Why does it no longer make sense to evaluate the screen size of a …


Let's consider this, in my opinion, a subject, seriously. This question was asked by one of the Reddit users. He said there was no point in comparing screen sizes on their diagonals and of course it was true. In this article I will try to reveal all the details in detail and explain why in 2020 there is no point in evaluating screen sizes on their diagonals.


Why is it no longer worth evaluating the size of the screen on its diagonal?

Let's go back in time and remember the smartphone screens they used to be. And they are the same. Yes, exactly! The cell phone screen has the same 16: 9 aspect ratio. This is standard only because the video was posted and still posted in the same ratio. So, watch videos at the same time YouTube more comfortable when the smartphone screen has the same ratio.

In 2016, the LG G6 was released – it was the first mobile phone with a non-standard 18: 9 aspect ratio. After that, all manufacturers started using such elongated screens. This innovation makes it possible to explore social networking sites and feed more comfortably, along with this video. YouTube now cropped if you apply the zoom motion.

Not long ago, Sony launched a smartphone with a 21: 9 aspect ratio, which is ideal for panoramic movies. However, you can begin to notice how recently the diagonal appearance has seriously increased. For example Galaxy S20 Ultra is equipped with a 6.9-inch screen and Nexus 7 have a 7-inch screen, but the interesting thing is that the S20 Ultra screen is 25% smaller than the Nexus 7. How is this possible with an almost identical diagonal ? This is all about the relationship.

Nexo 7 has a screen with a 16: 9 ratio – that is, wider, while on the S20 Ultra it has a 20: 9 ratio. If the device is sold at a standard 16: 9 ratio, the diagonal in this case will be smaller.

I tried to draw an example so you can be clearer:

Comparison of screens with the same diagonal.

With the same diagonal, the 20: 9 ratio screen has a much smaller area than the 16: 9 screen. That's why there is no point in comparing smartphones on a diagonal screen. It is much more efficient to estimate the screen size based on the area.

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Why a smartphone with a long screen?

The long screen makes it convenient to watch content on the Web, and in the future, most likely, a 21: 9 ratio will not be the limit. Suffice it to remember the second generation of essential phones, where Android manufacturers work. This device is being developed and has a very long screen, but recently there is information that we will no longer see Essential smartphones. And I'm so sorry.

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