Microsoft almost overtakes Apple, Samsung, and Google to the punch when it comes to showcasing bezel-less smartphones. According to Windows Central, Microsoft was working on its first ‘bezel-less’ Windows phone which eventually became the Lumia 435. Microsoft has code-named the device “Vela” during its development.
The device Lumia 435 sports the now nearly universal edge-to-edge display style now being used by Apple’s iPhone X, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8, and Google’s new Pixel 2 XL.
The Lumia 435 is a low-end phone and as such it’s packing low-end designations. It is dual sim phone coming with Snapdragon 200 with 1GB RAM and just 4GB internal storage. That storage is expandable with 1GB RAM and just 4GB internal storage.
In regards to the camera, the device comes with 5MP rear-facing shooter with a single LED flash and a 720p front-facing shooter for selfies. It also has a single rear-facing speaker, which is loud.
The Hardware on the front is where things are most captivating. There’s a five-inch 1280 x 720 LCD on a body that measures 126.7 mm by 67.78mm. The two bezels on the either side of the display are just 3mm thick, with the top bezel being 4.4mm. This gives the phone a screen-to-body ratio of 79%.
Windows Central informs Microsoft was planning to price the unreleased Lumia phone at under $200, choosing to brand it as a budget phone with an otherwise unmatched display design.
Like the ambitious Sharp Aquos Crystal, another bezel-less phone a couple years henceforth of the big mobile players, Microsoft planned on putting the front-facing camera into the bottom of the device to ensure the top of the phone’s frame remained slim and flush with the screen.