This past year has been revolutionary in terms of smartphone design as smartphones have finally ditched the bezels in favour of a more futuristic looking bezel-less design. This current trend began last year when Xiaomi announced the Mi Mix, soon after which LG, Samsung and Essential each tried their hand at making a truly bezel-less phone in 2017. With even Apple embracing this design with their latest phone, the iPhone X, smartphones with thick bezels will soon be passé. So why this sudden rush to go bezel-less?Bezel-less smartphones have a certain advantage from a design point of view. Earlier smartphone manufacturers needed to create a bigger phone to include larger displays. Now, all thanks to the advancement in screen technology, manufacturers can create smaller, compact smartphones without compromising on screen size. Hence bezel-less phones help to maximize the screen-to-body ratio, i.e., the usable screen area on the front of the smartphone. The most obvious benefit of such a design is more space for photo and video content, thereby providing a better user experience while also making the phone look gorgeous in hands.
But the design of bezel-less smartphones is not all bells and whistles, sure the these smartphones promise gorgeous displays; however, it also makes the devices more prone to shattering and accidental damage. Since the screens are closer to the edge of the phone, they are less rugged in nature compared to a phone with thick bezels while also making it susceptible to accidental touches. But people are ready to overlook these problems because of how much it adds to the aesthetics and feel of the smartphone.
Whether or not we’re ready for it, bezel-less smartphones are on their way to the mainstream. Most of us will accept some functional compromise to get the feeling that we’re holding the future in our hands, and that’s what the bezel-less design represents.