The PPI rat race is over for good and manufacturers have been looking for more innovative and meaningful ways to enhance one of the most important aspects of your smartphone experience – its display.
Looks like the trendy 18:9 displays that debuted with phones like LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ have proved to be quite convincing. These displays appear to be more tall than wide and allow manufacturers to accommodate larger display size without compromising much on one-handed usage.
Editor’s Note: Most manufacturers have now evolved to use of 19:9 or ‘Notch Displays’ by now. Screens with weird aspect ratios like 19.3:9 or 19.5: 9 are also fairly common these days.
If the notch isn’t your thing, you can consider one of these phones with 18:9 displays. If you don’t mind the notch, you can also check the list of phones with 19:9 or notch display.
Do 18:9 aspect ratio screens add any value?
So how much value does this sort of display actually add? We would say it’s more than just tech snake oil. Watching videos on the longer SG S8+ and LG G6 displays certainly feel more appetizing.
Besides, a lot of Video content is already being shot for wider 2:1 (or 18:9) aspect ratio screens and, also, popular content streaming sites like Netflix and Prime Videos already stream content for such wide screens. Moving forward, this trend is going to stick and we will see more content that can adapt to such displays. Even today, the software can efficiently scale videos to fit full screen on 18:9 screens rather nicely.
As mentioned above, another advantage of such displays is that they allow for better one-handed usage since they are narrower than same size 16:9 screens, thus allowing manufacturers to fit in huge displays in not-so-huge phones. Also, the fact that you can fit more on the display also helps while surfing the internet, and during split-screen multitasking (something that we find ourselves using quite often these days).
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Best Premium Phones with 18:9 Display
1. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus
Samsung flagship phones the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are now up and running. Once again the phone comes with full vision display or what Samsung likes to calls an Infinity display, up front, with 18.5:9 screen aspect ratio.
In terms of look, the Galaxy S9s doesn’t differ from its predecessor, S8, but Samsung has upgraded the specs to keep things fresh. Both phones are powered by the latest chipset, “Reimagined camera”, powerful stereo speakers, new fingerprint sensor position, and AR emojis.
- View Samsung Galaxy S9 Full Specifications and Lowest Price
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2. HTC U11 Plus
HTC unleashed its 18:9 display phone, HTC U11 Plus, in India. The upgraded version of U11 comes with full vision 6-inch QHD+ panel surrounded by minimal-bezels and ‘Edge Sense’ feature that triggers apps when you squeeze the edge of the phone.
Under the hood, the HTC U11 Plus is powered by Snapdragon 835 processor backed by 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. For photography, it comes with a 12-megapixel Ultrapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera.
3. Google Pixel 2XL
The software giant, Google, announced two “Made by Google” smartphones this year, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL. While the Pixel 2 comes with the normal display with thick bezels, the Pixel 2XL, a higher-variant of the same model, sports full vision display with 18:9 screen-to-body aspect ratio.And you will also find dual front-facing speakers on top and bottom.
The Pixel 2XL comes clad in an aluminum body with hybrid coating and a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Other features of the phone include POLED Display, a camera with OIS+EIS support, Android Oreo and Snapdragon 835 processor.
4. iPhone X
To mark the tenth anniversary of iPhone, Apple on September 12 announced a refreshingly new iPhone, dubbed as the iPhone X. The new iPhone X marks the beginning of the infinity display with 18:9 screen aspect ration on the Apple smartphones.
Looking at the other changed features on the phone, this time the iPhone doesn’t feature bezels on the top and bottom of the screen, and the famous Apple home button is missing too. The phone comes with FaceID unlock and on the rear it has got the vertically placed dual-rear cameras supported by LED flash.
5. Samsung Galaxy Note8
Samsung’s latest offering the Galaxy Note 8 also houses an infinity display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Just like the Galaxy S8 duo is a phone bewitches you with its looks and a killer display.
If you dear to look past those two aspects, it got a dual rear camera setup, S-pen and premium hardware that will tempt you to buy this phone. It packs an immersive QHD+ display, Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895SoC, 6GB RAM and 64GB storage under the hood.
