OPPO’s daring ‘Waterfall Display’ prototype shows off ultra-curved edges

OPPO has been playing around with different bezel-less designs of late with phones such as the Find X with a sliding rear panel that houses the selfie camera and the Reno 10x Zoom with its motorized wedge. Now, the company has unveiled a prototype device featuring a new ‘Waterfall Screen’ design with an almost vertical 88-degree curved body that results in an almost completely borderless aesthetic.

The sides of the “Waterfall display” are somewhat reminiscent of the curved edges seen on Samsung’s Note Edge, and you can see that the top and bottom bezels are minimal.

Purely on design, the “Waterfall display” looks great, but as Samsung users found out with the Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge, dramatically curved edges don’t lend themselves to practicality. Inadvertent touches proved to be an irksome by-product of the curved edges which have since been nerfed on later Samsung handsets.

“With the innovative “Waterfall Screen” design, OPPO will soon deliver an immersive visual experience and innovative aesthetic to users.”

It should be remembered that this is just a prototype, likely revealed to gage public (and tech sites) opinions before deciding if the “Waterfall display” technology is worth developing further. For its part, OPPO PR has stated that exact specifications will be released in “due course”.

What do you think? Is it a case of we’ve seen it before or could 2019 be the year of the “Waterfall Display”? As always, let us know in the comments below.

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