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Motorola to Unveil Phone With “Edge-to-Edge” Display Next Week

According to a report out of Bloomberg, Motorola is expected to release a phone with a “edge-to-edge” display during their event next week in NYC. Most people are assuming that they are referring to some super secret version of the DROID RAZR HD, but I find it hard to believe that it will be that phone. We have seen two different test models of the RAZR HD in XT925 and XT926 through pictures and video already, neither of which has an edge-to-edge display. The closest thing we have seen to that from Motorola is the DROID RAZR M, which does have very little bezel and is as close to being edge-to-edge as anything we have seen. And not that the RAZR M is some sort of a disappointment, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. 

If Motorola had some super-secret edge-to-edge display device that the world has yet to see and also hasn’t cruised through the FCC, this would be the first time in their history that they were able to pull off such a feat. Even the Galaxy S3, which was hidden in dummy boxes and had multiple variants floating around to try and confuse media, was eventually outed before it was released.

Maybe Motorola will surprise us all? I’m not getting my hopes up.

Via:  Bloomberg

  • GuestFlestNest

    Moto, go right ahead and put tiny borders around the screen. If you want my $$$, give me a plain old boring microSD slot and a swappable battery.

  • Larizard

    Oh the disappointment if this just turns out to be the mid-range Razr M… lol

  • zackh121556

    Stop apple from stopping global innovation by suing everyone for doing what apple cant do itself!!!! https://www.change.org/petitions/apple-inc-stop-slowing-down-global-innovative

  • http://twitter.com/barski_x barski_x

    Don’t worry Motorola will screw something up. They will go cheap on one piece of hardware, and that piece will keep the phone from being amazing.

    • fanboy1974

      Don’t worry. The root checker destroyed any desire I had for a Motorola phone. Verizon/Motorola can deny warranty coverage at will if they wanted.

  • Doug James

    Looks like the new iphone.

  • MariusP

    Aren’t all displays edge to edge? From one edge of the display to the other

  • Louis B

    So happy now that Google has its down hardware division. At least people dont have to put up with crappy Samsung phones just because they want a decent Android phone. (Y)

  • Anon

    While I think Motorola has some good phones, I won’t consider buying another one until I can get it with Jelly Bean installed at time of purchase.

    I’ve been more satisfied than many with my Droid Bionic, but given its update history, I think that explains my reasoning perfectly.

    • http://twitter.com/7r1ck13 Trickie Tom

      I too love my Bionic.. I too wish updates came faster.. Im running an ICS leak and that upgrade was almost like I just upgraded the hardware too.. In the past Ive gone w/ Motorola more than any other Manu, and will prob continue to do so under Google’s hands.. Thats unless build quality tanks, thats been one of the best things about my old Motos.. Even my OG Droid still works today w/ no cracks in the screen, few scuffs in the bezel but thats what I would expect when its fallen on concrete a few times.

  • Andrex

    Nobody has noticed the “XT926″ model number?

  • Muzz

    looks like a circle in the back cover for a Motorola emblem?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jeffrey.Brito77 Jeffrey Brito

    This idea sounds great, I hope Motorola comes through.

  • KleenDroid

    Until Google takes firm control of the company and makes all Moto phones easily unlockable out of the box everything will be a disappointment. And do away with the stupid online unlocking tool that few phones will even be able to use.

    • smwandrie93

      online unlocking tool is better than no tool and no way to unlock it at all…

      • KleenDroid

        Actually it’s not. When our fantastic developers unlock the phones you don’t have Motorola keeping track of who is doing what and voiding your warranties.

        I would much prefer they not encrypt the bootloader and allow us to do what we will.

        • VZWIndirect

          AHHH….So want an unlocked phone that you can brick, and want a warranty to cover it. You have just made the case for locked bootloaders everywhere.

          You get that with 1 phone…a Nexus. And lets face it, a GNEX is one of the worst devices ever out of the box, so a Google can cover all the idiots that trash their phone, when that device is only sold to a very small part of the market. If every phone was unlocked, and warranted, you would see an outbreak of bricks coming in the store every day.

