Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 could be virtually bezel-less
posted by Ben R. / Oct 02, 2015, 10:00 AM
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:
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.
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Bezel less will make it hard to use as tablet.
posted on Oct 02, 2015, 10:05 AM 3
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No if it has Intel Smart Frame (as is mentioned on the article)
posted on Oct 02, 2015, 10:07 AM 16
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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.
posted on Oct 02, 2015, 10:10 AM 0
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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?
posted on Oct 02, 2015, 12:46 PM 3
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Who really cares about bezels? Is this a new spec?
posted on Oct 02, 2015, 10:21 AM 0
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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.
posted on Oct 02, 2015, 11:01 AM 0
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Or it could be Nokia tech, active bezel http://www.phonearena.com/news
posted on Oct 02, 2015, 10:30 AM 1
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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.
posted on Oct 04, 2015, 11:34 PM 0
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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 :)
posted on Oct 11, 2015, 10:46 PM 0
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