The bezelless smartphone by LeTV looks beautiful and impractical

The bezelless smartphone by LeTV looks beautiful and impractical
We've seen our share of smartphones dealing away with the last millimeter of any unnecessary materials and compounds surrounding their screens. You still remember the Sharp AQUOS Crystal, no? But that daring invention didn't resemble a handset as much as it looked like a TV with a smartphone form factor. Unlike the Crystal, the bezeless LeTV retains a familiar shape, but it completely eliminates the side screen bezels. It's what the LG G2 would have looked like if LG had went all the way to the end back in 2013.

Pretty as it is, a truly bezelless smartphone doesn't seem very practical for reasons we've already discussed - drop it on its side, and the screen may go bye-bye! Grasp it with a tighter clench, and your palm goes right over the display, covering it and smudging it with fingerprints. But if you absolutely hate screen bezels, the LeTV is your kind of smartphone. It has nice specs and looks, too! Available sometime in April, it will have a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, an octa-core 2.2GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13MP main camera, a 5MP front snapper, and dual-SIM slots. Most interesting, it will also feature an USB Type C connection port, which some of you may know from the new Apple MacBook. This makes it a first for an Android smartphone.

The LeTV definitely caughy our attention and we'll be on the lookout for more news around it. By the way, LeTV is something of a Chinese Amazon, but not in the capacity of a retailer. LeTV owns one of China's top video streaming websites and ventures into online entertainment, television production, smart terminals, and e-commerce. Or in other words, it's developing affordable devices that sell its services to the hungry masses. This suggests the bezeless phone will be sold cheaply, but puts international availability in question.


via GizmoChina

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51 Comments

1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Small side bezels but huge under bezel doesn't make it bezelless (Like Sony)

9. maherk

Posts: 6750; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

1- how are the top and bottom bezels huge? From these pictures, they look slimmer than the the majority of smartphones out there. 2- Sony has been doing a good job on slimming their bezels, the Z3 has a better screen to body ratio compared to the S5 and m8, when they have both, stereo speakers and waterproof.

11. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

True at point 2, but the bottom bezels seem quite big

16. josephnero

Posts: 777; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Z3 has better ratio than S6 too.you can check GSMarena

17. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Compare the sound and you will know that the M8 is louder.

24. maherk

Posts: 6750; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Compare their waterproof ability and you will know that the m8 has none.

31. Nsonaso

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 28, 2014

HTC M8 and M9 bottom bezels is the worst bottom bezels that I've ever seen in a phone. I use to ask myself each time I look at thier urgly M8 and M9 "must there include their useless HTC logo at the flont pannel of their phone? I think somebody need to be fired about that

32. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Couldn't agree more, the HTC strip is a complete waste of space outside of showing people you have an HTC phone.

40. Lukethorpe

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

Seriously? I have heard that they can't remove it due to the speakers and besides, htc could use the brand awareness.

42. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

They should have used the speaker design that was used in thein thekkj nexus 9

43. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

That's what I thought they were going to use...

44. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

It's just as saying goes "the grass is greener on the other side" , first we want less bezel & manufacturers never really gave us a pure bezel less screen, maybe they knew that the edges would be uncomfortable or unrealistically useful So they would release phones with enough bezel to keep your palm from covering the screens edge for example... The aqua was OK, this phone is what many iPhone & galaxy 6 were supposed to be with the photoshop'd phones... The galaxy 6 IMO used the edge screen in a way that's interesting, I like it & also like this phone from this article. 8

29. thesims2customs

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

if you want the real bezelless, grab an LCD itself.. It is bezelless like you want :))

35. Manux

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

I agree, even the old sharp is better than this

46. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

this is a touch screen phone. why would a company so dumb , that they remove the side bazel ???

49. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

wtf is everyones' problem with bezels anyway?? i really don't see this issue where since 2015 hit bezels are the worst thing a phone can have.. i think this just means everyone is bored now because the cpu and gpu have been brought to an acceptable standard. cameras are outstanding considering what they are, storage space is expanding rapidly, and even battery life is getting better. people just need something else to complain about.

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2355; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I think it looks bizzare, bezeless design with top and bottom bezels present just looks like of... Ugly. In my opinion anyway.

26. Donotnameme

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

i agree, it's ugly. And no side bezels + big slabs of top and bottom bezels =/= bezel-less phone

3. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

" , it will also feature an USB Type C connection port, as made famous by the Apple MacBook. " :facepalm:

14. Simona unregistered

man i hope u NOT so stupid and u don't think that usb 3.1 is designed by icrappple ?!!!?

19. TerryTerius unregistered

Apple obviously didn't create it single-handedly, but I can assure you that because of Apple it would be the first time many people had ever heard of it. That statement isn't exactly inaccurate.

36. Simona unregistered

Well it is kind of paradox.. all sudden apple wants flippable usb 3.1 .. I BET if this connector won't be flippable apple wud NEVER implement it .. Or I think they are not stucked up with lighting anymore and they already listened EU commission that we need a standard charging point around the world.. Because everybody accepted it in past so everybody carry micro usb 2.0 but apple .. So I HOPE in future all futuristic smartphones and other devices will carry nice usb 3.1 I was bit disappointed that this ''revolutionary'' usb version isn't called USB 4 .. shame really .. because it is gonna change a LOT in electronic gadgets.. It is gonna be awesome..

21. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

PA confirmed to HUGE FANS OF APPLE~

28. nodes

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

it's a fact.

33. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Apple did make it famous just like touchscreen, tablet although they didnt invent it. Apple is really good at marketing. They use their own term like Retina Display instead of HD.

4. egbtmagus

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Wait you claim it's not practical to have a bezel free design but what Samsung is doing with the edge series is basically this but worse yet you were swallowing everything Samsung dumped in your mouth.

5. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

To be fair i think the edges of the S6 Edge aren't touch sensitive unless I'm missing something.

6. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

You are correct. The Edges are there primarily to give a futuristic and awesome look. They are mainly to up the design. I've used the S6 Edge and trust me when I say that the edges don't interfere with usability.

50. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

wow they're not? they just lost a lot of functionability to me then lol i had ALMOST found myself being interested ... thank you haha

10. maherk

Posts: 6750; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Why do you need to bring up Samsung to this article when hundreds of other phones has been offering phones with incredible thin bezels(Sharp Aquos Crystal comes to mind)? I do get your point that it shouldn't be criticized unless it is tested, but maybe you should slow down with your Samsung hate.

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