Check out this nearly bezel-free concept device from Japan Display!

The war on the bezel has been going on for a while now — manufacturers continuously look to cram a smartphone's components in tighter and tighter spaces, reducing the handset's body, while keeping its display in the 5-5.5” size category. A high screen-to-body ratio is important for comfort – you still get a large screen on your phone, while the smaller body around it makes it much easier to handle.

Thus far, we've grown accustomed to a “bezel-less” phone to have razor-thin frames on its sides, but still keep a regular top and bottom – the places where hardware components, such as an earpiece, microphone, home button, speaker, camera, and sensors need to fit. The Sharp Aquos is the exception to this rule, as it omits the top bezel and has no earpiece – the user needs to press their ear to the display, which sends sounds via bone conduction, by vibrating.

Well, the days of a fully bezel-less device might not be so far off. Japan Display Inc. has just demonstrated a concept prototype, which features very, very thin bezels around all of its sides. Named “Full Active” display, the device has been built with a new, high-density wiring layout, which allows for the body parts around the screen to be nigh non-existent. JDI says it will plans to start mass production of the new display in the end of 2017, and will build them for many LCD devices, smartphones included.

Of course, it's up to the manufacturers to figure out how to fit a smartphone's parts in a bezel-less handset. If we had to guess, we'd say the bottom bezel isn't going away any time soon on phones, simply because it serves the purposes of housing so much important hardware, while doubling as a “handle” of sorts, that allows the user to hold their phone without accidentally touching the display. However, for tablets, it might prove to be a very useful piece of tech.

source: Japan Display Inc. via Digital Trends

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20 Comments

1. Nopers unregistered

I just drew a screen in a rectangle, now I have an equal concept.

6. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

difference is they have an actual prototype device working.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and the difference is... the one that make this concept it JDI and they actually have found a way to make it possible with their new high-density wiring layout..

2. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Apple are leading the pack when it comes to slim bezels.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Did the Crack just smoke you?

12. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

No, Apple are the best at everything, Phonearena told me

10. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

U must be trolling ! Right ?

11. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Think from my profile pic you should be able to work out I'm being sarcy ;)

15. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Lol thanks goodness your not crazy after all.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Lmao poor apple fanboy.

16. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

He's being sarcastic, r u really that dumb?

3. shield

Posts: 863; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Those still have bezel at the tophttp://cdn01.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/LG-Display-07mm-bezel-1-710x354.jpg These JDI displays are the first with no bezel any where

17. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Lumia 950XL barely has any bezel at the bottom. But top requires cameras at least so it's going to have something. Unless of course the design has a pop out camera/speaker like the HP all in one does with the camera. http://www.pcworld.com/article/3064670/computers/hps-slick-new-pavilion-all-in-one-pcs-sport-super-thin-bezels-and-a-pop-out-webcam.html

5. Nopers unregistered

I just drew a screen in a rectangle, now I have an equal concept.

8. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Bezel free isn't something new. Many manufactures have achieved this in the past. I personally find it an attractive design but difficult to use.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'd give it a shot... though I don't know how it would impact usability. I said recently in a different article that we are headed in the direction of having zero bezel phones... Now that I look at a near zero bezel phone, I can't help be feel that it just looks odd...

18. AlikMalix unregistered

But where would all the android manufacturers stuck their logo? You know that android fanboys buy their phones so they can see and show off their logo in the front. Only Apple doesn't put a damn logo on the front.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple fan really don't get it. We go for the best tech, design and price. Not brand! I have Lenovo, Motorola, XiaoMi, Samsung, etc. I don't even notice their logos. So no logo is fine. I just wonder the same could be said on Apple devices. If they removed their logo how would you feel?

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

What about Apple putting their logo at the back? If you say we buy android phones to show off the logo in the front, then I can very much say almost all, forget the fanboys, who buy iPhone show off their logos with mirror selfies. Don't say they don't do it...cause the internet is flooded with them. Even the cases, a hole at the back for the logo to be seen.

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