Ultimate Screen-to-Body Ratio Comparison

Please visit the updated report for mid 2016


While the major smartphone manufacturers compete at the top end with ever-increasing screens, Sony has just recently bucked the trend by launching the Xperia Z1 Compact. A top end powerhouse with “only” a 4.3″ screen (which would have been a top of the line phone size just 2 years ago) it’s the first time in many years that there is a real alternative top end smartphone to the iPhone 5S.

But while most are focused on screen size, weight, and thickness of the device, something that is often overlooked is the screen-to-body ratio of a phone which is an essential ratio to express the usability of the phone. Screen-to-body is measured as the percentage of the front surface of a phone that is taken up by the screen. I have compiled a list of the more popular phones, sorted by ratio in descending order.

What are some of my findings?

Android offers it all…. and LG is the king of screens

  • Phablets with their 5.5″ and larger screens obviously have a geometrical advantage so that they dominate the above 70% club.
  • LG overall offers phones with the highest size-to-screen ratio with the LG G2, G Flex and Optimus G Pro
  • Sony generally has a worse than average ratio for all Android phones

Nokia makes Windows Phones bezel-heavy

  • Windows Phones generally have a lower screen-to-body ratio which is due to Nokia’s unibody design philosophy which has extremely large bezels all around the screen.

Screen-to-Body ratios are increase, but Apple doesn’t care

  • Screen-to-body ratios have increased significantly over the last years which can be demonstrated on the Samsung Note line of devices:
    • Galaxy Note 1: 63.5%
    • Galaxy Note 2: 68.6%
    • Galaxy Note 3: 74.8%
  • Apple really hasn’t followed this trend and offers some of the lowest screen-to-body ratios around. The screen of the iPhone 5/5S merely covers 60.8% of the front of the phone. Still, quite an improvement over the 47% of the iPhone 3GS

Please note that the below ratios are not super accurate as they don’t take into account that devices with more rounded edges have a smaller front surface area overall.

