Captivating images of a bezel-less Oppo phone crop up

Captivating images of a bezel-less Oppo phone crop up
Last Friday, we brought your attention to a phone with virtually no side bezels by Chinese LeTV, but if you thought that the device in question will be left without company, then you should think again. A major player on the Chinese smartphone market, Oppo was recently awarded a patent outlining how it would go about creating a smartphone displays with essentially zero bezel on the sides. Almost immediately, a duo of images surfaced in China, supposedly giving us a first glimpse of the actual device based on that patent, and it looks just as captivating.

According to the source of the images, the screen we're seeing is a 5.5-inch unit, but beyond that, little else is known about the mysterious device at this point. It is important to note that the aforementioned patent filing describes Oppo using special tech to diffract light at the very end of the display's physical body in order to create the illusion that no/little bezel is present. Obviously, there's still one holding things in place, it's just extremely slim. You can see the effect this creates in the images below.

It's way too early to draw any conclusions, but one thing seems almost certain at this point – bezel-free smartphones are now well on their way to market reality.


source: Anzhuo, GSMArena

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21 Comments

1. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

it looks weird lol add some bezels back. it only looks good if there are no bezels on all 4 sides. ppl complain about the bezels and then when there isnt any ppl complain it needs more bezels. haha humans are ridiculous.

2. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Indeed, I don't understand these "bezel wars" today.

20. cheetah2k

Posts: 2275; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Looks photoshopped.. the palm of the hand looks blurred and strange. Fake

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea we need some side bezels for grip Also the top and bottom bezels are big IMO its also important the bottom bezel is small, since it means I dont have to reach as far

15. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

it needs just a bit more to be perfect cant u see its too thin?? are u blind

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

This is absolutely pointless. You need at least some bezels to hold a phone comfortably.

10. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

beauty or cool is not pointless. like how samsung and any other manufacture adjust the capacitive sensor on their already slim bezel.

4. TheAsh

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I have doubt of accidentally unwanted touching sides of phone. This could ruin the experience.

11. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

There is technology to prevent just that...

13. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Palm rejection.

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Having to add palm rejection is counterproductive. Form should follow function whenever there's a mutual conflict.

18. TheAsh

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Really? I didn't know that? Thanks for the info. (Y)

5. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

LOL I thought this what people want, but they end up wanting some bezels back. Seriously. Personally I'm okay bezels. Even iPhone 4 and 1st iPad is fine.

6. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It's probably using the projection technique that allows slimming of bezels, as shown in their recent patent application. http://www.gizchina.com/2015/03/23/oppo-patent-shows-how-they-plan-to-make-super-slim-bezels-on-future-phones/ What will be interesting to see, is how that projection (actual LCD being deeper down in the body) affects viewing angles, touch sensitivity at the edges and body thickness.

8. dimas

Posts: 3385; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Sharp made this with Aquos and nobody paid attention. Sammy released S6 edge and now every Chinese company will be doing the zero bezel fad. You really can't tell if a pioneer technology will click today or become a trend within years. I think it's cool if somebody bring back phone designs with small side and back grooves to add extra grip.

9. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

looks stunning

12. carlemillward unregistered

Reduce cellphone height, so i don't need deep pockets. Think of Xperia ZL. 5inch phone with 131mm height

14. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

what if there ARE bezels, but they are just screen bezels? that cannot be touched accidentally. just merely for the look of not having bezels? Anyone think of that? Just bc its a screen doesnt mean you can accidentally 'touch' it or that you cannot hold it....

16. foreverjin08

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Great Phone and Great technique! You want bezels back? You have no idea what you really want!

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's looks like an old iPhone mockup done by fans. -http://www.actuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/iphone-7-sans-bordures.jpg I'm glad Oppo did it, so if Apple does do it, we can say see, Apple copies yet again. lol. The only problem? Dropping it. No bezel means no protection. No protection means quick breaks. Could also break in your pocket.

21. Jeff72

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Hmmm...OnePlus 2 style perhaps?

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