Oppo's "waterfall screen" essentially involves curving the side edges of the display to an extreme degree.

  • Chinese smartphone company Oppo revealed its "waterfall screen" technology concept that makes a smartphone appear as if it doesn't have bezels on the side of the screen.
  • The waterfall screen is essentially curved over the side edges of the phone.
  • It's an extreme version of Samsung's signature curved screen edges on its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones.
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Chinese smartphone company Oppo has revealed a new technology called a "waterfall screen," and it could be the future of smartphones.

The "waterfall screen" essentially involves curving the side edges of the display to an extreme degree - think Samsung and its curved screen edges on the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note phones, but more extreme.

The curve is so acute that you can't see bezels on either side of the phone. It's only when you look at the side of the phone that you can see where the screen ends and where the bezel begins.

You can click on the photos in Oppo's tweet below to get a better sense of how it looks:

There are burning questions that still need to be answered about Oppo's waterfall screen concept. For one, I'm wondering about the experience of using a phone where the side edges are largely made of screen. Hopefully the screen that spills over to the edge would be disabled so that you don't make accidental touches and palm swipes while you're simply holding the phone. Plus, it's hard to tell where a front-facing camera would go.

Otherwise, it's unclear if and when this screen will be a reality anytime soon - Oppo didn't announce additional specs or a release date.

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