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Always-on display confirmed for the LG G5

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Tonight, it was confirmed that the upcoming LG G5 will have an always-on display.

The official LG Mobile account on Facebook posted a GIF (seen above) that shows a silhouette of the G5 with its display lightly illuminating to show the time and select notifications. This technology, dubbed as giving a device an always-on display, allows you to see specific notifications without having to actually touch your phone. Ever reach for your phone to see what the notification light is trying to tell you about only to be disappointed? That’s what an always-on display solves.

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It looks like LG tested the technology for itself in a device released late last year. The company’s V10 had a secondary display which dimmed to a visible state even when the primary display was off. The V10 used an LCD display, and it’s expected that LG will retain that for the G5; however, AMOLED displays do perform better when an always-on display is present. AMOLED displays make it possible to show only the pixels needed while LCD displays have to illuminate the entire panel to show anything.

The LG G5 will be unveiled for the world to see at MWC 2016 in Barcelona on February 21.

Source: LG Mobile (Facebook)


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