Bluboo's upcoming S2 smartphone to feature new type of bezel-less design

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The "all-screen" trend has taken the world of smartphones by storm. Bezels have become public enemy number one, and in the past months, we've seen manufacturers take different paths in the quest to squeeze out the best screen-to-body ratio for their hottest handsets. Samsung and LG chose to go with super slim top and bottom bezels, Apple and Essential embraced the notch, while others like Xiaomi went with the so-called tri-bezel-less models.

One of the main factors behind these different approaches to design is the positioning of the front camera since it's considered a crucial component. However, at this year's MWC in Barcelona, Chinese phone maker Bluboo will try to prove that this isn't necessarily true.

Details about the company's upcoming S2 model have recently emerged. While we're yet to see a real-life picture of the device, Bluboo has made it clear that the handset will not feature a dedicated front camera. The S2 will cater to a user's selfie needs by featuring a single main camera on its top that will rotate on a horizontal axis. 

The jury is still out on whether this design will prove to be a viable one, yet the potential benefits do seem appealing. Eliminating the front camera could translate to a lack of a thicker front bezel or a notch, and investing in a single rotating sensor might result in an overall improvement of image quality, especially for selfies. There's no confirmation on the exact sensor that the S2 will use, but Bluboo has stated that it could either use a customized Sony camera or a 21MP "Carl Zeiss verified" shooter. 

The Bluboo S2 will be showcased at MWC on February 26th. If you'd like to get the latest information for the device and other Bluboo phones, feel free to check out the company's official website below.  



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

This no bezels 'revolution' is getting a little ridiculous. Okay, I'm all in for smaller side bezels. But I don't mind a little chin on the top and bottom bezel. As a matter of fact, I can't imagine holding up an iPhone X in portrait mode as I put my thumbs on the bezels to support the device. Please, don't blindly copy Apple Products. And if you can't help but copy something off of Apple, copy wireless charging. Spank you very much. Alrighty then, G'Day!

3. Poptart2828

Posts: 395; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I totally agree. Not only should they copy the wireless charging from apple, with this iPhone x design, bluboo should use all the gestures invented and implemented by apple as well. Bluboo did well in taking that rotating camera from one of Apple's previously rejected designs from years ago.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I like the essential phones add on feature for a 4k 360 camera. Have a feature where you just add the camera when you need it would be the best. That way you could add the camera only when you need it. Cameras nowadays are all really good. The only new things happening in that front are AI and HDR+ image processing. So like tthe Moto Z and Essential phones just create a port to add on a camera module. Thats all we need.

4. midan

Posts: 2871; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"Okay, I'm all in for smaller side bezels. But I don't mind a little chin on the top and bottom bezel." Having notch makes the screen really pop out, screen feels lot bigger and open.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Hahaha that's the most inventive excuse I have read in a long while. And I've seen the iPhone X up close a couple of times, so I know what you are saying is total nonsense.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Sure does pop out... Like a unibrow. Pops in a way that you think 'why tf is that there????'

9. Tipus

Posts: 868; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

"Screen feels lot bigger and open" You're watching too many Apple ads :)))

10. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

So now wireless charging is the thing to copy from apple?

2. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

This designs reminds me of the old Oppo N1 for some reason. :') What I am curious about is that I suppose selfie camera tend to have a wider-angle lens, don't they? So does that mean that selfies will be shot a a narrower angle, or will regular photos be shot at a wider one?

5. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

You could have dual or triple cameras with only one of them being rotatable

7. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I remember an oppo phone from couple of years back which had something similar

13. Poptart2828

Posts: 395; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I actually owned both oppo models that you are referencing. The N1 had a swivel camera that you rotated manually. It was quite large with huge bezels. The N3 was motorized and much more compact. One of the better looking phones I've ever owned. Many people stopped to look at that unique phone.

12. gamehead unregistered

Can I get an option to remove the front facing camera?

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