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Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

The Bezel-Less Smartphone

Sharp has got a step nearer to the bezel-free phone.

Sharp’s Aquos Crystal is not there yet – the bottom end has a fairly normal-sized bezel – but round the other three sides the bezel is barely discernible.

Sharp built it for SoftBank and it will be available in Japan and the USA..

As with minimal-bezel TVs this is a very attractive look and it’s surprising Apple and Samsung are so slow to get there.

A large-screen, super-slim, bezel-less smartphone is the future.

Whoever gets there first will take the smartphone crown – until the next big thing comes along.

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6 Comments

  1. david manners
    September 10, 2014 10:31

    Well sort of, AlanM, the idea of using the edges for display and other functions is a step towards bezelessness but they’re not there yet.

  2. AlanM
    September 10, 2014 10:17
  3. david manners
    August 21, 2014 09:15

    I would have thought you could make a strong, thin, shallow metal case where the bezel would be the thickness of the metal, DontAgree. But you’re right, maybe people don’t want it as they put these plastic cases round their phones.

  4. DontAgree
    August 21, 2014 06:40

    Bezel-free? … good for the company indeed … much better looking? sure … but one important difference with TVs, phones don’t hang on the wall … lack of a bezel makes the screen far more likely to crack … and without bezel once it cracks it also falls entirely apart … no more getting by until you get it replaced … might turn out to be a bezel-free fad.

    Last time I looked most people put a sturdy thick plastic layer around their phones … also completely hiding the bezel :-)

  5. david manners
    August 20, 2014 15:38

    I suppose the mike and speaker can be top and bottom end, the home button can be virtual or on the side and
    the rest of the controls round the edge where they are now, therefore usable

  6. Graham
    August 20, 2014 14:23

    Bezel-less handheld touchscreen = unusable?

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