Motorola may be ditching the bezel and going all screen

Motorola may be ditching the bezel and going all screen
According to a new report, Motorola may be working on a smartphone that has no bezel at all and is just the smartphone display from edge-to-edge, which is a bold design move, and it may even have some practical benefits (though we're not really sure what those would be beyond having a bigger screen). *Note: the article image is a mockup, not a real image of said device. We don't know what the device will look like.

The mystery device is said to be part of an announcement between Motorola and Verizon which is planned for next week on September 5th in New York. The device is also rumored to be LTE ready, but really it would be far more surprising if a new Verizon phone didn't have LTE. If the date of the event sounds familiar, that's because it's the first day of the Nokia World conference, when it is expected that we'll see the first Windows Phone 8 devices unveiled. 

It is interesting to note that this is the first big product announcement by Motorola since its acquisition by Google. Google has continuously said that Motorola would be kept separate, but this no-bezel idea does seem very Googley. There had been rumors that the Galaxy Nexus would have no bezel, and has come with a very slim bezel, in order to pack as much screen in as possible. 

source: Bloomberg via BGR

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53 Comments

1. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I cannot wait till someone says that phones NEED a bezel. Cannot wait. Super excited for it. Yay.

5. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The thing is tho....phones do NEED one. If you have an edge to edge display, I would be constantly worried about dropping it. That is your glass display taking the full force of the drop, not the bezel. Not only that but you would constantly be accidently touching the screen just by holding it on each sides.

8. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

You can use a non-responsive virtual bezel around the screen. Problem solved. You can still have a bigger screen in a smaller space with no accidental touches.

13. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'd be worried about dropping any phone, bezel or no. I don't touch my phone on the sides. I hold my fingers on the back and my thumb touches the front. How do you hold your phone?

16. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

My thumb holds the right top corner of the bezel while my fingers hold the left middle side of the bezel.

22. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Someone might almost question: are ye 'holding it wrong' !!!

32. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Kingkouroggi good news for him. He loves MOTO!

42. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

this isn't really news to me. PA is talking about the Razr M and don't realize it. xD

17. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Yeah, this. Also, is it just me, or do phones look kinda ugly without a bezel?

31. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Edge2Edge, if only Motorola make's this phone and Edge2Edge design, with flat rear surface....! "CONCEPT" The stuff of dreams!

41. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Hmmm, and what is the entire back of the iPhone made of? Sure it can crack but overall it's been proven a pretty durable phone. Edge to edge screen will be awesome as you can have around a 20% increase in display while keeping the same dimensions in your hand. And, as someone else pointed out, I expect the worst when I drop my phone on a hard surface anyways.

27. MeoCao unregistered

Bezel-less screen will pose some challenges, but not huge challenges I guess. And that's exciting.

34. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Could this be the new form-factor for the RAZR HD? Fortunately, the official word will be released Sept. 5th. Lots of new toys are getting ready to hit the market. Decisions, decisions. Which one to buy?

44. Femto

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

I want a phone that's all bezel and no screen.

45. Femto

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Oh wait. It's already been done - the Motorola Razr. Shazam! Jk. Those are good phones :)

46. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Phone needs buttons on the screen.

2. Hemlocke unregistered

I'm not sure how well that would work, but I will wait and see. The thin One S I had didn't have much side bezel, and I had a lot of accidental inputs just grabbing it.

4. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I knew someone was going to say that... Read my comment below.

3. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I think no bezel is a good idea actually. The disadvantage that most of the people mention is that you would press some buttons involuntarely, but the fact is that there is some area arond the buttons with nothing in it. Make that area non touch sensitve (via software) and problem solved, you have a bigger screen with no issues. Some kind of "virtual bezel" if you want, shows images but you can´t press it.

20. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

in a way this sort of technology has already been introduced by Samsung on the note 10.1 and the new galaxy note 2. When using the s pen if you accidently press on the sides of the screen with parts of your hands the software built in is designed to reject any input by accidental screen presses.

28. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

isn't it called palm rejection? Not sure...

24. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Ok guys... Have you Thoight about how you would be able to put on a case? You wouldn't be able to use a case on a phone like that.

6. aokde

Posts: 186; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

well someone will post this sooner or later :D no bezel means accidental screen touches.... though i really would like to see a smartphone with such screen, makes look premium :D

15. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not necessarily. The edge of the screen doesn't have to be touch sensitive. I'm sure that could be figured out regardless.

7. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

This i am excited to see how it turns out. Motorola has a track record recently of producing extremely thin but durable and very premium robust devices. If they repeat this with a bezelless device we could possible see a 5 inch screen on a handset only slightly larger than a gs2.

9. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I kinda like having a bezel on my Maxx... it prevents accidental touch input. ;-)

10. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Sorry guys, I didn't get the memo. We're doing the, "no bezel is gooder" thing now right?

11. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

putting a otterbox on that thing will be a b!&^*&

12. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Wouldn't most covers actually....dare I say.....Cover the display? Lol

53. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Typically, there is some bezel. Even the GS III has a small amount of bezel along the sides. I doubt the Moto unit will be totally bezel-free. As long as there is some bezel, the case should not cover the actual screen.

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