Bezel-less phones were last year’s hot trend. Now, it’s pretty much the mainstream look for high-end smartphones. Lots of manufacturers even started putting notches at the top of their displays to house the camera, speaker, and other doodads — all to squeeze in a little bit more screen.

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone PH-1 and the Xiaomi Mi Mix kickstarted interest in the bezel-less smartphone. Now major manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and LG have attempted to maximize the screen-to-body ratio of their latest flagship smartphones. Even if you’re not sold on the notch, the bezel-less look is here to stay.

If you’re looking for the very best bezel-less phones on the market right now, check out our round-up below. Want something a little bit cheaper? Check out our guide to the best cheap bezel-less phones.

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list of the best bezel-less phones regularly as new devices launch.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus 

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the best bezel-less phones you can get

The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are among the most powerful and feature-packed bezel-less phones on the market. The handsets refine the best parts of the Galaxy S8 line: design, display, photography, and performance.

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The biggest improvements in the Galaxy S9 series are in the camera department. The S9 sports a single Dual Pixel 12MP autofocus sensor with OIS, along with support for two apertures at f/1.5 and f/2.4. This mechanical iris lens can switch between apertures depending on the lighting conditions. If you need something even more powerful, the Galaxy S9 Plus comes with a dual-camera setup on the back. Samsung also included its own creepier version of Apple’s Animoji, called AR Emoji, allowing you to make GIFs and send cartoony videos to your friends.

Samsung’s flagship bezel-less phones feature high-end specs including 5.8- and 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED displays, 4 and 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Both are powered by either the Exynos 9810 or Snapdragon 845 SoC, depending on your region. The Galaxy S9 starts at $720, while its bigger brother retails for $840.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 570ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of storage, microSD expansion up to 400GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm, 163g

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 529ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of storage, expandable up to 400GB
  • Dual 12MP cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm, 189g

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The recently announced Mate 20 Pro has extremely thin bezels around the display, but it features a notch. Its combination of top-of-the-line specs and a gorgeous design makes it one of the best bezel-less phones out there.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro features an in-display fingerprint reader.

The phone sports an in-display fingerprint scanner, three cameras at the back, and 3D facial recognition. It can also double as a wireless charging pad: you can charge a Qi-compatible phone by placing it on the back of the Mate 20 Pro. Other specs and features include a curved display, a massive 4,200mAh battery, and a 25MP selfie snapper. There’s no headphone jack on board.

Huawei’s flagship is already available in Europe. It retails for 900 pounds in the U.K and around 1,000 euros (~$1,145) in the rest of Europe. Unfortunately, the company has confirmed the device won’t release in the U.S.

Specs

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Kirin 980 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 256GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB via NM (nano memory)
  • 40, 8, 20MP rear cameras, 24MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,200mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm, 189g

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OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6t -- best bezel-less phones

The recently announced OnePlus 6T is an incremental upgrade over its predecessor. The handset has a larger 6.41-inch display (up from 6.28 inches) and a much smaller waterdrop notch, which translates to a higher screen-to-body ratio. It also comes with a bigger 3,700mAh battery (up from 3,300mAh), an in-display fingerprint scanner, and double the base storage at 128GB.

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Most of the other specs are the same as those offered by the OnePlus 6. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset, has up to 8GB of RAM, and sports a rear dual-camera setup with 16 and 20MP sensors.

Unfortunately, the phone doesn’t have a headphone jack — a first for OnePlus. There’s also no wireless charging or official IP rating. It starts at $550, which means it’s $20 more expensive than its predecessor. There are only two colors to choose from: midnight black and mirror black. OnePlus will start selling the flagship via its website Nov. 6.

Specs

  • 6.41-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 16 and 20MP rear cameras, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,700mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm, 185g

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LG V40

LG V40 ThinQ screen

The LG V40 has a higher screen-to-body ratio than its predecessor and a notch. It’s a large device, sporting a 6.4-inch display with QHD+ resolution. Its biggest feature is the triple-camera setup on the back with a standard 12MP lens, a 16MP wide-angle lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens.

