“Bezel-less displays represent the new path of evolution for smartphone design”
Back in 2014, Japanese handset maker Sharp launched a smartphone dubbed Aquos, which turned many heads due to its virtually bezel-less design. While the idea didn’t catch on at that time, last year, Xiaomi unveiled its Mi Mix smartphone, which changed our perspective of smartphone displays. With next to no bezels on three sides, the phone wasn’t just gorgeous – it also birthed the new trend of phones with a negligible screen-to-body ratio.
And this year, it seems that bezel-less display is the buzzword for smartphones, with major brands jumping on the bandwagon. Not only are such devices are a beauty to look at, they also offer a larger screen, while remaining pocketable. In case you are looking to pick one such smartphone, here are our top picks for smartphones that flaunt bezel-less displays.
Samsung was quick to adopt the new trend for its flagships, the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Not only do the displays on these handsets miss out on bezels, they also bear a unique 18.5:9 aspect ratio, which Samsung refers to as Infinity display. Equipped with Super AMOLED technology and a QHD resolution, the S8 duo arguably offer the best smartphone display along with support for HDR videos. Add to it, the top-notch spec sheet and the flagships seem leagues ahead of the competition. They come powered by the latest Exynos 8895 SoC mated to 4GB RAM, while there’s another variant of the S8+ packing in 6 gigs of RAM. With Samsung’s signature glass and metal design, the Galaxy S8 siblings are among the prettiest smartphones that money can buy today.
Related read: Samsung Galaxy S8+ review
While LG didn’t taste much success with its innovative semi-modular approach for last year’s G5 flagship, this time around, the brand has stuck to the basics. In fact, the LG G6 is a far cry from its predecessor and comes with a revamped design. The bezel-less display in the front measures 5.7-inches with a screen resolution of 1,440 x 2,880 pixels. Similar to the Samsung’s flagship duo, it has a distinct aspect ratio of 18:9. The phone also supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision standards, ensuring better contrast and an immersive experience with compatible videos. On the performance front, it has Snapdragon 821 SoC with 4GB RAM. At the rear, the spotlight is grabbed by the dual 13MP cameras with f/1.8 aperture, which are one of the best in the business.
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The Korean handset maker, LG recently launched the Q6 in India. The new smartphone is also called the G6 Mini because it brings some of the best aspects of the flagship in the affordable segment. We are talking about the 5.5-inch FHD+ FullVision display, which boasts a similar bezel-less form factor as the flagship sibling along with the unique 18:9 aspect ratio. It also borrows the MIL-STD 810G certification from which makes it one of the most durable devices in this price segment. Other core features of the handset include Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC mated to 3GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage, 13MP rear camera, 5MP selfie snapper, Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS and a 3,000mAh battery. If you are intrigued by the G6 but don’t have the budget for it, then LG’s latest is just for you.
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ZTE has segregated smartphones under its nubia brand and has been launching some impressive handsets under the banner. The Z11 is one such device, which comes with a nearly bezel-less display with a screen-to-body ratio of 76 percent. The 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel on the front comes with full HD resolution. While it might not seem like a smartphone worthy of competing with flagships, it does come equipped with top-of-the-line hardware, including the Snapdragon 820 SoC and 6GB RAM. For photography, it has a 16MP primary camera and an 8MP selfie snapper. Fuelling the device is a 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charging 3.0 support.
Related read: nubia Z11 review
While the S7 edge is slightly dated, it still makes it to this list just for the sheer aesthetics and muscle power. The edge variant of last year’s flagship from Samsung features a dual-curved display, which makes it worthy of a mention in this list. Moreover, it has useful edge-specific features, which makes the whole experience particularly enjoyable. In terms of specs, the Galaxy S7 edge boasts a 5.5-inch 2K display, Exynos 8890 processor, 4GB RAM, and 3,600mAh battery with wireless charging. In case your heart is set on the Galaxy S8 but you cannot afford the same, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge should deliver a similar experience.
Related read: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review
While the roundup only mentions smartphones available in the market, we are willing to bet that over time, we’ll see more and more devices with impressive screen-to-body ratios. What do you think of the list? Do let us know your favourite in the comment box below.