Screen size is certainly one of the factors that consumers look at when trying to decide on which new smartphone to buy, but it isn’t the only factor. Some consumers are going to be looking at screen to body ratio as well, which is basically just how much screen you actually get in contrast to the size of the phone. Ideally, with the way the trend seems to be going people want to have the most screen they possibly can with as small of a smartphone body as possible, or to put it another way, a phone with a decent sized or large display but minimal bezels. Aesthetically this looks the best to many consumers, and past the aesthetics it gives you more usable screen real estate to work with which from a functional standpoint could be a pretty big difference for some.
Which devices these days have the largest screen to body ratio? Thanks to this handy infographic from Mobilsiden, consumers can overview the breakdown of which smartphones come with the most display in contrast to their body. The infographic breaks things down in percentages to make them easier to understand. According to the list, the SHARP AQUOS Crystal has (perhaps unsurprisingly) the largest screen to body ratio of any device to date, sitting at 78.5% screen. If you’ve ever seen this phone in person or in crystal clear images, you have a great idea of how much screen you actually have to work with. The bezels are insanely minimal compared to other devices. What comes as kind of a shock is that the SHARP AQUOS Crystal 2 comes in second place behind its predecessor, having only 77.2% screen to body ratio.
Bringing up the rear of the phones on the infographic is the Apple iPhone 5s with a 60.8% screen to body ratio, along with some more recent devices like the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy A3, and Oppo R7. Where do Samsung’s two latest devices sit? More or less in the middle, with the Galaxy S6 Edge having a 71.7% screen to body ratio while the Samsung Galaxy S6 comes in just a tad bit lighter at 70.6%. Other current flagships like Sony’s Xperia Z4 comes in with a 70.9% screen to body ratio while its predecessor, the Xperia Z3, comes in at a flat 71%. All these numbers merely tell you how much of the glass front panel you’re actually getting to make use of, and while this isn’t an important detail to all users, it’s interesting to see how much of your display is actually usable display.