Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 could be virtually bezel-less

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 could be virtually bezel-less
With the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 poised for announcement next week, we're learning a little more of what it may include when it does eventually manifest itself. The latest tidbit arrives courtesy of Arabic-language site W4pHub, which reports that the upcoming release will feature a super-thin bezel akin to Dell's XPS 13 ultrabook. A short while ago, we got a look at the XPS 12 tablet from Dell, which looks set to include a trump card of its own with an optional 4K display. Though there's no suggestion that the Surface Pro 4 will do likewise in the resolution department, the move to do away with much of the bezel will surely appeal to prospective buyers. 

As simplistic as it may sound, the consensus among the tech community is that thick bezels are bad, and that thinner bezels are generally good. From an aesthetic point of view, it's hard to counter this judgement, and per the W4pHub report, the bezel of the Surface Pro 4 will be so thin that only the bottom bezel will be especially noticeable. 

The image posted above is the one shared by the source of this story. Disregarding the fact that it's an ultrabook, though, we could be looking at a form factor similarish to the Dell XPS 13:

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 could be virtually bezel-less

The report also claims that the Surface Pro 4 may include a special 'Smart Frame' feature, which will alter dependent on whether Windows 10 is in desktop or tablet mode. In a nutshell, this would mean that in desktop mode, you'd get something like the top half of the Dell you see above, whereas in tablet mode, the frame / bezel area would broaden, making it easier to hold.

Whether there's any truth in either of these rumors remains to be seen. But with October 6th now market in the calendar, we shan't have to wait too long to find out. 

Would you like to see a less bezel-heavy Surface Pro 4? Let us know of your thoughts in the comments. 

source: W4pHub (translated) via WinBeta

FEATURED VIDEO

24 Comments

1. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Bezel less will make it hard to use as tablet.

3. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

No if it has Intel Smart Frame (as is mentioned on the article)

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5585; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Intel Smart Frame + Windows 10 Continuum would be awesome

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

That's will be super cool. Finger cross that the feature make it to Surface Pro 4.

19. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Hey that's cool, just looked in to thanks for letting me know.

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

"Where it at tho" T.I

2. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

4. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Oh yeah!! I would have to get it but my surface 3 look just fine it was a very good upgrade from the 2 in the bezel department.

12. 7a6d3e7

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

If bezel is reduced from 15mm to 12mm no body will care.. But if the bezel reduction makes a 14" screen fit in a 12" frame of the previous gen.. And let users use old accessories like keyboards and docks then great don't u think?

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Who really cares about bezels? Is this a new spec?

10. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Normal people generally don't. I walked into a Microsoft store with a non-techie friend and was showing him a Dell XPS 13. I mentioned how thin the bezels were and he had no idea what I was talking about. When I explained that it was the rim around the screen, he said he never really thought or cared about it. If it hinders use of the device I'm against it, but bezels can also contribute to the overall aesthetic of the device, like a frame. Further, they also have the benefit of housing features like front-facing speakers, buttons, and better front cameras. The sacrifice the XPS 13 makes, for instance, is that the front camera is in a bizarre spot on the lower portion of the screen.

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's more the size big bezels add more than the bezels themselves.

20. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

But if you have kept xps 13 on top of another 13 inch laptop like macbook air and told him that they both have same screen size but different actual sized, he would have really surprised.

7. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

8. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

thats a quite different thing...

9. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Thin bezels is a must have! Best reasons If someone wants bigger bezels add a case. Looks better

11. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I will definitely get one.+

14. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Oh hells yeah!!

16. iMichael unregistered

iPad Pro copy..

21. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

hahahhaha biggest idiot of all time.

17. stuck_788

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

yes, I hope the Surface pro 4 has no bazels like the Dell XPS which is awesome!

22. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

Looking niiiiiiiice

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hohoho, if it's got the SmartFrame feature, I'm all for going bezeless. Though, having the camera at the chin of the display would be a bit awkward and could potentially force users to have the keyboard laying flat when they want to do a video chat with the Surface on their lap...we shall see what splendid design Panos Pannay makes, go Panos, go Panos, don't forget a Thunderbolt 3 USB Type C port.

24. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Update: Looks like the bezels are slimmer but not bezeless (that's good), but they didn't include a Thunderbolt 3 USB Type C port...oh well, looks like my awesome Surface Pro 2 is gonna get yet another year of use :)

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.