Market forces made us endure screens interrupted with various sorts of notches and cutouts for a considerable time, but that’s all about to end soon. During the last two years, we have seen the Android community evolve from hating notches to being indifferent towards them. But living with the new wave of bezel-less, full-view display phones has convinced us that the world is better off without notches and it’s imperative that natural order be restored to our phone screens.
For now, most of the true full-view and notch-less display phones use Pop-up cameras or sliders, but a few tech giants including Samsung, Oppo, and Xiaomi have already demonstrated prototypes or talked about phones that place the front camera behind the screen.
So, if you are looking for a phone without a notch or with a screen that extends edge to edge, we have listed the best options you may consider.
For the sake of clarity, the list has been segregated into three segments – Premium phones, Mid-range phones, and Affordable phones.
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Premium Phones with notch-free full-view display
In this segment, we have listed phones that cost around Rs. 40,000 or more.
1. OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus was one of the first few Android OEMs to usher in a notch, and it’s also one of the first in the premium segment to get rid of it. The OnePlus 7 Pro (review) has a true full-view display with extremely narrow bezels and a gorgeous one at that.
The 90Hz refresh rate makes it super smooth, the resolution goes all the way up to 2K, and, there are those slick curves at the edges. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 855 octa-core chipset paired with high-quality UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR4X RAM. On the downside, the 7 Pro is big and bulky, is missing the audio jack, and has a mediocre set of cameras.
2. Oppo Reno 10X Zoom
What truly makes Oppo Reno 10X Zoom special is periscope-style 5X optical Zoom, that it offers at a significantly lower price than Huawei P30 Pro. The Reno 10X zoom (quick review) also has a unique take on pop-up camera that it calls shark fin design.
The elevating module opens like a fin and also makes room for the earpiece and LED flash. Anyway, the result is an immersive full-view AMOLED display that extends edge to edge. The Reno 10X Zoom has flagship-grade specs, including the Snapdragon 855, but all the tech housed within makes it a tad thick and heavy.
3. Samsung Galaxy A80
The Galaxy A80 is the only phone from Samsung with an AMOLED screen that extends edge to edge. Yes, even the high-end S-series and Note-series flagships rely on cutouts or punch holes to accommodate the front camera.
The Galaxy A80 implements the bezel-less, full-view screen using an elevating and swivel camera system. Thus the triple rear cameras also double as front selfie shooters. Perhaps this unnecessarily complicated design can be held responsible for disproportionately inflating the price. So, if you really consider an immersive full-view AMOLED screen from Samsung a top priority, you may consider the Snapdragon 730-powered Galaxy A80.
Midrange phones with full-view display
In the mid-range segment, we have listed phones with retail prices ranging between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 40,000.
4. Asus 6Z
The 6Z (globally known as the Zenfone 6) is one of the most impressive phones we have seen from Asus in India. The 6Z (review) has a gorgeous and well-calibrated IPS LCD display that covers the entire facia. The selfie camera is housed in a flip module and this glass body phone houses a massive 5000mAh battery while being reasonably manageable.
The 6.4-inch screen has Full HD resolution which is quite sharp considering this is an IPS LCD and not AMOLED screen. This competitively priced Snapdragon 855-powered phone also has stereo speakers, 48MP primary camera, and runs an extremely close-to-stock version of Zen UI.
5. Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro
Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 Pro (review) brandishes an impressive set of specs that you’d otherwise find on phones priced significantly higher. With the K20 Pro, Xiaomi pays due attention to design and the phone gets a full-view AMOLED display (6.4-inch, full HD+) with an in-display fingerprint sensor lying underneath.
As is the case with most other Xiaomi phones, the K20 Pro is a great value proposition. Key features include triple rear cameras, 4000mAh battery with fast charging support, and MIUI 10 interface with fewer ads.
6. Oppo Reno
Oppo Reno, which is a trimmed-down version of the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom, has the same design with shark-fin pop-up and is also slimmer and significantly lighter. The handset has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display (Full HD) with around 87% screen-to-body ratio that targets DCI-P3 color gamut and is shielded by Gorilla Glass variant.
This one is missing 10X lossless zoom and Snapdragon 855, but the 48MP primary rear camera and SD 710 chipset should still be a good deal for light and moderate user.
Affordable phones with full-view display
In the affordable section, we have listed phones that cost under Rs. 25,000.
7. Realme X
The Realme X (review) is a very competent phone that includes trendy features like a full-view AMOLED screen with minimal bezels on three sides, in-display fingerprint sensor, and pop-up camera – all for a sub Rs. 20,000 price.
The handset also comes in catchy onion and garlic gradients that look extremely premium. Other highlights include VOOC 3.0 fast charging, 48MP rear camera, and Snapdragon 710 chipset.
8. Xiaomi Redmi K20
Redmi K20 passes on most of what’s good with the Redmi K20 Pro at a lower price point. The handset has the same design as the Pro variant and the same immersive full-view AMOLED display.
The Redmi K20 is however driven by Snapdragon 730 and replaces the Sony 48MP sensor with a Samsung sensor of the same resolution. Other features include in-display fingerprint reader, Pop-up camera, and 4000mAh battery with fast charging.
9. Vivo V15 Pro and Vivo V15
The Vivo 15 Pro has been around for a while, but it’s still a relevant option, especially at the new price. Both the V15 Pro and V15 employ a pop-up front camera and have a full-view display. The Pro variant, however, benefits from a better AMOLED screen and is powered by Snapdragon 675.
The Funtouch OS running on the phones isn’t very exciting, but it’s stable and quite feature rich.
10. Oppo K3
The Oppo K3 is almost the same as Realme X, save for a few differences. The primary rear camera has a lower resolution 16MP sensor and the base variant gets relatively more RAM (6GB).
The Oppo K3 has a near bezel-less and uninterrupted AMOLED screen that measures 6.5-inch diagonally. The handset houses a 3765mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging support and runs Android Pie based Color OS.
11. Huawei Y9 Prime
Huawei Y9 Prime is the first Huawei phone in India to deliver a full-view screen. The IPS LCD display on the phone measures 6.59-inch and is full HD sharp.
The handset is powered by Kirin 710 octa-core chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. Other features include triple rear cameras, 4000mAh battery, and Android Pie based EMUI 10 software.
10 Best Phones with Full-view display without Notch to buy in 2019
These are some of the immersive full-view display phones you may consider. If you are more interested in getting rid of the Notch matters more than a bezel-less screen, you may also consider options like Google Pixel 3a XL, Google Pixel 4, Black Shark 2, and Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
List of phones with full-view display to buy in August 2019
|OnePlus 7 Pro||Rs 48,999|
|Oppo Reno 10X Zoom||Rs 39,990|
|Samsung Galaxy A80||Rs 47, 990|
|Asus 6Z||Rs 31,990|
|Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro||Rs 27,999|
|Oppo Reno||Rs 32,999|
|Realme X||Rs 16,990|
|Xiaomi Redmi K20||Rs 21,990|
|Vivo V15 Pro||Rs 23,499|
|Oppo K3||Rs 16,990|