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.Read more
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.
Punters haven't responded well to the design rumours, stating the design looks particularly average.
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?
[Via The Verge]