There has been talk about an always on screen with the upcoming Samsung S7 and S7 Edge. Looks like LG is doing more than talk, as they show off an always on screen in this teaser image. In the image we watch as a variety of phones all go dark. Then we see the ominous LG G5 show up with a clock and notifications on the screen. Along with the words Always On and LG G5.
This is very reminiscent of the Ambient Display we see on Motorola phones or the Nexus 6P. Except it’s supposed to be always on. Much like the OLED panel on the LG V10. What concerns me is battery life though. The Samsung S7 and S7 Edge will both use AMOLED displays. On an OLED display only the lit up pixels are actually on, while the black pixels are turned off. Meaning an always on display would really not consume much power. As long as it’s only showing some minimal text or icons. On LCD screens though the entire screen is back lit when it’s on. I’m not sure how LG could pull off an always on screen with LCD, while being able to conserve battery life.
It will be interesting to see how the screen performs, and what kind of battery life you can expect from the G5. Personally I wish LG would just start using OLED screens because I’m a big fan of them. While I’m not sure why anyone would want or need an always on screen, since you’re not always looking at it. It does seem to be the new hit feature this year.
Source: Android Authority