The flagship smartphones which take “bezel-less” to the next level

One of the most prevalent smartphone trends at the moment is the movement towards a “bezel-less” design.

From the rounded edges of Samsung’s Galaxy flagships to the iPhone X’s notch, every manufacturer is seeking to maximise the amount of front-facing space occupied by the display.

Displays have also improved significantly, with many high-end devices boasting OLED panels with resolutions higher than Full HD.

Bezel-less designs aim to maximise the screen-to-body ratio of a smartphone while retaining essential functionality.

In certain cases, such as the iPhone X, features like a front-mounted fingerprint sensor or physical home button have been removed in favour of more screen real estate.

With the truly bezel-less Lenovo Z5 set to launch in the near future, we took a look at some of the best bezel-less smartphones available on the market today.

These devices are all currently available for purchase, and are listed below – along with their screen-to-body ratio.


Essential PH-1

Essential Header

Essential PH-1
Display Panel 5.71-inch IPS LCD
Resolution 1,312 x 2,560
Screen-to-body ratio 84.9%
Price $499

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9+
Panel 6.2-inch AMOLED
Resolution 1,440 x 2,960
Screen-to-body ratio 84.2%
Price R16,099

ASUS ZenFone 5

ASUS Zenfone 5

ASUS ZenFone 5
Panel 6.2-inch IPS LCD
Resolution 1,080 x 2,246
Screen-to-body ratio 83.6%
Price $390

Xiaomi Mi Mix

mi-mix

Xiaomi Mi Mix
Panel 6.4-inch IPS LCD
Resolution 1,080 x 2,040
Screen-to-body ratio 83.6%
Price €390

iPhone X

iPhone X 3

iPhone X
Panel 5.8-inch AMOLED
Resolution 1,125 x 2,436
Screen-to-body ratio 82.9%
Price R15,999

Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro PC

Huawei P20 Pro
Panel 6.1-inch AMOLED
Resolution 1,080 x 2,240
Screen-to-body ratio 82.0%
Price R15,499

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