This year has been characterized by the arrival of 18:9 screens to virtually all new phones. The high-end ones of course, but also the most economical smartphones. No need to go to more expensive mobiles to get full view display phones. The democratization of screens 18: 9 is a fact and here we bring you a selection of the best mid-range phones that have already made the leap to these ratio’s that are the standard from now on.
Several manufacturers such as Motorola, Nokia, HTC, QB or Sony have not yet presented their new mid-range models with this type of screens. We do not doubt that in 2018 we will stop seeing them as an incentive and it will simply be the format with which all new batch Android devices will come. A leap in design that feels great in hand and was quite predictable watching the trend of always betting on a larger screen.
If you are looking for a cheap new mobile or you want to know which are the latest models with the latest technology on 18:9 screens here are ten cheap mobiles with a screen “without frames”.
Samsung Galaxy A8 / A8 Plus (2018)
The Galaxy A8 (2018) is probably the most expensive mobile on this list. We have a 5.6-inch screen with FullHD + resolution, which makes it a really small device. Inside we find an Exynos processor accompanied by 4GB and a 3000mAh battery. But we also have a waterproof device, with Always-On-Display and double front camera instead of the rear.
The front is totally black and the corners rounded. Although with a weight of 172 grams we can not consider it the lightest either. No doubt a terminal that is of the high range, represents the best we can find today.
Honor is another of the manufacturers that has presented a smartphone with a screen in 18: 9 format. The Honor 7X sale already started in europe and offers a 5.93 “screen with FullHD resolution, it also offers IP67 water and dust resistance and weighs 165 grams.
Inside we find Kirin 659 processor and 3340mAh battery with fast charging technology. A generous battery but understandable considering the size of the screen. Almost six inches no longer seem so big.Available in the market with price range US $275.
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
Huawei is traditionally one of the big Chinese manufacturers in the mid-range with its devices of excellent design and good price. The Mate 10 Lite introduces a 5.9-inch screen with FullHD + resolution and a dual 16MP rear camera. A device very similar to the Honor 7X but under the range of Huawei phablets. It is available at a cheap price just only for the US $380.
Another model, cheaper, is the new Huawei Enjoy 7S. At the moment reserved for the Chinese market but with many possibilities to disembark in these parts. A screen of 5.63 inches shorter and 3000mAh, numbers that as we see are quite similar to other devices.
The Oppo already introduce several devices with this type of screens. In the high range we find the Oppo R11S and R11S Plus, but on a more humble scale is this Oppo F5 with its six-inch screen, Gorilla Glass 5 and Helio P20 processor.
It stands out for its 16-megapixel rear camera with aperture f/1.8 and 3200 mAh battery. All this in a metallic body of only 152 grams of weight. Available in gold and black for around $325, although at that moment its only available in the Asian markets.
We do not forget the Vivo Y79, a model with 5.99-inch LCD screen and HD + resolution. Inside we find the popular Snapdragon 625 and comes with 3,225 mAh, which in combination with this low-resolution screen should give us a very good autonomy.
The price, however, seems a bit high. It is sold in China for about $390 to change, above many other models on this list that clearly exceed it.
They have been presenting very good mobile phones in China for years but they have never dared to reach more markets. The Gionee S11 is a mobile with 5.99 “FullHD + screen, 3410mAh battery and 4GB of RAM memory, for about 259 euros on Aliexpress.
They also have Gionee S11 Lite , an equivalent version but in 5.7 inches and with HD +. For this size the battery is reduced to 3030mAh and the processor chosen is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430. Its price? About 169 euros to change.
ASUS Zenfone Max M1
Until now, all mobile phones with a 5.7-inch screen had a battery around 3000mAh. With the ASUS Zenfone Max M1 this changes. Inside we find a humble MT6750T processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. But the interesting thing is those battery 4130mAh that make this mid-range one of the few that combines an 18: 9 screen with outstanding autonomy.
The Zenfone Max range has always been characterized by this; humble features but very focused on the battery. It weighs only 160 grams and will reach Europe around 300 euros.
Price around $140, the Cubot X18 wanders over the counter. The 5.7-inch display with 1440 x 720 pixels resolution, for the everyday performance of the four-core MediaTek MT6737, is responsible. Its GPU Mali T-720 is still acceptable, in addition, the battery with 3200 mAh is enough for a mid-range phone. At the camera side, there are 16-megapixels at the rear and 13-megapixels at the front.
A widescreen mobile phone for 80 euros? In fact, the Chinese concern Oukitel offers the C8 for this bargain price. The 5.5-inch screen with 1280 x 640 pixels resolution, the battery lifts 3000 mAh. But with the MediaTek MT6580 quad-core SoC and the aged Mali-400 graphics unit, you have to expect performance losses. The cameras at the rear side is 13-megapixels and 5-megapixels at front.
Xiaomi Remi 5 / 5 Plus
Xiaomi Mi Mix, a model without frames of 6.4 inches and 17: 9 format. After a spectacular 2017, we are presented with the new My Redmi 5 and My Redmi 5 Plus, mid-range devices with the quality/price of Xiaomi and for the first time in this range, 18: 9 screens.
A leap in design that is visible to the naked eye and that allows us to get for 165 euros and 205 euros two top mid-range phones with reduced frames. The Redmi 5 stays on the HD + 5.7 “screen, Snapdragon 450 and 3300mAh, while the Redmi 5 Plus goes up to 5.99” FHD +, 4000mAh and 12-megapixel rear camera with the Snapdragon 625 inside. Excellent characteristics for a very contained price and also in a manageable size.