7 Best Bezel less Display Smartphones With Great Design

Updated 20-Sep-2017 – Future is Bezel-less for smartphones, and it is difficult to debate it. Moreover, the future was imagined many years back with concept phones showing a true bezel-less display, and now the reality is catching fast. 

Smartphones have evolved, are more functional. Also, we are more dependent on these now then we have ever been on any gadget.

It is essential for phones to have a design that looks not only great but also works flawlessly.

The iPhone 7 Plus design is one of the most copied designs, and Samsung S7 edge and S8  have set the standard for the future bezel-less mobiles. Honorable mention, the Xiaomi Mi Mix that is the first genuinely bezel-less smartphone with 91.3% screen to body ratio is a legend in the Bezel-less phones legacy.

7 Best Bezel less Display Smartphones With Great Design

 

In 2017, many OEMs have come up with phones with a bezel-free design. The bezel-free displays help to keep the overall size of the phone smaller, as the unused space at the top and bottom of the screen is minimal. As a result, larger displays can be fitted easily in smaller frame sizes.

There are brands like LG, Samsung, Xiaomi and newcomer Essential who have launched some Bezel-less phones with stunning design.

On the other hand, some major companies such as Sony are yet to catch up on the new trend.

The Bezel-less displays and Dual cameras are top 2 crucial features for next-gen phones.

Let’s Check out the 7 Best Bezel-less Display Smartphones With Great Design. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the latest Bezel-less display phone from the Korean Giant, and it looks fantastic. The smartphone comes with metal and glass design with the full front side as a display.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Amazon India Launch

The Samsung Note 8 comes with an exquisite design and looks premium, and has eye-watering price $900 or Rs. 70,000.  Further, the smartphone has a large 6.3 Inch Quad HD+ Display with 2960*1440 pixels resolution and comes with the unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

Contrastingly, the aspect ratio on the LG V30 is 18:9 that makes the Samsung Note 8 display taller and less wide compared to the LG V30. Also, it has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection making it more durable.

The design is water and dust proof and even comes with the IP 68 rating. However, the fingerprint placement, adjacent to the rear camera is not ideal; I prefer the LG V30 placement below the camera module.

Overall it is a great looking premium smartphone with top of the line processor and a gorgeous display to ogle on.

Key Specs for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 :

  • Display – 6.3-inch QHD+ display, with an aspect of 18:5:9.
  • Resolution – Quad HD+ Display with (2960*1440) Pixels resolution
  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 64-bit (Indian variant)
  • Storage and Ram – 6 GB RAM/128 GB storage
  • Rear Camera Details – 12 MP Dual Rear camera with one lens with f/1.7 aperture and other f/2.4. OIS on the Dual lens and 4K videos.
  • Front Camera Details – 8 MP front Camera
  • Battery Capacity – 3300 mAh battery with fast charging technology and USB-C port
  • OS – Runs on TouchWiz UI with Android OS 7.1, Nougat
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back
  • Water and Dustproof with IP 68 Rating.
  • Other Features – Bixby Assistant, Face Recognition, S-Pen Support, Samsung DEX support.
  • Price Rs. 7,0000 or $900

LG G6

7 Best Bezel less Display Smartphones With Great Design

7 Best Bezel-less Display Smartphones With Great Design – LG G6 was the first phone with 18:9 ratio, launched ahead of the Samsung S8. The G6 is a significant upgrade compared to the LG G5.

Apart from the bezel-less 5.7-inch QHD  “FullVision” IPS LCD display. LG nailed the overall build quality. 

Contrastingly, people hated LG G5 for mediocre build quality and design. The LG G6 is incredible, offers top-notch build quality, unique display and excellent cameras. It’s the first LG phone to sport IP68 rating.

Even though LG’s competitors are using OLED displays, LG is still sticking to its guns and using the best LCD panels for its smartphone.

Sadly, the G6 couldn’t get a Snapdragon 835 SOC, since it is co-manufactured by Samsung. And Samsung will use it initially in S8 and S8 plus, leaving no scope for other manufacturers to have early access. 

Although, LG took this to its advantage and optimised the Snapdragon 821 processor even more and used it for the G6.

Apart from the hardware; LG also took care of the software and tweaked it to take the advantage of their new display ratio.

Interestingly, the dual 13 MP rear camera features 70° and 125° respectively. This provides the users to click wide shots and capture as much as they want. It works even better compared to the V20 since both the cameras now share similar megapixel count.

