Patent suggests Essential Phone 2 could come with no notch, no holes, and no bezels

Patent suggests Essential Phone 2 could come with no notch, no holes, and no bezels
The Essential Phone was one of the world's first notched handsets

The 2017-released Essential Phone didn't exactly set the world on fire with its sales numbers, taking a little too long to reach the market after its formal announcement and cutting way too many corners in terms of overall performance and especially camera capabilities for its starting price. But following a series of major software updates and substantial discounts, we were pretty sad to see the ambitious handset go without a sequel in sight.

After all, this was one of the world's first mobile devices to pursue the bezel-less dream with a notch that quickly became standard practice in the high-end category. Of course, there are now fancier methods employed by some of the largest smartphone manufacturers to reduce screen borders to a minimum, but based on a patent unearthed by LetsGoDigital (translated), Essential Products may have a plan to jump directly to the next level.

Forget hole-punch displays, pop-up cameras, and screen cutouts of various sizes and shapes. If Essential's vision materializes, we could soon hold a phone in our hands that's all screen on the front. We're talking a 100 percent screen-to-body ratio, made possible by embedding the front-facing camera into the actual display of the Essential Phone 2. While the idea is not entirely new, the US-based, Andy Rubin-founded company could be the first to implement it into a commercial product.

Patent suggests Essential Phone 2 could come with no notch, no holes, and no bezels

Presumably, no one has released a phone with an in-display camera yet due to the difficulty of mass manufacturing a device like that. But we already have screen-embedded fingerprint sensors and speakers, so why shouldn't Essential dare to dream about taking the next step on the path to a truly borderless smartphone experience? After all, no one's expecting much from an Essential Phone 2 anymore, making it the ideal platform for experimentation.

Unfortunately, a few drawings included in a patent application filed all the way back in January 2017 and recently made public by the World Intellectual Property Office don't automatically mean this futuristic design is actually in the pipeline. It could be or the Essential Phone 2 may well approach the edge-to-edge goal as rumored just last month. Finally, there's also a good chance the company will never release a mobile device again. 

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9 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 841; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

On yeah!!!

4. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Is it just me or the original essential phone looks futuristic? It was as actually ahead of it's time in terms of design tbh. But websites like these and their bias never gave it a chance from the very beginning (though the phone had bugs). Anyway, if essential is able to pull this off, this will indeed be the holy Grail of the smartphone slab design. Also, phones should imitate and stop doing yearly releases unless they have something actually meaningful to bring to the table.

7. OneLove123

Posts: 841; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Yes, it was ahead of its time. They got rid of the chin in this patent and it looks even better.

8. tokuzumi

Posts: 1821; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Agreed. I bought one for my wife back when Amazon was selling them for ~$250, new. She's been happy with it. Camera performance isn't that great, but the black and white photos it takes are amazing.

2. ullokey

Posts: 174; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Essential phone did not do well because websites like yours carried really negative reviews initially and they did not get the leeway that Apple or Samsung receives

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1305; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

EXACTLY... give them the praise they need... this is the competition that will change what the big guns control

3. Poptart2828

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Essential made a terrible move and launched a phone in America. Upstarts get shut down or bombarded with lawsuits. This concept was presented last month by two Chinese companies with working units in hand for the public to use.

5. antroid

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

They can deliver a great hardware and great software, they just need to learn from their previous mistakes and not to rush because many times all the bugs just overshadowing the great product they wanted to produce

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1821; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'm sure they've learned a lot after their first phone and how poorly it was received initially. They basically released a beta product, and tried to sell it for top dollar. This created some very negative brand image, from which the phone was never able to recover.

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