Would you rather have front-firing stereo speakers or super-slim bezels all around?

Would you rather have front-firing stereo speakers or super-slim bezels all around?
It is the age of the bezel-less smartphone! One by one, manufacturers are introducing “all-screen” flagships with a tiny frame all around and… only slight imperfections. There are still some challenges in the way — like where will the selfie camera sit, or where do we put the speaker and earpiece?

Google went full-on defiant with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL and chose to have phones that feature a bit of a “chin” and “forehead” but gave its customers full-fledged, front-firing stereo speakers. Presumably, this makes for a better, more immersive viewing or gaming experience.

Manufacturers that choose to do away with their phones’ bottom bezel stick to a different scenario — the bottom-firing speaker is treated as a “woofer”, with pronounced bass and mids, while the earpiece is more of a tweeter, with the thinner details coming out. When holding such a phone, a slight imbalance in audio can be perceived.

In recent Sony Xperia XZ4 leaks, we can't spot a speaker grille on the super-thin bottom bezel. Which leads us to believe that Sony might be moving away from the front-firing stereo design it has used for years now and join the "woofer-tweeter" crowd. Which caused us to wonder...

In your day-to-day use, which of these do you feel is more important to you? Proper, balanced stereo, or all-around thin bezels for a more compact, futuristic-looking handset?

Would you rather have front-firing stereo speakers or sacrifice them for no "chin" and "forehead" on your phone?

I like my stereo speakers on the front, where they belong!
Move the speakers, I want all-around thin bezels!


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