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Rendering of Motorola's edge-to-edge bezeless phone shows how the concept might look

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Rendering of Motorola's edge-to-edge bezeless phone shows how the concept might look
Just the other day, word leaked about a smartphone being made by Motorola with an edge-to-edge screen and no bezel. There are smartphone users who for one reason or another, simply do not like thick bezels. Removing the bezel would allow Motorola to increase the size of the screen on a model, while keeping the phone's dimensions the same. The bezel-free unit is said to be one of the phones that Motorola and Verizon will introduce on September 5th during their press event. The handset is said to be LTE enabled.

Is this what the Motorola bezel-free model will look like?

Is this what the Motorola bezel-free model will look like?

Reddit user Edalol has come out with a rendering of what he thinks such an edge-to-edge screened Android handset would look like. A thin rim at top prevents accidental pressing of the screen. Extra space at the top and bottom of the device leaves room for the speaker and to allow the user to hold the device in landscape mode.

Without channeling the late Steve Jobs, a bezel free phone would require the user to hold it in a certain way as to prevent your palm from setting off a touch input. Perhaps Motorola followed the example set by laptop manufacturers. The latter uses special software to prevent a user's palm from accidentally clicking on a link with a wayward palm.

So what's the verdict? Would you like to see smartphones go bezel-free or would you prefer to have some type of barrier between the edge of your phone and the edge of the screen.
"Saw the rumor about Motorola maybe making a bezel free phone and thought it would be a fun Sunday project to design my own. So I made a quick render after 2-3h of work.

I made a thin rim around it to avoid pressing the screen by mistake. And I added some more room at the top and bottom to make room for the speaker and to hold in landscape mode.

The top and bottom rim is made out of glass and has a notification LEDs that light up the whole glass.

I haven't added any power/volume buttons, headphone jack (don't know how to make that work with the glass) or micro-usb. Might also make the rim less like the iPhone (don't know how yet)."-Edalol

source: Edalol via RedmondPie

The creator of the concept says to prevent accidental inputs with your palm, you need to hold the device a certain way in portrait (L) and landscape mode
The creator of the concept says to prevent accidental inputs with your palm, you need to hold the device a certain way in portrait (L) and landscape mode

The creator of the concept says to prevent accidental inputs with your palm, you need to hold the device a certain way in portrait (L) and landscape mode


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posted on 03 Sep 2012, 20:19

1. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


The concept is from Reddit...

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 21:26 1

21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Concept phones are not available for the public.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 20:19 1

2. MeoCao (unregistered)


Wow!!

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 23:57

44. MeoCao (unregistered)


looking at the rendering I don't feel bezel is a must for phones.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 20:21 1

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14309; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Looks too familiar.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 20:28 4

6. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I bet it does....

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 21:49 1

26. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


What does it look like exactly, because if you are looking at the bottom picture then you aren't doing it right, champ.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 02:26

55. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


where you see that at genius i would really like to know because i think we all be on phonearena just like you and we've never seen it? yeah thought so

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 20:25

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


*facepalm COMBO* this rumored "bezel-less" phone is the Razr M. just look it at and you can see how "bezel-less" is merely a slight exaggeration.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 20:50 7

10. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


im not to sure bout that...
...but hey what do you think about this: an edge to edge screen where you can customize your own bezel! =D
>settings >display >bezel:
*thickness
*texture
*color
*auto-hide for fullscreen modes

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 21:15 3

18. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I think so. I don't think Moto will have more than the Razr HD and the Razr M (or what I still slightly believe to be the Razr 2) in store for the 5th. I think it's a little more than a coincidence that the Razr M has such a tiny bezel and is certainly going to be announced on the same day as this supposed bezel-less wonder phone.

that would be neat. o:

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 21:41

25. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


I dont think they will introduce a bezeless phone either. I think PA is running out of ideas with 2 days left. Gotta keep that hype momentum goin you kno ;)

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 20:27 6

5. theBankRobber (Posts: 681; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


So they show a picture of am iPhone? How classic of PA

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 20:29 1

7. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


lol....I didnt know what you meant until I looked at the 2nd pic.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 21:01 2

14. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


While proving that iphones are not used one handed!

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 20:31 4

8. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Edge to edge screen, bezel free should give us a bigger screen with making the phone that much bigger. I'm all for it.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 20:38 2

9. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Yep, I want the bezel to go, or, be as small as possible - the more screen space the better.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 20:51 7

11. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


O come on Motorola, why the curves! Why not also Edge2Edge frames?
But really like the looks....!

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 21:01 3

15. theBankRobber (Posts: 681; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Well thet way I guess apple can't sue for the rectangle patent they so call claim to own. Lol

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 21:00 2

13. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i think it looks good!

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 21:02 2

16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Am I the only one who think edge to edge screens look ugly, no matter what the device they're on? I mean, any concept design I see with no bezel just makes me go, "Bleh."

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 22:03 2

31. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


I have to agree with you, not sure why all the thumbsdown. I think, when done right, a bezel adds a sense style to the phone (like picture frames on paintings). I too find every bezel-less concept out there "not attractive" :/

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 22:11 1

33. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


How does a black border give style to a phone? Content matters, a bezel isn't content. Being able to see more of a website, more video, more gaming and not having to see the black border sounds nice to me. Plus, since screens aren't black when they are off but rather a dark grey the bezel never matches.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 22:32 2

37. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


What was a good example that you missed in his comment is this,

"I think, when done right, a bezel adds a sense style to the phone (like picture frames on paintings)."

Which is exactly right. What would pictures be without their frames? Just not as appealing. Without a bezel, it just seems... Not right. Like something is off. To each his own I suppose.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 23:16

40. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


You aren't talking about pictures, we are talking about a phone. Go to a movie theater and ask them to add a bezel to the movie, tell me that it looks better.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 23:17 2

41. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you're not holding a movie theater screen in your hands.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 23:35 1

43. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Which has nothing to do with appearance, if you are going to make a statement please do so in the context of the argument. You aren't holding a picture with a frame in your hand either, but I don't see you disagreeing with that statement.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 00:33

46. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Even movie theatres have curtains. They decorate add elegance and compliment the screen.

Some manufacturers use cheap plastic and I can see why you would prefer no bezel. If you dont like bezels good for you, but why must you shove your no-bezel preference down everybodys throat?

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 00:44 1

47. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Down everyone's throat? I am sorry, I didn't realize the audience of PhoneArena included everyone, nor did I realize that I was shoving it down their throat. Movie Theaters generally don't have curtains they are considered a major fire hazard.

You realize that you are the only one shoving anything down anyone's throat. If Motorola creates a non-bezeled phone guess what, you don't have to buy it. You don't have to look at it, you don't have to like it, and you will still have plenty of alternatives to it. What is the purpose of coming into an article about a phone with no bezel to state that you think it is ugly and you like bezels?

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 00:49

50. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


ummm they do have curtains and they are fire-retardant... yes retardant like yourself. WOW how non observant, I can see why you are going all Nazi on this "no-bezel" concept.

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