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The world's most and least compact flagships relative to their screen size

The world's most and least compact flagships relative to their screen size
It feels like it was just yesterday that the press and the entire industry was in a row with manufacturers over what an acceptable smartphone screen size actually is. Do you remember phones like the 4.7-inch HTC Titan, or the slightly smaller, 4.65-inch Samsung Galaxy Nexus? Many were outraged! You can barely reach the status bar when holding the phone with one hand, they said. Back then, those were the very biggest smartphones on the market.

Fast-forward to today, and it's like a different world altogether. A 4.7-incher is honestly very close to being tagged 'compact', and we have smartphones that really smashed our yesteryear-ly ideas of what is actually acceptable. But we're reaching a physical limit, make no mistake about that. After all, your fingers can only stretch so far. And yet, thanks to further and further improvements in design and overall efficiency, smartphone screens are continuing to grow, irrespective of our own physical limitations. We're now no longer simply looking for a big-screened device, but also one that makes a darn good use of... well, space. Yeah, that coveted edge-less, or bezel-less if you will, design is what we're talking about.

So how are companies doing? Well, for starters, we're still pretty far from having absolutely bezel-free devices, and we're not even sure that's such a practical idea. Anyway, and regardless of the previous, manufacturers are getting closer. For this pick, we set out to measure the screen-to-body ratio of pretty much every flagship we could think of, from mainstream brands, down to ones that are still fighting for recognition on the world stage. What's more, we ranked them by just how much 'bang for your inch'  you get. A totally new category, we know. So, without any further ado, let us show you the world's most compact flagships relative to their screen size!

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Note: Results are approximations, given how an advertised 5-inch screen can sometimes actually measure in at 4.95 or 5.04 inches, for example.

UPDATED: 5/26/2015

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posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:45 22

1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


@66.71% screen to body ratio for HTC One M8. I am happy with that. Bc even with thick bezel on top and bottom, those BoomSound Speakers are just pure awesome :D I would like a Z2 as well... but who knows when it's even coming out.... or will it even be on AT&T at all...

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:10 10

17. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


that sharp phone looks really sexy like sonyz but sony has more bezels

resembles like l925 k800 opp7 zte they have sharp smooth edges

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 08:17

26. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Now I want the Sharp Acquos Xx 302Sh. That phone is really nice in terms of spec and look combine :P I'm just disappointed that it only has 2,600mAh. But it might have really good battery management system build in

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:15 13

35. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)


didnt this article just proof that sony doesnt have not as much bezel compared to other phones?
its right behind s5! no one ever said s5 has bezels?
trolls! you arent even doing your job correctly anymore. find better reasons to dismiss sony

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:46 15

37. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Nobody even talked about the s5 cause no one cares about it, maybe that's why.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 14:02 2

51. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i only care cause samsung makes great spec phones, but cheap plastic totally ruins the phone

posted on 26 May 2015, 11:39 1

94. amasog (Posts: 351; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


specs...specs...specs... all that a gullible fandroid wants is..SPECS!! LOL!

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 17:09 2

53. phljcnth (Posts: 485; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


You just did bro. You care, maybe that's why.

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 11:26

81. Carlosfrancoz (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


LOL so true

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:39 1

42. UglyFrank (Posts: 1732; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


They are talking about the massive bezels above and below the screen on the Xperia, the S5 has hardware buttons so the ratio isn't as bad.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 21:26 1

56. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


OMG, S5 has bezel as much as Z2. Samsung = fail.

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 07:10 6

71. MrTzr (unregistered)


But the S5 uses capacitive buttons so Samsung doesn't ruin screen-space. That's a win for the S5.

posted on 26 May 2015, 09:59

90. Rhinoface (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 Dec 2014)


Why do you like hardware buttons...?

