For a time, smartphone screen sizes seemed to be growing out of control. Phones went from having 4-inch touchscreens to having 6-inch or larger screens, seemingly not considering the comfort or actual usability of such a size phone. Samsung was likely the biggest player in this game, pushing the size of screens to help differentiate its phones from the pack, and increasing the screen size of their flagship phones every single year. This year Samsung has unveiled two new flagships, both of which come with larger screens than we’ve ever seen on any flagship from the company. The Galaxy S8’s 5.8-inch display and the Galaxy S8+’s 6.2-inch display sound absolutely massive when compared to even just last year’s more modest 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch screens for the Galaxy S7.
What’s important to note, however, is that unlike last year’s Galaxy S7 in particular, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feature almost no bezels around the phone at all. In fact Samsung has not only opted for dual curved edges on both models to make the screens wrap from the left edge all the way to the right edge, but it also opted for an ultra tall aspect ratio. At 18.5:9, this aspect ratio is significantly taller than the standard 16:9 aspect ratio most phones use, and the removal of the physical home button beneath the screen has also allowed Samsung to stretch that screen nearly to the top and bottom edge of the device as well. What we end up with here are devices that are deceivingly small considering their screen size, but how do they stack up to the rest of the hot Android powered phones out there?
In this video we explore the size differences between the Galaxy S8+, the LG G6, the HTC U Ultra and the Google Pixel XL. The first three have all debuted this Spring, meaning they’re the absolute latest phones you can buy right now, however we’ve also included the incredibly popular Google Pixel XL for comparison as well. How much do bezels really matter for daily use, and how much of a difference can they really make? For reference the LG G6 utilizes a 5.7-inch screen with 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio, while the HTC U Ultra has a 5.7-inch 16:9 screen with a secondary 2.05-inch ticker display above, and the Google Pixel XL has a 5.5-inch 16:9 display. See the results in the video below!