Which smartphone has the highest screen-to-body ratio?

If we were to throw the question, Which smartphone has the highest screen-to-body ratio? to the general public, the most common answer would probably be, “iPhone X” But that would be a wrong answer.

A bezel is the frame around the display of a cell phone. In recent times, we have seen the rise of bezel-less phones. In truth, they are not 100% bezel-less, as there is still a frame around the display of all existing phones, but the term “bezel-less” has been adopted to refer to phones with less bezels. The smaller the bezels, the higher the screen-to-body ratio of the phone.

In other words, a smartphone with a higher screen-to-body ratio has more efficient use of space on its front end. There is more screen to use and a narrower frame to hold. Usually, low-end phones have the biggest bezels, meaning that most bezel-less smartphones are high-end. The image below is that of a phone with huge bezels.

Infinix Zero 2 has huge bezels

We have seen a few cheap bezel-less smartphones though, like the Alcatel 3C, Lenovo k320t, and Panasonic Eluga C.

If we were to throw the question, Which smartphone has the highest screen-to-body ratio? to the general public, the most common answer would probably be, “Apple iPhone X”. But that would be a wrong answer, regardless of how many people think so.

We bring you a definitive list of some of the smartphones with the highest screen-to-body ratio in first quarter 2018. It is an interesting list!

Smartphones with the highest screen-to-body ratio

This is a countdown from the number 5 spot all the way up to the first position where the smartphone with the highest screen-to-body ratio sits. Let’s go.

5. 82.9% screen-to-body ratio

Number 5 on the list is the Apple iPhone X, meaning that there are quite a number of other smartphones with a higher screen-to-body ratio.

4. 83.2% screen-to-body ratio

A number of flagships from 2017 jointly occupy this position and they include Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30.

3. 83.6% Screen-to-body ratio

Smartphones from Mobile World Congress 2018 dominate this space. They include the Samsung Galaxy S9, Asus Zenfone 5 and Asus Zenfone 5Z. Another phone sharing this spot is the Xiaomi Mi Mix.

2. 84.2% screen-to-body ratio

The newly-announced Samsung Galaxy S9+ has an 84.2% ratio, beating last year’s S8, S8 Plus and Note 8 by small margins.

1. 84.9% screen-to-body ratio

With an 84.9 percent ratio, the Essential Phone has the highest screen-to-body ratio of any smartphone in existence now.

Essential phone 1

The Essential phone was also the first smartphone with a display notch, which was later popularised by the Apple iPhone X, and is now spreading like wildfire among other smartphones.

It is very likely though that a mobile brand will announce a phone with a higher ratio than the Essential’s 84.9% this year. And then, we will have this list updated. It is a bezel-less world we live in and one day, technology will be advanced enough to give us a 100% screen-to-body ratio.

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9 thoughts on “Which smartphone has the highest screen-to-body ratio?

  • March 9, 2018 at 7:37 am
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    Is this available in the Nigerian market?? I have not seen it

  • March 9, 2018 at 8:00 am
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    The more higher ratio this bezel-less is, the more fragile these phones are, So one need to be very careful when using a phone like that. Is this Essential phone available in Nigeria?

  • March 9, 2018 at 10:29 am
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    what of vivo apex? A phone with inscreen fingerprint sensor and pop up selfie camera

    • March 12, 2018 at 5:07 pm
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      The Vivo Apex was announced as a concept phone and though confirmed to be made later, it isn’t in production yet.

  • March 9, 2018 at 11:43 am
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    Its a good right up…technologies today gets overthrown tomorrow…. Bazel-less is the talk of the town now

  • March 9, 2018 at 12:16 pm
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    Is it only me that dislikes the so called ‘notch’ on these new phones.

    Frankly, don’t see the point of it

  • March 13, 2018 at 8:58 pm
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    From bezel less, we will dovetail to GLASS FULL.. Can someone ever run with technology at the same pace. Before i mention Jack Robinson this list will have been updated by the growing trend.

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