Mobile with free front mark: how could it be feasible to stretch the screen to the edges?

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With the Xiaomi Mi Mix he was born of the obsession with real manufacturers to bring mobile whose face frames are very thin (as a reminder, Sharp has already made its first steps some years ago). This year we have seen proposals that were seeking the same thing, to capture customers who seek the so-called mobile “without frames”.

Now the companies are ambitious and are not intended to stay in mobile with frames reduced, but offer mobile in which the screen occupies almost 100% of the front. That would mean, a priori, sacrificing some elements, such as the speaker or the camera for selfies, but there are always solutions that can leave you satisfied to the potential customers.

a mobile phone with A free front edges would have some drawbacks


Although there are probably many people who would like to screen out 100% of the front (or 95% as little), this would have some drawbacks to keep in mind. The first of them is the most obvious, a loss of resistance before the fall. We all know how fragile are the screens and, even without contact with the ground, often end up breaking in a stupid crash.

With a mobile phone whose front doesn’t have frames it would be even worse, since the surface that absorbs the impact would be much lower and, in consequence, the screen would suffer most from the effects of the fall. is The solution would be to install flexible screens as the LG G Flex (not necessarily curves), so that, upon impact, they may deform slightly to prevent the breakage (that or buy a case).

The other drawback that most frequently would be the inadvertent touches. In today’s mobile frames prevent, for example, touching any unwanted part of the screen when writing a message, or we are playing. Without doubt, this would worsen the experience of use, but perhaps some manufacturer offers a solution similar to the one that have the Galaxy this year (prevent, via software, the inadvertent touches on their side).

What could be done for phones with front without frameworks were feasible?

Although the evolution has been huge in a very short time to reduce the frames almost to its minimum expression, getting to the screen take almost 100% of the front is a task rather more complicated, and to achieve this, they will have to do authentic shunting of engineering. Let’s look at some possible solutions to this question.

The back of the mobile slider

Sure many here remember the mobile sliders (comes to mind for me, with much affection, the Xperia X10 Mini Pro which I had), in which the keyboard was hidden and you had to slide it to appear. As you can see in the video in the tweet above, the solution shows that the prototype (non-functional) is slip to show the camera and speaker.

there Seems to be a solution quite feasible that allow you to stretch the screen to the edges without sacrificing these essential elements. The only problem (if it is that you want to see as such) is that in order to answer a simple phone call, you’d have to make a gesture additional to slide the phone), but if any manufacturer dares with this, it would have to try it out.

Everything below the screen

Xiaomi Mi Mix

Since the first Xiaomi Mi Mix gave a partial solution by putting the speaker in the calls below the screen. This was possible thanks to a element piezo, by means of vibrations, I got to do to get the sound to our ear. The case is that, to stretch the screen to the four edges, you would have to do something similar with the front camera.

The difficulty that this would entail makes this solution less viable, as we would have to place it in such a way that does not impede the touchscreen works in that area, and that, at the time of taking the selfie, the glass does not get in the way. Luckily, if a manufacturer would like to opt for this solution, he would find some way to carry it out with a bit of time (and much money).

The island, the solution is less aesthetic

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This solution already exists, we saw it first in the Essential Phone and, later (and in a different way), on the iPhone X. it would Be to put both the speaker as the front-facing camera (and the sensor, which in reality is the least of the problems) in the center of the top edge of the screen so that it take a small detour for these items. We would be faced with two main problems.

The first is that aesthetically it would not be too nice (although here, as in everything, is a matter of taste) in a phone that, presumably, will be quite expensive. The other problem would be that the notification bar would be very wide (see the Essential), and making the games or full screen apps to take advantage throughout the diagonal.

Sacrifice the camera for selfies, that is doing the work, the rear sensor

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Another possible solution would be completely remove the front camera and put the speaker below the screen (again, see My Mix). For the selfies could be used the rear camera, with what aprovecharíamos even better its higher image quality, but if you are thinking that you would not be able to see you before you take the picture, there is a solution for that too: a rear screen.

it was First Yota who, with his rear screen of electronic ink, we are offered the options (to read saving battery). More recently, Meizu, with his Pro 7, reduce its size and make it more useful. The solution that we propose is that that screen back cover a good part of the back of the mobile phone and it is touch for us to focus, see and shoot with it (basically, that do the same function as the front panel).

Obviously, this would have some impact in the battery (the more you use that screen, the more you will spend), but it would be a possibility quite feasible if someone wants to do that its front does not have frames. is What solution aportarías if you were to manufacture a mobile with no frames?

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October 14, 2017

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