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 “waterfall” curved display phones with steeper curves.
Of course, all Samsung Galaxy S-series and Note-series phones from the 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 8 Pro and OnePlus 8
To justify its leap to a truly premium price segment, OnePlus worked on improving the display on its phones. The 7 Pro (Review) was the first curved-display phone from the company, and this year, both of the OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 have curved AMOLED screens with high-refresh-rate.
OnePlus 8 Pro has a 2k display with 10-bit colors and 120Hz refresh rate. This is a gorgeous HDR10+ compliant screen that currently has the best specs on paper.
OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are both powered by Snapdragon 865 octa-core chipset paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage. The Pro variant wireless charging, and IP68 dust and water resistance rating.
OnePlus 8 Pro Specifications
Display: 6.78-inch QHD+ AMOLED (120Hz), HDR10+ | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 12GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Oxygen OS – Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 48MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 199g | Dimensions: 165.3 x 74.4 x 8.5 mm |Battery: 4510mAh
OnePlus 8 Specifications
Display: 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED (90Hz), HDR10+ | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 12GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Oxygen OS – Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 16MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 160.2 x 72.9 x 8 mm |Battery: 4300mAh
2. Motorola Edge+ and Moto Edge
Motorola Edge+ and Motorola Edge are solid phones powered by Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 765G, respectively. Both phones have the same 6.7-inch Full HD+ display with curved side edges and an in-display camera. Only the Plus variant gets HDR10+ compliance, though.
The Edge+ is more powerful and better of the two and has a 108MP main camera with 6K recording, but it’s also almost twice as expensive.
Moto Edge+ Specifications
Display: 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED (90Hz), HDR10+ | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 12GB| Storage: up to 256GB UFS 3.0| Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 108MP + 16MP + 8MP| Front camera: 25MP | Weight: 203g | Dimensions: 161.07 x 71.38 x 9.6mm | Battery: 5000mAh
Moto Edge Specifications
Display: 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED (90Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 6GB| Storage: up to 128GB UFS 2.1 | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP + 16MP + 8MP | Front camera: 25MP | Weight: 188g | Dimensions: 161.07 x 71.38 x 9.3mm | Battery: 4500mAh
3.Vivo X50 Pro 5G
The X50 Pro 5G is one of the most exciting phones launched in 2020 in India and yes it has curved edges on both sides. The Vivo X50 Pro 5G (review) comes with an AMOLED screen with curved edges looks really mesmerizing from every angle.
The 5G phone’s biggest highlight is its Gimbal rear camera system that includes 48MP f/1.6, Gimbal OIS equipped primary camera, coupled with an 8MP telephoto lens, 13MP depth sensor, and an 8MP ultra-wide sensor.
Display: 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED (90Hz), HDR10+ | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 octa-core CPU | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB UFS 2.1 | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 13MP + 8MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 181.5g | Dimensions: 158.5 x 72.8 x 8 mm | Battery: 4315mAh
4. Xiaomi Mi 10
The Mi 10 is Xiaomi’s first flagship phone in years to hit stores in India. It’s also officially the first Xiaomi phone with a curved display to go on sale in India. Yes, Xiaomi showcased the Mi Mix Alpha in India but they never really made it available to the public.
The Mi 10 5G phone comes with a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display which refreshes at 90Hz and has HDR10+ certification. Being a flagship smartphone, Xioami picked the Snapdragon 865 chipset which is coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM. The phone boasts of a 108MP sensor led quad-rear camera setup and a 20MP selfie camera.
Display: 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED (90Hz), HDR10+ | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB UFS 3.0 | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 108MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 208g | Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 9 mm | Battery: 4780mAh
5. Oppo Find X2 / Find X2 Pro
The second generation of Find X phones have no sliders or moving part. These are still powerful and pricey flagships, but they aren’t particularly distinct from numerous other SD 865 phones with curved displays.
Both the Find X2 Pro and Find X2 has the same screen – 6.67-inches, curved edges, AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR 10+ compliant. The Pro variant has a periscope telephoto lens and higher water-resistance rating, but apart from these minor differences, the two are quite similar.
Oppo Find X2 Pro specifications
Display: 6.7-inch QHD+ AMOLED (120Hz), HDR10+ | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 12GB| Storage: up to 512GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 13MP + 48MP| Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 217g | Dimensions: 165.2 x 74.4 x 8.8 mm |Battery: 4260mAh
Oppo Find X2 specifications
Display: 6.7-inch QHD+ AMOLED (120Hz), HDR10+| Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 12GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 13MP + 48MP| Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 217g | Dimensions: 165.2 x 74.4 x 8.8 mm |Battery: 4200mAh
6. 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!
7. 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 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Vivo Nex 3s
Vivo Nex 3s with waterfall display and pop-up selfie camera is official in China. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 865 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.
Vivo Nex 3S 5G specifications
Display: 6.89-inch FHD+ AMOLED | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 12GB| Storage: up to 512GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP + 13MP| Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 218g | Dimensions: 167.4 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm |Battery: 4500mAh
11. 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.
12. Oppo Reno 3 Pro
Oppo Reno 3 Pro, a 5G phone powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G. This one comes with a curved 6.5-inch 90Hz AMOLED display and houses the 32MP front camera within a stylish circular notch.
The handset runs Android 10-based color OS 7 and makes room for a 4025mAh battery with 30W fast charging support. Other highlights include stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support, quad-rear cameras, up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage.
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 the end of 2020, we expect these curved displays to be available on mid-range phones.