Curved edge smartphone displays used to be exclusive to Samsung at the start (that is if you don’t count LG’s G Flex and G Flex 2), but now they are more common and we do see these swanky screens on phones from many other manufacturers (most of these screens sourced from BOE). (हिंदी में पढ़िए)
You might argue that these curved edges don’t add any real value to the core functionality, but they sure as hell look enchanting and have passed the test of time. In fact, we are now evolving towards the next generation of curved display phones with a lot steeper curves.
Of course, all Samsung Galaxy S-series and Note-series phones from last few years have curved displays (except for S5e), but if you are looking for non-Samsung options, here are a few you can consider.
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1. OnePlus 7 Pro
To justify its leap to truly premium price segment this year, OnePlus worked on improving the display on its phones. The 7 Pro (Review) was the first mainstream phone to offer 90Hz refresh rate. The AMOLED panel used has curved edges, 2K resolution, supports DC dimming and is devoid of any sort of cut-out or notch.
The 7 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 855 octa-core chipset paired with LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. It also gets faster Warp charging, a 4000mAh battery, and triple rear cameras.
2. Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Huawei Mate 30 Pro is the first mainstream Huawei phone to launch without Google apps out of the box. It’s still pretty easy to sideload Google apps on the phone and Google has also pitched in to ensure that its services run fine on the handset.
The Mate 30 Pro has what is now being popularly being referred to as waterfall display. As the name suggests, the display folds steeply and forms the side edges. The Mate 30 Pro is of course loaded with cool technology and is powered by Kirin 990 octa-core chipset. The handset has triple rear cameras and can shoot whopping 7680fps slow-motion videos!
3. Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha
Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha is still a concept phone, but it’s quite an interesting one at that. The phone pushes the concept of curved display on phones to its extreme. The AMOLED panel used on the Mi Mix Alpha wraps around the front and covers the most of the back panel!
The handset is powered by Snapdragon 855 Plus octa-core chipset paired with 12GB RAM and will see a limited release later this year.
4. Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The Mate 20 Pro (Review) is undoubtedly the most charismatic phone from Huawei that we have experienced so far. The phone is compact, has delectable curves, and has one of the best smartphone cameras around.
This explains why the Mate 20 Pro has been a hot seller and continues to be a relevant option months after its launch. Other notable highlights include the 7nm Kirin 980 chipset, 40W fast charging, and fast wireless charging.
5. Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei P30 Pro (Review) is known for its impressive Super ZOOM camera (10X lossless, 5X optical) and has all the required ingredients for a 2019 flagship, including a beautiful curved edge display.
This is a Full HD AMOLED panel with wide dynamic range and high contrast. There is, however, a downside. Though most consumers wouldn’t notice, the screen shows excessive PWM flicker anywhere below peak brightness. Or in other words, the screen could be harsh on people sensitive to PWM flicker.
Other hardware is almost similar to Mate 20 Pro.
6. Nokia 8 Sirocco
HMD Global’s last-year flagship, the Nokia 8 Sirocco, is still its best looking phone. The Sirocco has curved edges that taper to just 2mm thickness.
The phone includes a 5.5-inch vibrant OLED panel, is IP67 water-resistant, supports wireless charging, and has dual rear cameras with Zeiss optics. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 835 chipset with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and is part of Google’s Android One program.
7. Vivo Nex 3
Vivo Nex 3 with waterfall display and pop-up selfie camera is official in China. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 855 Plus octa-core chipset and brandishes 64MP sensor lead triple rear camera arrangement.
RAM and Storage options go all the way up to 8GB and 256GB, respectively. The handset houses a 4500mAh battery that supports up to 44W ultra-fast charging.
8. Oppo Find X Second Generation (Upcoming)
Oppo officially revealed its next-generation “Waterfall Display” technology, and these screens have extreme 88-degree curves on both side edges, thus facilitating a high screen-to-body ratio. The prototype with this curved edged display is uninterrupted or notch-free.
The display is likely to be used on more than one phone, and from the initial teasers, it’s likely that we’d first see Oppo’s Waterfall Display first on the next generation Find X.
9. Sony Xperia XZ3
Unlike other Sony phones that have streamlined bodies, Sony Xperia XZ3 as well as its predecessor both don a curved edge display. The OLED panel further refines the experience.
It packs Qualcomm’s flagship chipset, improved stereo speakers with more bass, and a better selfie camera letting in more light. The big deal here is the Android Pie out-of-the-box and AI features that come with it. A fair battery capacity of 3300mAh teamed up with a battery efficient OLED display makes it even more efficient.
10. LG V30+
LG V30+ includes an 18:9 aspect ratio POLED display with subtle curves on both sides and is now available for a mid-range price. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 835, is dust and water-resistant, and has a HiFi quad-DAC.
In 2019, the LG V30+ is a bit dated, but still deserves a spot on this list.
Best Non-Samsung Phones With A Curved Display
Samsung still remains the king of the hill when it comes to AMOLED and Flexible AMOLED displays, but other manufacturers are fast catching up. By 2020, we expect these curved displays to be available on mid-range phones.