The design of smartphones has evolved over the period of time. Smartphones have come a long way from being outrightly up with loads of unused and dead space on the top and bottom of the display to phones with a high screen to body ratio. There are phones now that come with the screen to body ratio as high as 93% all thanks to Xiaomi bringing bezel less phones to the fore with the beautiful Mi Mix which is easily a premium phone with no bezels altogether. However the Mi Mix is a premium phone and has a limited availability, hence in this round-up, we bring the favorite affordable bezel less phones in 2017 which essentially may not be from the top brands but still are the best value for money.
These cheap Mi-Mix Alternatives are based on Android and can be bought globally. So without further adieu, let us have a look at the budget Bezel less & borderless phones under $300.
LG recently launched the LG Q6, a stripped down version of LG G6, with the same design and screen to body ratio. Although the Q6 isn’t quite a bezel less phones like the ones mentioned here, it has a different design altogether and a unique 18:9 edge-to-edge display. With the excellent display and a lovely design, LG Q6 is a definitely one of the best available budget bezel less phones that are available globally.
LG Q6 Specifications
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 435 Mobile Platform
- Display: 5.5-inch 18:9 FHD+ FullVision Display (2160 x 1080 / 442ppi)
- Memory: 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM
- Camera: Rear 13MP Standard Angle / Front 5MP Wide Angle
- Battery: 3,000mAh (embedded)
- Operating System: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
- Size: 142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1mm
- Weight: 149g
- Network: 4G VoLTE / 3G / 2G
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.2 / USB Type-B 2.0
- Colors: Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Terra Gold
- Other: Face Recognition / Google Assistant / Square Camera / Steady Record / FM Radio
This is a true bezel less phone from a little known Chinese brand DOOGEE was one of the first few Mi Mix alternatives. Like the Xiaomi Mi Mix, it comes with a high screen to body ratio.The DOOGEE Mix comes with a 5.5-inches HD display, 6GB RAM along with 64GB internal storage. Another highlight of the phone is that it comes with a dual rear camera setup.
The Doogee Mix is one of the best budget bezel less phone that can ship globally. Its detailed specifications are as under:
DOOGEE Mix Specifications
- Display: 5.5 inches, 1280 x 720 pixels HD AMOLED screen
- CPU: Helio P25 4 x Cortex-A53 2.5GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 1.6GHz
- System: Android 7.0
- Camera: 5.0MP front camera with 86 degree wide angle and auto beauty mode + rear camera 8.0MP + 16.0MP with PDAF
- Sensor: Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Touch Sensor
- SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby, Micro SIM + Nano SIM
- Feature: GPS, Glonass
- Bluetooth: 4.0
- Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz WCDMA 900/2100MHz FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7/B8/B20
Another beautiful budget bezel less Android smartphone that has caught everyone’s attention is Maze Alpha. This borderless phone comes in a metal unibody design, bezel less display in a 6-inches body, dual rear camera (13Mp+5MP) and comes in 2 variants 4GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB.
Maze Alpha Specifications
- Device Type – Android 4G Bezel-Less Smartphone
- CPU – Octa-Core 4x 2.5GHz ARM Cortex-A53+ 4x 1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A53
- Chipset – MediaTek Helio P25 MT6757, 64-bit Processor
- GPU – ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 900 MHz, 2-Cores
- Camera – 13 Megapixels + 5 Megapixels f.2.2 Dual-LED and AF Rear Camera | 5 Megapixel Front camera
- Memory – RAM- 4GB/6GB LPDDR4x | ROM 64GB/128GB External Memory Support up to 256GB (Uses SIM 2 Slot)
- Display – Screen size 6.0 inches IPS, LCD FHD (1080 x 1920 Pixels)
- Battery – Non-Removable 4,000 mAh Lithium-ion Polymer
- SIM – Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano+ Nano/microSD), Dual Standby
- Sensors – Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Compass, Fingerprint, Hall Sensor
- Color – Blue, Jet-Black, Turquoise
- Operating System – Android 7.0 Nougat OS
- I/O Interface – 1 x Nano SIM Card Slot, 1 x Nano SIM Card Slot or microSD/TF Card Slot, Type-C USB Port, 3.5mm Audio Out Port, Power Button, Volume Button, Microphone, Speaker
- Dimensions – 159.8 mm x 82.5 mm x 8.1 mm
- Weight – 225 Grams (With Battery)
Sharp was the first company to start the bezel less phone race, way before Xiaomi did it with Mi Mix. Infact, Mi Mix had a lot of features that were directly picked up from the Sharp Aquos Crystal that came a couple of years back. However, recently Sharp announced this beautiful budget bezelless display phone the, Sharp Aquos S2. It comes with a 5.5-inch (1080 x 2040 pixels) Full HD+ display with a whopping 84.95% screen-to-body ratio. It uses Free Form Display technology to make small holes in the screen for front camera and receiver. A very narrow fingerprint sensor is located below the screen. The Sharp Aquos S2 comes with a dual rear camera setup with a main 12-MP camera and a secondary 8MP camera.
SHARP AQUOS S2 specifications
- 5.5-inch (1080 x 2040 pixels) Full HD+ LCD display 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass protection
- Octa Core Snapdragon 630 with Adreno 508 GPU / Octa Core Snapdragon 660 with Adreno 512 GPU
- 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
- Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano/microSD)
- Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
- 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, PDAF, secondary 8MP camera
- 8MP front-facing camera, 1.4um pixel size, f/2.0 aperture
- Fingerprint sensor
- 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C
- 2930mAh (minimum) / 3020mAh (typical) battery with Quick Charge 3.0
Another one of the Chinese brands, the VKworld Mix Plus does not look different from most of the above-mentioned phones. In fact its the cheapest of the lot and you can try this phone in case you want to experience a cheap bezel-less smartphone without burning a hole in your pocket.
VKWorld Mix Plus Specifications
- Display: 5.5 inch, 1280 x 720 Pixel 2.5D Arc screen
- CPU: MTK6737 Quad Core 1.3GHz
- System: Android 7.0
- RAM + ROM: 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM
- Camera: 5.0MP ( SW 8.0MP ) front camera + 8.0MP ( SW 13.0MP ) back camera
- Sensor: Fingerprint Scanner, Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor
- SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby. Micro + Nano SIM
Budget Bezel Less Phones
These are a few bezel less smartphones that you can get hold off right now. The trend of borderless design is catching up and we are going to see a lot of premium and budget bezel less phones in 2017 and we will keep updating the list hence do not forget to save this as a bookmark and keep checking on from time to time.
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