LG pulls of a pretty nice trick with the hardware of its new G3 flagship. At 5.5 inches, the extremely high-res quad HD display is quite a bit larger than the screens we find on most of its competition, yet despite a display that should soundly classify the G3 as a phablet, it’s really not significantly larger than phones like the Galaxy S5. Key to LG pulling this off has been taking full advantage of the G3′s face, and outfitting it with a screen that consumed as much surface area as possible. That’s left us with a phone sporting some impressively narrow bezels, but to hear LG tell the story, it was aiming to deliver a phone with bezels even thinner than what we got.
Vice President of LG Mobile Communications Design Lab Chul Bae Lee explains in a recent interview that his intention was to have the G3 push things even further, giving the phone a tinier bezel than the barely-there version we have now. In the end, compromises had to be made between the bezel and other screen concerns – specifically, we’re told that a thinner bezel would have necessitated the use of thicker glass (presumably to help with rigidity), and the size of the bezel the phone ultimately launched with was a trade-off between keeping that measurement narrow and avoiding the need for screen glass that was untenably thick.
Lee also uses this discussion of bezels to weigh-in on LG’s choice to give the G3 a plastic body, rather than a metal construction like HTC uses in its One M8. Were LG to take that route, he explains, the G3′s bezels would end up double the size we get with this plastic phone.