Overall the phone is worth the price since it’s available at a price of Rs 40,000. This is almost Rs 17,000 less than Samsung S8 that also provides a similar experience and even don’t have a dual camera.

Key specs of LG G6

  • Screen- 5.7 QHD IPS LCD (18:9 ratio)
  • Processor- Snapdragon 821
  • RAM- 4GB
  • Storage- 64GB, expandable upto 128GB
  • Rear camera- Dual 13MP
  • Front camera- 5MP
  • Battery- 3300mAh
  • Android OS- Android N v7.0
  • Fast charging- YES
  • Fingerprint scanner- YES
  • Thickness- 7.9mm
  • Weight- 163g
  • Price- Rs 40,000 

Samsung S8 And S8 Plus

Samsung has vastly improved the glass back design they introduced in the S6. The all-new Galaxy S8 series is an evolution and a far cry from previous gen phones.

7 Best Bezel less Smartphones With Great Design, Display

The phone has a 5.8-inch QHD Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 display ratio. Further, the display is slightly taller than the G6.

However, S8 design and looks are way more refined compared to the LG G6.

The phone still retains the curved edges but now are less obtrusive. It seamlessly blends with the metal rims; that has a smooth mirror finish.

Moreover, the S8 looks like a whole slab of glass without any intrusions.

Since the Snapdragon 835 was co-created by Samsung; it was pretty much obvious that they would use it in their flagship phone.

Additionally, S8 comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.

Also, it still retains the wireless charging and IP 68 feature. 

Furthermore comes with a dedicated hardware button for the digital assistant – Bixby.

Notably, the camera on the S8 is a same as S7, and it is terrific. 

To sum up, it is a great phone, with an eye candy design and equally stunning display. Although, it’s a pretty expensive and costs Rs 57,000 for the base S8 variant, and even higher, Rs 65,000 for the S8 Plus variant.

Spec specs of S8 and S8 Plus

  • Screen: S8- 5.8-inch QHD S8 Plus- 6.2-inch QHD
  • Disposal quality- QHD Super AMOLED
  • Processor- Snapdragon 835
  • RAM- 4GB
  • Storage- 64GB, expandable upto 256GB
  • Rear camera- 12MP, f/1.7
  • Front camera- 8MP, f/1.7
  • Battery: S8- 3000mAh, S8 Plus- 3500mAh
  • Android OS- Android N v7.0
  • Fast charging- YES
  • Fingerprint scanner- YES
  • Thickness- 8mm
  • Weight- 155g
  • Price: S8- Rs 57,000, S8 Plus- Rs 65,000 

Essential phone

The essential phone is the first phone from Andy Rubin or as everybody calls him the “Father Of Android.”

Essential-Phone-White

For starters, it features a 5.7-inch QHD IPS LCD with 19:9 aspect ratio. The display occupies the full front to such an extent that it has an odd cut out for the front camera.

It’s placed at the dead center and looks odd and a break in the otherwise symmetrical front side.

The PH-1 (Essential phone) flaunts a ceramic back and has titanium sides, making it more durable compared to a glass and metal design.

The back sports the Dual Camera (RGB + Monochrome sensors), similar to Huawei phones. At the back, it has magnetic connectors to use with modular accessories. They already have created the world’s smallest 360° camera module.

Furthermore, it has Snapdragon 835 SOC with 4 GB of RAM and a whopping 128 GB of internal storage. The storage is unexpandable.

However, it lacks essential features such as IP rating, Dual SIM, 3.5mm audio jack, wireless charging, commonly expected from flagship phones.

(Esssential phone lacks essential features).  🙂 

Key specs of Essential phone

  • Screen- 5.7 inch (19:9 ratio)
  • Quality- QHD IPS LCD
  • Processor- Snapdragon 835
  • RAM- 4GB
  • Storage- 128GB, (non-expandable)
  • Rear camera- Dual 13MP, f/1.9
  • Front camera- 8MP, f/2.2
  • Battery-  3040mAh
  • Android OS- Android N v 7.1.1
  • Fast charging- YES
  • Fingerprint scanner- YES
  • Thickness- 7.8mm
  • Weight- 185g
  • Price- $700/ (approx Rs 45,000). 

LG V30+

The LG G7 is an exciting phone, but the V30+ is a step ahead. 

 

The LG V30+ flaunts a 6-inch QHD+ OLED FullVision display with 18:9 ratio. Further, It sports a curved glass and offers the A-O-D (always on display) feature.

Notably, it has a floating bar for a quick search on Google.

