Oppo has launched pictures of a brand new smartphone display design. It calls the “Waterfall Screen.” While Oppo has launched phones with curved screens before, just 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 display at 88 degrees. The result’s a prototype phone with an unusually tall aspect ratio, at least when seen from the front.
This undoubtedly appears cool, although it does raise certain usability concerns. It’s not clear whether or not the additional screen area can be touch-sensitive or whether or not Oppo is doing anything to avoid accidental input, for instance. The phone’s edges also don’t have enough room for power and volume buttons, so Oppo must find somewhere to relocate them. Curved displays may be divisive, so an even curvier one will not be everyone’s cup of tea.
In any case, it’s likely that we’ll see this design on a commercial phone someday soon — Oppo often pronounces key technology in prototype form as a teaser for its next devices, not to mention those of sister company OnePlus. And coming off the back of Oppo’s best phone ever, the impressive flagship Reno 10x Zoom, this must be one to watch.
For now, all the corporate is saying in its press launch is “With the innovative ‘Waterfall Screen’ design, OPPO will soon deliver immersive visual experience and innovative aesthetic to customers.”