The GIF shows a silhouette of the G5 displaying the time and date as well as a series of notification icons on a screen that looks very similar to the ambient AMOLED displays we’ve seen on devices from Google and Motorola. AMOLED screens can light up individual pixels when they’re needed while the rest remain dark, making them much more energy efficient than a traditional LCD.
As reported by Android Authority, the display is reminiscent of the secondary display on the rugged LG V10, a feature that PCMag analyst Ajay Kumar found eye-catching but somewhat gimmicky. Instead, the G5 will have a full-screen version of the V10’s secondary display, the blog says, and will literally be always-on; no gestures or movement required to turn it on like Moto Display.
Notably, the G5’s battery is expected to be lower-capacity than its predecessor, which raises the question of how LG will power the always-on display and still maintain reasonable battery life. An AMOLED screen would help in this regard, but Android Authority has it on reliable “authority” that the G5 will sport an LCD instead.
VentureBeat, meanwhile, reports that expected features include a “magic slot,” which could accommodate extra storage or a variety of peripherals like a camera flash, speakers, or a physical keyboard.
Either way, the G5 will probably not be the only phone with an always-on display at MWC. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 will also be announced at the show, and the company has trademarked “Always On” in the U.S., so it’s likely the S7 will incorporate the technology as well.