Moreover, the V30 has an excellent Dual 16 MP (f/1.6) + 13 MP (f/1.9) rear camera. Its large aperture is even better than f/1.7 aperture on Samsung S8.

The V30 is driven by Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4 GB of RAM. And it even comes with 128 GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 400 GB. Also, it retains the wireless charging, IP68 rating, 32-bit Quad DAC feature.

In conclusion, V30+ is a phone for media/photography enthusiasts who will find it exciting.

Key Specs of LG V30+

  • Screen- 6 inch (18:9 ratio)
  • Quality- QHD+ OLED display
  • Processor- Snapdragon 835
  • RAM- 4GB
  • Storage- 128GB, expandable up to 400GB
  • Rear camera- Dual 16MP (f/1.6) + 13 MP (f/1.9)
  • Front camera- 5MP f/2.2
  • Battery- 3300mAh
  • Android OS- Android N v7.1.1
  • Fast charging- YES
  • Fingerprint scanner- YES
  • Thickness- 7.3mm
  • Weight- 158g
  • Price- Rs. 60,000. 

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

The Xiaomi Mi Mix was the first phone to offer a true bezel-less display. It came as a surprise for even large brands like Samsung and Apple who are usually the first with such innovations. 

 

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S sports a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display. Powering the smartphone is the latest Snapdragon 845 SOC with 6GB/ 8GB RAM and 128GB/ 256GB storage.

Further, the phone sports a dual 12 MP (f/1.8) + 12 MP (f/2.4) rear sensor with 4-axis OIS and 2x optical zoom, dual pixel PDAF and dual tone dual-LED flash, along with a 5 MP front sensor. 

Notably, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S has its selfie shooter at the bottom to create a full vision top part of the display. Interestingly, the user has to rotate the phone upside down to take a selfie.

Mi Mix was available only in China; thus, a lot of fans were not able to experience the device. 

Also, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is very similar to its predecessor Mi Mix 2.

Key specs of Mi Mix 2S

  • Screen- 5.99-inch
  • Quality- FHD IPS LCD, 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Processor- Snapdragon 845
  • RAM- 6GB/ 8GB
  • Storage- 128GB/ 256GB, non-expandable
  • Rear camera- Dual 12 MP (f/1.8) + 12 MP (f/2.4) with 4-axis OIS and 2x optical zoom
  • Front camera- 5MP (f/2.0)
  • Battery- 3400mAh
  • Android OS- Android v8.0 Oreo
  • Fast charging- YES, Quick Charge 3.0
  • Fingerprint scanner- YES
  • Thickness- 8.1mm
  • Weight- 191g
  • Price- Expected approx Rs. 37,990 and Rs. 41,500 

VIVO X21

Vivo X21 is the first phone from the company to come with in-display fingerprint scanner. It was launched in March 2018.

The phone is available from Vivo E-Store as well as Flipkart for a price of Rs. 35,990 for 6 GB RAM and 128 internal storage option.

Vivo X21 image

To start with, Vivo X21 has an aluminium body and comes with a 6.28-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2280 pixels) display along with 402 PPI pixel density.

Key highlight of the phone is its bezel-less design. It has an edge-to-edge screen which looks similar to an iPhone X including a notch on the top of the display.

Moreover, the fingerprint scanner is embedded inside the display which is first of its kind. This technology was first displayed at MWC 2018.

For photography, the phone features a 12 MP + 5 MP Dual Pixel rear sensor and comes with PDAF and LED flash. Also, it has a 12 MP Dual Pixel front selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

Powering the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with Adreno 512 for graphics. The Vivo X21 packs a non-removable 3200 mAh battery and supports fast charging.

 Key Specs of Vivo X21

  • Screen- 6.28 inch (19:9 ratio)
  • Quality- FHD+ Super AMOLED
  • Processor- Snapdragon 660
  • RAM- 6GB
  • Storage- 128GB, expandable up to 256 GB
  • Rear camera- Dual 12 MP + 5 MP
  • Front camera- 12 MP, f/2.0
  • Battery-  3200 mAh
  • Android OS- Android O v 8.1
  • Fast charging- YES
  • Fingerprint scanner- In-display
  • Thickness- 7.4mm
  • Weight- 156g
  • Price- Rs. 35,990.

 

Honorable mentions 

The LG Q6, Micromax Canvas Infinity and Vivo V7 + and the Sharp Aquos S2 are some of the affordable bezel-less mobiles available in the market. 

Lastly, we expect a majority of phones will start coming with Bezel-less display in 2018.

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