The best frameless smartphones 2018: our rating

Back in 2017, there was a trend towards the popularization of frameless smartphones, and by 2018 almost every manufacturer began to produce such smartphones, someone had several models at once! We, the customers, are only better: smartphones without frames (more precisely, with minimal side frames), as a rule, differ in smaller width with a larger screen. In this review – the best frameless smartphones of the season 2018, which are already out and on sale.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 64GB

And we’ll start with the Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung. Until recently, one could hear talk that the Korean company abandoned the Note line due to problems with the Note 7, which could explode. But nothing like that – Note 8 saw the light. Moreover, the demand for it is enormous. Why?

First of all, because of the display. It has a diagonal of 6.3 inches, while the width of the device is only 74.8 mm. Only a couple of years ago, except that 5.5-inch smartphones could boast of such width. Picture quality is top notch.

What else? For example, an iris scanner, while the fingerprint scanner has not gone away, it is located next to the dual rear camera – one of the best on the market. And of course, do not forget about the stylus – this is one of the few devices on the market that has stylus support.

Characteristics – typically flagship, about them below.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.3 inches
  • Resolution: 2960 × 1440
  • Weight: 195g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 9 Octa 8895
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Main camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

iPhone X 256GB

As for one of the most desirable smartphones of the season 2018 – iPhone X, its side frames were not so thin. However, the upper and lower ones are at the side level, and therefore it is a frameless smartphone. Revolution?

More likely no than yes, because we have already seen almost completely frameless smartphones, but this device has a revolutionary feature called Face ID – the ability to unlock the device by identifying the user’s face. The idea is interesting and they say that in the future, companies will switch to this technology, abandoning the fingerprint scanner. Is this so, we will find out in a few years.

The diagonal of the display was 5.8 inches, and the width of the device was only 70.9 mm. Recall that the width of the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 is 67.3 mm. As they say, feel the difference.

The back cover is now made of glass, the camera is dual, RAM – 3 GB, the processor – Apple A11 Bionic. Battery capacity – 2716 mAh.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.8 inches
  • Resolution: 2436 × 1125
  • Weight: 174g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Apple A11 Bionic
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2716 mAh
  • Main camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Memory card support: no
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Xiaomi Redmi 5 3 / 32GB

Frameless smartphones began to appear in the budget class. One of the pioneers was Xiaomi, which introduced the latest Redmi 5, which received a frameless design, more precisely, minimal frames, so the 5.7-inch device turned out to be relatively narrow – less than 73 mm.

The smartphone is clad in a metal case, the display resolution is non-standard – 1440 × 720 pixels. The rear camera is single, its resolution is 12 MP, the processor uses the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, the memory capacity is 3 GB and 32 GB (operational and built-in, respectively). A fingerprint scanner is visible on the back of the case. In general, at the rear, the novelty resembles its predecessor, but now new body shades have appeared.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.7 inches
  • Resolution: 1440 × 720
  • Weight: 157g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Main camera: dual 12 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 3 / 32GB

Redmi 5 Plus is easy to confuse with Redmi 5, if we talk about the appearance, but there are many differences between them: first of all, it is a larger 5.99-inch screen with a high resolution of 2160 × 1080 pixels, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, a more powerful 4000 battery mAh By the way, the MIUI version on both smartphones is 9, the latest at the time of the device’s release.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.99 inches
  • Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 180g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Main camera: dual 12 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

OnePlus 5T 128Gb

Frankly, the information that the OnePlus 5T will receive a frameless case has been exaggerated on the Internet for a long time. And, oddly enough, the rumors were true. That is, in fact, we have before us the OnePlus 5 model, but with a completely new 6-inch display and some other features.

In addition to the frameless case, a new feature of Face Unlock draws attention to itself – unlocking a smartphone with the help of user face identification. Apparently, the system is similar to Face ID, which is used on the iPhone X.

As for the smartphone itself, let’s just say – this is one of the most powerful devices in the world. Anyway, OnePlus 5T is literally good in all respects..

  • Screen diagonal: 6 inches
  • Resolution: 2160×1080
  • Weight: 162g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Main camera: dual 16/20 MP
  • Memory card support: no
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Huawei Nova 2i

A novelty from Huawei with extremely small frames, due to which a relatively small case “contained” a large 5.9-inch screen with a high resolution of 2160 × 1080 pixels. It is also worth noting that this is a relatively inexpensive device.

Nova 2i received a metal case, a powerful HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, a 3340 mAh battery, and a fingerprint scanner. Nevertheless, one of the main chips can be called the number of cameras – there are already four of them, two rear and two front.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.9 inches
  • Resolution: 2160×1080
  • Weight: 164g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 659
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3340 mAh
  • Main camera: dual 16/2 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra 32GB

Sony is not far behind, and this is not the first time that it has offered a frameless smartphone. Xperia XA1 Ultra – An updated version of the Xperia XA Ultra. The intrigue lies not only in the fact that the smartphone is frameless (alas, while we are only talking about the side frames), but also in the diagonal of the display – 6 inches, and its resolution – 1920 × 1080 pixels.

A smartphone based on the MediaTek Helio P20 processor (MT6757) works, it has 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory + a slot for a memory card. Battery capacity – 2700 mAh. The resolution of the cameras is very high – 23 MP and 16 MP (rear and front cameras, respectively).

The device will please the owner with the function of fast charging and USB Type-C. It is noteworthy that here there is no traditional Sony protection against water and dust, as well as a fingerprint scanner, which, however, is easily explained by the relatively low cost.

