BBK Vivo X3 to be world’s first bezel-less smartphone?

by: AdrianFebruary 18, 2013


Whether we like it or not, the smartphone world seems to be driven by the “bigger is better” principle of late. What do gadgets have today and they didn’t a year or two ago? Sure, fastest chips and more RAM, but also much larger screens. And, hopefully, they’ll have bigger batteries sooner or later.

But there is one little feature we’d all like to see shrink or, better yet, disappear altogether. The bezel. Bezel-less devices have been talked about since the Stone Age of smartphones, but unfortunately they’ve remained nothing but a sweet dream.

Until now we’ve only seen concepts, plans, projects, but nothing of substance. Meanwhile, the only company that’s done something to at least significantly shrink the bezel has been Sony.

You can thus say the BBK Vivo X3 comes out of nowhere today, with the promise of being the world’s first bezel-less smartphone. Or at least vertical bezel-less device, because the horizontal borders are still there to wrap up the display. Unfortunately, they’re also pretty massive, so this doesn’t feel like that big of a step forward.

And yet it is a step in the right direction. If the Vivo X3 is real and if it’ll look how it does in the above leaked pic. Those are two big ifs right there and the blurriness of the photo certainly doesn’t convince us the story is legit.

Vivo X1's bezel is not massive, but it's there.

Vivo X1’s bezel is not massive, but it’s there.

BBK’s name probably doesn’t ring many bells either, which would make you even keener to dismiss the report. But what you may not know is the “no-name” Chinese company has launched several solid phones in the past under the Oppo brand.

Most recently, BBK has been under the spotlight with the Vivo X1, a 6.55 mm thin phone that “coincidentally” had a very thin vertical bezel as well.

You want to believe, right? Us too, but let’s mention a couple of other things before wrapping up. First, the phone might be called X2 or X3. We’re going with X3 for now because GizChina had a report about a 5-inch Oppo Find 5 “killer” dubbed the same last fall.

Rumor has it the panel will not only be bezel-less, but also Full HD, which would be the stuff of legend. There should be a quad-core S4 Pro CPU to go nice with that, 2 gigs of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 13 MP rear-facing snapper, 32 GB of on-board storage and a 2,300 mAh battery.

Bummer for that last part, but everything else sounds awesome. Now if only it were real too.

  • Somedudes

    You need a bezel to hold it

    • DAngelo8

      Yes indeed. Unless they are counting on people putting a case around to account for a bezel to hold on to.

      • bdec

        This is only the screen dear people…

    • Guy De Vos

      I agree. Wouldn’t want it. Seems fragile too.

  • HellG

    no thank you, i dont want a screen that a protective case gonna cover parts of it and gonna smash the screen with the slightest drop on the side

  • lolwut

    I think it’s fake

    even if it’s the real deal, it’s still a chinese phone,
    glass display might come off at any time even with thick bezel, lol

    • it’s Chinese bomba ! They always talk something like that, but cannot do anything.

    • Yes, I think so. Chinese people always say something like that but cannot do anything. Just a boom boom like bomba.

  • Who needs a phone where every time you pick it up you might trigger something to open?

  • Melad360

    This will probably be like the z10, where the glass goes to the edge of the phone, but has bezel beneath it

  • Chineses bomba !