Android device displays have been getting larger and larger, creating bigger, less pocket-friendly devices. For some this is a deal-breaker, while others aren’t so concerned with overall device size as long as the smartphone works well for their personal needs (i.e. Samsung Galaxy Note).
One way we’ve seen manufacturers deal with enlarging screens while keeping the overall form-factor the same is through shrinking the bezel around the screen. We saw this a lot in Ultrabooks like the LG Shuriken concept, or Dell’s XPS 13, which fits a 13-inch screen in the space normally reserved for a 11- or 12-inch screen.
By the same token, HDTV manufacturers have been producing HDTVs with smaller and smaller bezels. Samsung just showed off a bunch of gorgeous OLED HDTVs at CES 2012 with virtually no bezels, making it look like the display is floating in mid-air.
Not surprisingly, Samsung may be taking their display know-how from their awesome HDTVs to produce a practically bezel-free smartphone.
According to the rumor, the bezel-free smartphone has been in development for quite a while now, and is supposedly slated for release in Q3 of this year. It’s possible that it will debut under the “Galaxy B” moniker, but personally I hope Samsung comes up with a better name. I know the Galaxy branding is strong, but it feels like it’s time to move on to a different, fresher branding strategy.
Supposedly, the bezel would only extend above the display to house the front-facing camera and earpiece. What would be even more impressive is if Samsung “borrowed” from LG’s Shuriken and embedded the front-facing camera and possibly the earpiece in the display itself. At any rate, if Samsung can make a bezel-free smartphone with screens as beautiful as their OLED HDTVs, that would be a very striking product.