Oppo's 'waterfall display' beats Samsung at its own curvy game, but we aren't sold

Oppo's 'waterfall display' beats Samsung at its own curvy game, but we aren't sold
Those trend-setters from Oppo are at it again, releasing a so-called "waterfall display" technology which seems to be just a flexible OLED screen sloping further towards a phone's edges than the current handsets with curved screens. 

It undoubtedly looks cool and will allow for some pretty impressive screen-to-body ratio claims as the phone will be narrower than handsets with the same display diagonal when unfurled, but flat panels. 

While Oppo just sent us these pictures and will follow up with the respective specs or eventual phones where the 'waterfall' tech will be employed later, the sheer look of it bounds on the impractical. The thing is, the slope is taken to the extreme with an 88 degrees curve towards the side frame of the handset you see in the pictures below.



Samsung pioneered this curved edge display technology, and started off with the huge slope on the Note Edge way back in 2014. Fast forward five years, and its edge panels are now simply curved all very slightly for aesthetic purposes since larger curves proved to be everything but ergonomic.

That's not preventing Oppo from giving it a try, though, as these guys have been experimenting with bold and interesting designs since, well, forever. Just recently, the Reno shark fin phone comes to mind, as well as proof-of-concept demos for under-screen cameras and finger scanners that work all over the display

Who knows, the company may find better applications for the extreme curves and the "waterfall display" is certainly an engineering marvel, yet those big fat icons on the side are just begging to be touched inadvertently while handling a phone with big, fat screen slopes on the side, what do you think?



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30 Comments

1. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

No thanks. Accidental touches are one thing but shattered screens are worse and expensive to replace.

2. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Curves in Samsung phones kept disappearing after S6 edge to an extent that they are negligible in the S10..they should've increased them like this OPPO phone instead of making them disappear.

3. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

I'm not going to say that it doesn't look cool, but I use the S8+ and I hate that I can't see everything around the corners (happy to see Samsung made them smaller in newer models). Also, a rounded display is a nightmare if you want tempered glass protection. I have a 3D privacy protection on my phone and it doesn't cover the display 100%, more like 95% which kinda ruins it. But it does it's job. It saved my friend's S9+ from a display replacement. Rounded displays are super extra fragile.

8. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Absolutely agreed. Something that I am truly appreciating on my XS Max is having a flat display with a Tempered Glass screen protector with no air bubble edges, it is a perfect fit, barely noticeable. I wish we would go back to flat displays on al flagships. I also have a Note8 and one of the annoying things is highlighting something near the edge with the SPen, it gets rather tricky and unnecessarily cumbersome.

24. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Do you people still use screen protectors in 2019?? I stopped using them back in 2013 and never broke a display, my iPhone XS is 100% scratch less and I've used Samsung S6 edge without any screen guard, it didn't get a scratch either. I think a premium device must be handled with care so sacrificing looks over ability to use screen protector doesn't make sense. A phone with more curves will definitely look better. I will never buy a OPPO phone but those curves look much better than s10 or any other curved display phone

29. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Yep, still use screen protectors and cases, I am not going to limit myself by carrying a phone naked and having to baby the thing all day every day. There are days when I am out off-roading, there are days when I am by the beach and there are days where I may be out at a party, people bump you, things happen, phones fall etc.... I had my Mate 20 Pro fall down from a club balcony on New Years when it slipped out my hand, it landed 1 story below still intact thanks to the Case and Screen protector that took the damage. It’s a damn phone, not a child, I am not going to baby it.

4. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

What are the benefits of having curve displays in smartphone? Didn’t Sammy fans always complaining about their curve displays.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No, Apple fans complain about curved displays.

17. oldskool50 unregistered

Funny how Apple fans complain about a phone they don't even own.

18. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

There’s no benefit in it then why Samsung use it. Idiot

21. TBomb

Posts: 1632; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

We will remember this post the next time someone claims no Apple fans comments on Android articles, but all Android fans comment on Apple articles.

25. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

When I'm sitting down, I lay my phone face down on the table. When a message or phone call comes through, the side lighting from the screen is nice because it is subtle. As oppose to the blinding camera flash. Apple, can't you guys figure out a better way of notifying your users? IMO, the best notification indicator was Blackberry's top of the phone LED.

26. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Gives an edge to edge display viewing experience plus all the edge features.

7. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

There is no real benefits, in actual fact they are more of a headache, as Tempered Glass screen protectors don’t always sit nicely on them and often times you find some apps and websites have text that spills over the curve which can be quite annoying. Samsung did a good job of reducing these curves but I see the steep ones are coming back.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Screen protectors aren't needed unless you can't thanks care of your device yourself. Regardless there are several premium tempered glass protectors for any curved Samsung flagship that fit perfectly with no bubbles.

13. MsPooks

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

You must not use cases either. That's fine, but one could argue that people without screen protectors and cases are the ones not taking care of their devices. I can spot the "naked" phone 100% of the time. Whitestone Dome is a great product, but expensive as hell, it has to be applied perfectly, and often interferes with cases.

20. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

It’s easier said than done. Life happens and I’d rather have my screen protected. Whitestone Dome is probably the best Tempered Glass protector I have seen for curves but it’s still not as good as having a flat screen with a Tempered Glass protector, not to mention trying to use an SPen near the edges.

27. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

This is true. My last 3 phones have all been edges & I haven't had a screen protector on either one.

9. LawnBoy

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Brutally ugly and impractical. Bring back the flat screens. How can your hold this phone? Better yet, how do you put a screen protector and case on it? Good luck w this gimmick. #BringBackFlatScreens

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No thanks. It's not the 90s anymore.

12. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

They should made it more wider! Narrow phone can't display normally icons.

14. MsPooks

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

The person in the pictures can't even put his fingers on the side edges to hold the phone any more. :D

15. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 381; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

It looks cool and futuristic but not practical unless they implement the edge touch app feature that Samsung has which stops accidental touches on the side

16. yalokiy

Posts: 1077; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Now with even less usable screen space, bravo oppo!

19. tokuzumi

Posts: 1946; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I've been using a Galaxy S9 for the last year, and while it's been a good phone, takes great photos, I'm not a fan of the curved screen. Plenty of times when I'm picking up the phone, it opens an app because of a phantom touch when grabbing the sides of the phone. Visually it looks good, but functionally, it's terrible.

22. bucknassty

Posts: 1365; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I think samsung is going in the right direction

23. superguy

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Hate curved screens. Make them optional, with flat as default. Anyone who wants one can pay for the option.

28. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

How does this "beat Samsung at its own curvy game" exactly? You don't know any of their 'waterfall' features & you haven't even seen it in action.

30. monoke

Posts: 1185; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I hate curve screens. Unfortunately this fad ain't never gonna die off until Samsung ditches it. Why in the hell would u want a screen looking narrower than it is? Beats me.. Cuz it's a waterfall yo on the sides! Geezuz.

31. berns

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 07, 2014

Curve screen is just for aesthetic, and some Samsung phones are nice to behold, but extended it much doesn't make sense for it makes the phone hard to hold.

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