What's a bezel-less smartphone?

CIO | May 8, 2015

From China's ZTE the Nubia Z9 smartphone has no bezel, favoring more touchscreen functionality.

Do you notice something strange about this smartphone? Look closely, it's missing a bezel.

From China's ZTE this is the Nubia Z9 smartphone and if you compare to another phone, which is on the left here you'll notice that the Z9's screen goes edge to edge, eliminating the bezel. When we tried it out we thought the phone felt a little more compact.

Without a bezel though won't the smartphone sense over-gripping? We didn't find that and the Nubia team tried to turn those challenges into advantages. For example, you can control the brightness by sliding fingers down the sides of display.

Users can even automatically switch to camera mode, by flipping the phone horizontally. The phone's software will activate and move into photo-snapping mode, when it reads that four fingers are holding the screen at its edges.

The phone has a 5.2-inch full HD screen and feels like a premium device. The back of the phone felt warm after using it for a while. That might have something to do with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 process, which has spurred concerns about overheating.

The 4G handset costs 3500 yuan or 574 US dollars and will go on sale in China later this month. There were no announcements about availability outside the country.

With reporting by Michael Kan in Beijing, Nick Barber, IDG News Service.