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

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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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