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LG could be dropping its secondary ‘ticker’ display for the V30

The LG V20 has only just gone on sale in the US and Australia, but details about the next handset in the series are already starting to leak online, according to tipsters.

Evan Blass, well-known for leaking accurate information about smartphones ahead of release, tweeted yesterday that he’s already received renders of the LG V30, which if it follows the same annual update cadence wouldn’t be due for release until this time next year.

While he was short on specifics at this stage, he did send a pretty clear indication that there probably won’t be a secondary display ticker on the V30. 799925043623034880

Removing it would be another step towards making the device more of a ‘regular’ handset – the V20 has two displays and three cameras, which makes it one of the more distinctive phones available, even if not in looks exactly. The predecessor to the V20, the V10, also had a secondary display ticker.

Although some argue that the ticker is more gimmick than truly useful, the theory behind its inclusion is solid, as it displays notifications and app shortcuts when the screen is off, thereby allowing you avoid unlocking the phone and saving your battery. Unfortunately, it adds its own battery overhead too, which could well be why LG’s decided it’s just not quite useful enough. Or indeed, perhaps Blass is wrong on this occassion.

We’ve contacted LG to find out if it wants to settle the matter one way or the other, but don’t hold your breath for confirmation this early on.

Related: LG V20 review

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