According to the grapevine, it is much likely that in 2017, we’re going to get phones from Samsung and Apple that are all screen, no bezel.
Technology experts hugely anticipate that Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will be entirely bezel-free, with no physical buttons. If so, it’ll be a big comeback for the company, which recently faced controversy (and hilarious ridicule) with its exploding phone debacle.
As for Apple, whose next step has yet to be confirmed, did file a patent earlier this year for a virtual home button, which would get the iPhone close to being entirely bezel-less. According to analysts, it is likely that next year’s iPhones will be bezel-free.
A bezel is the border around the top, bottom, and sides of a smart phone, all of the material that doesn’t include the screen. It encases a lot of your phone’s most important hardware: a front-facing camera, the microphones, etc.
Apparently, in the race for screen size, which overall makes a phone more pleasant to use, bezels just mean the physical size of the phone has to be larger, unable to fit in pockets, or some larger phones being nearly unusable if you’re using only one hand. Therefore, eliminating bezels either means one can pack even more screen space into a phone of the same size, or even shrink phones down a bit while maintaining the five inches or more of screen space that many premium-phone buyers are looking for.
There have been phones released in China where the bezels have been largely removed. . . . .