          Its hard enough dealing with “Joe Public” jamming up his phone with 3457 apps, 6 different battery savers, 4 task killers, and porn, and expecting guys like me to make them not freeze up and run like they are swimming in syrup.

          I for one am fine with unlockers like HTC and Moto now have.

          • KleenDroid

            You obviously don’t really know what you are talking about. It is almost impossible to truly brick one of these phones. A true brick is very rare and they are very few and far between. Sure there are dummies that don’t know how easy it is to recover from failure….

            There is very little of value in your post other than proving my point.

            I agree that you should not have an unlocked phone or even a simple rooted phone… you will surely think you bricked it the first time it doesn’t boot.

            Typed from my piece of junk Nexus… lol

          • VZWIndirect

            I very know very much what I am talking about. As an indirect, I am able to provide services that a corp store would never dream of. I offer rooting, ROMs, and in-house services that even very few independant stores offer. But I also get 3-5 people every week bringing in a phone that they have borked trying to customize themselves. Sure, I can restore about 99% of them, one way or the other, but having a store with a qualified tech is rarity. How many other phones get returned as “defective”, when the defect was the wanna-be hacker that couldn’t figure out how Safestrap works?
            I am all for letting customers use their phone in any way they choose, as long as they accept responsibility for their actions. If you want a warranty, then deal with stock, if want to customize, then its on you. The same principle applies to cars. If you swap the motor out in your new Mustang, then don’t expect Ford to replace it if it blows.
            As for your “Piece of junk Nexus”…I said out of the box. Ask anyone who bought a stock GNEX with no updates, and if they tell you it was a great phone, they are lying, or just a fanboy. That phone was horrid at release. I admit, that with the right work, its a great phone. But for “Joe Public”, it was the worst phone I had ever seen.

          • KleenDroid

            I would agree that if you bork your phone due to your messing with the phone it shouldn’t be covered by warranty. But you yourself said 99% of your customers issues are fixable. And I bet most of those that can’t are not related to the romming efforts. Yes there have been valid bricks but most of the time its an actual developer bricking his phone.

            I feel based on these facts that I should have a valid warranty still in affect for issues not caused by me. I or anybody I know have ever used a warranty on modded phone. Actually most of my phones have had issues fixed through development…. including my Nexus.

            You can have your opinion but my Nexus has been the best smartphone I’ve owned and yes its because of the development. I had problems with my Droid 1 that was only fixed through ROMs. I will never own another Motorola phone till they properly unlock.

            However I feel your pain having to deal with endless people that don’t know how to use their phones and probably want a replacement for every little issue.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcelo-Burrieza/100000489847678 Marcelo Burrieza

            well, all Samsungs are easily unlocked without a tool and i will stick with them only for that. what is the use for an Android open handset alliance that comes with open-source software and free from Google if you can’t do what you want with YOUR phone without begging for a unlock key…

          • KleenDroid

            I agree.

  • coldthought

    Apple is quickly paying off the patent office and backdating documents for Bezel-less mobile device with and without mobile chipsets and in different shapes.

    They aren’t gonna let anyone come out with something original that apple can’t patent and sue for.

    • yarrellray

      Apple stinks like elephant poo

      • squiddy20

        Such a grown-up response from a 50 or so year old “man” -_-

      • Scat Yarrell

        You smell like a retarded jungle bunny.

  • S2556

    Im curuous as to how they would implement it functionally and avoid accidental touches. Unless of course that motos definition of edge to edge is different than ours. I hope not though because it sounds cool

  • Jeff Tycz

    I fear their definition of edge-to edge display is going to differ from mine

    • Bunklung

      Zero bezel on the horizontal plane, but it will have a horrendous chin just like the RazR M.

  • guest

    Apple will sue them because of this.

