All You Need to Know About Screen-to-Body Ratio on Smartphones

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Shopping for a new device might be confusing especially when you have to deal with various features including the screen to body ratio.

Mobile phones come in various display sizes. This feature is measured as the diagonal length of the display from one end to the other. Note that this measurement accounts for the screen without the bezel.

The screen-to-body ratio is the measure of how much the display covers the front panel. Normally, it is presented as a percentage.

For instance, a smartphone with a screen-to-body ratio of 50% it means it has an equal amount of space covered by the body and screen respectively. Besides, for a smartphone with a screen ratio of 100%, there is a larger display with no prominent body.

Now let’s show you how the screen to body ratio of various devices has changed over the years.

30.1% screen-to-body ratio

2007 saw the launch of the BlackBerry Curve. This smartphone was the first device to feature a 30.1% screen to body ratio while featuring a 2.5-inch screen.

52% screen-to-body ratio

Later that year, Apple offered a larger 52% screen to body ratio on its first iPhone. This was due to its 3.5-inch display coupled with thick bezels on all sides. It was also due to its virtual keyboard.

46% screen-to-body ratio

In 2008, the HTC Dream was the first device to offer a 46% screen ratio. It also stands as the first commercially available Android phone. The phone featured a popup screen with a pop-up 3.2-inch touch screen with thick bezels surrounding the display.

54.3% screen-to-body ratio

2009 saw Android phones progressing to larger screens of 3.7 inches. One of such devices is the Motorola Droid. This phone was the first to feature a screen to body ratio of 54.3%.

58.4% screen-to-body ratio

The Galaxy S was released in 2010. It brought a new trend as it had a large 4-inch display and a screen to body ratio of 58 percent. Thick bezels were found at the top and bottom of the smartphone.

66.8% screen-to-body ratio

Phablets came on the scene in 2011 with unusually large screens. One of such devices was the Samsung Galaxy Note which had a 5.29 screen and thick bezels. Both features account for its screen ratio of 66.8%.

75.9% screen-to-body ratio

LG launched its G2 with a 5.2 display in 2013 however it had thinner bezels coupled with virtual buttons. This led to a screen to body ratio of 75.9 %.

78.5% screen-to-body ratio

Developments led to the launch of the Sharp Aquos Crystal in 2014. This device was the first to sport a 78.5% screen to body ratio. It also had thick bezels on the bottom but none at the sides or top.

83.6% screen-to-body ratio

Xiaomi came with a unique design in 2016 when its Mi MIX had a front panel with no bezels on all sides except the bottom. The concept phone had a screen to body ratio of 83.6%. A year later, the Samsung Galaxy S8/ S8 Plus featured a similar screen ratio.

84.9% screen-to-body ratio

2017 also saw the release of the first notched screen phone, the Essential smartphone. The product was the first to offer a screen to body ratio of 84.9% while sporting a 5.71-inch display.

93.8% screen-to-body ratio

Currently, the topmost significant screen ratio stands at 93.8% featured by the Oppo Find X. This device was launched in 2018 and sports a 6.42-inch display without any bezels on either side of the smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S10 comes at a 93.1% ratio.

Conclusion

Screen-to-body ratio is an essential feature on any smartphone. Over the years, various brands have increased this percentage to support other functions. We are yet to see a 100% screen ratio smartphone; however, it might come sooner than we expected.

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Posted by Abiodun Adewusi

Abiodun Adewusi is a freelance writer who lives in Nigeria. As a writer, he is passionate about providing content on technology helping people keep up with the latest trends. You can see some of his work on Medium and Ezine.

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