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Other highlights of the V40 include two cameras on the front and a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC for improved audio quality. There’s also a headphone jack on board, which is slowly becoming a thing of the past on high-end phones. The 3,300mAh battery is quite small compared to competitors like the Galaxy Note 9 (4,000mAh) and Huawei Mate 20 Pro (4,200mAh).

LG’s flagship was announced in October and is already available in the U.S. It launched at $950 but the price quickly went down to $750 — $90 cheaper than the Galaxy S9 Plus.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch OLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of storage, expandable up to 2TB
  • 12, 16, and 12MP rear cameras, 8 and 5MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6, 169g

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Galaxy Note 9

The Galaxy Note 9 is one of the best bezel-less phones, combining high-end specs, great design, and a number of other bells and whistles it offers. The device has a large 6.4-inch notch-less display with curved sides and a resolution of QHD+. It also sports a headphone jack, an iris scanner, and a dual-camera setup on the back with a variable aperture.

You can use the S Pen as a remote shutter key.

The S Pen makes it really stand out, adding new tricks. It supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), so it works as a remote shutter key, among other things. The Galaxy Note 9 also sports a much larger battery than its predecessor at 4,000mAh and is IP68 rated for protection against water and dust.

The phone has a metal frame, a glass back, and supports wireless charging. It’s also very expensive — the entry-level unlocked version (128GB) costs $1,000. The beefed-up variant with 512GB of storage can be yours for $1,250.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 516ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of onboard storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g

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Vivo Nex

VIvo Nex app screen

The Vivo Nex was one of the first devices with a notch-less near bezel-less design. To achieve this, Vivo had to get creative. As there’s no place for the selfie camera up front, the company placed it inside the phone. The camera pops up from the phone’s top edge when you open the camera app, which is something we expect to see on more Android smartphones in the near future.

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In addition to its futuristic pop-up camera, the Vivo Nex sports an in-display fingerprint scanner. The company also got creative with the speaker, using a technology called “Screen SoundCasting.” It basically turns the entire screen into a speaker, and you can place your ear anywhere on the display during a call to hear the other person.

The Vivo Nex has top-of-the-line specs, featuring the Snapdragon 845 chipset, up to 8GB of RAM, and a dual-camera setup. The Full HD+ screen measures 6.59 inches and the battery comes in at 4,000mAh. The phone is available in a few countries like China and India, but it hasn’t released in Western markets. However, you can get it from GearBest for $640.

Specs

  • 6.59-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,316 x 1,080 resolution, 338ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12 and 5MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 162 x 77 x 7.98mm, 199g

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 - rear

No search for the best bezel-less phone would be complete without a mention of Xiaomi’s Mi Mix series, which captivated audiences with one of the first and most extreme takes on ultra-thin bezels back in 2016. The Mi Mix 3 was announced last week and offers an even higher screen-to-body ratio than its predecessors at 93.4 percent.

Xiaomi’s flagship doesn’t sport a notch and has some of the thinnest bezels we’ve seen on a smartphone. It also has a slider design, revealing the two front-facing cameras when you push down the front part of the device. It’s not motorized like on the Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X, which means it’s much less likely to break.

Other highlight features of the phone include 960fps slow-mo video capture, dual frequency GPS, and an affordable price tag. Prices start at 3,300 yuan (~$475) for the 6GB and 128GB model and go up to 4,000 yuan (~$575) for the 8GB and 256GB version. There’s also a special edition of the phone available called Forbidden City Palace Museum, which comes with 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and costs 5,000 yuan (~$720).

Specs

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 403ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8/10GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12 and 12MP rear cameras, 24 and 2MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 3,200mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.9 × 74.7 × 8.5mm, 218g

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These are the best bezel-less phones in our opinion, although there are plenty of other great models to choose from. Which ones would you add to the list? Be sure to let us know in the comments! 

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