LG G5 will have an ‘Always On’ display

Rob Attrell

February 10, 2016 12:24pm

As Mobile World Congress approaches, leaks and teased details about upcoming smartphones are beginning to trickle out. We already know the upcoming flagship phone from LG will be called the G5, that it will be unveiled on February 21st, and we have a pretty good idea what it will look like.

And now, this week, after hearing that Samsung has trademarked the term “Always On Display” for the Galaxy S7, we have a teaser from LG suggesting the phone’s display will also be capable of displaying relevant information while the phone is locked. This information includes the time and date, as well as notifications like missed calls, new messages and alerts from apps.

It’s still unclear how the feature will work, but since several other companies already offer similar functionality in their devices, it’s likely to function in a similar way.

We’re less than two weeks away from Mobile World Congress, which means we’ll find out about LG’s upcoming G5 soon enough.

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  • Marc Palumbo

    I’d hate to be the guy to point this out, but Nokia had this with WIndows Phone 8.1 for a long time. I always had my Glance Screen on and it barely took any batteries. It’s a great feature that helps you avoid having to turn your phone screen on.

    • Omar

      I would have to assume Windows mobile OS is better optimised to use less battery power, since it is pretty power efficient to begin with. Android phones don’t generally have that luxury when it comes to battery. Both Kit Kat and Lollipop were supposed to have better battery saving enhancements that didn’t really work. Though Doze seems to be a step in the right direction.

  • Mo Dabbas

    It looks like the same thing motorola had on their Moto X (first gen). Make it sound fancy and they may fool some that they invented a new name.

    • Marc Palumbo

      It gets better. Samsung will sell a 2700 mah battery case alongside the S7…

  • jndvrk

    Yup Nokia and Moto have had this for years, but Now that Sammy is doing it will be *magical*.

    I really don’t get why it’s taken this long, especially for Samsung as they’ve been all in on amoled. Maybe someone finally walked into Sammy HQ with a non-Apple smartphone?

    (and, yes, you betcha Apple will have this functioanlity as well once they switch over to amoled. It just makes damn sense and is a great showcase of the tech.)

  • Jeff Thibert

    HTF can ‘Always On Display’ be trademarked?

    • Omar

      Money.

  • oz

    Nokia has had this since Symbian days with colour at that. Another “feature” from Nokia that was never praised by bloggers/reviewers until it shows up somewhere else.

  • Yeah, nothing ‘revolutionary’ by any means. Hopefully they’ll move beyond just a clock/notification display. A bit of customization (location, connected device, etc) could make this more useful. Being able to use apps in this ‘low power’ mode would be great too, such as quickly replying to a text using a black/white keyboard, or a button for quick picture/video capture that doesn’t require having to actually open up the app and visually see what you are recording.

  • Monster Munster

    Why are people so offended when older less marketed phones offer similar features? “This is revolutionary”, ” motorola, Nokia, blah blah blah did this first”… Who cares. A great feature is being adopted by another brand. Isn’t this a normal thing? No where on the article does it say lg is the first to do this and I’m sure they won’t be the last.

    • thomas nguyen

      I think it is because people believed in the tech years ago but manufacturers are now promoting this as “revolutionary” or “new” when it is just a rebranded / reproduced. Same with Apple and their fingerprint sensor, and now “always on”

  • Darren

    Ah, Yup. I had this on my Nokia N8 in 2010.