Best bezel-less Android phones

Okay, let’s get this straight out of the way. Bezel-less phones are upon us and it’s only a matter of time now until bezel-less design becomes a norm amongst mid-range and entry-level handsets.

Major flagship smartphone manufacturers have already embraced (or going to) the bezel-free design and are pushing this technology forward. And why not, we get big displays in a relatively smaller form factor, after all.

Moreover, you don’t have to deal with those ugly bezels on the bottom and top of the display while consuming content. That doesn’t necessarily mean bezel-free displays are always superior to the ones with bezels. But, that’s a discussion for another day.

It’s time we acknowledge the fact that bezel-less phones are upon us, as mentioned earlier. And if you are reading this article, chances are, you are in search of one. So, without any further ado, let’s check out some of the best bezel-less Android smartphones available in the market currently.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is arguably the best bezel-less Android smartphone your money can buy right now. It has a great design, a huge 6.3-inch QHD+ display, the company’s very own stylus aka S Pen, and a lot more.

As for the internals, like any other flagship device, the Galaxy Note 8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.

The major highlight of the smartphone (apart from the Infinity Display, of course) is the presence of a dual camera setup on the back — first for any Samsung phone. The camera, akin to iPhone 7 Plus, will allow up to 2x optical zoom.

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Needless to say, Samsung has always been impressive when it comes to cameras on its flagship phones. And, Galaxy Note 8 isn’t an exception this time.

Overall, the Galaxy Note 8 is an all-rounder which can handle any task you throw at it with ease. The only downside is its price tag which almost touches $1000. Get it if you can afford it and you won’t be disappointed.

LG V30

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The LG V30, save for the S Pen, pretty much offers you everything the Galaxy Note 8 has to offer. If anything, you’ll get a bunch of other features such as Hi-Fi Quad-DAC, floating action bar and voice unlock, and the company’s own plastic OLED display as well.

Speaking of the display, the LG V30 will rock a 6-inch FullVision OLED display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. And, it goes without saying there are minimal bezels around the display on the front.

As for the internals, the LG V30 houses a Snapdragon 835 SoC under the hood hooked onto either 4GB of RAM with 64GB/128GB of onboard storage. Like other flagship phones, the V30 also has dual rear cameras on the back — a standard lens + a wide-angle lens and a selfie camera at the front.

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To conclude, the LG V30 is a great alternative to the Galaxy Note 8. And most importantly, it will save you a couple hundred dollars. Pick it if you are intimidated by the Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s exorbitant price tag.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus needs no introduction unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months. It’s one of the greatest smartphones the company has ever produced and is one of the best-looking bezel-less smartphone out there.

The Galaxy S8 Plus boasts a huge 6.3-inch QHD Infinity Display which dominates most of the front. At the heart of the device is a Snapdragon 835 SoC clubbed with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of onboard storage.

The Galaxy S8 Plus packs a 12MP dual-pixel autofocus camera with a f/1.7 aperture which BTW, captures great images even in low-lighting conditions.

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In terms of battery, the Galaxy S8 Plus draws fuel from a 3,500mAh battery, which, for the unaware, is bigger than the one on the recently launched Galaxy Note 8.

On the whole, the Galaxy S8 Plus is essentially the Galaxy Note 8 without an S Pen and dual cameras. If you can forego these features, the Galaxy S8 Plus is still a great deal. Plus, you’ll end up saving a few dollars. Who wouldn’t want that?

Samsung Galaxy S8

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Except for a slightly more RAM and a bigger display, there’s not much difference between the Galaxy S8 and its bigger sibling, the Galaxy S8 Plus.

From design to the internals to Infinity Display to camera specs, both the phones are quite similar. Get the Plus variant if you want a  super big-screen phone. Otherwise, the Galaxy S8 serves the purpose just fine with its big 5.8-inch display.

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It fits in the hand quite well and is best suited for one-handed usage. It, however, features a slightly smaller battery at 3,000mAh owing to its smaller footprint. That’s one thing you should be willing to sacrifice.

The good news, however, is you’ll end up paying less than what you would for the Galaxy S8 Plus or the Note 8.

Essential Phone

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Launched a few months ago, Essential Phone is the brainchild of Andy Rubin, the father of Android.

True to its name, the Essential Phone doesn’t bring any fancy features to the table, save for the near bezel-less display. Instead, it focuses on solving some of the biggest problems of Android phones.

