It’s trending to hear about smartphones with bezels/borders, little bezels or no bezels at all. Now, look at the two images below and find out if you could spot any differences on the displays.
If you look really close, you will surely find something very unique about the two devices up there. They are both bezel-less smartphones but one is more bezel-less than the other.
So, What is a Bezel? And what does Bezel-less mean?
The simplest explanation of what a Bezel is on a smartphone is this:
Anything/space on the front(display) of your smartphone that isn’t the screen is a bezel. It’s as simple as that.
So a bezel-less smartphone is one that has nothing in front of the display apart from the real screen. A truly 100% bezel-less smartphone will have nothing but display and real screen estate on the front. That’s one of the biggest challenges to overcome but hardware and software-wise.
Some smartphone manufacturers like Samsung, Vivo, Oppo, Apple etc are trying to cut out those bezels as much as possible while others like Sony aren’t doing much to reduce the bezels even on their recent devices.
I will leave that for you to confirm.
Just to get some more information on bezels and bezel-less display, you should check out this article on LifeWire about bezels.
Some of the trending specs in the smartphone world include dual cameras and Bokeh/Portrait photos, 18:9 Display, Bezelless Display, Fingerprint, Face/Iris Unlock, On-screen Fingerprint Unlock, and who’s actually faster.
A lot of devices pack this features but we are going be taking them in turns. Let’s see a list of the best bezel-less smartphones in 2018.
Bezel-Less Smartphones In 2018
Oppo Find X
The most anticipated bezel-less Android phone is here. The Oppo Find X kills the smartphone notch with a motorized pop-up camera that works like another small smartphone is at the back. Talking about the bezels, it has a 93.8% screen to body ratio. That’s so good.
This smartphone doesn’t only kill the trending notch on Android phones, it also has a very high-end spec and price.
It has got the Snapdragon 845, Android 8.1, 256GB storage, no card slot, 8GB RAM and a nice 3730mAh battery. It will cost more than $1,000 and would also be available in North America.
It has its own Emoji(Omoji), 3D Face unlock, dual front facing cameras and a flash for selfies, dual AI cameras with portrait mode, Face unlock and nice gestures.
This is also one of the best smartphones currently with a truly bezel-less display, no notch or whatever. The Vivo Apex has a 95% screen to body ratio and that’s so wonderful.
The Vivo Apex isn’t just beautiful, it has a lot of powerful specs to keep it at the top. The CPU is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 64-bit processor Octa-Core 4×2.8GHz Kryo 385 + 4×1.8GHz Kryo 385 CPU with a Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU for graphics.
For photography, it has a 24 Megapixels with Dual-LED and AF rear camera plus an 8 Megapixel Front camera for selfies.
It has a 4GB/6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB/128GB ROM with support for external memory up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot). It has a screen size of 5.99 inches OLED FHD+ Display (1080 X 2160 Pixels) and a 4,000 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery.
It runs on the latest Android 8 Oreo like all recently released phones.
How does the Vivo Apex take selfies when it has no visible camera in front?
Vivo has given the Apex a hidden front-firing camera that pops up when needed. Instead of the notch design to house the selfie camera, Vivo decided to change the game in a very clever way.
Xiaomi Mi Mix
The Xiaomi Mi Mix is always mentioned when it’s about bezel-less displays on smartphones. It has a 6.4 inches, (83.6% screen-to-body ratio) display. It is powered by the SD 821 processor paired with a 256 GB ROM, 6 GB RAM or 128 GB, 4 GB RAM.
It has a decent 4400 mAh battery and 16 MP (f/2.0, 1/3″, 1.0µm) and a secondary 5 MP, f/2.2 selfie camera located at the bottom of the screen.
The device doesn’t support SD card/external storage expansion.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
Another Bezel-less smartphone in the Mi Mix lineup is the Mi Mix 2. It features a bezel-less 5.99″ inches screen(80.8% screen-to-body ratio) that takes the whole front panel and leaves the 5 MP, f/2.0 selfie camera at the bottom of the screen.
