measure 6.1-inches diagonally and feature a new MLCD+ panel with a white sub-pixel included in an RBGW array that could deliver up to an astonishing 800 nits of brightness. It would also be about 30 percent more power efficient. Expect to learn more as its expected June launch date approaches.

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LG full-screen display patent illustration. (Source: Korean Patent Office)
LG full-screen display patent illustration. (Source: Korean Patent Office)

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-02-28 (Update: 2018-03- 1)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
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