I don't remember the first manufacturer to declare war on the humble bezel, but over the last twelve months we've seen the campaign to remove these from devices quickly escalate. All of a sudden in my social circles, screen area to front surface area ratios became a part of coffee table conversations over a slice of cheesecake as devices such as the LG G2 made the bezel slimmer and slimmer. We reported earlier in the year that Chinese manufacturer, Serendipity, were declaring their own war against the bezel with an up and coming device, the S7. Even the name invokes a certain sense of expectation (the petrolheads of our readers will know what I'm talking about here). We've now seen the Serendipity S7 and those tiny side bezels and... well what do you know, they really are thin!
By the numbers, they're just 0.7mm thin. And the S7 has an 86% screen to front area ratio, compared with 67% for the HTC One M8. Yes, they are still there and they may still be seen, but they really are thin! Serendipity have announced the specification of the device. That screen is a 5.5-inch, 1080p resolution panel described as 2.5D. Under the hood, there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, something of a staple chipset for mid-range devices. It's helped by 2 GB of RAM, whereas most mid-range devices have 1 GB, probably because the display is 1080p rather than 720p resolution. The S7 also comes with 16 GB of internal storage, a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera and a 2,600 mAh battery. Whilst these specifications are firmly in the 2014 32-bit era and aren't particularly exciting, I expect the device will handle Android well enough: these days, even mid-range processors are adept at keeping things running smoothly.
However, before we get too excited, the handset has not yet been released. Serendipity are having trouble manufacturing the device in the sort of quantities that it had hoped and so production is currently limited. To put this into perspective, Serendipity have manufactured just 2,000 units to sell into the Chinese market. They are working on building more and ramping up production, but time may not be so kind to the already dated specification. It's possible that Serendipity will work on an improved model with more powerful hardware and if they can work out the manufacturing kinks, perhaps we'll be seeing a newer model released around the world later in the year?