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Dave Rogriguez 2017-08-21
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I’ve been a champion of bezelless devices long before the Xiaomi Mi Mix came out, and now that I actually have one in my hand, it’s… underwhelming to say the least.

It definitely has that wow factor that pretty much all bezelless phones have, but that’s about it.

If the Maze Alpha wasn’t bezelless, it would be instantly lost in the sea of midrange MediaTek devices sporting a Helio P series chipset, a minimum of 4GB of RAM, and a large battery.

225g, 15.98 x 8.25 x 0.81 cm

The Maze Alpha is not very bezelless.

While this phone might look bezelless from afar, the more you use the phone the faster you realize that the side bezels are actually quite large, a far cry from what you find on the Mi Mix or even the Galaxy S8+.

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Leon Bailey 2017-08-19
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Bezelless is one of those ill-fitting words we’ve been using for far too long regarding phones that are sort of bezelless, but not really.

So what do we call the next generation of truly bezelless (or at least, more bezelless) phones on the horizon?

Well, for starters, we can call the first one the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2.

The original Mi MIX was the harbinger of the age of bezelless devices, so it’s only fitting that its successor will almost completely shave off the chin still found on the likes of the Galaxy S8, LG G6 and even the Essential Phone.

In a concept video shared by its returning designer, French designer Philippe Starck, there’s barely an outline of bezel on the top three sides with a bottom bezel that looks about half as wide as that found on the Galaxy S8.

Of course, concept videos are to reality what fanboy expectations are to supply chains.

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George Comer 2017-10-10
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We have seen some fascinating smartphone innovations in the past one year, but if there's one evolution that became a head-turner, it would be the original Mi Mix.

When the Mi Mix was launched, it was said to be a 'concept' from Xiaomi which started off the bezelless trend across OEMs.

Looking at the huge demand from Xiaomi fans, the company reworked on the original Mix and returned with the new Mi Mix 2, which is more refined, logical and a favourable implementation of the bezelless concept.

Since there are so many existing options in the market, it's now a little tricky for the Mi Mix 2 to make a mark like its predecessor without having the perk of being one of a kind smartphone.

The Mi Mix 2 will go on sale from October 17 on wards.

The beauty exists in small details like the gold ring around the camera and the discreetly placed antennae bands on the top and bottom.

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Carl Chasin 2017-09-02
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There are several reasons why a company like LG might finally decide to make the switch to an OLED display on their latest flagship.

The move to a plastic OLED screen on the V30 is, for many, one of the biggest deals about it, but what prompted LG to make the change?

LG Display’s increased P-OLED production capacity and recent reductions in the manufacturing cost of OLED displays could also be behind the switch.

No, the (official) reason LG finally decided to put an OLED display on one of its flagships – the V30 will see a global release, so it can now be rightfully described as a flagship product – ultimately boils down to fashion.

The current “megatrend” (as LG calls it) in the mobile industry for full-screen bezelless designs was the primary factor behind the introduction of P-OLED for the V30.

Hinting at the difficulties involved in producing the LG G6 with its near bezelless LCD screen, LG’s Lydia Lee told me that “with P-OLED we can easily make the shape of the design, and we can make the bezel about 3-4mm smaller than before.

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Guy Moorhouse 2017-02-04
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Phone maker, Allview, has released an image that could hint at a bezelless phone launch this August!Allview are a smartphone brand that many of you will be familiar with, The Romanian based brand has often found headlines for their various devices, many of which being rebranded Gionee handsets direct from China.Allview recently published an image which shows various devices next to months of a calendar.

The calendar shows a wearable, a TV set top device, but in August the image shows a bezelless smartphone with a very similar design to the Xiaomi Mi Mix!The mystery device doesn t currently have a name but we can see from the images that the body has a zero bezel design along the left and right plus across the top.

The narrow bezels makes for a very large screen to body ratio with enough space on the chin for a home button that likely hoses a fingerprint scanner.As for the technical specifications, the mysterious smartphone Allview could propose a processor MediaTek latest generation assisted by 6 GB of RAM.

Since Allview phones are usual rebraded smartphone Gionee, it s likely that we see a version of the phone launch in China first.

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Jason Vest 2017-01-03
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What are the two things that are going to be extremely popular with phone makers this year?

