The iPhone X is the next big smartphone release of the year to come from Apple, but with the Pixel 2 and 2 XL coming out of Google just ahead of it, there is plenty to look forward to over the next few weeks.

We already have some pretty stellar smartphones from 2017, and things show no sign of slowing down. We are, however, starting to reach the final stages of 2017, and if there is one thing that the year will be remembered for when it comes to smartphones, it will be the death of the bezel, or at least, almost.

The iPhone X will feature a notch at the top of the screen to give Apple somewhere to hide that TrueDepth camera system, but beyond that, there are no bezels on any side. We already have the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, and LG already has its V30 on the market, too. All of these phones have minimal bezels, and with the iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL set to join the collection, it is definitely fair to say that 2017 has been a good year for those who like small bezels.

To illustrate the fact, some images of the biggest releases of 2017 have been shared when you take bezels into account. The Galaxy Note 8, the Huawei Mate 10, the iPhone X, the LG V30, and the Pixel 2 XL are all included, and it makes for interesting viewing indeed.

Reddit user myaltimateform took things a step further by including more handsets, including the Essential Phone, which takes a similar approach to bezels as the iPhone X – that is to say it has a notch, too, but then it comes with a bottom chin as well.

Looking at all these images, one phone that stands out most when it comes to minimum to no bezels at all is the iPhone X as it doesn’t have any forehead, chin or bezel except for that notch at top with TrueDepth sensor. All other 2017 phones do have some kind of bezel on at least one side, with Pixel 2 XL having the thickest forehead and chin of them all. Mi Mix 2 hasn’t been shown in these images but even that phone has a bezel chin at the bottom

All in all, it’s unlikely any of these images will impact your buying decision, but what it does do is show just how far smartphones have come in the last year, particularly for those of us who want a device that is all-screen, all the time.

So then, which one of these 2017 flagship smartphones in your opinion are truly worthy of getting bezel-less title? Sound off in the comments below.

(Source: Michael Kukielka [Twitter], Reddit)

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