Calling the new breed of phones “bezel-less” is a bit of a misnomer – they do have a bezel, just much smaller than traditional phones. Still, it’s how they’ve come to be known and now even Apple makes one. But screen to body numbers get thrown around and some of them are not quite accurate.
Things like rounded corners and display cutouts make things yet more complicated, but we took the time to calculate the actual numbers, accounting for all the deviations from the classic rectangular screen.The competitors (not to scale)
So here it is. The Apple iPhone X measures among the best. However, even the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, the sequel to the phone that started this craze (though not the first bezel-less phone) isn’t on top. That honor falls to the LG V30.
|Screen to body ratio|
|Apple iPhone X||81.49%|
|Xiaomi Mi Mix 2||82.63%|
If you’re wondering how the Mi Mix 2 fell from the top, it’s about proportion. The original had a 6.4” screen, this one has a 5.99” screen. So while the bezels have about the same thickness, they are measured against a smaller screen.
Also note that the official images of the Mix 2 are quite misleading – they show a phone with an 88.8% screen to body ratio, a 7.5% exaggeration by Xiaomi.
We have to say that the usable area on the iPhone X is slightly less than the 81.49% number suggests – the two “horns” on top are only good for notifications but not content. We’ll compare the Super Retina Display’s surface area to a traditional 16:9 screen in the next article.
PS. in case you're wondering why the Galaxy S8/Note8 were not included, it's because the curved sides of their screens make such measurements quite difficult.
Is have an s8+ and the "carved" is usable, so your statement about that is untrue
Where did I mention the S8 or note 8? I'm talking about the patent that Samsung registered last year in May, well before the other two phone designs were even leaked: http://m.gsmarena.com/samsung_patents_bezelless_design-news-27121.php ...
It is less than 84% ... carved screens are not really usable on their edges. They have similar issue to iphone x. The screen js there, shows content, but it is in an inbetween stste between being a bezel and a screen. Mi Mix 1 is the only phone...