Dual rear cameras, and curved and if not that, bezel-less displays!

Give yourself a pat on the back if you guessed that right!ZTE seem to be in the mood to ride the wave, and have begun teasing a phone with a curved display.

For now, we only have the first of presumably many to come, but thankfully it isn t a Weibo message from a random Chinese but a picture from a ZTE exec.

Buy ZTE and Nubia phones and accessories at shop.gizchina.com!The teaser comes with new year wishes kind of — it reads Goodbye 2016 and asks us to have a boundless new year.

It s interesting because rumours start a bit before real teasers, but this time around it s vice versa.Have a look at the teaser below, and start dissecting the code in the comments section!

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Earl Rizvi 2017-07-10
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Bluboo are out with another bezel-less phone (that makes to the list of the top Mi Mix alternatives).

If you’re in the market looking for a budget bezel-less phone that’s also powerful, the Bluboo S1 should be something that you probably won’t be able to miss.

We’re hosting a giveaway for GizChina readers, which will allow one lucky reader to have sent home a free Bluboo S1 smartphone.

It’s as simple as that, as it is each time!

You can also check out the phone’s listing right here.

The contest will run from 10th July to 16th July 2017 (GMT-08:00)

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Troy Schindler 2017-09-08
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We know what you’re saying “Another Bezelless Phone?”.

Yes, another one but this new device from UHANS does look good.

Bezel-less was once a feature that we all craved, but these days we can’t go a moment without falling over another new Chinese phone with minimal bezels (to be fair not many of these “bezel-less” phones are really bezel-less are they?).

UHANS announced that it would launch its bezel free smartphone around a month ago, and today we have a few images of that devices, name, feature details and a video!

If you watched that above video you will have seen the UHANS MX the latest, and best looking, UHANS Android smartphone to be released.

Beauty isn’t just skin deep with this phone though as there are some fairly good features thrown in that makes this handset one that we are actually quite interested to try.

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George Comer 2018-05-01
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Oukitel produces very decent devices, but can their 18:9 Oukitel K5 make a significant dent in the budget phone market?

Rocking the old MTK6737 processor, an 18:9 display and fairly slim bezels (for a budget phone), the Oukitel K5 is trying to be the bezelless budget choice in the cutthroat low end market, however does it succeed?

8MP/0.3MP Rear Cameras, 2MP Front

15.34 x 7.11 x 1.00 cm, 205g

The Oukitel K5 feels very heavy.

The weight is secondary to the size of the phone, which tops out at almost 1cm thick, making this phone chunky at best.

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Kevin Oconnor 2017-08-23
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We’re intrigued by Chinese phone brands at TNW.

You might not have heard of the brand before, but the Mix has been making waves, and it’s all due to its near-bezelless screen — very á la Galaxy S8, and dare I say it, the upcoming iPhone 8.

The Doogee Mix packs the following:

64GB storage (expandable with a MicroSD card)

Dual rear-facing cameras (16MP main camera, with a 8MP secondary camera)

Fingerprint reader (which also doubles as a back button)

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Jerrell Lawson 2017-01-05
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Xiaomi's updated Mi TV is the company's thinnest to date.

Xiaomi launched its Mi Router HD on Thursday, which serves as both a local repository of the home s digital content as well as a gateway to services like Dropbox.

Xiaomi also launched its next-gen Mi TV 4.

All of its announcements are exclusive to China for the time being, however.

As a young company founded in 2010.

Xiaomi has dipped its toe in a few markets, with last year s Mi Mix nearly bezelless Android phone, which it will ship in white.

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Richard Lee 2017-06-30
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The race to become the first manufacturer to launch a completely bezeless device has officially ended, and the unexpected winner is Sharp.

In a way, this probably should’ve been expected, seeing as Sharp were the ones who really kicked off the trend with the stunning Sharp Aquos Crystal years ago.

The brand new bezeless devices are the Sharp FS8016 and FS8010, two identical devices with different processors.

Where the FS8016 features a Snapdragon 660 processor, the FS8010 will have a Snapdragon 330.

They will come in two variants of 4GB and 6GB RAM, both paired with 64GB internal memory.

Both models will feature a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1080p and really high screen to body ratios.

