“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 offers 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
Samsung Galaxy Note8 (Rs 67,900)
The latest entry in the Samsung’s flagship Note series features a similar bezel-less design to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones but can be termed slightly squar-ish in comparison. The handset comes with taller-than-usual 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a curved design on the sides of the display. It has a 6.3-inch display with a screen resolution of 1,440 x 2,960 pixels. The Galaxy Note8 packs 6GB of RAM and houses a 3300mAh battery, which is surprisingly smaller in capacity to the one present on Galaxy S8+. Notably, the Galaxy Note8 features a dual-camera module at the rear and comes with S Pen stylus, both of which are missing from the Galaxy S series of smartphones.
Related read: Samsung Galaxy Note8 review
Xiaomi’s second iteration of a bezel-less smartphone in the premium segment comes with a 5.99-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, which is quickly becoming a norm in the industry. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM. The handset has been launched by Xiaomi in 128GB storage variant. In terms of optics, the Mix 2 offers a 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 rear camera with 4-axis optical image stabilisation, and a 5-megapixel shooter at the front although it’s placed at the bottom.
Related read: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 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.
Related read: LG G6 review
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.
Related read: LG Q6 review
The new addition to the list comes with a 5.9-inch bezel-less full-HD+ (1,080 x 2,160 pixels) display that has been termed by the company as ‘FullView’. It’s powered by an octa-core Kirin 659 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. Along with a bezel-free display, the highlight of the Honor 9i is a dual camera setup at both front and rear ends. The rear camera setup has a 16-megapixel sensor along with a 2-megapixel sensor while the front-facing camera setup comprises of a 13-megapixel sensor tagged along with a 2-megapixel sensor.
Related read: Honor 9i first impressions
The Micromax Canvas Infinity is among the most affordable smartphones in this roundup. The handset sports a 5.7-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and comes with a 16-megapixel camera at the front-end for clicking better selfies. It houses a 2,900mAh battery that has been rated to provide 20 hours of talktime.
Related read: Micromax Canvas Infinity review
Apart from the handsets listed above, there are other choices in the bezel-less display category such as Vivo V7+ (review) and smartphones from Zopo. The V7+ comes with interesting features including a 24-megapixel front camera for impressive selfies, however, it packs an HD resolution display despite a large 5.99-inch screen size. If we talk about Zopo, its latest smartphones, the Flash X1 and Flash X2, are the cheapest offerings with 18:9 displays, with prices starting from Rs 6,999.