LG, Samsung, Apple or Essential: who did 'all-screen' best?
In years past, when phone makers touted their phones as bezel-less, they usually meant thin side rim, but after it became clear that Apple is working on an "all-screen" phone with OLED display last year, there was a rush to trim the top and bottom bezels, too, as nobody seemed sure how exactly it would look like. Nearly all major brands pierced the 80% screen-to-body ratio this year, but had different approaches to the "all-screen" solution in terms of shapes and forms, and we wanted to know which one is your favorite so far.
LG G6, through the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 or the Essential Phone, all the way to the upcoming iPhone X, and even the Mate 10, phone bezels aren't what they used be. Almost every major manufacturer, save for Sony and HTC, outed handsets with great screen-to-body ratios this year.From the
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.