Best "bezel-less" phones (Fall 2017)


Call them bezel-less phones, all screen phones, ones with edge-to-edge displays, or simply small bezel phones, they are the future and they here to stay. 

We round up the best bezel-less phones that are available right now or that are expected to get released in the very near future.

Disclaimer: Bezel-less is probably not the perfectly technically correct term as all phones need at least some bezel. A more correct way to refer to these phones is probably simply as "small edge" phones.

Here is how it all started: as smartphone screens grew bigger and bigger, people realized that a bigger screen is so much better for media and productivity. Then, around the times that Google released its Nexus 6, a massive 6-inch phone, it became obvious that phone makers cannot just keep on increasing phone sizes because of the natural limit in the size of the human palm. So the dream to have more screen in a phone that is not physically bigger was born.

Today, the dream of the bezel-less phone is realized in the following devices.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Screen-to-body ratio: 84% and 83%


The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ were among the first phones in the "bezel-less" trend. They achieve on of the highest screen-to-body ratios thanks to a curved edge display that slightly curves into the sides and allows for the neat "Edge Screen" functionality. Samsung is able to do such futuristic curve screen tricks thank to its AMOLED technology that allows bending to a certain degree, unlike traditional LCD screens.

And as pioneers they had to deal with some of the tough decisions for this new factor. For instance, where do you put a fingerprint scanner if you no longer have place for it on the front of the phone? Samsung chose to place it on the bottom, but in a weird position right next to the camera. It's not a dealbreaker, but it certainly is one tiny feature that is annoying.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Screen-to-body ratio: 83%


The Galaxy Note 8 continues on the trend set by the S8 and S8+, but it's slightly different. First, it has a slightly larger screen size of 6.3-inches (it's 6.2" on the S8+), and secondly the curve towards the edges is steeper, smaller, so that you have more flat screen space for the S Pen.

LG V30

Screen-to-body ratio: ~81%


The LG V30 is the company's best phone as of fall 2017. With a 6-inch display and an edge-to-edge display, the V30 is actually a little smaller than the 5.5-inch OnePlus 5 that has a traditional, 16:9 display with bezels on the top and bottom. And that's quite the achievement. The V30 - unlike Samsung phones - has its fingerprint on the back, below the camera and properly centered, so it's really easy for your finger to reach it.

LG G6

Screen-to-body ratio: ~79.5%


The G6 has a 5.7-inch full-screen display, but it lacks some of the V30's media capabilities, and has a less refined camera experience. It looks a lot like the V30, though, and features a very sleek glass and metal build.

LG Q6

Screen-to-body ratio: ~79%


The LG Q6 is the most affordable full-screen, bezel-less phone as of fall 2017. However, it makes some compromises that you should know about: first, it lacks a fingerprint scanner and you can use either a traditional unlock method, or face unlock (that we don't recommend because it won't work most of the time). Secondly, the Q6 has a plastic back that scratches extremely easily and it's noticeable.

Essential Phone

Screen-to-body ratio: 85%


The Essential Phone is a true design gem with its ceramic back and a solid construction. It has an extremely high screen to body ratio with a very distinct, "notch" design where a tiny cutout at the top of the front is made for the front camera. It all blends together nicely when you have the notification bar at the top, or if you have a black screen, but is otherwise noticeable. The Essential Phone lacks branding, runs on a clean version of Android and comes with the promise for timely updates.

Apple iPhone 8

Screen-to-body ratio: ~86%


Apple's iPhone 8 is expected to be the first iPhone with an OLED screen and the first one to come with an edge-to-edge bezel-less display. It is said to come with a 5.8-inch screen with a cutout that will hold its front camera and innovative 3D face recognition system. The iPhone 8 is also said to skip the fingerprint sensor altogether.

Xiaomi Mi Mix

Screen-to-body ratio: ~84%


Last, but definitely not least, we have the Xiaomi Mi Mix. While mainstream brands were still developing and perfect bezel-less technology, Chinese brand Xiaomi already had a product that it could sell. The Mi Mix was the first bezel-less phone, but unfortunately it was - and still is - available in limited quantities and at a hefty price tag.