It uses the SD 835 chip and has a 3400mAh Li-ion battery. The memory is limited to either a 128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM without Micro SD card support.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
The most powerful Mi Mix device is the Mi Mix 2S. It copies the same form like the Mix and Mix 2. It is powered by the beastly Snapdragon 845 chipset and is paired with 256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM.
It has a 5.99 inches, screen (81.9% screen-to-body ratio) that spans with the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It runs on MIUI 9.5 based on Android 8.0 (Oreo) with a 3400mAh battery.
It features a 12MP + 12MP dual rear cameras and a 5MP selfie camera at the bottom of the screen.
The most powerful iPhone with a camera that keeps pushing competitors to work harder is the iPhone X. With a 5.8 inches OLED display, (82.9% screen-to-body ratio), the iPhone X has a near bezel-less display that is is only reduced at the top because of the notch design.
It has a 3GB RAM and uses the ultra-fast Apple A11 Bionic chip. The battery capacity is a 2716 mAh. The device has one of the best cameras currently on any smartphone and competes with the likes of Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy S8, S9, and the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy S9
The Galaxy S9 is an extremely beautiful Android smartphone with a gorgeous Super AMOLED screen that throws colors at your eyes like the rainbow.
It has a 5.8 inches (83.6% screen-to-body ratio) screen with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It has two variants, one with the Exynos 9810 Octa – EMEA or the Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 – USA/LATAM, China version. The device comes with 4GB of RAM and storage options of 64/128/256GB internal storage with Micro SD card support up to 400GB.
One of its most outstanding selling points is the camera.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
With a bigger screen, the beauty of the Galaxy S9 Plus stands out so well. It features a 6.2 inches, (84.2% screen-to-body ratio) Super AMOLED screen that shows the most accurate and vibrant colors you could ever find on a smartphone.
The chipset is either an Exynos 9810 Octa – EMEA or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 – USA/LATAM, China CPU paired with 6GB of RAM. The Galaxy S9 Plus comes with a 64/128/256GB, 6 GB RAM – China or 128GB, 6 GB RAM – LATAM.
It has a dual 12MP + 12MP camera and an 8MP secondary camera for selfies.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
With a 6.2 inches (84.0% screen-to-body ratio) Super AMOLED screen, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is almost completely bezel-less. The deep black and saturated screen can be viewed at night with a feeling of having a 100% screen to body ratio.
As the predecessor to the S9, the S8 Plus uses the Exynos 8895 or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 paired with 4/6GB of RAM and 64/128GB ROM. It came with Android 7.0 Nougat but can be upgraded to Android 8 Oreo.
Huawei P20 Pro
The Huawei P20 is seen as the smartphone with the most powerful and advanced setup/specs. It features a world’s first triple camera setup that delivers stunning images in any lighting condition.
It features a 6.1 inches (82.0% screen-to-body ratio) AMOLED screen that expands throughout the front panel but gets cut down because of the front mounted fingerprint sensor. If they had just taken it to the rear, it would have allowed for more real screen space.
It uses Huawei’s own Hisilicon Kirin 970 CPU paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM without support for external SD card. The device runs on EMUI 8.1 based on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo and is powered by a 4000mAh battery.
Wiko View 2 Pro
The Wiko View 2 really looks awesome and gorgeous. The phone sports a 19:9 full display with a notch like the Essential phone and also has Face Unlock.
It has a 6.0 inches (80.6% screen-to-body ratio) screen that extends throughout but leaves a notch for the secondary camera. It packs 4GB of RAM AND 64GB of ROM powered by a Snapdragon 450 CPU.
The device has a3000mAh battery and a Dual: 16 MP, f/1.8 primary camera plus a 16 MP, f/2.0 secondary camera.
Sharp Aquos S3
The Sharp Aquos S3 is one of those Android devices with an iPhone X like notch on the display. It features a 6.0 inches (84.5% screen-to-body ratio) screen with a Snapdragon 630 paired with a 4/6GB of RAM and 64GB ROM.
