The Battle Against Bezels Heads to More Mid-Range Devices

Great Display, But We Have a Few Concerns

It’s been a rather interesting couple of years in the mobile world, we’ve seen companies shift from the type of materials they use on their smartphones, major improvements to hardware, the addition of dual cameras, and most recently, the move towards edge-to-edge displays with screens set to an aspect ratio of 18:9. We’ve seen it in flagship releases, like the LG G6, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and the upcoming phones such as the iPhone 8 and the Huawei Mate 10; suffice to say, the trend is picking up even more steam and may be heading to more mid-ranged offerings soon.

We already have the LG Q6 with the Korean company’s Full Vision Display, and we’ve already heard rumblings that Samsung is set to put their Infinity Displays on the next batch of A series devices. Vivo is definitely getting into the game with their next flagship release, the Vivo V7 Plus, and we’ve been hearing other Chinese manufacturers following the trend with more affordable options as well.

The most recent one on our radar is from Gionee whose latest device gave a visit to Geekbench earlier this week.

The device with the product code, SW17W08, sports a 2.6GHz MediaTek MT6757 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The device will also have a 6-inch display with a resolution of 1440×720 or HD+ at an aspect ratio of 18:9.

While these displays may look good, we certainly hope that these manufacturers don’t skimp out on the quality of glass protecting these panels because we all know that even the ones from the flagship offerings can be a bit more fragile. Another main concern is that the prices for these otherwise reasonably priced devices may be bumped up just because of its display and not for better hardware overall.

What do you guys think about the 18:9 craze hitting the mid-range segment? Leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Read about all the awesome devices we mentioned by clicking on the links below:

Revisiting the LG G6: Still a Good Buy in July?

Samsung Galaxy S8 Review: Comeback Kid

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Hands-On Review: Samsung Crushes It

LG Q6 Review: Is That Gorgeous Display Worth it?



Jamie Inocian

A self-confessed geek. Jamie started out helping out on the Unbox Podcast and became the Digital Sales Manager when he joined the team full time. He has since then transitioned into one of our Senior Editors and Head Video Producer.

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