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17 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2944; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Happy labor day folks. Just turned on my Keurig machine. Coffee anyone?

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7028; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The iPhone 8 is listed here, Wich it isn't even out yet. So why isn't the Pixel XL 2 not on the list. It's suppose to be bezel less as well.

2. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Mmm iphone is not official yet, but finally on the bezzelles design wagon.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2541; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This feels less like a "best of" list, and more like a "I'll just name all the minimal bezel devices I can think of" kind of list.

5. Raoufdj10011

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

There's many Chinese phone with bazzless design bro

11. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Agreed. Why is the Q6 even here? The PhoneArena review doesn't paint a pretty picture for it. It's basically present because of what you said.

4. notfair

Posts: 711; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Best would've been to make this article after the official Apple conference... what if there is no Iphone 8?

6. CHP19

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

How exactly did you calculate the iPhone 8's supposed 86% screen-to-body ratio? Because it is wrong. Let's calculate it by bezel sizes. The iPhone has 4mm bezel all around, that's what all the rumors say. So 4mm*143.59mm= 574.36mm *2 (as there are two sides) = 1148.72mm². Now the width (of which 8mm has been deducted as it is already calculated in the lenght): 62.94mm*4mm=251.76 * 2 (top and bottom) = 503.52mm² 503.52+1148.72= 1652.24mm² So screen to body ratio is: 1652.24/10186.27=0.1622 or 16.22% of the total area is bezel and thus 83.78% is screen. Want more proof? The iPhone 8 has a slightly larger body in surface area than the S8, both have a 5.8 inch 18.5:9 display (with the iPhone 8 actually even slightly less due to the cut-out). So how could it ever have a higher screen-to-body ratio than the S8? So the iPhone 8 is 143.59mm long and 70.94mm wide. Surface area: 143.59*70.94= 10186.27mm² The Galaxy S8 is 148.9mm long and 68.1mm wide. Surface area: 148.9*68.1= 10140.09mm² The iPhone 8's screen-to-body ratio is probably about 83% (if we deduct the cut-out).

7. CHP19

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

So in summary the screen-to-body ratio is comparable with the S8, it's just a case of where the bezel is. The iPhone 8 has more on the sides and the S8 more on the top and bottom. But anyway both will probably be beaten by the Mi Mix 2.

8. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

So the Mi Mix is only "... available in limited quantities and at a hefty price tag" It's easily available and the 6gb 256gb version is available for about $520. Where do you get your facts from?

16. kriistofor

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

just after posting a comment I am reading the other ones, laughing af and noticing that neither am I crazy or rude, PA is just strictly engaging in a bias-journalism.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30899; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Every one of those look hella good. I just wish Apple did t use the indentation at the top.

10. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

If iphone can be included in the list then why not Mix 2 since it's being announced a day eariler than iphone. And how is Iphone's 3D face recognition "innovative" when you don't even know if it really is there or not let alone calling it innovative. Typical PA

14. ph00ny

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 26, 2011

They've always excluded things that are not out/announced but as usual include the iphone but no pixel2 as well as other bezel less phones that are coming out

12. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

Why isn't the Pixel 2 (XL) mentioned? It's not released yet, but neither is the iPhone 8 listed here.

15. kriistofor

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

YOU f**kS MI MIX has a hefty price tag? MI MIX? The price dropped from 799€ to 599€ in the last year. It is the first phone that utilized the all-screen design and you still managed to sneak a kudos to Samsung for being one of the first. Samsung, whose phones are at least double the price of Xiaomi flagships. Think about including the Chinese brands in articles also, the offer of bezel-less phones is much broader, as is its price range with them included. And in all honesty, I find it hard to believe that the biggest con of the cheaper, well-made phone with great reviews, always turns out to be "China exclusive". So many resellers and online stores which provide the service for you... so what's the problem. Why excluding and writing virtually same articles on a weekly basis - divided into Chinese phones / regular phones categories. It's all the f**king same, isn't it? Or did I hallucinate the fact that Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG are not US companies? They are just there long enough for the average Joe to notice them, right?

17. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

calling the mix the first bezelless phone is forgetting about Sharp again arent we.

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