In 2017, we have seen smartphones with the display covering the major portion of the front panel and bordered by narrow bezels on the top and bottom. Such smartphones with high screen-to-body ratio are usually called smartphones with a bezel-less display. Xiaomi MI Mix was first in the game, which came as a concept phone last year. As the LG admired and adopted the concept on the LG G6 (launched on MWC 2017), every other smartphone brands are now on the verge of bidding goodbye to the bezels. Remarking that each front part of the phone that is not a pixel is a waste, every smartphone manufacturers are opting for bezel-less displays these days.
Bezel-less smartphones are not just elegant on the looks because of their all screen body but also comfortable on the use despite having a huge screen. So it obviously is a great privilege to own such smartphones. But which smartphones features such kind of display and are available in Nepal? That may be the striking question to the many. So here, we present you the list of all the screen-centric smartphones or smartphones with bezel-less display available in Nepal.
iPhone X is currently the most expensive smartphone available in Nepal. Features like FaceID, Animojis, powerful neural processor and the impressive set of cameras are not just remarkable with the phone but also its display and the design language. Apple ditched the TouchID (or fingerprint sensor) to go full bezel-less. However, there is still some bezel left contributing only 82.9% of the front portion of the screen.
The display on the device is enunciated as ‘Super Retina display’, which is actually a Super AMOLED one imported from Samsung. Also, the display on the device possesses a size of 5.8-inches featuring a resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels in 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The display on the device is crowded with 458 pixels in every inch.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
With tall and vibrant display and with the highest contrast ratio, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is obviously the best phablet available till date. It features a 6.3-inch display, which features a QHD+ resolution packing 529 pixels in every inch of the display. Galaxy Note 8 is similar to the Galaxy S8 & S8 plus in terms of design. The presence of the S-pen, dual camera setup on the back and a taller screen are the noticeable differences. The screen on the Note 8, the premium flagship of Samsung for the year 2017 encompasses 83.2% of the front portion. Note 8 has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for the protection and features an 18.5:9 aspect ratio.
Xiaomi MI Mix
As mentioned earlier, Xiaomi MI Mix is the first renowned name to ditch the bezels (though, not entirely), which had enthralled the world with its courage and innovation. Shifting the Ambient light sensor and front camera on the chin, Xiaomi MI Mix bade farewell to the top bezel. But where and how did they adjusted the earpiece and proximity sensor? This curiosity may reside among the most. To answer it in simple terms, they replaced that by a high tech system and packed them inside the device. As a replacement to the proximity sensor, which generally uses Infrared sensors, they used Ultrasonic sensor and inserted the system behind the screen. This new kind of setup works perfectly fine without creating a fuss. On the other hand, for replacing the earpiece, they used “cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology” instead of putting slab of speaker on the top bezel.
Though Xiaomi boasted to have 91.3% screen-to-body ratio on the MI Mix, it has 83.6% in real. That is not bad either. However, with the 6.4-inch screen and 4400mAh battery, MI Mix falls on the heavy side with 209 grams. The display on the device has Full-HD+ (2040 x 1080 pixels) resolution and features 17:9 aspect ratio. The resolution results to a Pixel density of 362PPI. In the huge portfolio of Xiaomi smartphones in Nepal, Xiaomi MI Mix is the most expensive of all demanding a price of Rs. 94,999.
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+
Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+ are almost identical in terms of specs. But what distinguishes them is the size of the display they inherit. Galaxy S8 is smaller of the two having 5.8 inch display, whereas the S8+plus comes in a 6.2-inch tall footprint. Unlike the Xiaomi MI Mix, there is still narrow bezels on the forehead and the chin. The upper bezel has provided an accommodation for the proximity sensor, earpiece, selfie shooter and the Iris Scanner. With the fingerprint sensor shifted to the back and capacitive buttons replaced by the on-screen one, lower bezel is basically empty in the Galaxy S8 & S8+.
The display on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ possess a QHD+ resolution (1440 x 2960 pixels) packing a 570PPI and 526PPI pixel density respectively. Display on both the devices reproduces vivid color tones and features an unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The display on both the devices is immune to scratches and cracks with Gorilla Glass 5.
Oppo F5, which is renowned for its camera-centric approach is another smartphone to come up with a bezel-less display. The device features a 6.0-inch display with the security ensured by Gorilla Glass 5. The smartphone has embraced the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio sporting Full-HD+ resolution (1080 x 2160 pixels). This configuration results to a pixel density of 402PPI pixel density. Although the device possesses a big 6-inch display, the high value of the screen-to-body ratio (78.1%) is what makes the device easy on the hold and on the use.
Huawei Nova 2i
Nova 2i is the first smartphone in Nepal to flaunt a quad camera setup (dual cameras on the back and two cameras on the front). Not just in terms of photography, the smartphone is remarkable in terms of design. The narrow bezels have given spaces for a taller display, which looks impressive in every respect. In Huawei Nova 2i, the screen covers 77.3% of the area available on the front section. Huawei Nova 2i sports Full-HD+ display and embraces 18:9 aspect ratio.
Another smartphone in the list is the Vivo V7, which is a camera-centric smartphone with a whopping 24MP front camera. Although the device is wrapped in a polycarbonate body, the thin bezels on the front with the maximum portion covered by the display is what made the device alluring. The 5.7-inch display on the device encompasses 77.1% of the front panel. It has also embraced the 18:9 aspect ratio, which is developing as an orthodox these days. Vivo V7 embraces HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) resolution, which results a rather poor pixel density of 282PPI.
Ditching the bezels seems to be the sole intention of the UMIDIGI Crystal as it has kept itself away from 18:9 aspect ratio gimmick. Alike the Xiaomi MI Mix, it has tossed all the upper bezels to the trash with just some on the chin, where the front camera dwells. The 5.5-inch display on the device features Full-HD resolution packing 401 pixels in every inch. The display on the device covers 78.9% of the front panel, which is protected by Gorilla Glass 4 to evade the vulnerabilities of cracks and scratches.
Micromax Canvas Infinity
For those enthusiasts, who seek for a smartphone with trendy and eye-catching design at a cheaper price point, Micromax Canvas Infinity is the name. Priced at Rs. 18,500, the device possesses an immersive 5.7-inch display, which features an HD+ resolution at 18:9 aspect ratio. IPS LCD is employed on the device, which occupies 77.2% of the front panel. The display on the device has pixel density of 282PPI. Although the pixel density is poor in number, it seems fairly decent if the price is considered.
Smartphones with Bezel-less display in Nutshell
|Smartphone||Screen-to-body Ratio||Aspect Ratio||Price|
|iPhone X (64GB)||82.9%||19.5:9||Rs.138,000|
|iPhone X (256GB)||82.9%||19.5:9||Rs.159,000|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 8||83.2%||18.5:9||Rs.1,02,990|
|Xiaomi MI Mix||83.6%||17:9||Rs. 94,999|
|Samsung Galaxy S8||83.6%||18.5:9||Rs. 76,900|
|Samsung Galaxy S8+||84.0%||18.5:9||Rs. 86,900|
|Oppo F5||78.1%||18:9||Rs. 33,990|
|Huawei Nova 2i||77.3%||18:9||Rs. 33,900|
|Vivo V7||77.1%||18:9||Rs. 29,990|
|UMIDIGI Crystal||78.9%||16:9||Rs. 25,900|
|Micromax Canvas Infinity||77.2%||18:9||Rs. 18,500|