LG G7 Thinq
The LG G7 ThinQ, commonly referred to as the LG G7, is an Android smartphone developed by LG Electronics as part of the LG G series. It was officially announced on May 2, 2018, after about a week of official leaks by LG.
The device has a 6.1 inches (82.6% screen-to-body ratio) screen with a resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (564 ppi density).
It uses the Snapdragon 845 chipset and is paired with a 4/6GB of RAM. It sports a dual 16MP + 16MP camera and an 8MP selfie camera. The internal storage is either a 64 or 128GB storage with expandable support up to 400GB.
Asus Zenfone 5z ZS620KL
The Asus Zenfone 5z ZS620KL sports a 6.2 inches(83.6% screen-to-body ratio) screen and runs Android 8.0 Oreo. It uses the latest SD 845 chipset paired with 4/6GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage with support for memory expansion up to 400GB.
It has a 12MP+8MP Dual camera setup and an 8MP camera for selfies. It packs a 3300mAh battery. Most of all its interesting features are controlled by a powerful AI engine, from photography to normal usage.
The Oppo R15 was released in April 2018 and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. It features a 6.28 inches, AMOLED (84.8% screen-to-body ratio)
screen, 6GB RAM paired with a MediaTek MT6771 Helio P60 processor.
It has a 3450mAh non-removable battery and has a 128GB storage. It sports a dual: 16 MP (f/1.7, 1/2.6″, 1.22µm, PDAF) + 5 MP (f/2.2) camera setup and a 20 MP, f/2.0, 1080p secondary camera.
For security, there’s a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor to conveniently unlock the phone.
The Vivo V9 sports a 6.3 inches screen with an 85.2% screen-to-body ratio. The Vivo V9 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, fingerprint scanner, dual camera setup, 4GB RAM/64GB ROM paired with a Snapdragon 626.
It uses a 3260mAh Li-Ion battery.
The flagship device from OnePlus sports a lot of powerful features that makes it one of the best bezel-less Android smartphones. It’s even compared to the iPhone X as a better choice.
It has a 6.28 inches (83.8% screen-to-body ratio) Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It runs on Oxygen OS based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
It uses the top-notch Snapdragon 845 CPU that’s trending on most high-end Android devices. 128/256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM versions are available. It has a non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery.
Elephone U Pro
The Elephone U Pro is a Chinese brand that brings a lot of the modern features into a not so expensive phone.
Featuring a 5.99″ AMOLED 2160 x 1080 18:9 Aspect Ratio, 403 PPI, Gorilla Glass 5 Full HD+ Panel that curves around to the edge just like Samsung’s Galaxy series. It uses a Snapdragon 660 combined with a 6GB of RAM and 132GB of storage.
Other high-end features include Qualcomm Fast-charge 3.0, Wireless charging, the latest Android 8 operating OS and Gorilla Glass 5.
Vernee Mix 2
The Vernee Mix 2 takes its name from the Xiaomi Mix series. It features a border-less display as well.
Vernee Mix 2 ( M2 ) 4G Phablet 6.0 inch Android 7.0 MTK6757CD Octa Core 2.5GHz 4GB RAM 64GB ROM 13.0MP + 5.0MP Dual Rear Cameras Fingerprint Scanner
● Display: 6.0 inch, 2160 x 1080 Pixel screen
● CPU: MTK6757CD Octa Core 2.5GHz
● System: Android 7.0
● RAM + ROM: 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM
● Camera: 8.0MP front camera + 13.0MP + 5.0MP back cameras
● Sensor: Ambient Light Sensor, E-Compass, Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor
● SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby. 1 Nano SIM card + 1 Nano SIM card
● Feature: GPS
● Bluetooth: 4.0
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
These are the best smartphones in 2018 with almost a bezel-less display. I love bezel-less smartphones so much and that has always been a priority whenever I am purchasing a new phone. Hope you find one out of the list of truly bezel-less smartphones in 2018.