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Last year was quite exceptional as far as the smartphone's design is a concern. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi started the trend of the bezel-less device back in 2016 and the idea was well appreciated not only in China but also across the globe in 2017. The success of the device prompted other smartphone manufacturers to unveil smartphones with minimal bezels. With each passing day, the demand for bezel-less smartphones is increasing. Almost all OEMs brought at least one bezel-less smartphone in the market.
Last year all the latest iPhones have the bezel-less design like the 10th anniversary iPhone X. So if you liked the last year's design you can purchase any one of the three latest iPhones. Apart from traditional notch design, we have seen smartphone manufacturers also introduced dewdrop notch which slims the top bezel even further.
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We are doing buying guides for quite some time to facilitate our readers regarding the best choices available in the market. We recently summed up the best smartphones available in the Indian market below 1500. Thanks to a number of options, the price tag of bezel-less display smartphones dropped significantly and now buyers can even purchase an affordable bezel-less smartphone. Well if you are amongst those who are keen to grab a bezel-less smartphone, In today’s roundup, we will take a look at top 5 best bezel-less display smartphones up for sale in the market. During December we had seen new punch-hole design phones from Samsung and Huawei as Galaxy A8s and Nova 4 respectively.
Both the phones introduced new bezel-less design trend that's why we had Honor View 20 as the first global phone with the punch-hole design. Our enlisting will not only help readers to decide the best options without bezels but also it will be a treat for tech enthusiast. We are sure our roundup will help our readers to make a decision without any hesitation. Let’s have a look at the best 5 options in the smartphone market with the bezel-less design. Starting with the best options
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Recently the Chinese giant Xiaomi took the stage to announce their flagship Mi Mix 3. It is Xiaomi's latest offering in the bezel-less arena. Since the original Mi Mix phone, Xiaomi didn't bring any significant upgrade in the design with the Mi Mix 2 and Mi Mix 2S.
However, with the Mi Mix 3, the company stepped up their design game by introducing the ultimate full-screen display with almost none bezel on the top and bottom of the display. According to Xiaomi, the Mi Mix 3 screen-to-body is 93.4% which is certainly worth appreciating. The company further claims the new Mi Mix 3 has 4.46mm thinner chin than the predecessor. Xiaomi didn't opt notch instead the company opted the magnetic slider for the selfie cameras.
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In terms of specs, the Mi Mix 3 is featuring a 6.39-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset is powering the device. It is available in three configurations with either 6GB, 8GB or even whopping 10GB RAM. The base model has 128GB storage whereas the top of the line model has 256GB storage. The built-in storage isn't further expandable via MicroSD.
The dual rear cameras are of 12MP, the primary sensor is a normal lens with f/.1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a telephoto sensor with f/2.0 aperture. Up front, it has dual cameras of 24MP+2MP. It lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack instead rely on the USB-C port for connectivity and charging. A 3,200mAh battery is on board to keep its lights on. As OS it is pre-installed with Android Pie with MIUI 10 skin over it.
Back in December 2018, the Chinese giant Huawei wraps off the cover from the Nova 4 as the company's first phone with the punch-hole design. So far the Nova 4 is exclusive for the Chinese market only. Later on, in January Huawei's subsidiary Honor unveiled View 20 in Europe for global customers. The Honor View 20 is not only special due to punch-hole design but also due to 48MP snapper on the rear.
With the punch-hole design, Honor tries to opt a new way to enhance the screen-to-body ratio. The Honor View 20 chassis is made up of metal with glass covering the rear side. On the rear side, it has dual cameras placed horizontally on the top left corner.
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As far as the hardware specs are a concern the Honor View 20 is featuring a 6.4-inches IPS display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2310 pixels. The device is powered up by the company's latest 7nm Kirin 980 SoC. The base model has 6GB RAM with 128GB native storage whereas the top-tier model has 8GB RAM with 256GB storage. As OS the device is pre-installed with Android Pie based EMUI 9.
