One of the most distinctive features of LG’s V10 and V20 smartphones is the secondary “ticker” display above the screen. This always-on display can be used to show notifications, app icons, or other content even when the primary screen is off.

But it’s possible the upcoming LG V30 could have a much more versatile secondary display. Evan Blass has shared a set of images showing an early concept design for “Project Joan,” which he says is a codename for LG’s next high-end phone.

At first glance, it just looks like the second screen has been moved to the bottom of the phone, where you can see the time, temperature, and other notifications in the image above. But Project Joan is actually a slider.

Push the primary display up and a larger portion of the bottom screen is revealed, allowing you to view a set of app icons.

Theoretically this sort of system could also be used to display an on-screen keyboard, giving you more screen real estate on the primary display while you type. Project Joan looks sort of like the BlackBerry Priv… except you don’t just get a keyboard when you slide the display. You get a second display.

Blass says it’s not clear whether LG still plans to implement this sliding-second display in the LG V30. He describes the images as “an old-ish mockup.”

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3 replies on “Early LG V30 concept shows slide-out secondary display (leaks)”

  1. As much as I loved the qwerty sliders (N900 for life!), I can’t really see the point here. A slider mechanism is something you’ll need to give up a lot for. The mechanism takes up space, needs vulnerable flex-cables, makes waterproofing impossible, makes the device more expensive (a well machined slider-mechanism could cost as much as another 2GB of RAM or a better CPU). For this many downsides it needs to add something big. The QWERTY keyboard was that, because it provided tactile feedback. I could type blindly on the N900. You can’t do that on a touchscreen, and you don’t need to anymore: you have voice-typing, swipe-keyboards and larger screens to accommodate an well sized on-screen keyboard. When smartphones had 3.5″ screens it was a valid point that the on-screen keyboard takes up too much space on the screen and you don’t see the text you are typing, but we are at a point where 5″ is considered “mini”, so even this is not true anymore. Honestly this seems to be a solution looking for a problem, just trying to make something unique not because it’s better, but because it makes it more recognizable.

  2. Smartphones are getting boring nowadays. I lump them with commodity PCs now. Not much interesting has happened for years now.

    I think it’s great LG is trying to do something a little different. Interested on how they make use of the secondary screen thing. Other companies haven’t had much success.

  3. Cool looking idea, not sure about the utility unless it slides all the way up to the top and gives you double screen estate.

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