Top 5 affordable Bezel-less Smartphones 2017
Established players (Samsung and LG) and newcomers (Essential) alike are all trying to reach the goal of a Bezel-less smartphone. Even Apple just announced a new iPhone that largely eliminates the border around the screen of recent, the iPhone X.
We’ve all seen Samsung’s almost bezel-less Galaxy series, wishing for a more affordable option. Well, you’re in luck, as this year we are seeing an influx of budget-orientated manufacturers step-up and produce their own bezel-less phone options. Bezel-less smartphones are already taken the market by surprise this 2017 and it’s only a matter of time before it replaces all other smartphones that are still having bezels.
Bezel-less phones are phones which has a larger display ratio to the body build of the phone…sweet right yes i know, well here’s our pick for top 5 affordable Bezel-less smartphones for 2017
Xiaomi Mi Mix
If the Xiaomi Mi Mix with its virtually non-existent bezels doesn’t get you the excitement that you need then i can’t honestly tell you what is going to. I‘d say it’s a big challenge in the face to those that concluded to the fact that mobile innovation is dead and perhaps can hopefully drive forward bezel-less innovation come 2018.
At 6.4″ the Xiaomi Mi Mix which is our number one pick rocks an OLED Screen which is quite large, however the screen is attributed to the fact that it has little or no bezels which isn’t a lot larger than the Samsung S7 Edge. The screen to body ratio is at an amazing 90% which is one of its kind as it reminds me of The Essential made by Andy Rubin. The Xiaomi Mi Mix can be compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8 in terms of screen ratio with the S8 weighing slightly lighter.
Technically the Xiaomi Mi Mix is one of the first smartphone to come out with nearly no bezels with a 1080 × 2040 screen aspect ratio, with a HD display that’s crisp, and a PPI of 361 density resolution which is quite decent for me. The CPU is a Snapdragon 821 Chipset with a decent 4GB/6GB worth of RAM under the hood.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix, in my opinion, is one of the best looking phones of 2017 and has some good, not perfect, specifications to match, can you beat that or did someone just said Iphone x on android lol.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
- 44-inch, full-HD+ display (2,080×1,080 pixels)
- 16 MP rear camera, 5 MP Selfie Shooter
- 4GB/6GB RAM with 128GB/256GB onboard storage
- 3,400mAh embedded battery
- Rear fingerprint sensor
The Elephone S8 is second on our list as it comes with no bezels on the top and sides(Also dubbed Tri-Bezel-less) of the phone with the only bezels at the button part of the phone which houses the home button and of course the 8MP selfie camera. At 6” the Elephone S8 rocks a Quad HD display of 2560×1440 aspect ratio which is really nice to see on a 6 inch diplay mobile device for such high resolution.
The Elephone S8 has 92% screen to body ratio which delivers great clarity and awesome colors but not as good as what you will find on the Samsung Galaxy S8, but will do. Under the hood the Elephone S8 rocks a deca-core Mediatek Helio X25 processor, 4GB of RAM, with 64GB worth of internal storage, which is pretty decent to me.
When it comes to resolution of the display the Elephone S8 comes with a spectacular 2K display, which supports detailed gaming with VR support, not bad coming from a 6 inch display right! Oh yeah.
- Deca-Core (2 x 2.5GHz Cortex-A72, 4 x 2.0GHz Cortex-A53, & 4 x 1.55GHz Cortex-A53) CPU Clock
- Screen size 6.0 inches IPS, LCD, QHD Triple-bezel-less (2560 x 1440 Pixel) Display
- 13 MP camera at the Rear 8 MP Selfie Shooter
- RAM – 4GB LPDDR3, 800MHz | ROM-64GB
- Non-Removable 4,000mAh Lithium-Polymer Battery
- Fingerprint Scanner
The Maze Alpha is a Tri-Bezel-less device made by the Chinese maker with a beastly 6 inch IPS screen of 1920×1080 aspect ratio and a curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 over the top. It features an 86% screen to body ratio with super thin sized bezels.
Since it’s a budget friendly phone it comes with the usual Mediatek Helio P25 chipset with 4GB worth of RAM and a 64GB inbuilt storage which might come in handy for those who love to play HD games on big screen mobile device. It features a dual rear camera made by Samsung of 13 MP and 5MP which is supposed to take Bokeh effect shots, but turns out to be a knock off as it only blurs out the surrounding of the focused object with a circle so i wouldn’t recommend this for photo enthusiast.
- Helio P25 Octa Core 2.5GHz
- 0 inch, 1920 x 1080 Pixel Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Screen
- 0MP front camera + 13MP + 5MP back cameras
- 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM
- 4000mAh Battery Type-C
- Fingerprint Sensor
The Doogee Mix one of the most affordable Tri-Bezel-less phones out there which goes for as low as $169 for the 4GB variant and $180 for the 6GB variant is another bezel-less device which comes with a whopping 5.5 inch HD AMOLED display in a slim compact body oh yeah, it has a 93% body to screen ratio with its display making it stand out in the midst of other mid-range phones.
Though it has a resolution of 720P which is quite poor, but hey its AMOLED technology here, so it will still deliver awesome graphics and display as seen on Samsung high end phones like the Galaxy S7 edge. It features a dual rear camera of 16 MP RGB and 8 MP Monochrome lenses for awesome in-depth photos, though some say it’s still a knock off but hey it’s a budget device which cannot be compared to shots from phones like Samsung Note 8 or the Google pixel.
Performance wise, the Mix is using a MediaTek Helio P25 8-core performance CPU and comes with either 4 or 6GBs of RAM to power the set of dual-rear cameras enabling you to snap some serious bokeh effect though not so great from reports so far.
- Helio P25 Octa-Core 2.5GHz
- 5-inch Super AMOLED display
- Dual rear-facing cameras (16MP main camera, with a 8MP secondary camera) 5MP front-facing camera
- 4/6GB RAM LPDDR4x
- Fingerprint reader (which also doubles as a back button)
- USB Type C No
- 3380 mAh Battery
Also coming in at 5.5 inch full HD crisp sharp display is the UMiDigi Crystal which is our last pick for today. Affordable the UMiDigi Crystal is a midrange smartphone that comes in two distinctive variants the 2 GB of RAM and the 4 GB of RAM with both having 88% screen to body ratio.
Though the 4 GB of RAM variant is very much better when compared with the 2 GB variant, as it comes with Mali T860 GPU. With both variants having a kind of low end CPU as UMiDigi wants to cut down cost for consumers. UMiDigi focuses more on its design, making a sleek classical device with awesome screen display for budget performance.
It comes with a USB type C port yes! Keeping up with the latest trends, a dual rear Samsung camera, though usually knock offs as only the primary lens seems to work with the Bokeh effect having a blur around it, not so good for photo enthusiast.
- MTK6750T, Octa-core, Cortex-A53, 1.5GHz
- SHARP Original 5.5″ Display 1080×1920 Pixels
- Dual-Lens Rear Camera 13MP + 5MP, 5MP Selfie Shooter
- 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM Or 2GB RAM+16GB
- Rear Touch ID Fingerprint Quick Access
- 3000mAh/4.4V Battery
These devices were selected based on their screen to body ratio and budget friendly price so, let us know what you think about our picks.