Smartphones with 18:9 displays you can buy right now2 min read . Updated: 23 Aug 2017, 06:48 PM IST
Smartphone screens with this new aspect ratio offer a more immersive experience to users
Phonemakers have been trying to kill two birds with one stone by reducing the size of bezels on the front panel. This has allowed them to incorporate big screens in smaller form-factors, and experiment with new 18:9 aspect ratio.
Aspect ratio is the relation between the width and the height of a screen when held in the landscape mode. So in displays with 18:9 aspect ratio, 18 represents width, while 9 stands for height.
Regular smartphones with wider bezels have an aspect ratio of 16:9. A square shaped screen, like the one seen in Blackberry KeyOne, offers an aspect ratio of 4:3. What makes the 18:9 aspect ratio unique is the wider than usual screen space it offers, as the width is exactly twice the height compared to 16:9 aspect ratio. This means the display will not crop any part of the video to accommodate it to the 16:9 aspect ratio and will fill the entire screen to provide a more immersive experience.
We take a look at some of the smartphone which offers a near bezel-less screen with this new aspect ratio.
Micromax Canvas Infinity
Micromax’s Canvas Infinity is the most affordable thin-bezel smartphone, but will be available from 1 September 2017. It offers a 5.7-inch screen with resolution of 1,440x720p. Driving the smartphone is Qualcomm’s entry-level but dependable Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor with 3GB RAM and a 2,900mAh battery. Internal storage is 32GB and can be expanded to up to 128GB using a microSD card. It runs Android 7.1 and is likely to be updated to the upcoming Android 8.0. It is just 153.5mm long and 73.1 wide.
LG Q6 has the same design language as the G6 but costs a lot less. It has a 5.5-inch screen and offers a resolution of 2,160x1,880p. It runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM, packs in a 3,000mAh battery and offers 32GB storage with the option to add up to 256GB via microSD card. The Q6 weighs just 149g, is 142.5mm long and 69.3 mm wide, making the most compact budget smartphone around.
LG’s flagship smartphone, G6, is a treat for movie buffs at multiple levels. First, there is the 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 2,880x1,440p. Then there is the ES9218+Sabre Quad DAC which supports 32-bit audio formats and provides superior audio output in headphones. The G6 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor, has 4GB RAM and offers 64GB internal storage with the flexibility to add up to 2TB more through microSD. Due to its thin bezels, the smartphone is 148mm tall, 71.9mm wide and weighs 163g.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+
Rs57,900 and Rs64,900, respectively
Samsung’s flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ take the entire concept of bezel-less screens to the next level. Both have practically no vertical bezels, which is one of the key reasons for their compact and narrow form factor. The S8 offers a 5.8-inch screen yet is 148.9 mm tall, 68.1 mm wide and weighs 155g. The S8+ offers a bigger 6.2-inch screen yet measures 159.5mm in height, 73.4mm in width and tips the scales at 173g, making it the lightest 6-inch smartphone in the market. Despite different screen sizes, both smartphones have the same resolution of 2,960x1,440p and run on the same Exynos 8895 octa-core processor, clubbed with 4GB RAM.