I remember a time when I didn’t know – or care – what a bezel was. Now, thanks to the efforts of Chinese smartphone manufacturers, I may be able to forget about this component all together. (If you don’t already know, it’s the metal or plastic bit that surrounds a screen.) A slew of new devices have appeared this month – some leaked, some released officially – all showing companies doing their best to erase the bezel. It’s one of the latest trends in smartphone design and has already made its way to the US in the form of the $239 Sharp Aquos Crystal and its infinity pool-like display. Looking at these devices it seems we’ll be seeing a lot less edge in future.
I’m quite pleased about the bezel disappearing. The bezel is an irrelevant, useless part of displays, and it can be shaved off and removed.
Until you drop the phone and it lands on any of its edges – either denting a bezel or shattering the glass instantly depending on whether you have a bezel…
I used to have a wm6 smartphone where the screen was recessed inside the bezel slightly. To break that screen you’d basically have to stab it.