  • Screen diagonal: 6 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 188g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P20 (MT6757)
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2700 mAh
  • Camera: 23 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

LG G6

The flagship from LG came much earlier than the flagships of many other well-known companies. Apparently, the company was eager to show off their new device with minimal scope. But only users expected that the new product will receive a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 6 GB of RAM, but in fact we got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 and 4 GB of RAM. However, do not worry so much about this, as the performance of the LG G6 is enough for any user with a margin.

LG G6 received a dual rear camera (resolution 13/13 MP), front-facing resolution of 5 MP. There was a quick charge function, USB Type-C, a 3300 mAh battery, protection against water and dust, Always-On Display, Gorilla Glass 5 glass (glass is also used at the back).

LG G6 is good because today it is one of the most balanced and at the same time inexpensive flagships on the market.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2880 × 1440
  • Weight: 163g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Memory card support: no
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 6 / 128GB

The first generation Mi Mix has become one of the pioneers among frameless smartphones. And now the company introduced the second generation, which, however, can be called rather restyled, if we talk about the appearance. On the other hand, the beginner has become thinner and lighter, the lower frame is even smaller. But the ceramic case is still here.

There is a white version of Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, which looks, let’s say, unusual. There is no headphone jack, alas.

The display diagonal is 5.99 inches, resolution is 2160 × 1080 pixels, the processor is Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the RAM reaches 6 GB, and the built-in memory is 64, 128 or 256 GB. In our opinion, the most successful option is 128 GB, but here everything is strictly individual. Splashproof – IP54.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.99 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 185g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3400 mAh
  • Camera: 12 MP
  • Memory card support: no
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 has become one of the most popular smartphones in the world, the demand is huge – not surprising, given the fantastic appearance. And if you get away from the design, it turns out that the large 5.8-inch display takes up so little space that the width of the Galaxy S8 is only a millimeter wider than the iPhone 8 with a 4.7-inch display diagonal! It is clear that the latter has a wide scope, but what is not an indicator?

The fingerprint scanner is now at the back, next to the camera. Not very convenient, as users say, but it’s a matter of habit. But the dual camera S8 did not receive, but it received Galaxy Note 8.

Processor – Samsung Exynos 8895, RAM – 4 GB, internal memory – 64 GB, there is a slot for a memory card. Battery capacity – 3000 mAh.

Galaxy S8 received wireless charging function, quick charge function, iris scanner.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.8 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2960 × 1440
  • Weight: 155g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 8895
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Camera: 12 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Doogee mix

Judging by the name, and by design, the Doogee Mix was created just right Xiaomi Mi Mix. The devices are actually similar, but only externally, because the characteristics are completely different.

So, the diagonal of the display is 5.5 inches, the resolution is 1280 × 720 pixels. The processor is MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757T), the amount of RAM is 4 GB, although there is a version of 6 GB, the amount of internal memory is 64 GB. Supported slot for memory cards. Battery capacity – 3380 mAh.

The rear camera is double, the case is made of glass, weight is 193 g. This device is relatively inexpensive, so it’s quite a nice replacement for Xiaomi Mi Mix – just simpler.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 193g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757T)
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3380 mAh
  • Camera: 16/8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

LG Q6a M700

LG has decided to offer a cheaper device for those who are not going to spend money on a flagship. LG Q6a M700 is really inexpensive, while its scope is minimal, in this it is very similar to the flagship LG G6 – if you look at the display.

The diagonal of the display is 5.5 inches, while the width of the device is small – a little less than 70 mm. Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal, of course, there is a slot for a memory card, and supports cards up to 2 TB. It uses good cameras, but a fingerprint scanner, alas, no.

Behind, however, the LG Q6a M700 no longer looks as premium as the company’s flagship, but it costs several times less.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 149g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Huawei Mate 9 Pro 128GB

This smartphone from Huawei can be called the flagship of the company, because it has collected the most advanced solutions. These definitely include the almost complete absence of side frames, although the upper and lower ones cannot be called small. Hence the width – 75 mm with a 5.5-inch display (with a resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels, it should be noted).

The processor is a powerful HiSilicon Kirin 960, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. The battery capacity will please the owner – as much as 4000 mAh. The case is metal, you can see the dual camera in the back.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2560 × 1440
  • Weight: 169g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 960
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Camera: 20/12 MP
  • Memory card support: no
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Elephone S7 64GB

The device is a Chinese company, which is not very famous in our country. The Elephone S7 itself resembles either Samsung or Huawei, but the comparison, you see, is very good.

The side frames are very thin, they are barely noticeable. With a diagonal of 5.5 inches, the width of the case is 73.2 mm, which is not bad, although not a record.

As the processor used MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797), coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM. There is a slot for a memory card. The battery capacity is 3000 mAh. There is a quick charge function.

You can choose from several beautiful shades of the case, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with them when buying.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 148g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797)
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB

Do you want a frameless flagship, but do not want to overpay? We recommend that you pay attention to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which has significantly fallen in price since its first appearance in stores. Yes, it may not look as fashionable as the Galaxy S8, but it still impresses with its stylish body. Yes, and the characteristics are at a decent level..

The 5.5-inch display has a resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels. Thanks to the frameless design, the width of the case is 72.6 mm. Processor – Samsung Exynos 8890, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal + support for memory cards. The battery capacity reaches 3600 mAh, which is very good.

There is a wireless charging function, protection against water and dust, the Always-On Display function, very cool cameras that allow you to get gorgeous shots.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2560 × 1440
  • Weight: 157g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 8890
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3600 mAh
  • Camera: 12 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes