The Phone sector has been trending with great new technologies these days. The latest one in the news is the amazing new Waterfall Screen from Oppo. This phone also has extremely curved edges and is set to launch next year, i.e. 2020.
Oppo’s Waterfall Screen –
Oppo shared the prototype device on Chinese networking site Weibo, with direct comparisons with its own Reno 10x Zoom handset. Given the Reno has curved edges already, it gives you a sort of point of reference for the extra roundedness on show.
While Oppo has released phones with curved screens before, like the Find X, the photos show how the Waterfall Screen takes the idea to the next level by extending the panel even further around the edges of the screen at 88 degrees. The result is a prototype phone with an unusually tall aspect ratio, at least when viewed from the front.
This undoubtedly looks cool, though it does raise certain usability concerns. It’s not clear whether the extra screen area will be touch-sensitive or whether Oppo is doing anything to avoid accidental input, for example. The phone’s edges also don’t have enough room for power and volume buttons, so Oppo will have to find somewhere to relocate them. Curved displays can be divisive, so an even curvier one may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Tipster Ice Universe tweeted images and some details about this new display technology by Oppo. The Full-Display 2.0, which Oppo is also calling Waterfall Screen, sees both left and right side of the screen curved at 88-degrees. With the edges of the screen offering deep curves, the bezels look almost non-existent. The top and bottom bezels also look extremely thin with no notch or hole-punch cutout. All of this means the phone appears to offer nearly 100 per cent screen ratio.
We also notice no physical buttons on the side of the frame, which suggests the curved screen will offer interactive virtual buttons. The prototype phone also lacks a visible front camera, which suggests Oppo could be using its under display camera technology that it showed off last month at MWC 2019 in Shanghai. The selfie camera will remain hidden under the top part of the display and will only appear when the front camera mode is required.