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

The world's most and least compact phablets relative to their screen size
Last week we finally got around to ranking manufacturers' flagships by how compact they are relative to their screen size. Japanese Sharp's little-known Aqos Crystal X flagship finished at the very top, with the impressive 82.18% of its body being occupied by nothing but the display. In comparison, Apple's fancy iPhone 5s finished last, with just 60.82% of its physical form made up of its 4-inch screen.

Of course, these ratios are nothing more than a part of the many considerations we all go through when purchasing a smartphone, but seeing as how Android flagships are on path to make 5- to 5.2-inches the norm, it's becoming more and more apparent why these ratios are important. They're perhaps doubly important when you're in the market for a phablet, for those are now edging on true tablet category, with the biggest ones clocking in at 7-inches. Those type of devices are unlikely to make a pocket-friendly solution, but some of them sure are more rapacious with the amount of bezel they require.

So, without any further ado, let's see which phablet makes the best use of its dimensions relative to their individual screen diagonal.

Check our other rankings for:

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: 5/28/2015

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posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:31 5

1. antonioli (Posts: 200; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


But G Pro 2 wasn't 77.2" or something around it?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:01

24. Ashoaib (Posts: 2918; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Vivo xplay 3s is a very cool looking phone

posted on 28 May 2015, 11:25

42. Ashoaib (Posts: 2918; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


this is what I commented last year and I have Xplay 3S this year :)

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:37

2. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 781; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


What about Tablets?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:45 2

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1615; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


iPad Air should be relatively compact, and also Mini. Nexus 7 has huge bottom bezels, and almost every 10" tablet other than Air have yet quite thick bezels. I'd say that thickest bezels are in cheap 7 inch tablets.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 10:11 1

21. Finalflash (Posts: 2197; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


But tablets are different, because you can't comfortably hold them in one hand as easily as smartphones. Bezels become necessary and actually a good thing as long as they aren't adding too much weight to the device.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:53 9

7. Chris.P (Posts: 417; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Next week.

:)

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:56 1

9. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 781; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Good.

:)

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:59

10. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 781; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


And what about Smartwatches?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:00

11. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 781; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


And also touchscreen feature phones?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:18 2

14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2149; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Don't forget about the Huawei MediaPad X1. :)

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:30

15. ScottSchneider (Posts: 325; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Nowadays When I see a Phonearena profile pic in the comment section... I know it is Chris.P... Nice...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:32

17. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


No Coolpad 9976A? Did you guys really look at ALL phablets? A bunch more came out in the last two months...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:34

19. buccob (Posts: 2161; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


But tablet shouldn't focus on smaller bezels because they are actually a necesity to offer a comfy grip.

Tablet designs should be focused on thinner and lighter devices... and battery life

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:45

3. aayupanday (Posts: 566; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


The G3 will get into the top 5.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:51

5. greesh.vj (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Jan 2014)


where is moto x???

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:53

6. Chris.P (Posts: 417; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Here:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Wasteful-or-efficient-Check-out-our-ranking-of-the-worlds-most-and-least-compact-flagships-relative-to-their-screen-size_id54487

This one is phablets-only.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:07 1

13. tech2 (Posts: 3057; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Chris,

Can I know how do you guys find out area of the device i.e. is it just length*breath or you deduct the curved edges on the corners from the equation?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:34

18. ScottSchneider (Posts: 325; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


By the way... How about the Galaxy Round... It is a 5+ inch phone too...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:55

8. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 781; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


'Check out our ranking of the world's most and least compact PHABLETS relative to their screen size' can you read the title?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:04 1

12. SleepingOz (unregistered)


The Note 3 rules them all!
But that Vivo 3S though..

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:31

16. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Was kind of curious how the Coolpad 9976A ranked....