6. Samsung Galaxy S8/ S8+
The Galaxy S8+ and S8 have the best smartphone displays money can buy. Samsung’s AMOLED expertise combined with swanky curves make this corner-cut display way ahead of its time and of the competition.
The new Experience UI on the phone is well optimized to handle the immersive 18.5: 9 aspect ratio screen and most content and apps scale in a palatable manner. It’s not the fastest phone around, but the high-end hardware and awesome camera performance ensure that most of us won’t find much to complain about.
Best 18:9 Display Phones Under Rs. 40,000
1. LG V30+
LG is might serious about Infinity displays. The company’s latest offering, the LG V30+, is the third device that has made up to this list.
The phone sports a Full vision display with 18:9 screen aspect ratio, which runs end to end and is surrounded by minimal bezels. The LG V30+ is a successor of the South Korean firm’s previous offering LG V10 and V20 smartphones.
2. Vivo V9
Vivo (Review) has further reduced the bezels on the successor of its last year V7 to make its Vivo V9 true full vision display phone. It has a 6.3-inch FHD+ 19:9 display with 90 percent screen to body aspect ration and a notch on top that doesn’t interfere with your viewing experience.
Other major highlights of the Vivo V9 include a 24MP front camera, dual 16MP+5MP rear camera, Snapdragon 626 chipset, 3260mAh battery, and Android 8.1 Oreo-based software running out of the box.
3. Nokia 7 Plus
Nokia 7 Plus (Quick Review) is the first Snapdragon 660 powered phone in India. It packs competitive hardware and fills the price void around Rs. 25,000 which used to be OnePlus’ forte until last year.
The Nokia 7 Plus runs stock Android, uses Zeiss optics for its dual rear cameras and the front camera and has a 3800mAh battery. It’s also the only Nokia branded phone as of now with an 18:9 display.
4. Samsung Galaxy A8+
Samsung painted its mid-range Galaxy A8+ with full vision display, too. Face up, the Galaxy A8+ boast a dazzling 6-inch 18:9 SAMOLED display. The exterior of the phone is reminiscent of the Galaxy Note 8 and is indeed quite close in terms of look and feel.
Apart from its infinity display, the Galaxy A8+ also has a dual-front camera that comes with a live focus for a portrait shot. Under the hood, the phone is powered by 7885 mobile chipsets paired with 6GB RAM and 64-storage and a dedicated microSD card slot.
5. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
The latest device by Xiaomi flaunts an 18:9 display, on the front. The company has launched the device on their home soil and is the successor of last year’s Mi Mix. The Mi Mix 2 sports a very unique display, with screen running right from its forehead to the bottom bezels.
Other key highlights of the phone include a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor backed by 6GB/8GB RAM and 64GB /128GB /256GB storage space. For photography, it has 12MP Sony IMX 386 sensor with 4axis optical stabilization at the back and 8MP with f/2.0 aperture on the front.
6. LG G6
The LG G6, too, offers flagship experience and a gorgeous 5.7-inch 18:9 2K resolution IPS LCD screen, which is also HDR 10 and Dolby Vision compliant, for a very reasonable price.
The water-resistant phone is powered by Snapdragon 821 SoC paired with 4GB RAM and includes dual 13MP wide-angle rear camera system with OIS and wide aperture optics. It’s quite compact for a 5.7-inch display phone owing to the ultra-narrow bezels around the screen and houses a 3300mAh battery.
Best 18:9 Display Phones Under Rs 20,000
1. Xiaomi Mi A2
The Mi A2 (Hands-on Review) is the popular second generation Android One phone from Xiaomi. Which is to say, that it runs pure and the latest Android software and keep doing so for the next two to three years.
It’s steered by the powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset and has an impressive set of cameras on the rear and on front. The base variant of the phone with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage costs less than Rs. 20K.
2. Redmi Note 5 Pro
Xiaomi has been a bit late to the game but it has finally arrived. Keeping up with the current trends, the Redmi Note 5 Pro (quick-review) includes a 5.99-inch 18:9 display panel and dual rear cameras. The extra sensor is used for depth sensing.
The handset also has a 20MP selfie shooter and is powered by the much-awaited successor of Snapdragon 625, the Snapdragon 636. The phone is available in two variants with 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM respectively.
