Well, this is the type of thinness that I can get giddy about! While other manufacturers keep scrambling to be the top in the war for the thinnest phones, it seems (something which I have no particular care for because of the compromises that go with it), LG went on a path not often taken: bezel thinness.
Seemingly influenced by Sharp in their Aquos line, their new 5.3-inch Full HD panel has a mere 0.7mm bezel on each side.This is a boon for consumers since a thinner bezel would enable manufacturers to increase screen size (or at least make phablet-level screens more common) without making the phones cumbersome to use.
As said by LG’s vice president and head of IT/mobile Byeong-koo Kim, “With the growing trend for large screen smartphones, customer demand for displays with a narrow bezel is increasing, because it enables users to enjoy the maximum use of screen area without compromising excellent grip and design.”
I’m inclined to agree. Currently, most flagship phones are moving away from 5″ screens, such as Sony’s Z3 and even LG’s own excellent G3.
To achieve this technological marvel, LG have employed what they call Neo Edge technology. The gist of it is that it uses a new adhesive instead of tape to seal the sides of the panel. With no need for plastic guides, this makes the bezels ultra thin while at the same time blocking light leakage. This also makes the screen waterproof and dustproof as well. Well, call me impressed!
Another good news is that mass production of the screen is set this November, so we’ll be seeing phones equipped with it by next year.