Nubia Z9 leaked shows near bezel-less design

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After Weibo posts from Nubia bosses that the Nubia Z9 will launch with a borderless design yesterday, we had our doubts at what “borderless” actually meant. If these leaks are any indication then “almost borderless” would be a better description.

As we said yesterday, we have been promised border free phones for months now, but not one phone company has actually released a phone with screen to screen edges, there is always a very narrow sliver of bezel in-between (which is fine), so when we hear a company make claims that they’ve finally cracked it we tend not to hold our breath.

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Yesterday Nubia bosses said the flagship Nubia Z9 would feature a borderless design, and today leaks of the phone indicate this isn’t exactly true. While the phone in the image is mostly screen up to the edge there is still a slim bezel lurking away there.

It remains to be seen if this leak is genuine or not, but our only is on Oppo for making the first phone that “appears” be be borderless after seeing their recent patent.

Is it really necessary for a phone to have zero bezel, or is a couple of mm or less acceptable?

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  1. BotondKisKovacs
    April 8, 2015

    I personally would prefer a bezel of 1 mm or less. I suppose by bezel people understand the space that is under the screen glass but is not a functional part of the screen. The edge of the phone can add quite a bit of bulk even if there is no bezel.
    For example my Xiaomi Redmi Note has relatively wide bezels and the edge of the phone, the part of the case that encloses the screen, is about 1 mm thick so I would like it if the screen had no bezels at all as that would still leave me with an edge thickness that I find attractive and usable. I would find it weird though if there was actually no space at all between your hand and the screen’s edge when you hold a phone.

    • April 8, 2015

      I think we have pretty thin bezles as it is. 1mm would be fine, but even a little thicker is ok with me. I prefer a better overall design and better construction over “how thin can we make our bezels”

      • BotondKisKovacs
        April 8, 2015

        True, I’d prefer a little bezel thickness over a creaky build.

  2. david
    April 8, 2015

    please guys dont be stupid. do you want your phone to crack on first fail? it needs to have cconstruction for protection. and LCD cell by itself can’t have pixels on edge because there are connections between rows on them. This is already advanced enough but you are focused on stupid things. It would be better if those engineers from nubia focused on making theirs kernel usable and fast to make phones at least near oneplus or xiaomi flagships.

    • eliHd
      April 8, 2015

      If you drop the phone yes the screen will crack/smashed… However the company will make money! That’s the first rule of business! You got to remember that! ?

  3. Rob
    April 8, 2015

    I think a bezel of around 1mm is fine, keeps dimensions of the phone to a minimum. Never expected this to have no bezel despite what they claimed. This looks about right to me, they need to concentrate on reducing the top and bottom of the phone.

    April 8, 2015

    nice try using photoshop