3. Samsung Galaxy On8 (2018) and Galaxy On6
The Samsung Galaxy On8 and Galaxy On6 are online versions of Galaxy J8 and Galaxy J6, respectively. Both of these phones employ 18:9 AMOLED panel, which is still fairly uncommon for phones under 20K.
The Galaxy On8 comes with dual rear cameras and is powered by Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor. The Galaxy On6, on the other hand, relies on Samsung’s own Exynos 7870 octa-core processors.
4. Honor 9 Lite
Honor 9 Lite is another Huawei phone that flaunts a near edge-to-edge display with 18:9 screen aspect ratio. In fact, it is one of the most affordable full-view display phones around.
The Honor 9 Lite is a packaged smartphone that has an excellent metal-glass unibody design and sports dual camera both front and the back. The phone comes running on latest Android Oreo out of the box and is powered by Kirin 659 chipset.
5. Oppo F5/Oppo F5 Youth
Oppo, another smartphone brand from BBK electronics, has announced a couple of mid-range 18:9 display phone. Oppo F5 and Oppo F5 Youth are the successors of company’s selfie expert, Oppo F3, and sports the dazzling 18:9 aspect ratio 6-inch full HD+ display. It is further layered by 2.5D glass Gorilla Glass 5 scratch resistant glass.
The new selfie expert from Chinese manufacturer comes with a new artificial intelligence feature that enhances selfie quality using AI algorithms. Under the hood, the F5/F5 Youth rocks on 2.3GHz MediaTek Helio P23 processor and runs on Android Nougat out of the box. The Oppo F5 Youth is a slightly lower variant of the F5.
6. Vivo V7+ and Vivo V7
The Vivo V7+ and V7 are among the first 18:9 display devices in the selfie series. Apart from the minor difference in display size and battery, most other specifications remain same on both phones.
Apart from the full edge-to-edge display, the V7+ and V7 feature a 24-megapixel selfie camera and a 16-megapixel rear camera. Both phones come with Snapdragon 450 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage. The phone will be available in Matte Black, Rose Gold, and Champaign Gold color options.
7. Huawei Honor 9i and Honor 7X
The Honor 9i and Honor 7X are two affordable full vision 18:9 screen-to-body aspect ratio smartphone launched in India by consumer electronics firm, Huawei.
The phones aren’t very different from one another, they both come clad in a metal unibody design, with round edges, 2.5D glass up front, and dual-cameras both at the back and front. Under the hood, the phone is powered by Kirin 659 processor, and driving Android Nougat based EMUI 5.1 software. Honor 9i has dual-camera both at the front and back.
- Huawei Honor 9i Full Specifications and Lowest Price
- Huawei Honor 7X Full Specifications and Lowest Price
Best 18:9 Display Phones Under Rs. 10,000
1. Realme 1
Realme 1 offers most of what is good with Oppo F7 for less than half the price. Powered by Helio P20, the Realme 1 is a great alternative to Redmi series phones available under Rs 10K.
It comes in multiple variants and the cheapest model that costs less than 10K has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
2. Redmi Note 5
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 is an incremental update to last year’s blockbuster Redmi Note 4, and the most glaring difference between the two is the use of 18:9 display and the consequent design advantage.
The Redmi Note 5 has about the same innards as Redmi Note 4 but it’s slimmer, looks prettier, and also less expensive.
3. Micromax Canvas Infinity
Micromax has managed to pass on this seemingly high-end feature to the affordable price segment. The Canvas Infinity (Hands-on review) costs just 9,999 INR and offers an 18:9 display with minimal bezels on all sides. The display resolution is HD+ and the handset is powered by Snapdragon 425 chipset with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
4. Redmi Y2
Out of a slew of affordable Xiaomi phones that launched this year, the Redmi Y2 is one of the better ones.
It flaunts a cleaner design and has an adequate 16MP front camera and is powered by Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset paired with up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage. And yes, it has a 6-inch 18:9 display, 3080mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor on the rear.
5. Infinix Hot S3
Infinix Hot S3 (Review) is an affordable 18:9 display option that employs Snapdragon 430 octa-core chipset paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
The handset runs Android Oreo-based software out of the box, has a 20MP selfie camera, and a 4000mAh battery.