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

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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.

Infinix Zero 2 has huge bezels and low screen-to-body ratio
Huge bezels mean a lower screen-to-body proportion. Smaller bezels result in a higher ratio.

In other words, a smartphone with a higher screen-to-body proportion 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.

We have seen a few cheap bezel-less smartphones though, like the Alcatel 3CLenovo 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 proportions 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 proportion sits. Let’s go.

5. 82.9% screen-to-body proportion

Yes; Apple’s iPhone X is one of the phones with the highest screen-to-body ratio. But it is in the number 5 spot on the list, 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. They have one of the highest screen-to-body ratio on a smartphone today

3. 83.6% Screen-to-body ratio

Smartphones from Mobile World Congress 2018 dominate this space. They include the Samsung Galaxy S9Asus 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. It has one of the very highest screen-to-body ratio around on a phone today.

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 has one of the highest screen-to-body ratio

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.

A number of smartphone brands are hard at work to reduce the bezels on their devices some more. 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 99% screen-to-body ratio.

Please help us keep this list up-to-date: alert us of new phones that belong on this list of the highest screen-to-body ratio phones.

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