Designing a Smart Phone Display for Keyboard Typing

The smartphone you thought you couldn’t have – Display

Bigger is not always better

Let’s start with display size. While the trend today is to “go big or go home”, here it actually works against users. A larger phone means a larger keyboard which in turn means our thumbs have to travel further while typing. After researching average thumb size, we decided the optimal screen size for a landscape keyboard device with a modern display should be about 6 inches.

F(x) Bigger is not always better

F(x)-Ratio Rationale

Ratio rationale

We chose a notch-less screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and minimal bezels. Our device’s footprint is smaller than most other 6-inch 18:9 phones, like the Nokia 7 Plus or Moto Z3. This doesn’t just reduce physical size, it also improves the typing experience. Finally we decided to use an AMOLED panel instead of an LCD for more vibrant colours, deeper blacks, and fewer, thinner screen layers. We also chose a curved-edge screen to match the shape & contours of the main body. It’s important the device looks slick & feels comfortable at the same time!

Partners Matter

As a small company it was a challenge to source and customize a display to our specs, but with the help of a great manufacturing partner we managed to find exactly what we wanted. We hope you will like it too!

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