Motorola's smartphones could soon remove almost every bezel

Motorola's smartphones could soon remove almost every bezel
The Motorola Moto E, Moto G, and Moto Z smartphone lineups could eventually adopt displays that feature almost no bezel, a new patent suggests.

Submitted late last year and published earlier this month, parent company Lenovo describes a total of eight smartphone designs range from ‘Model A’ to ‘Model H.’ The first three models focus on different front panel looks which could be used in the near future. The second set of devices, on the other hand, describes different rear designs.

Starting with Models A, B, and C, these all sport rear panels that resemble current-gen Motorola devices thanks to large circle-shaped camera modules and rear-facing fingerprint scanners. In the case of ‘Model A,’ this rear design is paired with a thick chin up front and a small notch above the display. Overall, the device resembles the recently-announced Moto G7 quite closely. 

Moving on to ‘Model B,’ this smartphone sports a slimmer chin along with the same notch. As a result, the device is reminiscent of the upcoming Moto Z4 Play. ‘Model C,’ however, appears to depict what Motorola’s smartphones will look like in the future. Like the previous two, it maintains the waterdrop-like notch above the display. This time, though, the side and bottom bezels are basically non-existent. 


Taking a look at the remaining models, these all depict different rear setups. Models ‘D’ and ‘E’ resemble slightly updated versions of current Moto Z and Moto P-series devices. Models ‘F’ and ‘H,’ on the other hand, showcase horizontally-aligned cameras that sit in the top-left corner, a design that hasn’t been seen on Motorola smartphones. When it comes to the remaining ‘Model G,’ this rear design resembles the look of older Moto devices by boasting a much smaller camera that sits in the center, just above the LED flash and the Motorola logo.

Because Motorola no longer competes in the flagship segment, it could be a while until the brand’s mid-range offerings embrace the bezel-less look depicted by Model C. The alternative rear looks, however, could appear in the near future.

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4 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Even at the back?

2. warrenellis93

Posts: 542; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

I think they all will appear soon not just some because all the g7 variants have different looks on the front

3. User123456789

Posts: 818; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

How about removing the notch? Since Lenovo has no intention of providing IP rating nor front speakers, then pop up and slider are options.

4. LiveFaith

Posts: 454; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Well, hey Moto. It's 10 years late, but better late than never. I'll swear I don't think I'll ever understand what was going through designer's heads all the way back to the PDA days of MSFT and Palm. Year after year after year they designed devices with these massive bezels. Enthusiasts were begging them to maximize the display real estate and reduce the device size. I'm sure in the early days the display connectors etc had a limited control over reducing bezels. But that was NOT the reason. It was a inexplicable adherence to a faulty design standard. Remember the 90s & 2000s and how long it took to get rid of the worthless bezels on monitors and flat screen TVs? Fanboys of certain companies defended the necessity of these bezels. But, once the object of their worship caved, then they immediately jumped onboard. Samsung and LG were working towards it strong at the Galaxy S4 / G3(?) generations, but then reverted/stopped for some asinine reason. I'm still shocked that no "minor player" in the smartphone space rolled the "bezeless dice" to try and make waves. They could have created serious buzz for basically free. Thankfully, we've finally made it. Most all of us have tiny bezel devices fitting nicely in our pockets, with big displays in tow. It's all splitting hairs at this point, but at least Moto has finally hired someone to pull their collective heads out of their arses. Good job guys!

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