By Stephen Schenck | September 3, 2012 7:50 PM
An anonymous source led to a report late last week that Motorola was working on a “high-profile” new smartphone that would attempt to do away with the phone’s bezel entirely, creating a face that was nearly all screen. Would something like that even be feasible, and is it something consumers would flock to?
There’s no doubt that an all-screen, edge-to-edge design would look pretty darn impressive, especially compared to the rest of the Android clan. But don’t we have those bezels for a reason?
Check out the above image of a modified Atrix HD design. Even stretching the screen as large as it can go while keeping the same aspect ratio, it doesn’t nicely fit the handset’s borders. We can make allowances by shifting around the front-facing camera and earpiece, but some design constraints just can’t be avoided.
The biggest problem is that displays, be them LCD or OLED, are quadrilaterals. You just don’t trim corners off or round them out without destroying the screen circuitry. Sure, non-rectangular screens are technically possible, but amount to extra wasted space during fabrication, and their custom-designed nature would likely make them prohibitively expensive.
So where does that leave us? Perfectly squared-off phones, like Nokia’s been approaching with some of its Lumia designs? That might not be a price everyone’s willing to pay for a bezel-less handset.
Reportedly, this rumored Motorola with its edge-to-edge screen is supposed to arrive sometime later this year.