Software, for one, is a good place to start at. The Essential Phone boots near stock Android out-of-the-box and has minimal bloatware — something which is not very common among other phones. It has a clean UI which BTW, is easy to learn.

Another highlight feature of the Essential Phone is its edge-to-edge 5.7-inch QHD display with an 84.9% screen-to-body-ratio. The build too, is quite impressive.

In terms of hardware, the Essential Phone comes with a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of native storage space, dual 13MP rear cameras (RGB + Monochrome), and an 8MP selfie camera. Real-life performance of the camera hasn’t been up to the mark, though. We hope it improves with future software updates.

Overall, the Essential Phone is a simplistic phone that tries to deliver a clean Android experience and it pretty much does if it weren’t for the camera. For the asking price, we would rather recommend the Galaxy S8 over the Essential Phone.

LG G6

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LG, after the modular G5’s failure last year, made a huge come back of sorts with the LG G6. The 5.7-inch bezel-free display of the LG G6, of course, was (is) the highlight feature of the smartphone.

The G6 sports a dual 13MP camera setup on the back. While one of the sensors works as a wide-angle lens, the other functions as your regular lens. This setup has remained the same on a range of LG phones and can be seen on the recently launched LG V30 as well.

The only downside of the G6 is the fact that it comes with last year’s Snapdragon 821 chip in comparison to other flagship phones of 2017 which are powered by the Snapdragon 835 SoC.

There’s nothing wrong with the SD821 chip, though. It’s just that it’s slightly less powerful and misses out on a few features that the SD835 brings to the table. If you are willing to ignore this, the LG G6 makes for a pretty good phone be it multimedia consumption, gaming or anything else that you’d want from a phone.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

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Xiaomi Mi Mix is pretty much the reason behind today’s bezel-less display trend among smartphones. Xiaomi was one of the first few companies to embrace the bezel-free design with the Mi Mix and ever since smartphone vendors have jumped on the bandwagon. Now, Xiaomi has launched the Mi Mix 2.

The Mi Mix 2 boasts an astounding 80.8% screen-to-body-ratio flaunting a huge 5.99-inch Full HD display. It houses a Snapdragon 835 chip under the hood like the other 2017 flagships does and packs 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of onboard storage.

Imaging department is taken care of by a 12MP camera on the back and a 5MP selfie shooter which is placed below the display of the Mi Mix 2. Yes, as awkward as it may sound or look, it’s true.

DOOGEE Mix

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DOOGEE Mix, without a doubt, is one of the cheapest smartphone with a near bezel-less display on offer. Now, there’s a fat chin on the bottom which accommodates the home button. But, for what it’s worth — which btw is just $200, you can easily ignore the ugly bottom chin. The smartphone is feature packed, too. Speaking of which, the Mix gets you a 5.5-inch HD AMOLED display, octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 SoC, either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB native storage space, dual rear cameras (16MP+8MP), 5MP front-facing camera, a 3,380mAh and Android 7.0 Nougat. Yep, all of this for just $200. The major let down of the phone, however, is its software. Get this phone only if you can live with the Mix’s not-so-polished software.

Sharp Aquos S2

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Sharp, the Japanese smartphone maker had recently unveiled its latest bezel-free phone called the Sharp Aquos S2. The handset features minimal bezels on the left, right, and top, while at the bottom, it has a noticeable bezel which houses the fingerprint scanner. As can be seen from the image above, there’s an Essential Phone-like notch on the top for the front-facing camera. As for the specs, you get a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 630 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage or Snapdragon 660 chipset hooked to 6GB of RAM and 128GB native storage. The imaging department is taken care of by a 12MP + 8MP dual camera combo on the back and an 8MP shooter at the front. The smartphone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and draws fuel from a 3,020mAh battery.

LG Q6

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LG Q6 is essentially a watered down version of the company’s flagship G6 handset. Akin to the latter, the Q6 also has a FullVision display but the spec sheet, however, differs. The smartphone has a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display at the front (with minimal bezels) and houses an octa-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 435 SoC. There’s 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage under-the-hood. For optics, you get a 13MP f/2.2 rear camera and a 5MP f/2.2 front-facing camera. The LG Q6 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based LG UI 5.0 out-of-the-box. The entire package is backed by a 3,000mAh battery. Clearly, the device is aimed at mid-range smartphone buyers who need a huge display in a relatively smaller footprint. Pick it, if you are one!

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