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LG: We had "always-on" displays before Samsung


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The LG G5 with an 'Always On' display

There’s fierce competition in the high-end smartphone market, and the rivalry between Samsung and LG is as healthy as ever.

LG has quashed the suggestion that it shares the spotlight with Samsung over the introduction of "always-on" displays.

The firm is adamant that it launched the technology – featured on the new LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 – long before its South Korean competitor.

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We spoke to LG about how both handsets appeared to introduce always-on displays simultaneously during their Sunday launches at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress trade show.

“Not at the same time, let me correct you,” said Shaun Musgrave, LG product marketing manager for the UK. “So the V10 was out in October, with an always-on screen.”

“So we had always-on displays before Samsung,” he added.

However, it’s worth noting that the V10’s always-on display is actually a second screen altogether. That’s in contrast to the LG G5, which uses only a single panel.

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lg v10The LG V10, launched in October 2015

Always-on screens allow users to view information – such as notifications and the time – without actually waking their smartphone.

In the LG G5, this feat is achieved by activating just one-third of the LCD backlight. LG maintains this drain on battery life is a mere 0.8% per hour.

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The LG G5 is the company's latest flagship smartphone, and features a number of upgrades over last year’s LG G4.

It boasts a 5.3-inch quad-HD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a removable 2,800mAh battery module, USB-C charging, a fingerprint scanner, and three cameras.

The handset is pegged to land in April, although pricing remains a mystery for now.

Do you think this is corporate pettiness, or is LG right to claim the "first" always-on display? Let us know in the comments.

Dead Words

February 23, 2016, 12:21 pm

Actually Nokia (and now Microsoft) had always on displays years before either company. So there's that.


February 23, 2016, 12:53 pm

Yup the Symbian AMOLED devices had always on. My old N8 definitely had it. Glad that we finally see its re-invention, and I guess Apple will reinvent it a 2nd time when they finally get round to AMOLED screens!

Dead Words

February 24, 2016, 2:30 am

First we had Symbian do it. Then Windows phones took that idea and made it better, and now we have LG and Samsung trying to claim they did it first. Let's not forget that Motorola has their own ambient display that they added two years ago (although I'm not sure it can be always-on). Next Apple will do it and say they revolutionized smartphones.

Anthony aka Baldini

February 24, 2016, 4:57 pm

I could care less who had it first, point me to the company that has the best one.

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