The launch of the iPhone X last year has led to Android OEMs battling it out to release a phone with a true bezel-less design. While there have been phones from Xiaomi, Samsung, and others to feature an almost bezel-less design, they still had at least some bottom chin.
Chinese OEM Lenovo is now teasing a smartphone which seems to have no bezel. Even better, if the sketch shared by Lenovo’s vice president Chang Cheng on Weibo is to be believed, the handset does not even have a notch.
The VP had earlier also claimed that the Lenovo Z5 will feature a staggering screen-to-body ratio of 95 percent — far higher than any other smartphone in the market. The handset also comes with four technological breakthroughs and 18 patented technologies.
A previous render shared by Cheng had given us a glimpse of the design of the handset.
Given the lack of a notched display, it is unlikely that the Lenovo Z5 will have a true bezel-less design. It needs to have a small amount of bezel at the top or bottom to accommodate the usual bevy of sensors and the front selfie camera.
As of now, it is unclear if the Lenovo Z5 is going to be a concept phone like Vivo’s Apex or it will actually be mass produced. So far, all the smartphones that we have seen launch with a so-called bezel-less design have featured a chin at the top or bottom. The chin is important as it accommodates the display controller. Apple managed to find a way to get rid of the bottom chin by folding the OLED controller. While other OEMs can follow suit, it is an expensive process which means they are unlikely to follow it.
Lenovo has not had much success with its smartphone division in recent times. It has steadily lost market share to Xiaomi and Huawei/Honor in China, and it seems to have almost vanished from the Indian smartphone market with no major launches over the last 10 months.[Via CNET]