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 09:10 1

20. ojdidit84 (Posts: 438; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


There is NOTHING compact about the G Flex... lol

One of my god parents switch to that from the 5S. That thing is HUGE. Makes my Note 3 look like a toy.

posted on 28 May 2015, 04:12

37. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 468; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


"compact phablets.....

relative to their screen size" Did you even bother to read the title?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:15 1

22. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Of course, the larger the screen size, the more they could cram behind the display and that translates to higher display ratios. A 4-inch phone (what? the iphone 5 has a 4-4inch screen?!!) would never do well here unless it is brick thick (or super long like the iphone)

posted on 28 May 2015, 15:43

43. aleunge (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Yes I think we all understand that but that's not the point. It's relative to other phablets, which ones do the larger screen more effectively. For example, some of the phablets lower on the list (or not on the list) could totally have had larger screens on them. iPhone 6 plus with the large round button? Or you see things like the Xperia z ultra with the large bezel on the bottom which could have been used for hardware buttons to put better use to the bezel... Like the redmi right below it. It has more screen to work with in most apps.

Or if you compare it with the post from last week on non phablets, you see some of the phablets aren't even much better off than smaller screen phones (and 1% of bezel is more physical space than 1% on a smaller screen)

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 11:26

23. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


If you want to see a gorgeously screen-filled design I want to point to the XPERIA ZL and (Japanese au only) UL. Now those are wonders in the bezel department. I was wondering why they weren't mentioned then I realized these were for phablets.
In a way it's kind of ironic because Sony is recognized lately for having oversized bezels on their, um, flagship flagships.

As for Sharp, it's a real pity they keep to themselves in Japan. They actually make some incredible devices.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 16:47

27. GBPN15 (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


How i truly hate bezels discution. It just donesn't matter that much... -.-

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 20:22

25. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


I didnt expect there are phablets that are less compact than Oppo N1...haha

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 01:27

26. najib1312 (Posts: 105; Member since: 08 May 2013)


That awkward moment when you realize Note 2 has more bezels than Xperia Z Ultra.

I currently own the Lenovo S930. Pretty huge device, but the front-facing dual dolby stereo speakers is worth the trade-off.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 10:13

28. 3rdDegree (Posts: 211; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


I think there is some incorrect information here....
I am sure Phone Arena said in a previous post that the LG G PRO 2 had "an industry leading screen to phone size ratio" of more than 77%

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 07:22

29. simon16 (Posts: 16; Member since: 02 May 2014)


where is meizu mx4?

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 08:08 1

30. AndroidTech (Posts: 20; Member since: 02 Apr 2014)


#Note 3 rulezzz

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 08:20

31. mr.techdude (Posts: 569; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


HTC one max did very well, imagine if there was no front facing speakers ......lol

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 09:39

32. chengsae (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)


where is iphone 6 plus???...lol

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 10:16

33. isprobi (Posts: 410; Member since: 30 May 2011)


These measurements totally miss the true point of buying a plablet.....so you can use it as a phone and a tablet. That means you need some bezel to hold onto in landscape mode. If you try that on any of the winners in this contest you will end up hitting a button on the right side and covering up a speaker on the left side.

posted on 10 Sep 2014, 18:24 1

34. gigaraga (Posts: 1440; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and 4 FTW!

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 11:44

35. progene (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


LG G Pro 2 is 77.2%
Please correct it.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 20:34

36. aymnga (Posts: 23; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)


Huawei ascend mate 7 is 83%
get your facts right

posted on 28 May 2015, 04:13

38. Twayn (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Dec 2014)


People complaining all over the place about the design of chinese phones and they just slayed the rest of the phones in this list.

posted on 28 May 2015, 05:04

39. nahusiv (Posts: 45; Member since: 20 Apr 2015)


you forgot the oppo R7 Plus on second place

posted on 28 May 2015, 07:38

40. namesib (Posts: 84; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)


Phones with ugly, screen-wasting virtual buttons should have percentage points knocked off.

posted on 28 May 2015, 10:55

41. material (Posts: 72; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


LOL! PA , You made the list 44 phones long just to include Iphones

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