Comparison of smartphones with cramless screens

Analysis of the size of the screens and the ratio of the area of ​​the screen to the front of the housing on of the frameless smartphones of the last year.


If there is a screen on the device, around the screen there are usually a frame, be it a TV or smartphone. TV manufacturers have long walked along the way to reduce the size of these frames so that the screen can be increased, now the same makers make smartphones. To give users larger or high-quality screens without the need to produce devices in huge buildings, developers get rid of the framework.

Examine smartphones began to distribute in 2017, the ratio of the area of ​​the screen to the area of ​​the body is constantly increasing. Without framework, the devices look like a device from the future, although for the sake of this you have to go for some compromises. Below we compare , curious smartphones and determine which model of the frame is minimal.

Essential Ph-1

Screen ratio to the case: 84.9%. Screen size: 5.71 inches.

The first smartphone from the company, which is led by one of Android founders Andy Rubin, immediately turned out to be unknown. You can fully say about this device that the screen takes the entire front part. From above and on the sides are the most subtle frames, the corners of the housing are rounded, as on LG G6. From the bottom, the frame remains quite large, although it seems that there is nothing in it, because the fingerprint scanner is located on the reverse side. This apparatus has a traditional problem of curious smartphones - where to place the front chamber. Developers decided to leave the recess in the middle of the screen at the top. Observers and users have opinions on this decision dealt. In any case, this smartphone has the greatest ratio of screen sizes and enclosures.

Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8

Screen Ratio to Case: 83.6%, 84% and 83.2%. Screen dimensions: 5.8 inches, 6.2 inches and 6.3 inches.

With its 5.8-inch curved Infinity Display, the Galaxy S8+ is one of the most attractive smartphones on this list. The other two larger smartphones have about the same ratio. There are thin bezels on the top and bottom, smaller at the edges, but they are hardly noticeable due to the curves. Samsung has ditched the Home button and uses the standard Android on-screen navigation buttons, so the bottom bezel is empty, but at the top are the iris scanner, distance sensor, pinna, and front camera. These screens are some of the largest in modern smartphones, but they are enclosed in a fairly compact body due to the aspect ratio of 18.5:9.

Xiaomi Mi Mix

Screen-to-body ratio: 83.6%. Screen size: 6.4 inches.

This smartphone is better known in China and mainly due to the large frameless screen. The developers talk about a ratio of 91.3%, but in fact it has edges at the top and sides, resulting in a screen-to-body area of ​​83.6%. This did not prevent him from being the leader in this indicator at the time of the appearance on sale. It was the smartphone that started this trend in 2016. The Chinese manufacturer solved the problem with the camera by using a rather large bottom frame, although it is not customary to place the camera at the bottom. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 will be released before the end of the year, rumors say about a 93% screen-to-body ratio.

iPhone X

Screen-to-body ratio: 82.9%. Screen size: 5.8 inches.

The rumors turned out to be true and the Apple smartphone iPhone X is almost frameless. For the first time, an American manufacturer uses a OLED display, the diagonal is 5.8 inches, the corners are curved. There is a notch at the top of the screen for the sensors, speaker, microphone, and front camera. The screen resolution is 2436 x 1125 pixels, which provides the highest clarity in the history of the iPhone. The Super Retina screen has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, making it the longest screen in existence, but the notch at the top takes up a small area. Since there is no room for a Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the front, Apple ditched it in favor of Face ID, which works thanks to the front camera.

LG V30

Screen-to-body ratio: 81.2%. Screen size: 6 inches.

LG continued the trend that started with the LG G6 released in the spring. The G6 had an even larger screen-to-body ratio, although not by much. In this case, the OLED panel is used, as in iPhone X, but the resolution is 2880 x 1440 pixels, which makes this screen one of the most clear in smartphones. Dolby Vision and HDR technologies are supported. The fingerprint scanner is behind, but still a small framework at the top and below are saved. Upstairs is the front camera, speaker and other sensors. The screen has rounded corners and a small bend on the sides.


Screen ratio to the case: 78.6%. Screen size: 5.7 inches.

It was LG that gave rise to a trend on creating wide screens, proposing an unusual aspect ratio of 18: 9. Together with a decrease in the size of the framework, this allowed to increase the space on the screen without the smartphones become too large and inconvenient in hand. Some argue that this is a kind of deception that increases the size of the screen, always measured everything diagonally, but in any case such an approach has taken root. Regardless of the aspect ratio, the larger the area, the better, and numerous videos are removed in the widescreen format and then trimmed. The logo is located in the lower frame, the upper contains the camera, ear sink and sensors. Parts also have a small framework, rounded corners are used.


Screen ratio to the case: 70.4%. Screen size: 5.5 inches.

In the reviews of HTC, U11, the outdated appearance of the front side and relatively large frames are often mentioned. At the bottom of this list, devices with an even larger framework are located, looking at which you understand how far in just a few months has entered the tendency to produce cramless smartphones. Taiwanese manufacturer below posted the print scanner, there are speakers, cameras and sensors at the top. There are side frames, the size of which has grown due to the curved glass, smoothly turning into the frame. HTC U11 Uses the EDGE side panels, with which by pressing the palm you can run the camera and other applications.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Screen ratio to the case: 69% and 71.2%. Screen size: 5 inches and 5.5 inches.

Despite the transfer of the fingerprint scanner , Google smartphones have an impressive bottom frame. Under it is the size of the upper frame, where the camera is located, ear sink and distance sensor. The side frames are also quite large, but the bottom is larger. The production of these smartphones was carried out by HTC and it was done in a hurry, so we will be watching the new models coming out this October and whether the bezels will become smaller there.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Screen-to-body ratio: 68.4%. Screen size: 5.46 inches.

Sony is often referred to as the king of smartphone bezels, although in fact there are devices with larger bezels. The side bezels are smaller, but the top and bottom bezels are still large, and the square corners contribute to that feeling. Sony doesn't waste that space and has placed dual front speakers here, with room for the logo, camera and sensors at the top.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Screen-to-body ratio: 65.6% and 67.7%. Screen sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches.

The smaller the screen, the smaller the ratio to the size of the device, so in this list iPhone 8 has the lowest score. However, even the larger-screened iPhone 8 Plus can't boast of great size efficiency due to the large bezels. The round Touch ID scanner takes up a lot of space on the bottom of the case, the top bezel is about the same size and contains the camera, earpiece and sensors. Two of this year's iPhones have larger bezels than the competition, but they could be Apple's last.

Lenovo Moto G5 Plus

Screen-to-body ratio: 67.1%. Screen size: 5.2%.

The combination of metal and glass bodies has only recently made its way into the budget smartphone market, but now it's time to aim for new heights. The Moto G5 Plus still has large bezels, but it has a better screen-to-body ratio than the iPhone 7. There is a fingerprint scanner at the bottom, recessed deep into the body, there is a place for the logo at the top, as well as for the camera and other objects familiar here. At the moment, bezel reduction applies mainly to expensive models.