Big displays have been the trend for some years now. But manufacturers are now taking the trend to the next level, by giving devices a compact form factor but a large display, which feature a whopping 18:9 aspect ratio or more. Now, since the beginning of 2017, you must have heard the word aspect ratio a lot, but what does it mean? Aspect ratio is the proportion between the width and height of a screen. So in displays with 18:9 aspect ratio, 18 represents width, and 9 stands for height. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 finally gets MIUI 12 updateAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to get quarterly security updates now
Most of the current crop of smartphones that have wider bezels have an aspect ratio of 16:9. Some older devices, as well as new ones such as the Blackberry KeyONE have a 4:3 or square 1:1 screen. But the reason why the wider aspect ratio is so popular is because it offers a wider-than-usual screen, when the size of the display varies only a little. You can tell that the width is exactly twice the height on an 18:9 aspect ratio screen. Such a screen is ideal for watching videos or playing games, since the display will crop less of the video to accommodate it to the screen size. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users facing GPS issues
Therefore it is only fair that the 18:9 displays are getting so much attention. In fact, if you want to own a smartphone with such a display, since the beginning of this year till now, there are now a decent range of smartphones available that come with a similar full view screen. Below is the list of smartphones with an 18:9 display that are available in India.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2
Xiaomi has just launched its stunning Mi MIX 2 smartphone in India, which was launched in China last month. Priced at Rs 35,999, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is technically not available for purchase immediately, but it goes up on sale very soon, starting October 17 at 12:00PM. The smartphone will be sold online exclusively via Flipkart and mi.com. And starting November first week, the Mi MIX 2 will be also available across Mi Homes and other offline partners, along with Flipkart and mi.com. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 to go on sale in India starting October 17
Talking about its display, which is undoubtedly one of its highlights, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 features a 6-inch full HD+ IPS-LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 2160 pixels. It has an 18:9 screen aspect ratio, and a screen-to-body ratio of over 80 percent. RELATED: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Review: When a smartphone becomes an experience
Last week, Huawei s e-brand Honor also joined the 18:9 display race with the launch of the Honor 9i in India. In fact, from what Honor claims, the smartphone is first ever in the world to feature a full-view display and four cameras. Priced at Rs 17,999, the Honor 9i will be exclusively available via Flipkart starting October 14.
The Honor 9i features a 5.9-inch Full HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, a 2.5D curved glass, and 83 percent screen-to-body ratio. It is also Honor s first full-view display smartphone. ALSO READ: Honor 9i First Impressions: This pocket-friendly phone might give a tough time to the premium biggies
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Launched globally in August, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 went up on sale last month in India. Priced at Rs 67,900, it’s available both offline (Samsung stores and select retailers), and online on Amazon India and Samsung s official website. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: The beast unleashed!
The Galaxy Note 8 features a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display, running at QHD resolution with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. The smartphone s display is layered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+: Which is a better buy?
Beside, Honor 9i, LG Q6 is another smartphone that falls pretty near the budget segment, and offers the popular 18:9 display. It features a 5.5-inch FullVision display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, resolution of 1080 2160 pixels and a screen-to-body ratio of 78 percent. The smartphone is priced at Rs 14,990, and is available across e-commerce platforms. ALSO READ: LG Q6 misses out on the fingerprint sensor, but offers an edge-to-edge display for Rs 14,990
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+
Another pair from Samsung is the Galaxy S8 duo, that debuted earlier this year. The Samsung Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED Display with QHD resolution and 586ppi, which the Galaxy S8+ comes with a larger 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with same QHD resolution but 531ppi. The two smartphones come with Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
As for pricing, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are priced at Rs 57,900 and Rs 64,900 respectively. Both of them are available on Flipkart, Samsung India e-Store and select offline stores. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A combination of beauty, beast and near-perfection!
Another last month launch was the Vivo V7+ that went up on sale at a price tag of Rs 21,990. The smartphone is available for purchase across all e-commerce platforms, as well as select offline retailers. Somewhat similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8-duo and LG Q6, the Vivo V7+ features an edge-to-edge FullView display, with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Except, this one measures 5.99-inch. Vivo says it has reduced the bezel, which is now at 2.15mm, by over 40 percent as compared to a normal 5.5-inch smartphone . Vivo claims to have achieved 84.4 percent screen-to-body ratio with its large display.
Also in the category is the recently launched LG G6, which is priced at Rs 51,990, and is exclusively available on Amazon India. The LG G6 flaunts a 5.7-inch QHD display (2880x1440p) with a near bezel-less design, and an aspect ratio of 18:9. It has an 80.7 percent screen-to-body ratio. ALSO READ: LG G6 review: The flagship smartphone that you deserved, a year ago!
Micromax Canvas Infinity
Finally, also in the list is the Micromax Canvas Infinity, which was launched at Rs 9,999, and features a 5.7-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 1440 pixels, and an 18:9 aspect ratio screen. The device is exclusively available on Amazon India. ALSO READ: Micromax Canvas Infinity Review: It s all about the screen
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