We are in full rumour mode in the lead up to the release of Google's Pixel 4 and as always, there's a leak causing a stir. This time, it's not a headphone jack-less design or a missing microSD slot. No, it's even more shocking. It's the return of the bezel.
For better or worse, an increasing number of smartphone manufacturers have embraced the notch. Making its debut on the Essential Phone before exploding into the mainstream with the iPhone X, it allows phones to have a 'bezel-free' display without compromising the camera, sensors or other front-facing components. Some people consider notched displays to be a necessary evil. Others think they're an abomination. Whichever viewpoint you prescribe to, it turns out you can have an edge-to-edge screen without relying on a notch - all you need is a pop-up camera. Genius.
If you're still wondering what the heck a bezel even is, it's basically the buffer zone between a smartphone's screen and frame (sometimes creepily called a 'forehead' and 'chin').
In the last few years, the trend has been to move away from this design, aspiring to have fully responsive faces, which culminated in the disastrous finale of Samsung's curved phone screens. It's sort of like an infinity pool but just for smartphone displays. Eugh.
The latest design leaks show, while small in terms of bezel options, Google's ready to bring them back to the Pixel in 2019.
Pixel 4 according to @OnLeaks - Dual selfie cameras and triple rear cameras.
Not the most stunning design in the world (classic Pixel) but likely the camera king for another year.
Crossing my fingers for SOMETHING else impressive. 120Hz display? 8GB of RAM? Anything??!! pic.twitter.com/Wvj9mwM7I2
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) July 8, 2019
Punters haven't responded well to the design rumours, stating the design looks particularly average.
Another bad design when are they gonna learn
— Ginette Reno stan (@Abloh2) July 8, 2019
Phones: *starting to go bezel less*
Pixel: MAKE WAY FOR ONE BIG BEZEL AT THE TOP FOR THE CAMERA
— Please RT my Pinned (@ItzAndreAgain) July 8, 2019
Why do they seriously need to make such ugly phones...
— Kristian Strøm (@Kris10anst) July 8, 2019
But hey, I am going out on a limb here to say, it's time to bring back the bezel. It's nice to be able to rest your finger on the screen without it opening five apps and it doubles as a nice buffer to limit screen damage after any dramatic phone drops.
So, in defense of bezels, did they ever really do you wrong?
Google has typically kept things pretty simple with its smartphone range. But with the market clearly wanting larger and smaller display options, many smartphone makers are now creating a three-model strategy with small, medium and plus-size displays. Google appears to be following suit with the Pixel 4, according to rumours and leaks. Here's what we can expect from the Google Pixel 4.
[Via The Verge]