Model Screen   Size (inch) Resolution   (horizontal) Resolution   (vertical) Body   size (width) Body   size (height) Ratio   (screen to body) PPI
Alcatel One touch Hero 6 1080 1920 80.6 158.5 77.69% 367
LG G2 5.2 1080 1920 70.9 138.5 75.91% 424
LG G Flex 6 720 1280 81.6 160.5 75.78% 245
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 6.1 720 1280 84.7 161 75.22% 241
Sony Xperia ZL 5 1080 1920 69.8 131.6 75.03% 441
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 5.7 1080 1920 79.2 151.2 74.80% 386
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 6.3 720 1280 88 167.6 74.19% 233
Huawei Ascend Mate 6.1 720 1280 85.7 163.5 73.21% 241
LG Optimus G Pro 5.5 1080 1920 76.1 150.2 72.96% 401
ZTE Nubia Z5S 5 1080 1920 68.8 137.7 72.75% 441
Alcatel One Touch Idol X 5 1080 1920 67.5 140.4 72.72% 441
Lenovo Vibe Z 5.5 1080 1920 77 149 72.69% 401
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo 5.5 720 1280 77.4 148.4 72.60% 267
Google Nexus 5 5 1080 1920 69.17 137.84 72.28% 441
LG G Pro Lite 5.5 540 960 76.9 150.2 72.20% 200
Motorola Moto X 4.7 720 1280 65.3 129.3 72.12% 312
Huawei Honor 3X 5.5 720 1280 77.4 149.5 72.07% 267
Meizu MX3 5.1 1080 1800 72 139 71.65% 418
Micromax Canvas XL 6 540 960 84.2 165 71.43% 184
Nokia Lumia 1520 6 1080 1920 85.4 162.8 71.38% 367
LG Optimus L9 II 4.7 720 1280 66.5 128.4 71.32% 312
HTC One max 5.9 1080 1920 82.5 164.5 70.71% 373
Oppo Find 5 5 1080 1920 68.8 141.8 70.64% 441
Motorola Droid Ultra 5 720 1280 71.2 137.5 70.40% 294
Nokia Lumia 1320 6 720 1280 85.9 164.2 70.36% 245
Huawei Ascend P6 4.7 720 1280 65.5 132.65 70.09% 312
Sony Xperia Z 5 1080 1920 71 139 69.83% 441
Acer Liquid S2 6 1080 1920 86 166 69.52% 367
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 5.8 540 960 82.4 162.6 69.22% 190
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active 5 1080 1920 71.3 139.7 69.19% 441
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 5.5 720 1280 80.5 151 68.60% 267
Oppo R1 5 720 1280 70.4 142.7 68.60% 294
Motorola Droid Mini 4.3 720 1280 61.3 121.25 68.58% 342
Motorola RAZR i 4.3 540 960 60.9 122.5 68.33% 256
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 6.4 1080 1920 92.2 179.4 68.27% 344
Lenovo K900 5.5 1080 1920 78 157 68.10% 401
Blackberry Z30 5 720 1280 72 140.7 68.03% 294
LG Optimus F7 4.7 720 1280 68.2 131.7 67.80% 312
HTC Butterfly S 5 1080 1920 70.5 144.5 67.65% 441
Lenovo S930 6 720 1280 86.5 170 67.49% 245
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 5.2 720 1280 75.3 146.8 67.44% 282
LG Optimus 4X HD 4.7 720 1280 68 133 67.33% 312
Huawei Ascend P2 4.7 720 1280 66.7 136.2 67.03% 312
LG Optimus G 4.7 768 1280 69 132 66.86% 323
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini 4.3 540 960 61.3 124.6 66.74% 256
Sony Xperia SP 4.6 720 1280 67.1 130.6 66.57% 319
Huawei Ascend G700 5 720 1280 72.8 142.5 66.43% 294
Google nexus 4 4.7 768 1280 68.7 133.9 66.20% 323
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4.7 720 1280 67.94 135.5 66.15% 312
Alcatel One touch Idol   Ultra 4.7 720 1280 68.5 134.4 66.15% 312
LG Vu 3 5.2 960 1280 85.6 132.1 65.92% 326
Samsung Galaxy S3 4.8 720 1280 70.6 136.6 65.86% 306
HTC Desire 700 5 540 960 72 145.5 65.79% 220
Oppo N1 5.8 1080 1920 82.6 170.7 65.77% 380
Sony Xperia C 5 540 960 74.15 141.5 65.69% 220
Samsung Ativ S 4.8 720 1280 70.5 137.2 65.67% 306
BLU Life Play S 4.7 720 1280 67.5 137.5 65.61% 312
Xiaomi Mi-2 4.3 720 1280 62 126 65.25% 342
Motorola Moto G 4.5 720 1280 65.9 129.9 65.21% 326
Xiaomi Mi-3 5 1080 1920 73.6 144 65.03% 441
BLU Life Pro 5 720 1280 72.1 147 65.03% 294
HTC One 4.7 1080 1920 68.2 137.4 64.99% 469
HTC One X / X+ 4.7 720 1280 69.9 134.36 64.84% 312
Samsung Galaxy Core Advance 4.7 180 800 70.5 133.3 64.80% 124
Lenovo Vibe X 5 1080 1920 74 144 64.68% 441
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 5 1080 1920 73.9 144.4 64.58% 441
Samsung Galaxy Express 2 4.5 540 960 65.8 132.4 64.08% 245
Asus ZenFone 5 5 720 1280 72.8 148.2 63.88% 294
Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3 800 1280 83 147 63.47% 292
Nokia Lumia 625 4.7 480 800 72.2 133.2 63.32% 202
Sony Xperia ZR 4.5 720 1280 67.4 131 63.23% 326
LG Optimus L7 II 4.3 480 800 66.6 121.5 62.99% 220
Jolla Smartphone 4.5 540 960 68 131 62.67% 245
Lenovo S820 4.7 720 1280 69.7 139.5 62.63% 312
Sony Xperia SL 4.3 720 1280 64 128 62.22% 342
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 4.3 720 1280 64.9 127 61.84% 342
HTC Desire 600 4.5 540 960 67 134.8 61.81% 245
Samsung Galaxy S2 4.3 480 800 66.1 125.3 61.54% 220
Nokia Lumia 925 4.5 768 1280 70.6 129 61.30% 337
HTC One Mini 4.3 720 1280 63.2 132 61.10% 342
Apple iPhone 5/5S 4 640 1136 58.6 123.8 60.80% 326
Nokia Lumia 920 4.5 768 1280 70.8 130.3 60.51% 337
LG Optimus L5 II 4 480 800 62.2 117.5 60.35% 237
Nokia Lumia 820 4.3 480 800 68.5 123.8 60.11% 220
Nokia Lumia 1020 4.5 768 1280 71.4 130.4 59.96% 337
HTC Desire X 4 480 800 62.3 118.5 59.75% 237
HTC Desire V 4 480 800 62.3 118.5 59.75% 237
Nokia Lumia 720 4.3 480 800 67.5 127.9 59.04% 220
HTC Windows Phone 8X 4.3 720 1280 66.2 132.3 58.20% 342
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 4 480 800 62.7 121.2 58.04% 237
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini 4 480 800 63 121.5 57.62% 237
Nokia Lumia 520 4 480 800 64 119.9 57.48% 237
Nokia Lumia 525 4 480 800 64 119.9 57.48% 237
Sony Xperia M 4 480 854 62 124 57.37% 245
Blackberry Z10 4.2 768 1280 65.6 130 57.02% 361
Huawei Ascend W2 4.3 480 800 67 134 56.78% 220
Nokia Lumia 620 3.8 480 800 61.1 115.4 56.46% 249
Huawei Ascend W1 4 480 800 63.5 124.5 55.79% 237
Iphone 4/4S 3.5 640 960 58.6 115.2 50.02% 343
Samsung Galaxy Fame 3.5 320 480 61.6 113.2 48.43% 171
Apple iPhone 3G/3GS 3.5 320 480 62.1 115.5 47.08% 171
Nokia Asha 503 3 240 320 60.6 102.6 39.90% 141
Blackberry Q5 3.1 720 720 66 120 33.45% 355
Blackberry Q10 3.1 720 720 66.8 119.6 33.16% 355
HTC First 4.3 720 1280 65 126 62.24% 342
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