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Scott Morell 2017-10-22
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Bezelless is the buzzword for this year.

At the time of writing, the smartphone can be availed from most Chinese e-commerce sites for around the $110 mark, which isn’t much by any stretch of the imagination.

Because companies have managed to shrink bezels.

Now content is going to be built for 18:9, buyers of phones with 16:9 are going to miss out on some.

While that is okay, the real issue is with app compatibility — you are bound to encounter issues every now and then.

5.5-inch display 1920 x 1080p display

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Oliver Dyer 2017-11-09
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If bezelless phones weren’t a thing, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 would be impressively compact.

Standing in the shadow of a MIX is never an easy thing, and couple that with the expectation of a flagship level processor in a Note phone, the Mi Note 3 is turning out to be one controversial beast indeed.

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Review

Xiaomi’s processor choices in many of their phones have been less than… desirable, with many of their higher end devices utilizing the low powered Snapdragon 625 processors, and now the Mi Note 3 is following suit, taking a step down from a high end chip to a midrange one.

A step down from the previous generation

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Specifications

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Danny Duck 2017-08-09
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300Bezel-less phones are the fad for the season, and what better than to give one away to a lucky GizChina reader!

If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know how simple it is to participate in a GizChina Giveaway.

If not, don’t fret for the rules will be presented right below!

Let’s talk a but about the KIICAA Mix for once.

The phone happens to be one of the many Mix alternatives on the market, but with a rather nice spec set.

Let’s have a look at the spec sheet:

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Glenn Vedder 2016-11-29
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The Asus ZenBook Flip features the same specs as its UX305 Ultrabook brother, but its convertible form factor has introduced a few too many compromises.

With laptops racing to see who can be the thinnest and lightest, compromises must be made.

Thinnest results in the UX360 s featherweight 2.86 lbs 1.29 kg .

The ZenBook Flip offers a striking design that s subtle but managed to stand out from the crowd.

But with a laptop as thin as the UX360, there s worry about structural rigidity.

In terms of portability, the ZenBook Flip is thin but also larger than near-bezelless ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13.

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Dave Rogriguez 2017-08-21
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I’ve been a champion of bezelless devices long before the Xiaomi Mi Mix came out, and now that I actually have one in my hand, it’s… underwhelming to say the least.

It definitely has that wow factor that pretty much all bezelless phones have, but that’s about it.

If the Maze Alpha wasn’t bezelless, it would be instantly lost in the sea of midrange MediaTek devices sporting a Helio P series chipset, a minimum of 4GB of RAM, and a large battery.

225g, 15.98 x 8.25 x 0.81 cm

The Maze Alpha is not very bezelless.

While this phone might look bezelless from afar, the more you use the phone the faster you realize that the side bezels are actually quite large, a far cry from what you find on the Mi Mix or even the Galaxy S8+.

George Comer 2017-10-10
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We have seen some fascinating smartphone innovations in the past one year, but if there's one evolution that became a head-turner, it would be the original Mi Mix.

When the Mi Mix was launched, it was said to be a 'concept' from Xiaomi which started off the bezelless trend across OEMs.

Looking at the huge demand from Xiaomi fans, the company reworked on the original Mix and returned with the new Mi Mix 2, which is more refined, logical and a favourable implementation of the bezelless concept.

Since there are so many existing options in the market, it's now a little tricky for the Mi Mix 2 to make a mark like its predecessor without having the perk of being one of a kind smartphone.

The Mi Mix 2 will go on sale from October 17 on wards.

The beauty exists in small details like the gold ring around the camera and the discreetly placed antennae bands on the top and bottom.

Guy Moorhouse 2017-02-04
img

Phone maker, Allview, has released an image that could hint at a bezelless phone launch this August!Allview are a smartphone brand that many of you will be familiar with, The Romanian based brand has often found headlines for their various devices, many of which being rebranded Gionee handsets direct from China.Allview recently published an image which shows various devices next to months of a calendar.

The calendar shows a wearable, a TV set top device, but in August the image shows a bezelless smartphone with a very similar design to the Xiaomi Mi Mix!The mystery device doesn t currently have a name but we can see from the images that the body has a zero bezel design along the left and right plus across the top.

