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Sharp showcases concept smartphone with gorgeous rounded, bezel-less display

By Shawn Knight
Oct 7, 2016
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  1. Sharp at the CEATECH 2016 trade show in Japan this week unveiled an intriguing smartphone it’s calling the Corner R. The handset’s internal hardware specs are irrelevant – it’s the display that has the Internet talking today.

    The Corner R features a 5.2-inch full HD IGZO LCD that utilizes Free-Form Display technology meaning it can be cut into various shapes. Besides the fact that it’s nearly bezel-less, what really makes the display pop is its truly rounded corners and button-free design (the buttons on the bottom are virtual).

    I suspect a device with a display like this would have people lining up in droves but there are a few issues with it. For starters, it’s just a concept at this point.

    As best I can tell from the images courtesy of The Verge, there doesn’t appear to be a cutout for an earpiece speaker. That’s kind of important for a phone although there are ways to get around this, like using a digital wave receiver, for example. But perhaps the bigger issue I see with a nearly bezel-less design is usability.

    A display that stretches to the far edges would almost certainly need to somehow deactivate touch input around its perimeter. Otherwise, your fingers / hands are likely going to accidentally touch the display, resulting in all sorts of erratic behavior.

    This isn’t the first time Sharp, which was acquired by Foxconn earlier this year for $3.5 billion, has impressed with its mobile display technology. A couple of years ago, the company introduced the Aquos Crystal, a smartphone with a near bezel-less, 5-inch display that got loads of attention despite its mid-range hardware.

    All images courtesy The Verge

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  2. fps4ever

    fps4ever TS Booster Posts: 80   +59

    Nice but you definitely want to slap a case and or a screen protector on that asap!
     
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  3. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 817   +231

    Both would be better.
     
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  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 752   +273

    Yup. Looks rather.. fragile.
     
  5. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Guru Posts: 563   +178

    I found that on my s6 edge I literally HAD to put a case on it. Could NOT use 1 hand operation with the palm of your hand touching the "edge" negating or ignoring your thumb presses. It was either get a thin rubber case or get a different phone. I love it now. This Samsung phone I assume would have the same problem for me.
     
  6. soulsassassin

    soulsassassin TS Booster Posts: 69   +14

    guys this is a showcase for the the display technology not a device ready for shipping
     
  7. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 752   +273

    We know. Never suggested otherwise :p
     
  8. MaXtor

    MaXtor TS Booster Posts: 103   +6

    It could be nice for a touch screen monitor rather than a mobile device.
     
  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,676   +780

    Wonder if it could stop a bullet? How about a rubber one?!?
     
  10. soulsassassin

    soulsassassin TS Booster Posts: 69   +14

    your comment say otherwise
     
  11. Techstar

    Techstar TS Member Posts: 88   +16

    I see a bezel. Funny how they try to misname something to get you to look.
     
  12. Mouldy CPU

    Mouldy CPU TS Rookie

    Rounded corners on a display remind me of good old CRT monitors.
     
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,055

    Someday (soon) all smartphones will look like this, lets just hope they they don't forget to include a proper headphone jack.
     
  14. Techstar

    Techstar TS Member Posts: 88   +16

    lol Let's hope Android devices stay several steps ahead of Apples offerings. Of course that's really just a given.
     
  15. KountTechula

    KountTechula TS Rookie

    Yes thanks G-luv, you too! Oh and I found the name...It's called "goStrap". I use it on both my e-reader and my phone, which are both phablet-sized and make them easy to operate single-handedly. It definitely has stopped the dropping problem but probably just as importantly, it has given me back the use of my hand!!! Their website's kind of dinky but you can also get them at Bed Bath and Beyond. Hope this helps and best of luck!
     
  16. m-tec

    m-tec TS Rookie

    This would be a great example of form over function. Unless it can float above your hand, how are you supposed to hold and use it?
     
  17. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,509   +2,055

    Sadly a lot of the industry tends to follow Apples lead.
     
  18. Techstar

    Techstar TS Member Posts: 88   +16

    lol Apple hasn't led for ages. Their newest most advanced phone come close to competing with a 2 year old Samsung S5. It's hasn't made it yet, but it's the closest Apple has come so far.
     
  19. roberthi

    roberthi TS Enthusiast Posts: 79   +11

    "A display that stretches to the far edges would almost certainly need to somehow deactivate touch input around its perimeter. Otherwise, your fingers / hands are likely going to accidentally touch the display, resulting in all sorts of erratic behavior."

    Samsung S6's and 7's don't bother worrying about that, so I don't see how Sharp would.
     

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