Do you know what is a frameless smartphone?

After the announcement of UMIDIGI Crystal, the frameless smartphones, aka all-screen or bezel-less phones, have caught a great deal of attention from the public. So do you really know what a frameless smartphone is really about, and what pros and cons it may have?
Today we will go into the topic in depth.


A frameless smartphone is seemingly having the front side of a phone covered largely or almost entirely by the screen. Phones like Xiaomi Mix, Samsung S8, UMIDIGI Crystal can be considered as frameless phones, which means the frame sides of the phones are made with super narrowed bands.
Xiaomi Mi Mix

What are the advantages?

The benefit of having a frameless phone is quite noticeable. First of all, it looks stunningly beautiful; secondly, it can reduce the overall size of the phone but can enjoy a bigger screen within the same size of the mold. In short, a frameless phone brings extraordinary visual experience with enhanced ID design.

Samsung Galaxy S8

What are the disadvantages?

Since the screen proportion on a frameless phone has been enlarged to its limit, it brings quite a few technical difficulties on replacing the earpiece, front camera and the P-sensor from where they used to be or to make them smaller in order to save more space for the screen.
Problems solved by new technologies 
Manufacturers like Xiaomi and UMIDIGI chose to go with another way to solve this issue. Xiaomi Mix uses cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology with a full-ceramic body for audio transmission. UMIDIGI, on the other hand, applied a structural innovation by introducing the Box audio cavity design that retain a very thin earpiece line on the forehead, and replacing the L-sensor to the top-end of the phone. In order to make room for the screen, the touch ID has to be placed on the back of the phone, in which way some users may find not as convenient as those on the front, it is a compromise move. But there are other manufacturers looking for some other ways such as front Face ID or Iris recognition as alternatives. By doing so, users may no longer reply on the touch ID in the future.
To sum it up, the advantages obviously override the disadvantages, and that’s why the frameless feature beomes even more popular. We have seen smartphone screen evolved from LCD screen, OLED screen, Curved screen, and now the astonishing frameless screen. As the demand increases and the upstream technology develops, the frameless smartphone will soon be put into mass production.

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