Why 16:9 is equal to 18:9

May 7, 2018 2 min read No Comments

Why 16:9 is equal to 18:9

May 7, 2018 2 min read No Comments
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At the moment I’m testing the Nokia 8 Sirocco (right), which is 16:9, since I used the Galaxy S9 (left) 16:9 is a bit unusual. Why both form factors are equal, I explain it here.

16:9 – Compact, perfect for small hands:

The 16:9 form factor was the standard for all smartphone manufacturers by the end of 2016. No matter if Apple, Samsung, Huawei or Nokia (back then with Windows as OS), every new smartphone came in the 16:9 display format.

I personally find the 16:9 format somewhat frumpy, but also only because I use since the beginning of 2017 with either one or both daily driver 18:9 Displays. For some time, especially since I use the Nokia 8 Sirocco, I notice, however, that despite a longer display format at 18:9 doesn’t contain much more content.

18:9 – Long, thin & perfect for big hands:

The Samsung Galaxy S9 uses the 18:9 display format, which it inherited from its predecessor, the Galaxy S8. Although I am a person with small hands, big heart and stomach, I still have almost no problems with the “new” form factor.

18:9 has its right to exist, but anyone who thinks now on a 18:9 display will see more content that will be disappointed. You can see it already on the cover picture in my post, I have opened bits & life via the Chrome browser on my 16:9 screen from the Nokia 8 Sirocco next to the 18:9 display on the Galaxy S9.

And the surprise:

Almost identical content. Despite a longer screen at the Galaxy S9. The iPhone X also uses the 18:9 form factor, but here, thanks to the notch, less content is visible than on the 16:9 display of the Nokia 8 Sirocco.

Mainly as a marketing gag, in my opinion, the 18:9 format is hyped, but an added value could have been achieved in the 16:9 format with fewer display borders. The reason why you can’t see more content on 18:9 than on a 16:9 display, especially with Android, is due to the display and device variety. Developers need to customize their apps. Most of them, however, prefer the app they already programmed in 16:9 to “lengthen”.

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