As the owner, for over a year, of a Nexus 6P, I have to say that while I enjoy having a nice big screen, it does present a problem when I’m trying to shove the smartphone in a pocket or tap out a quick text message with one hand. The quandary of how to combine a large smartphone display with one-handed ease of use has been vexing vendors for a while now. Now it turns out that LG’s solution is to change the aspect ratio of the display — a solution that could work very well, or blow up in the company’s face.

This is not an unusual move on the part of LG — the company seems intent on trying interesting ways to distinguish itself from its competitors. For example, last year’s LG G5 offered modules that could be attached at the bottom of the phone — an approach which the company has now abandoned.

This time, instead of the standard 16:9 — which is the typical “widescreen” HD aspect ratio that most of today’s screens adhere to –the upcoming LG G6 adheres to a slimmer 18:9. This has an interesting effect on both the physical feel of the phone and the look on its QHD+ (2880 x 1440) display.

But before I get into that, let’s go through the basics: The LG G6 is a 5.7-in. Android 7.0 smartphone that measures 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in.; according to an LG rep, it’s “a 5.7-in. screen in a 5.2-in. body.” It is also meant to be durable; it rates IP68 on water/dust resistance; has curved corners that, according to the company, spreads the force of any impact; and sports a narrow bezel rather than an edge-to-edge display (because, again according to LG, full-screen designs are more fragile).

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