Several smartphone manufacturers have explored the concept of bezel-less handsets throughout the past couple of years or so, and the latest push in this direction came from Xiaomi last month in the form of a somewhat limited edition bezel-less 6.4-inch flagship dubbed "Mi Mix". However, Nubia Mobile – previously a subsidiary of ZTE Mobile Corporation – seems to be entertaining the idea of creating a bezel-less smartphone of its own. As yet there's no official word on the matter but nonetheless, a handful of renders showcasing a concept design of an alleged bezel-less Nubia smartphone recently emerged from China's microblogging website Sina Weibo.
According to the renders, the concept Nubia smartphone features an elegant edge-to-edge display with only one bezel at the bottom. In that sense, Nubia's bezel-less design shares some similarities with Sharp's Aquos Crystal lineup, but unlike the Aquos Crystal and the Xiaomi Mi Mix, the Nubia concept doesn't have an exposed front-facing camera or flash. Instead, the concept has a slider design allowing the front panel to slide down (or the rear of the phone to slide up, whichever way you look at it), exposing the front-facing sensor which resides at the top. In theory, this solution could allow for selfie photos to be captured at an improved angle compared to the Xiaomi Mi Mix and similar smartphones that carry their front-facing sensors on the bottom bezel. Moving on, the concept smartphone carries a microphone, 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, and USB connector at the bottom, a speaker and fingerprint sensor on the back panel, power and volume buttons on the right-hand edge, and a SIM card tray on the opposite side. Interestingly enough, the renders show that the smartphone's rear panel can come in different colors and materials, including ceramic, bamboo, and leather. Last but not least, it's also interesting to note that the concept does have a front-facing speaker which becomes visible along with the front-facing camera when it slides out, suggesting that it might be mandatory to slide the phone out in order to place or accept phone calls.
At the end of the day, however, it should be reminded that this is a concept design which may or may not represent a product of Nubia Mobile. In other words, there's no way to be sure that Nubia Mobile has been, or is working on this particular design, or whether the final product will look exactly like the renders, assuming that it will ever become a "final product". But for what it's worth, it's an interesting concept nonetheless and perhaps Nubia Mobile will have more to show in the near future.