The top end of a phone with a screen flowing content over the front camera
The top end of a phone with a screen flowing content over the front camera
Oppo prototype USC (under-screen camera) teaser from June 2019

Bezels are dying! Xiaomi’s original 2016 Mi Mix marked the beginning of a borderless trend, stretching the screen right up to the edge of the phone (though the 2014 Sharp Aquos Crystal did it first). The idea of trimming the glass crust from your phone’s screen is quite compelling, but that futuristic, game-changing vision has yet to be fully realized. First, there was the obvious technical challenge of reducing the footprint of the display driver connections (the circuits that control the individual pixels). This has been mostly taken care of, especially with wrap-around “waterfall” screens moving the side bezels to the literal side of the phone. Next came the driver-containing bottom bezel (called the “chin”). Today’s super-flagships wrap the driver back under the panel, while cheaper options leave a small, but noticeable, chin. …

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