The narrow bezels makes for a very large screen to body ratio with enough space on the chin for a home button that likely hoses a fingerprint scanner.As for the technical specifications, the mysterious smartphone Allview could propose a processor MediaTek latest generation assisted by 6 GB of RAM.

Since Allview phones are usual rebraded smartphone Gionee, it s likely that we see a version of the phone launch in China first.

Earl Rizvi 2017-07-10
img

Bluboo are out with another bezel-less phone (that makes to the list of the top Mi Mix alternatives).

If you’re in the market looking for a budget bezel-less phone that’s also powerful, the Bluboo S1 should be something that you probably won’t be able to miss.

We’re hosting a giveaway for GizChina readers, which will allow one lucky reader to have sent home a free Bluboo S1 smartphone.

It’s as simple as that, as it is each time!

You can also check out the phone’s listing right here.

The contest will run from 10th July to 16th July 2017 (GMT-08:00)

George Comer 2018-05-01
img

Oukitel produces very decent devices, but can their 18:9 Oukitel K5 make a significant dent in the budget phone market?

Rocking the old MTK6737 processor, an 18:9 display and fairly slim bezels (for a budget phone), the Oukitel K5 is trying to be the bezelless budget choice in the cutthroat low end market, however does it succeed?

8MP/0.3MP Rear Cameras, 2MP Front

15.34 x 7.11 x 1.00 cm, 205g

The Oukitel K5 feels very heavy.

The weight is secondary to the size of the phone, which tops out at almost 1cm thick, making this phone chunky at best.

Jerrell Lawson 2017-01-05
img

Xiaomi's updated Mi TV is the company's thinnest to date.

Xiaomi launched its Mi Router HD on Thursday, which serves as both a local repository of the home s digital content as well as a gateway to services like Dropbox.

Xiaomi also launched its next-gen Mi TV 4.

All of its announcements are exclusive to China for the time being, however.

As a young company founded in 2010.

Xiaomi has dipped its toe in a few markets, with last year s Mi Mix nearly bezelless Android phone, which it will ship in white.

Scott Morell 2017-10-22
img

Bezelless is the buzzword for this year.

At the time of writing, the smartphone can be availed from most Chinese e-commerce sites for around the $110 mark, which isn’t much by any stretch of the imagination.

Because companies have managed to shrink bezels.

Now content is going to be built for 18:9, buyers of phones with 16:9 are going to miss out on some.

While that is okay, the real issue is with app compatibility — you are bound to encounter issues every now and then.

5.5-inch display 1920 x 1080p display

Danny Duck 2017-08-09
img

300Bezel-less phones are the fad for the season, and what better than to give one away to a lucky GizChina reader!

If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know how simple it is to participate in a GizChina Giveaway.

If not, don’t fret for the rules will be presented right below!

Let’s talk a but about the KIICAA Mix for once.

The phone happens to be one of the many Mix alternatives on the market, but with a rather nice spec set.

Let’s have a look at the spec sheet:

Leon Bailey 2017-08-19
img

Bezelless is one of those ill-fitting words we’ve been using for far too long regarding phones that are sort of bezelless, but not really.

So what do we call the next generation of truly bezelless (or at least, more bezelless) phones on the horizon?

Well, for starters, we can call the first one the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2.

The original Mi MIX was the harbinger of the age of bezelless devices, so it’s only fitting that its successor will almost completely shave off the chin still found on the likes of the Galaxy S8, LG G6 and even the Essential Phone.

In a concept video shared by its returning designer, French designer Philippe Starck, there’s barely an outline of bezel on the top three sides with a bottom bezel that looks about half as wide as that found on the Galaxy S8.

Of course, concept videos are to reality what fanboy expectations are to supply chains.

Carl Chasin 2017-09-02
img

There are several reasons why a company like LG might finally decide to make the switch to an OLED display on their latest flagship.

The move to a plastic OLED screen on the V30 is, for many, one of the biggest deals about it, but what prompted LG to make the change?

LG Display’s increased P-OLED production capacity and recent reductions in the manufacturing cost of OLED displays could also be behind the switch.

No, the (official) reason LG finally decided to put an OLED display on one of its flagships – the V30 will see a global release, so it can now be rightfully described as a flagship product – ultimately boils down to fashion.

