What the Galaxy S8/S8+ and the LG G6 may look like next to an almost bezel-less iPhone 8

2017 is shaping up as the year of small bezels and big displays. Although phone makers have been trying to increase screen size without adding unnecessary bulk to their products for some time, it is only now that something of a more meaningful paradigm shift is emerging on the horizon. Yes, we've already seen a couple of “bezel-less” phones, but they didn't have the mass-market appeal of your iPhones, and Galaxies, and Pixels, and they weren't really meant to have it. Back in 2014, the Sharp Aquos was a bold and flawed device that showcased what smartphones could look like in a few years, and while the more recent Xiaomi Mi Mix was undoubtedly an overall better phone, it was still nothing more than a conceptual would-be.

However, things are changing now, and it seems like major phone makers are ready to board the big-display-small-bezels-compact-size bandwagon and deliver on a premise that is truly exciting. With the G6, LG showed the world that a phone can remain compact, while having a larger display, and not be totally bonkers in its execution. Samsung is taking a similar approach with the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8+, and even the Note 8 further down the line, and is stuffing bigger displays in devices that are otherwise not substantially larger than their predecessors. Apple too, according to many rumors, will be doing this for the major redesign of the iPhone (tentatively called iPhone 8 from here on out).

We recently imagined what the iPhone 8 may look like, basing our design concepts on currently available information, and although there is no guarantee this early on that the final product will end up looking exactly like that, we did our best to take into account the most plausible rumors regarding the phone's dimensions and screen size.

Now, and seeing as how a new screen aspect ratio is emerging as a possible replacement to the current industry standard of 9:16, we thought it would be interesting to see what the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ may look like next to an almost bezel-less iPhone 8. We'll also be tossing the LG G6 into the mix, just to spice things up.

So, let's have a look:

iPhone 8   |   Samsung Galaxy S8   |   Samsung Galaxy S8+

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has traditionally been a reliable source of preliminary information for new Apple products, the drastically redesigned iPhone 8 will feature an OLED display with a physical area of 5.8 inches, the bottom part of which will be occupied by what Kuo is referring to as a “function area”, leaving about 5.1-5.15 inches of actual display area.

If you want to learn more about this so-called “function area”, and how future iOS apps may be designed with it in mind, check out our iPhone 8 design concept story for more details.

According to various rumors, albeit redesigned to feature an almost edge-to-edge display, the iPhone 8 will retain much the same dimensions as its predecessors. Whether that entails a fraction of an inch deviation from the current height and width of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is unclear at this point, but if the LG G6 (which is almost the same exact size of the G5) and the Galaxy S8/S8+ are anything to go by, then it would be a relatively safe bet that the iPhone 8 models will too be quite similar to current iPhones in terms of size.

The comparison image above shows an iPhone 8 that does not feature a curved screen. As such, they are noticeably wider than both Galaxy S8 phones, but this is not to say that this would be a disadvantage. Furthermore, some rumors claim that Apple may actually implement a curved screen in the redesigned iPhone 8, so it wouldn't be too out of the question to see an iPhone like that.

Next, let's have a look at how LG's latest flagship, the G6, looks next to the Galaxy S8 and our iPhone 8 design concept:

iPhone 8   |   Samsung Galaxy S8   |   LG G6

A snazzy-looking bunch, these three. 

Opinions on whether this whole 9:18/1:2 (or taller in the case of the S8) aspect ratio thing will catch on are polarized, especially since, say, a 5.8-inch 9:18 display is not as big as a 9:16 display with the same diagonal, but the truth is that this way you're getting a phone that's not much bigger, but its screen size has increased. Whether you like it or not, it's very possible that, after the Galaxy S8, S8+, and LG G6, more major phone makers will bite the bullet and start developing their phones this way.

What do you think about this potential emerging trend? As always, you can tell us in the comment section below.

If you'd like to learn more about G6's unique "FullVision" display and what the differences in size are between a standard 9:16 display and a 9:18 one with the same diagonal (and more), check out these stories:



1. shield

Posts: 869; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

iPhone 8 is FAKE!

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yep, it's design is clearly same as the Galaxy S8, but with the iOS UI.

30. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

I bet that iPhone 8 or X or whatever they call it, will be far away from that concept.

59. sgodsell

Posts: 7602; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I love how PhoneArena makes it look like the LG G6 is so big to the iPhone 8. Which they don't even know what it looks like. As it stands today the LG G6 is only 1/4 " taller than the existing iPhone 7. Yet it has a 2880x1440 resolution display that is 5.7", and the iPhone 7 has a 1334x750 resolution display that is 4.7" and is in a frame that that is only a 1/4" shorter than the G6. The bezels are small on the G6. Yet here they look large.

24. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Apple is so jealous. They realized that less bezels feel premium just like large screen displays.

2. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I still wish that they would have sticked to the 16:9 aspect ratio instead of these tall displays.

5. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yeah me too. I wish these companies would just release the same phone every year and never try anything new. /s

60. sgodsell

Posts: 7602; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

For things like VR (Cardboard and others), then a display this size is great. For example the G6 has two symmetrical displays in term of resolution (1440x1440) for VR. Plus it looks really great with multiple tasks running in split screen.

15. maherk

Posts: 7019; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have no problem with the ratio, but with the screen size. How awesome it would've been if they used this bezel less design on a phone with the size of the S7 or even the A3 2017. I want a premium and compact flagship, and no OEM is willing to offer this.

19. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

A small screen with this aspect ratio would be very narrow. They should take the S7's 5,1" 16:9 screen but with this bezel less design, that would be great for a compact flagship imo!

35. maherk

Posts: 7019; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's also a great idea

3. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

You mean iPhone Galaxy S8, right ? I find it baffling how Pro Apple sites have no problems promoting renders from a Samsung imitation.This time it's not just "square design", it's the entire front that looks identical. Interesting how the tables turned around.

16. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

You say that when the LG G6 precedes BOTH of these phones.

32. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

The G6 has a 80% screen to body ratio (according to PA), that's the SAME as the Note7 released last year (again PA), and the S6 Edge+ from 2 years ago already had over 75% (PA again). So no, LG didn't precede anyone, if anything they just copied Samsung (thin bezels, glass metal design).

20. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You honestly think they started designing the iPhone after they saw Samsung?it takes years to copy, like Samsung did.

28. Ronan

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 21, 2017

You have to be brain dead, Jesus Christ!....smh.

38. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

why is that?You honestly think being Apple in the phone world isnt their primary goal? Everything they do is because of Apple still to this day.

44. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Everything they do is because of Apple still to this day." How ironic, considering that the same thing can be said about Apple. Besides, Samsung didn't begin the curved edge screen trend because of Apple, nor the multi window stuff and other features which Apple has copied and copying still to this day. Isn't this dual edge bezel-less design which Apple is supposedly doing for the iPhone 8 is because of Samsung? It goes both ways, so claimimg crap that "Everything Samsung does is because of Apple" makes no sense.

62. ColinW

Posts: 413; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Far from it. Apple built on phones that were around before it, Samsung took some cues from Apple. Now Apple are very much following Samsung and Android phones in both hardware and software.

29. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"You honestly think they started designing the iPhone after they saw Samsung? it takes years to copy, like Samsung did." So what are you trying to say? Samsung began the curve screen trend with the Galaxy Note Edge in 2014, then went to the dual curves in 2015. We're now in 2017, so 2 years was enough time for Apple to watch and copy it. So yep, I honestly (and factually) think Apple began designing the iPhone 8 after they saw the curved edges in Samsung's flagships 2 years ago. Deal with it.

31. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

And on top of the that Samsung had already publically shown prototypes of curved displays all the way back in 2013.

47. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

According to the apple Militia, sometimes it takes negative years.

4. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Disgusting damage control by iphonarena. Comparing the s8 and g6 to a fake render of an iPhone in an attempt to get would be Samsung/LG buyers to hold off from buying those phones. There is only way Apple is going to go from having the biggest bezels in the industry to having the smallest. You purposely used renders that make the screen ratio look better on an iPhone and this is complete horse Apple. The worst article I have seen on this site yet.

6. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Except it backfired. That iPhone looks terrible, like a bad haircut lol

9. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

What about the iphone7s...... why not campare it to that.

64. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Its just silly that they put out these stories. Where's the curved display iPhone that has been rumored to be coming out for years now? What makes PhoneArena think that a near bezelless iPhone is going to happen?

7. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

The iPhone home screen looks so dated. (calling an app drawer a home screen is already so sad) And good luck getting bezels smaller than S8, that's highly unlikely considering bezels on the last 10 years of iPhones. I'd rather see what the Note 8 looks like beside the S8+

11. adecvat

Posts: 658; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Yeah, touchwiz is superior!

8. FReDcc

Posts: 73; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

If this is the next iPhone, I'm buying it. I liked iPhone's gentle curved edges more than Samsung's very curvy edges.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

LMFAO.... Yeah, you fell for this iPhone 8 render which is clearly a Galaxy S8 imitation, but just modified to make iPhone 8's curved edges appear better than the Galaxy S8, which in turn, will make some would-be Galaxy S8 buyers reconsider getting the iPhone 8 over the S8.... And the trick has apparently already worked on you, as you've said :"If this is the next iPhone, I'm buying it. I liked iPhone's gentle curved edges more than Samsung's very curvy edges." SMH

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