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:42 4

43. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Sony's phones seem to have more bezel bc they are skinny. So length of bezel is longer. However, phone like S5 is wider, so bezel length is shorter. I have no problem with bezel on Sony's phone. Give my thumb some room to hold the phone firmly and still have that 3,200 mAh battery in Z2 :P

posted on 26 May 2015, 09:10

88. robcar (Posts: 110; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)


Samsung have curved corners och backside which look more bezel-less and feels smaller in hand. That's why, it's not even hard to imagine.
So it's illegal to not like Sony phones? You are the biggest fanboy then...

posted on 26 May 2015, 14:10

95. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


true.........100%

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:05 7

33. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Mother of no bezel phone. That's my nexus

http://androidspin.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/nexus_x_concept_by_thetechnotoast-d6ymg1x.jpg

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 09:15 7

34. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


99.99% screen to body ratio.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 11:56 9

47. av911 (Posts: 190; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Sucks for 1-hand control.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 12:46 1

49. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


WAY TO GOOD TO BE TRUE, THIS PHONE IS PURE CONCEPT

LOVE THOSE SHARP EDGES, JUST LIKE SONY Z DESIGN

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 06:20 2

66. Humphrey.One (Posts: 23; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


I think it'd use some speaker, you know phones make calls.

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 08:16 1

75. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3037; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


That could be solved the way Sharp solved it. But what about front facing cam, lightsensors.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 10:44 5

44. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Pentach vega iron is a very manly phone, why its not available internationally? Sharp aquos is also very elegant...
iphone is at the last? OMG..... iphone is behind everyone in most features except few tricks in the sleeves, still apple is making huge money with least specs thanks to ifo0ls... nokia n sony are as I was expecting... chinese are doing good job from couple of years

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 14:43

52. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I dont understand how they come up with the numbers honestly. Because the actual surface of the device that is screen vs not screen is higher than what these percentages indicate. Anyone know how they come up with these figures?

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 09:06 1

79. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I made an excel sheet with the proper calculations to corroborate PA numbers and they get pretty close...

The thing is that I also used an additional formula to correct the round corners on certain phones... for example the iPhone tend to have 10mm radius corners... while Sony's have a sharper corner of around 5mm thus making them seem like they have more bezels...

The calculations:

SCREEN AREA = height * width

height = Screen Diagonal * (height of aspect ratio / hypotenuse)

width = Screen Diagonal * (width of aspect ratio / hypotenuse)

PHONE AREA = phone height * phone width

And the preliminary solution is simply = 100 * (SCREEN AREA / PHONE AREA)

For my corrected solution I also take into account the corners and subtract the outside of the round radius...

So example with numbers: (I will do it in Imperial system for my fellows american in PA which are most people anyway)

>iPhone 6

Screen Diag = 4,7"
Aspect Ratio = 16:9 -> Hypotenuse=18,3576
Screen Height = 4.1"
Screen Width = 2.3"
Screen Area = 9.44"

Phone Width = 2.64"
Phone Height = 5.44"
Phone Area = 14.36"

Preliminary Screen to Size Ratio = 9.44/14.36 = 0.657 *100 = 65.7%

Final ratio with Correction for radius = 66,43%

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 00:10

60. AbhiD (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


And for god's sake just look at Size of ONE! It's as big as Z2 and even much more thicker with weaker internals than Z2! Z2 got bigger screen, inbuilt noise cancellation, bigger battery, more ram, much bigger camera, waterproof/dustproof certification, glass on both sides and still measures same and thinner than Htc ONE!

For me ONE is an absolute failure on design side!

And for those who say one has front speakers- z2 has as powerful front facing speakers as Htc one

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 07:46 2

2. hmd74 (Posts: 481; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


m8 > m7 ???
maybe yes but because of the on screen buttons and that logo it's not useful :/

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 11:17

65. MobileGuru (Posts: 82; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)


HTC rep commented that there's a lot of circuitry going underneath the HTC bezel so there's that..

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 11:18

80. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


It's pure hogwash what the rep said. If other companies don't need that space, then HTC is either A have s**tty engineers or B them needing the Extra space is hogwash or C they have some crap useless circuitry that has no business being there in the first place.

I think it's probably all 3 but mostly A and B.

posted on 26 May 2015, 16:05

96. amats69 (Posts: 1466; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Or D mr Taters is HTC's number 1 hater...lol

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