The current “megatrend” (as LG calls it) in the mobile industry for full-screen bezelless designs was the primary factor behind the introduction of P-OLED for the V30.

Hinting at the difficulties involved in producing the LG G6 with its near bezelless LCD screen, LG’s Lydia Lee told me that “with P-OLED we can easily make the shape of the design, and we can make the bezel about 3-4mm smaller than before.

Jason Vest 2017-01-03
img

What are the two things that are going to be extremely popular with phone makers this year?

Dual rear cameras, and curved and if not that, bezel-less displays!

Give yourself a pat on the back if you guessed that right!ZTE seem to be in the mood to ride the wave, and have begun teasing a phone with a curved display.

For now, we only have the first of presumably many to come, but thankfully it isn t a Weibo message from a random Chinese but a picture from a ZTE exec.

Buy ZTE and Nubia phones and accessories at shop.gizchina.com!The teaser comes with new year wishes kind of — it reads Goodbye 2016 and asks us to have a boundless new year.

It s interesting because rumours start a bit before real teasers, but this time around it s vice versa.Have a look at the teaser below, and start dissecting the code in the comments section!

Troy Schindler 2017-09-08
img

We know what you’re saying “Another Bezelless Phone?”.

Yes, another one but this new device from UHANS does look good.

Bezel-less was once a feature that we all craved, but these days we can’t go a moment without falling over another new Chinese phone with minimal bezels (to be fair not many of these “bezel-less” phones are really bezel-less are they?).

UHANS announced that it would launch its bezel free smartphone around a month ago, and today we have a few images of that devices, name, feature details and a video!

If you watched that above video you will have seen the UHANS MX the latest, and best looking, UHANS Android smartphone to be released.

Beauty isn’t just skin deep with this phone though as there are some fairly good features thrown in that makes this handset one that we are actually quite interested to try.

Kevin Oconnor 2017-08-23
img

We’re intrigued by Chinese phone brands at TNW.

You might not have heard of the brand before, but the Mix has been making waves, and it’s all due to its near-bezelless screen — very á la Galaxy S8, and dare I say it, the upcoming iPhone 8.

The Doogee Mix packs the following:

64GB storage (expandable with a MicroSD card)

Dual rear-facing cameras (16MP main camera, with a 8MP secondary camera)

Fingerprint reader (which also doubles as a back button)

Richard Lee 2017-06-30
img

The race to become the first manufacturer to launch a completely bezeless device has officially ended, and the unexpected winner is Sharp.

In a way, this probably should’ve been expected, seeing as Sharp were the ones who really kicked off the trend with the stunning Sharp Aquos Crystal years ago.

The brand new bezeless devices are the Sharp FS8016 and FS8010, two identical devices with different processors.

Where the FS8016 features a Snapdragon 660 processor, the FS8010 will have a Snapdragon 330.

They will come in two variants of 4GB and 6GB RAM, both paired with 64GB internal memory.

Both models will feature a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2048 x 1080p and really high screen to body ratios.

Oliver Dyer 2017-11-09
img

If bezelless phones weren’t a thing, the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 would be impressively compact.

Standing in the shadow of a MIX is never an easy thing, and couple that with the expectation of a flagship level processor in a Note phone, the Mi Note 3 is turning out to be one controversial beast indeed.

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Review

Xiaomi’s processor choices in many of their phones have been less than… desirable, with many of their higher end devices utilizing the low powered Snapdragon 625 processors, and now the Mi Note 3 is following suit, taking a step down from a high end chip to a midrange one.

A step down from the previous generation

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 Specifications

Glenn Vedder 2016-11-29
img

The Asus ZenBook Flip features the same specs as its UX305 Ultrabook brother, but its convertible form factor has introduced a few too many compromises.

With laptops racing to see who can be the thinnest and lightest, compromises must be made.

Thinnest results in the UX360 s featherweight 2.86 lbs 1.29 kg .

The ZenBook Flip offers a striking design that s subtle but managed to stand out from the crowd.

But with a laptop as thin as the UX360, there s worry about structural rigidity.

In terms of portability, the ZenBook Flip is thin but also larger than near-bezelless ultrabooks like the Dell XPS 13.