Smartphone display technology has evolved quite a bit over the last few years. It hasn’t been gigantic leaps in terms of progress, but little bits of tweaks and iterations. OPPO Waterfall Screen is the latest attempt to further improve the display capabilities on smartphones.
Chinese smartphone giant, OPPO Mobile, has announced its new display that inches us further towards a truly 100% screen-to-body ratio on phone displays. The company’s Vice President, Shen Yiren, announced the world’s first “Waterfall Screen” smartphone on the 29th of July 2019.
What are the 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, we 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, but taken further.
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? There is no word of that yet, but you can expect an announcement soon.