On the rear side, the primary snapper is a 48MP module with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary snapper is a TOF module. Up front the selfie snapper is 25MP. A 4,000mAH battery is on board to keep its lights on. It comes with 22.5W fast charging. The Honor View 20 base model is available at 569 Euros in Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black colors
This year not only Oppo stunned everyone with their stunning Find X but also another Chinese OEM Vivo stepped up their bezel-less design game. Back at the MWC 2018, the company unveiled the Apex concept phone. The company took nearly four months before finally unveiling the commercial phones Nex S and Nex A. Both the devices have 6.59-inches display with a screen-to-body ratio of 91.24%. Unlike the Find X, Vivo opted for a different approach to reduce the bezels. The company introduced a pop-up selfie camera which
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In terms of hardware specs, the Vivo Nex S sports a 6.59-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2316 pixels. Under the hood, the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset is on board with 8GB RAM with either 128GB or 256GB non-expandable memory. The rear side has dual cameras of 12MP+5MP. The front-facing selfie camera is 8MP.
As OS the device is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1. Apart from having the pop-up camera, the device has an in-glass fingerprint scanner. A 4,000mAh battery cell is on board to keep its on.
This year Huawei announced four variants of Mate 20 series. Surprisingly the best screen-to-body ratio is of Mate 20 instead of the Pro model. The Mate 20 comes with an ultra-thin water drop notch whereas the Mate 20 Pro has a thin bezel at the top of the display. The Mate 20 is not only great due to its design but also it packs with one of the best hardware. The chassis is made up of aluminum with glass covering the rear side.
The P20 Pro was the company's first flagship with triple rear cameras, now they brought triple rear cameras on the Mate 20 series with a new square box design. The triple sensors are accompanied with a LED flashlight.
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The Mate 20 features a 6.53-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels. Under the hood the company's latest Octa-core Kirin 980 SoC is powering the device with a dual Neural processing unit. The Octa-core chipset is accompanied with 4GB RAM and 128GB native storage.
The primary rear snapper is 20MP with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is an ultra-wide 12MP module with f/2.4 aperture and the last sensor is a telephoto sensor with optical zoom up to 2x. The front-facing selfie snapper is 24MP. A 4,000mAh battery is on board to keep its lights on.
This year once again Honor was amongst the last to introduce their flagship for the last half of the year. The latest Magic 2 is bringing a lot of goodies on board to attract buyers. Apart from having the top of the line hardware, it comes with six cameras setup. Not just that Honor also reduces the top bezels to the minimal level by introducing a slider mechanism for selfie cameras.
So if you are amongst those who are looking for a true bezel-less phone the Honor Magic 2 is certainly a pretty great option with 91% screen-to-body ratio. Other goodies include the company's own YOYO digital Assistant, 108% DCI-P3 color gamut and dual neural processing units to better handle AI tasks efficiently and under-glass fingerprint scanner.
As far as the hardware specs are a concern the Honor Magic 2 is featuring a 6.39-inches AMOLED display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The Kirin 980 chipset is powering the phone with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The primary rear snapper is 16MP with f/1.8 aperture, the secondary sensor is a 24MP monochrome module with f/1.8 aperture. Last but not the least the third sensor is a 16MP super wide-angle module with f/2.2 aperture.
Up front, you will get triple cameras in the slider mechanism which pop-up when the camera app is open. The front-facing cameras are of 16MP with f/2.2 aperture and dual 2MP sensors with f/2.4 aperture. A 3,500mAh battery is on board to keep its lights on. It supports 40W super fast charging which means it can be charged completely in just 5 minutes.
- The Honor View 20 isn't still available online. To be notified when it becomse available click here.
- The Huawei Mate 20 is available at Amazon for $ 281. The price/quality is avarage but this is the best device in this price range.
- The vivo NEX S isn't still available online. To be notified when it becomse available click here.