6 best iPhone X alternatives


We have three new iPhones, but if you judge by all the news and talk, you would think Apple had just unveiled one: the Apple iPhone X.

The new iPhone X is certainly the one that has everyone's attention with its new edge-to-edge screen and compact size, but with a prohibitive starting price of $1,000 for the base 64GB model, you might wonder if there is an alternative.

Of course, there is! In fact, the iPhone X is late to the bezel-less screen game, and we round up 5 great Android options for a lower price, but with a similarly great design and cameras. With no further ado, here is our selection of the iPhone X bezel-less alternatives.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8, S8 and S8+

Price: from $725 to $930

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ were among the first phones in the "bezel-less" trend. They have one of the finest Super AMOLED screens out there with lively, vivid colors. The Note 8 is just like the other two, but bigger and with the accurate S Pen on board that allows you to quickly take notes or get creative with drawings.

The Galaxy S8 in particular is available at nearly half the price of the iPhone X and the other two are also great alternatives. One big downside with them? The fingerprint scanner. It's positioned weirdly to the side of the camera, where it is hard to reach and you will often smudge the camera instead of the finger reader.



Google Pixel 2 XL

Price: $850

Google's new Pixel 2 XL comes with one glaring issue: an OLED screen that gets very bluish once you tilt the phone just slightly, and it can suffer from a ghosting effect, but if you are not pedantic about having the absolute display. the Pixel 2 XL delivers. It's a stunning phone: it has arguably the best camera ever put in a phone, a clean version of Android that already has the latest update and is guaranteed to be first in line in the future, it has solid battery life and it performs admirably well.

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Essential Phone

Price: $450

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.



LG V30 and LG G6

Price: $800 and $500

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.

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 makes up with a much lower price. It also looks a lot like the V30, though, and features a very sleek glass and metal build.



Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Price: €800

The bezel-less Huawei Mate 10 Pro features a sleek design and one of the finest cameras on Android. It performs good as well: equipped with Huawei's own Kirin 970 system chip, this powerful phone is the first around with a neural engine built-in. Battery life is another strong point for the Mate 10 Pro.



Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Price: €500

The Xiaomi Mi Mix was certainly one of the most interesting products of 2016: in fact, one could argue it was the device that kickstarted the bezel-less design trend. In 2017, we have the much more practical and smaller in size Mi Mix 2 with even less bezel and a more refined look and feel. The Mi Mix 2 features a 6-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, narrower than the wide 17:9 screen on the original Mix. It runs top-grade silicon with the Snapdragon 835 chip on board and comes in three versions: 64GB, 128GB and 256 gigs. The phone also features an improved camera, now with the Sony IMX386 sensor and with 4-axis image stabilization.

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61 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1981; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Sorry, but none of the alternatives is as "bezel-less" feeling as the iPhone X. Lower chin does not mean "bezel-less". And to call the Note 8 "bezel-less" is laughable, really. Maybe the V30 or Essential, but not Note 8. I am an Android user and I am quite disappointed to see that Apple leapt in front of all the Android manufacturers and there isn't actually a bezel-less alternative to the iPhone X as of now. I actually thought Apple will never catch up, but it did and will now have a 9-12 month lead, and its patents will probably prevent some hardware solutions from Samsung or LG.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Most if not all have a better screen to body ratio though so I will choose these if I am looking for maximized screen area vs bezels.

10. Cat97

Posts: 1981; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It's hilarious to compare screen to body ratios when comparing a huge phone with a smaller phone, since the bezel size scale is the same. There is no phone with the iPhone X small size that has even remotely small bezels. You can make a huge 1x2m phone that has 5cm bezels all around and has better screen to body ratio than any phone today :)

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

iPhone X and Galaxy S8 are both 5.8" but the S8 has a higher screen to body ratio. Both are huge phones still. And the S8 absolutely has smaller bezels on the side. The iPhone X has smaller bezels top and bottom but has that ugly cut out to make up for it. Also both phones have a ratio that comes near to 2:1. So they are perfectly comparable and both can be called bezel-less. But like you said "bezel-less" feeling, so it's just your interpretation of what bezel-less should be.

46. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

S8 still ha a forehead bezel and a chin bezel. Those are very noticeable. Screen to body ratio doesn't mean anything if the phone looks bad. And it's rounded sides also a no go for most people. Harder to hold, phantom touches and distort the user experience. iPhone notch is not a design choice, rather a hardware feature to house the true depth camera system. And even with that notch iPhone X feels more futuristic and bezel less than any phone out there. Even than the essential phone.

54. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"And even with that notch iPhone X feels more futuristic and bezel less than any phone out there. Even than the essential phone." Not the Note 8. Compared them side-by-side last night.

60. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

Goodluck convincing yourself

53. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And S8 got full rectangle 5.8", without ugly cutout.

30. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Sorry, that notch ruins the iPhone X.

36. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

My thoughts exactly.

31. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Your logic is flawed. Besides, none of the others have a huge notch on the screen. The iPhone X is an unfinished product and iOS is still a walled garden.

45. karll1

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Do your research before you post. Look at the dimensions of the Essential Phone vs the iPhone X and revise your comment.

24. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Where are the galaxies? Iphonearena I know you know the s8 is the best rated overall phone according to every site then you don't list it

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Oh come on don't knit pick about such a trivial thing. None of the " bezel-less" phones are truly bezel-less(100% screen to body ratio) not even the iPhone X, if it makes you feel better just say edge to edge design instead of bezel-less.

5. disatrousrainbow

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

You do realize most of the phones on this list have higher screen to body ratios (especially the S8) than the iPhone X right? You know what that means then, right? About their bezels and displays? Or are you purposely being this dumb right now?

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Would someone really post such a long comment to be purposely dumb? Is that how far trolling has gone....smh!

12. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Not spending a thousand dollars just to show off how round an OLED can be or how a ticket stub for waiting in line at the local BBQ shack for my order would work as a display.

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Bezel-less, screen to body ratio or edge to edge. Each term has been made redundant by the cutout at the top. The screen is supposedly 5.8 inches but effectively 5.5 inches in practical use. You either get letterbox videos or the notch intruding on the picture. Give me the Mi Mix 1 or 2 instead. That is a real full screen design. https://www.phonearena.com/news/Mind-the-notch-Pros-and-cons-of-the-iPhone-X-interface-compared-to-iPhone-8_id98081

23. kratos47

Posts: 18; Member since: May 27, 2015

Right because that .25cm difference in bezel is giving Apple a 9 month lead. I think the V30 has the perfect ration. The top of the screen black bar on the iphone X might get annoying at time.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17480; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Note 8 has bezels on top and bottom. The iPhone X has them on all four sides, with a thick notch on top. It's the least bezelless of them all.

33. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

That unsightly notch ruins the iPhone X. It's design in a nightmare.

38. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"Sorry, but none of the alternatives is as "bezel-less" feeling as the iPhone X. " "And to call the Note 8 "bezel-less" is laughable, really. Maybe the V30 or Essential, but not Note 8." What about notchless? Saw the X in person & compared it side-by-side with my Note 8. While I will say that it's probably the best built iPhone IMO, it could be wider & it damn sue can do without that notch. They only thing they have leapt in front of is being able to swipe from one app to another. That feature is fly as hell.

49. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 930; Member since: May 07, 2014

and those huge side bezels on the iPhone X

41. skyline88

Posts: 700; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

none of the alternative has got the pathetic chin / fringe whatever crap

48. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 930; Member since: May 07, 2014

I suspect you did not count that top-notch as bezel

50. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

I’d rather have a small bezel than a fatass notch.

56. integrazimmy

Posts: 62; Member since: May 30, 2015

You do bring up respectable good points! While it is true that the iPhone x has a screen to body ratio that is nearly 2% better than even the v30, the challenge I see most is when watching videos because you have two choices, on the one hand you can watch a video in its entirety but it will be reduced with pillar boxing and bars at the top and the bottom. Or you can make it full screen but you won't be able to see all of the video due to the notch right at the top in the center. I agree with you that apple made a dash to get ahead of Android this year and while it felt a little rushed resulting in that Notch being at the top it's still was better than the best Android phone since if you open up all Android phones There's a good amount of unused space all over the place where the iPhone x is nearly hundred percent parts. Personally, I own an LG G6 and plus I'm an Android user, but I'm happy for this competition since I know next year's phone offerings from Android phone makers will make changes to compete with Apple. And before anyone says anything yes, Android copies from Apple about as much as Apple copies from Android. Edit: and that my friends, is good for business!

2. basher

Posts: 113; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

you forgot to add: "and better options" You're welcome

9. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

In that case. the Essential should be removed from the list then.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Apple lost me when they got rid of the home button and the FP scanner. Virtual home button and scanner in the screen then we can talk. As for these alternatives none but the V30 really grab my attention and not enough for me to go out and buy one. If I am going to get a new phone this year I suppose I have no choice but to place all my bets on the Pixel 2........I'm the kind of person who doesn't like having the same phone for more than one year and yet I've had this last one for two smh.

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