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Smartphone displays need a bezel. Here's why

0. phoneArena posted on 12 Mar 2012, 10:09

Smartphones may one day part with the bezel surrounding their displays, but before that happens, there are a few issues that will need to be tackled first...

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posted on 12 Mar 2012, 14:02

20. Leo_MC (Posts: 2518; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Did anyone see Nokia concept phones (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovqDMvsWuvc)?

Ok, we are not there yet but we can ask for 1-2 mm bezels instead of 7-8 mm.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 14:10 1

23. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)

I'd say that the human form phone doesn't need bezels because it also has some kind of pressure sensitivity which would allow to eliminate unwanted touches with f.ex. your lower thumb.

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 02:15

35. Leo_MC (Posts: 2518; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

So what?!
Install a "pressure sensitivity" in normal phones to eliminate unwanted touches... lool.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 14:07

22. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)

Bezels ftw!

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 14:18

24. djg71087 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Oct 2010)

well im all about pushing the bar, and i think Samsung is looking "outside the box" in design. Now with flexible screens and technology advances in glass (like Gorrilla Glass 2), why not design something different. For example, we go from cluncky PC's to All-in-One PC's and iMac's, its just the lastest advancement in the tech world.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 16:39 1

27. jjjsong (Posts: 75; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)

I disagree. I would like to see bezel-less phones myself (my own opinion of course).

In terms of bezel protecting the screen. We've already seen flexible OLED screens being tested by hammers. I think that showed enough that the screen seems even more durable than the metalic/plastic bezels.

I believe when most people hold their phones, the entire front side of the phone is actually visible - meaning nothing is blocked by the fingers and bezels are only there to waste space.

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 17:10 1

31. ajoshi06 (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

they definitely dont have to remove bezel.. but defenitily have to minimize it!!! specially on top, they use too much space for names of manufacturer.. still can be there but be minimized

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 01:46

34. TechnoTechyes (Posts: 64; Member since: 24 Jan 2011)

Many samsung's TVs are relatively bezel free, I think they look great. I see other TVs with a 2" bezel and I don't think it helps the experience, it look smaller and the drastic contrast makes it look more like a TV than an image. Compare 55" TVs, Samsung has a smaller total frame, but the picture looks bigger (at least to me). As far as phones go, it is a matter of how it works in your hand, and until I see and feel one, I will never know.

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 02:50

36. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4288; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Why the hell are you guys talking about bezel-less TV? Sure it looks cool, but do you hold your TV on your palm?
Think about it...
The bezel has a purpose...it can be done without, but it definitely is a protection.

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 02:53

37. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4288; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

...and yes, the bezel size should be minimized. It looks sick with thick lines on the sides.

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 03:09

39. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)

For me i wouldn't want a phone with no bezel. it might look cool and all tt but it would also have a load of problems for sure. At the same time, i also wouldn't want a phone with too much bezel. it would be too ugly. take a look at the Optimus Sol. TOO MUCH BEZEL! I cant believe LG marketed it as a fashion phone here in Singapore.

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 03:35 1

40. aakashram2001 (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

its realy funny,when there was a rumour saying that apple iphone 5 to come with edge to edge screen people were praising it like anything,but same thing when samsung brings it in reality then it becomes a very negative aspect why. already nokia has this tecnology posted on the video clips in nokia 700 models pls go through and please be sportive guys

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 07:54 1

41. phoneguru (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

Any sizable bezel is just wasted area that could be screen space. There is no reason to have a half inch of bezel at the top and bottom of the phone just so the manufacturer can put their logo on the front of the phone. The side bezel should be no more than 1milimeter. This is the way of the future and premium manufacturing. All of you with no vision for the future will see what you're missing out on in the next few months.

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 23:25

43. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

I disagree. I think that whole "bezel looks nice" thing this is the perception of the person seeing it. PeoPle got use to it, they would like it

posted on 14 Mar 2012, 06:45 1

44. Philipb (Posts: 7; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)

i like bezel, helps the screen from getting surface scratches

posted on 15 Mar 2012, 00:43 1

45. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)

So why is this not a problem when speculation was the Iphone would have no bezel? Now that the Iphone does have a bezeel, but it's competition does not, suddenly it is a nwgative. I'm getting tired of this crap.

What ever the Iphone has is good, and what ever it doesn't have is not needed.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 14:34

47. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Bezel should take up at most 10% of the front of the phone. When I look at older phones and/or iphones, all I see is wasted space

posted on 19 Mar 2012, 08:27

48. Asphyxiation (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

First of all, there will always be a bezel. Even on those fancy televisions, there is a bezel. Even on futuristic technology, you see a bezel. The only thing that will change is that the bezel will be reduced to the smallest possible amount. It might possibly be made transparent, as well. It is still there, though.

Second of all, viewing a "bezel-less," or, as I stated before, near "bezel-less," display would not be hard to focus on. Here are the reasons why: I. The screen is alive with colours, II. The screen is constantly changing, III. The eye is an amazing thing -- say you were walking down the sidewalk, looking down at your phone. What would your eyes focus on? The phone. It would not focus on the sidewalk unless you looked past your phone at the sidewalk. It is very easy for our eyes to focus on one particular thing instead of anything else. Ever try to find Waldo? Whenever you are looking for Waldo, even though there is so much clutter, you are still able to find him because you know what you want to look for and as soon as you see what you want, you focus on it. So imagine looking at your vivid phone screen that is most likely changing because you are fidgeting with it and tell me that you cannot focus on it due to there being no frame around the edges.

posted on 03 Sep 2012, 01:02

49. happeningnow (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

well "hello moto" has confirm such a device

posted on 04 Sep 2015, 23:51

50. urover (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Sep 2015)

Hello 2015, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note Edge, Oppo R7 and more...

posted on 12 May 2016, 16:05

51. Captainjas1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 May 2016)

Okay I see but here is new story... hope someone can solve this problem.... I purchased a galaxy j7 2016 edition from Flipkart.... I see it's black bezel or inner black borders are not at all similar.. I mean either display is not accurate or something I should worried for???? The black borders dont have equal amount of margin I would say... if it's 1.2 mm then other side is 1.5mm.... if I am making sense to you.... :( why it's like this???? It's new phone and everything seems original...also come with 1 year manufacturer warranty.

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