Barring Sharp, which has been making georestricted to Japan headless phones
with its EDGEST
design for a good while, it all arguably started with the Mi Mix
last fall, when Xiaomi released a handset that had the top and bottom bezels shaved off to a minimum, and a screen with 17:9 aspect ratio.
The ratio then moved to a more standard 18:9 Univisium
aspect with the LG G6
, then to 18.5:9 with the Galaxy S8
and Note 8, and to 19:9 with the iPhone X
. If we extract the on-screen navigation strip or the status bar surrounding the notch
of the iPhone, those gravitate towards the 18:9 mark, too, so we can say that this is the new normal for a high-end phone screen, and next year it will likely move down to the midrangers
as well, like it or not.
This new aspect ratio is a bit misleading, as it allows phone makers to tout that they've housed enormous screen sizes in very compact bodies, but, since the handsets are taller and narrower, in terms of screen area the 16:9 standard would win for the same screen size any day of the week. The ways that phone makers approached the task to make "all-screen" phones with high screen-to-body ratios, however, differ drastically, and nowhere is that more visible than in the bezel-trimming solutions.
There are thin or wider strips, cutouts, rounded corners, or getting rid of almost anything but the chassis top as with the Mi Mix 2
. Check out all the different bezel-less solutions that resulted in the "edge-to-edge" display revolution this year, and tell us whose approach is your favorite.