Woah! This near bezel-less Microsoft phone could have been launched in 2014


Most relevant smartphone makers now have at least one high-end handset with extremely thin bezels and high screen to body ratios. But this is, as you probably know, a very recent trend. Three years ago, a near bezel-less phone would have certainly drawn a lot of attention, and perhaps that's why Microsoft wanted to release such a device.



 



What we're seeing in this article is a Lumia Windows Phone prototype that Microsoft was working on a few years ago. According to Windows Central, this was supposed to be released as the Lumia 435 (for around $200), but it was cancelled in late 2014.  



 



Unfortunately, the Microsoft Lumia 435 that eventually hit

the market (in early 2015) was a forgettable low-end handset with a 4-inch screen and not much to write home about. While the canceled phone, codenamed Vela, also has low-end features, it stands out thanks to a 5 inch 720p screen with very thin bezels. More exactly, the bottom bezel is pretty wide, but the top and sides bezels are impressively thin for a cheap 2014 smartphone.



 



The Vela offers a screen to body ratio of 79%, slightly higher than that of the Sharp Crystal Aquos from 2014 (mind you, the Crystal was the first near bezel-less smartphone to be officially released in the US). For comparison, today's near bezel-less handsets - including the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and LG V30 - have screen to body ratios slightly higher than 80%.



 



There is no word on why Microsoft cancelled the production of the Lumia Vela. In any case, the company seems to have cancelled quite a few Windows-based mobile devices in recent years, including the Lumia McLaren, Lumia 960, and the Surface Mini tablet.  



 



As revealed over the weekend, building Windows phones is no longer among Microsoft's focuses, so we may very well never see any new handsets made by Microsoft. Not even that long rumored Surface Phone.




 



source: Windows Central  

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21 Comments

1. Diego!

Posts: 871; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I absolutely hate Microsoft for killing such a beautiful and smooth OS. They are their own enemy. What a bunch of jerks!

10. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

This looks like SHARP AQUOS 302SH/304SH from 2013.

24. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

and the Motorola Droid Razr M wasn't too far off back in 2012.

2. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Well Microsoft should consider making Android phones: one with stock Android w/ essential productivity apps and another with their signature launcher pre-loaded. Can't beat them, assimilate.

4. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

But do not make another goddamn 'Nokia X', that thing was an abomination.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7362; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They would have to include Google apps, because Microsoft created a few Android smartphones in the past (notably the Nokia X, and the bigger version). They had Microsoft's version of an Android app store, which it was missing a ton of apps. Plus there was no Google apps install on their Android smartphones, just Microsoft apps. It was DOA.

12. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

I think it's common sense that they should, and yes, the Nokia X was a poor attempt at making a better supported windows phone. Microsoft can deliver a good service they just need to expand their device portfolio to outside of Windows anything. A microsoft certified Chromebook with an improved Office Online would be rather interesting.

14. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

>better supported as in really poor hybrid UI that gets no updates barely a year later

16. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

That's a dam good idea. Package office 360 with it etc

3. droggo

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

Totally agree with Diago, they had all the resources to keep windows phone going and let the app developers slowly get to windows phones and Microsoft itself could have been making the os better through new versions. Then all major Android smartphone makers would have made at least their flagships with dual boot feature.

5. Diego!

Posts: 871; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

It's Diego :P But thank you for your support :D

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7362; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It was a license issue with dual booting. Plus Windows Phone/Mobile was closed at this point. Only Microsoft could add in support for any new SoCs with GPUs. With Android any OEM could add their own SoCs. Because Android isolated the hardware from it's ecosystem. Not so for Windows Phone at the time.

6. gamehead unregistered

If only MS was early to the game

11. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

That's the thing, they were early, by a lot. Makes the mess that much worse.

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

"...but it wasn't. And then they all died. The end."

17. rsiders

Posts: 1953; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Waiting to see cancelled Surface Phone next. Smh. Freaking Microsoft.

18. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Satya is a special kind of call center idiot.

19. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Want to cancel the Surface Phone? Easy, wake up. It was a wet dream made up by Nokia fanboys who had nothing left. I'm a huge Windows fan BTW, I just can't stand rampant FUD being spread especially when there was NEVER any mention of such a device by Microsoft.

21. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

f**k THIS design . stupid as f**k .

22. Krjal

Posts: 429; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Wow, it's kinda crazy to think that if they'd launched this I could've been using Windows 10 Mobile right now instead of Android. Edit. Never mind. Most likely the screen wasn't going to be OLED

25. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Don't worry MS is working on Andromeda OS, fully modular based on W10.

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