When Samsung launched the first smartphone from its Edge line, we all thought the smartphone market would change a lot. At that particular period, it was the only handset with a curved screen. Later, many other companies brought their own handsets with such a solution. One of the most popular models was the Xiaomi Mi Note 2. But this was done with a single purpose in mind – to increase the screen ratio. Honestly, the smartphone makers have been sleepless and thinking about this all the time.
Today, OPPO vice president, Brian Shen made us go back. Through Weibo, he announced the world’s first waterfall screen. It has a high screen ratio and the screen bending reached 88 degrees. The OPPO Waterfall Screen is the latest attempt to further improve the display capabilities on smartphones.
The new display takes us closer towards a truly 100% screen-to-body ratio on phone displays.
Features of OPPO Waterfall Screen
- It has an 88 degrees curve on the side borders.
- There are no buttons on the side.
- It has tiny bezels at the top and the bottom edges.
So, are looking at what is basically a dual-curve phone screen similar to what Samsung has on its “Edge” phones like Galaxy Note9, S9, S9+, Note8, S8, S8+, S7 edge, S6 edge+, and S6 edge? Yes, but giving us extra.
The Samsung Galaxy S10’s dual-curve screen has a 88.3% screen-to-body ratio. OPPO has not made a categorical statement or claim about the screen-to-body ratio of the Waterfall Screen, but our guess is that it crosses into the 90% range.
The effect is a deeper, more immersive, visual experience. Have a look at the two edges of the OPPO Waterfall Screen:
One wonders about the usability issues that plague dual-curve phone screens though – accidental touches and dropability. Those phones tend to be easy to drop because there is less grip surface and users struggle not to touch or trigger one thing or the other on the screen accidentally. With an 88 degrees curve, it will be interesting to see how OPPO takes care of these issues.
When are we going to see the first OPPO Waterfall Screen smartphone in the market? No word on that yet, but we expect an announcement soon.