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Moto X size comparison: excellent phone-to-screen size ratio

Moto X size comparison: excellent phone-to-screen size ratio
Well, lookie what we've got here - when sized up with current handsets, the Moto X turns out to be with one of the best phone-to-screen-size ratios we've ever seen, upwards of 70% in our quick calculations. Granted, at its thickest it can be considered chubby compared to the Android anorexics, but this is due to the arched shape of the back, which slopes down to the razor thin 5.6 mm at the ends for the thinnest top and bottom edges so far.

In fact, the Moto X is not only shorter and narrower than the 5-inchers - its shrunken bezel makes it with less frontal surface than the fellow 4.7-inchers, like the Nexus 4, or the Ascend P6. In fact it is shorter, and only slightly wider than the 4.3" HTC One mini, which, of course, had to fit those BoomSound speakers somewhere.

Again, we might be looking at one of the best phone-to-screen-size ratios, where the crown is on the Sony Xperia ZL's head, and Motorola explained how it achieved that barely visible bezel. It stretches edge-to-edge, they say, molded carefully at the ends to fuse with the front housing for a seamless look and "the perfect balance between readability and one-handed use".

Motorola Moto X
5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches
129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Motorola Moto X

Google Nexus 4
5.27 x 2.7 x 0.36 inches
133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
4.90 oz (139 g)

Google Nexus 4

HTC One
5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches
137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)

HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4
5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Sony Xperia Z
5.47 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches
139 x 71 x 7.9 mm
5.15 oz (146 g)

Sony Xperia Z

Huawei Ascend P6
5.22 x 2.58 x 0.24 inches
132.65 x 65.5 x 6.18 mm
4.23 oz (120 g)

Huawei Ascend P6

HTC One mini
5.2 x 2.49 x 0.36 inches
132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm
4.30 oz (122 g)

HTC One mini

Motorola DROID MAXX
5.41 x 2.8 x 0.33 inches
137.5 x 71.2 x 8.5 mm
5.89 oz (167 g)

Motorola DROID MAXX

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

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posted on 01 Aug 2013, 15:48 5

1. Mass88 (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


The bezel on the HTC One is too big. It's a beautiful phone, but HTC could have made the size and top bezel a lot smaller.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 15:58 5

3. a_merryman (Posts: 638; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


Agreed, make the bezel smaller and just use software buttons. The HTC One was so close to being the perfect phone too :/

Literally just the bezel and the camera needed to be 8 megapixels for detail and it would have been perfect.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 15:51

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


This is the biggest reason why I am getting this phone.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 16:00 8

4. mocir (Posts: 20; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


I think that Xperia ZL is better looking.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 20:15 5

9. GTR722 (Posts: 223; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


We all know, but PA keep "forgetting" about that phone in the photos comparos...seems that they dont like to remember that a Sony Phone is the best in screen size ratio.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 16:06 1

5. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


They did a good job with the packaging - the phone will compete with both much larger (One) and much smaller (iPhone 5) devices. Price it right and they could have a solid hit.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 18:31

7. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Just hope we get a $300-$400 Google play store price.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 17:53

6. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Goal achieved. This phone won't overshadow the OEM's flagships but will keep them on their toes. If Google was to release the best Android phone ever, and repeat the process over and over, Android would probably die. Last thing Google needs to be for the OEM's is a threat.

Meanwhile, if you want it, Moto just released a great phone that you can be happy with.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 19:26

8. hassoups (Posts: 276; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


only downside is that it's way too thick

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 20:41 3

10. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


doesnt the s4 have the best screen to bezel ratio, i read that the s4 covers around 77% of the front with a screen and thats with a phone that has physical buttons that make it even that more impressive imo..most of the the phones that have a high screen to bezel ratio are phones with on screen buttons which again makes it easier to do so.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 21:11 2

11. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Yes the S4 is still the best, it is pretty impressive that it has the highest and it still has captive touch buttons.

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 23:41 3

12. pwnarena (Posts: 838; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


no. the xperia zl still holds the crown. the zl is still smaller than the s4 despite being a 5-incher.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 01:33 1

14. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


I think the information that you get, it's wrong the screen to bezel ratio of S4 is only around 72%.
just try to calculate it, or you can use phonearena size comparison tool so you can get a clue about the difference size of the bezel, between the Xperia ZL and S4.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 00:55 1

13. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2445; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice front and side view with other phones.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 01:51

15. Mobilephile (Posts: 69; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


5.6mm is hardly take thin... the Ascend Mate side trim edges are about 5.5mm.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 01:52

16. Mobilephile (Posts: 69; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


*razor thin

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 06:39

17. youdug (Posts: 26; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


My god PA how much is google giving you to hype the sh*t out this underwhelming phone.
Theres only a handfull of phones out and coming out soon thats already better than this.
Yet theres 20 threads about it.
This phone will be the Moto First.
$199 on contract. FOH! Nobody is going to buy this.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 23:32

18. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


S4 wins simply because it is 7.9 mm thin and has a 2600 mah battery. It is easy to make a phone small when the battery is small and the phone is thick. The GS4 literally has nothing left to shave off without making the battery smaller or the screen smaller.

With the ZL and Moto X you can shave the thickness down plenty.

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 16:45

19. Captain_Doug (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


The Moto X is pretty shaved down. The taper is 5.6mm to 10.4mm. They actually have the battery in the curve. It's not just empty space.

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