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True bezel-less screens on smartphones are the future, and a new company is about to make its mark by introducing one.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix is one of the most striking smartphones we’ve seen in the last year or so, breaking from design convention and including technology we expect to see more of in the future. However, it’s not the only one looking to make a splash with an edge-to-edge display on a cutting-edge smartphone. Step forward, industry newcomer Maze, which has started teasing a phone called the Alpha.
Early details about the phone came in March 2017, when it was confirmed the Alpha will have a bezel-less design, the screen will stretch from edge to edge, and cover the majority of the front panel. In early April, further information came from the company, with news the Gorilla Glass 4-covered screen will measure 6-inches, and feature a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution for a 441 pixel-per-inch ratio. An AMOLED panel is also possible.
The teaser image shows a super thin bezel around the top and sides of the Alpha, much like the Mi Mix. We haven’t seen the bottom of the phone yet, so don’t know how far down the body the bezel-less display will stretch. Plus we can see a speaker cutout above the screen, so the Alpha won’t have the same clever, in-screen speaker setup as the Xiaomi Mi Mix. A view of the rear reveals a dual-lens camera next to a flash. Sony sensors will be used, but plans for the megapixel count are still be worked out, with the intention being to give both 13-megapixels. This may change by the time the phone is released though.
An octa-core processor, most likely from MediaTek, will power the Maze Alpha, and there will be two versions available. A 64GB model with 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB version with 6GB of RAM. The battery will have a 4,000mAh capacity. Finally, Maze will use Android 7.0 Nougat as the Alpha’s operating system. We’re hoping it won’t have a heavy user interface over the top, and remain close to Google’s standard software. Maze is targeting Europe with the Alpha, and so far hasn’t mentioned releasing it in the United States, or how much the Alpha will end up costing.
How long will we have to wait to see the Alpha? Maze originally intended to have the phone on sale in April, but time is running out for it to meet this deadline, so the release date has been pushed to May while the design is perfected. There’s considerable muscle behind the project to make it happen though. Maze is part of a larger corporation based in Shenzhen, China, with more than 850 employees, an 80-person strong research and development team, and partnerships with everyone from Qualcomm and Samsung to Japan Display and MediaTek.
Let’s just hope the Alpha ends up being less of a slippery little devil than the Mi Mix.
Article originally published on 03-09-2017. Updated on 04-13-2017 by Andy Boxall: Added in further specification details, new images, and other updates on the Alpha.