About a month after OPPO showcased its under-display selfie camera tech, the Chinese phone maker has come forth to reveal another impressively innovative feature it has been working on. This time, the brand has unveiled its Waterfall Screen design that achieves an 88-degree curve over the phone’s edges. There are no buttons on the sides, and the top and bottom bezels have been cut down significantly.
This waterfall screen from OPPO brings us one step closer to the 100% screen-to-body ratio design everyone is so looking forward to getting on their smartphones. Brian Shen, OPPO VP, shared images of this new prototype handset via his personal Weibo account. In these images, he compared the new design against the brand’s own OPPO Find X (review).
When placed side by side, the new design seems to bear an aspect ratio that is higher than the Find X’s that offers an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. As such, the stretched screen feels closer to what we have seen with the Sony Xperia 1 and the Moto One Vision (review) and their 21:9 aspect ratio displays.
Furthermore, there is the incredible 88-degree curve at the sides that stretches over to the part where one would traditionally find the volume and power buttons. There is a chance this smartphone replaces physical buttons for virtual ones.
Unfortunately, none of the released videos and images showcase the back or the top of the handset, and we have no real idea of what the camera configuration looks like. While it is likely the handset features a pop-up selfie camera, it is possible the phone maker has made use of its under-display camera tech that it first showcased at MWC 2019 in Shanghai.
OPPO "Waterfall Screen" mobile phone demo（1） pic.twitter.com/s3qEXCp6QS
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OPPO hasn’t yet announced the timeline of when we can expect to see such displays on its phones. It is expected, however, that we will see this screen make its way to the market by 2020. Meanwhile, infamous leakster Ice Universe is of the opinion that a similar “Full-Display 2.0” design where the curved screen replaces the phone’s side buttons will show up on phones such as the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Vivo Nex 3 this year, with OPPO showcasing its iteration of this tech on the OPPO Find X II next year.