  • steve30x

    Well at least we know these upcoming new phones will be be on the Moto Bootloader site from here on so this is interesting to say the least. :)

  • Bionic

    Fap Fap Fap Fap

  • omgitzjose

    Moto RAZR Nexus? lol i can dream

  • Rich Koos

    Did motorola say they were doing something crazy like this last year? But then they gave us the Razr…

  • Apostrafee

    My boss won that little contest and got chosen as one of the 25 to go to the event! Lucky guy

  • Alexander Garcia

    The edge-to-edge display device referenced in the article is the Droid RAZR M. You’ve seen the pics and the hands-on vids. Those are the slimmest side bezels I’ve seen since the SGS3.

    • gokusimpson

      I agree. Must be the RAZR M. The only way the RAZR HD will be “edge-to-edge” is if all the leaked pictures we’ve seen have been the HD with some kind of case on it.

  • KB FTW

    Hope it has a keyboard.

    • Naga Appani

      I am super excited, just can’t wait…. Come on, Bring it….

  • TheWenger

    But where would the Verizon logo go?

    • bassman418

      They would jam it in the software. It would probably be at the top of the screen next to the clock, and in The pull down menu and in the app draw…………
      Maybe even make it like the persistant google search bar at the top of the screen.

    • Ash Hanna

      You see that censor boxes in the picture? Yea, THAT’S where lol

    • Andrex

      Under the black box next the the 4GLTE logo.

    • Bunklung

      On the chin of the phone, just like the razr m. The Razr M has the worst bezel on the chin of the phone.

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        Agreed, the Razr M reminds me of my old Thunderbolt and not in a good way!

    • CapnShiner

      They didn’t say which edge to which edge. It could be edge to edge screen horizontally(in portrait orientation) but still have a huge chin like the RAZR M. There would be room for the logo there.

    • nightscout13

      a portion of the screen will have a scrolling banner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/j.c.sugrue James Sugrue

    I’m pretty impressed by the leaked photo of it. http://bit.ly/Qazb7v

  • kri$mith

    RAZR Edge

    • Alexander Garcia

      That would be a NICE name for a Moto RAZR phone.

    • gokusimpson

      Can you trademark that and sell the name to moto?

      • CapnShiner

        I would be surprised if Motorola failed to trademark the name of a product by the time it is only weeks before it’s announced.

        • droidSLC

          Really? Thanks Capn Obvious.

    • michael arazan

      I think Gillette copyrighted that name already. I’d lmao to see a court case where a shaving company sues a tech giant over a name. Hopefully christmas comes early this year and it’s the new nexus. Getting a new nexus before the crapple event could be good

    • a.youth.in.Asia

      RAZRs Edge… Razor Ramone edition! Do it to it

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.oakshott Travis Oakshott

    How can you really get edge to edge? Wouldn’t they have to move the front facing camera and audio? Just curious on how they could move things around.

    • gokusimpson

      More like side to side edge-to-edge. You’d have to have some kind of bezel on top and bottom for the camera and mic unless they find a way to put them behind the screen…oooo good idea

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670246968 Gagan Sharma

        motorola do have a patent for using front glass as speaker may they have something for camera and sensors

  • Nicholassss

    how could something like this slip past the nerds of the world?

    • http://twitter.com/TheJauntyJester Jaunty Jester

      Most likely cause it could be nothing more than a prototype or an idea.

  • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

    Edge-to-edge sounds great, but it’ll still have big top and bottom bezels. Regardless, I’ll look at buying this, although the new Sony Xperia T looks good too, and you can never count out any Nexus phone.

  • http://profiles.google.com/booboolala2000 Patrick Crumpler

    Googlerola Nexus?

    • radioactive2008

      Moogle Nexus will still preserve the “M” Logo

    • thewarden

      Googlerola NAZR

      • bakdroid

        Raxus!

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

    Let me dream for a minute… Edge to edge screen with screen size comparable to Galaxy Note – but physical size of smaller phone… My perfect phone has been redefined.

  • Steven Fields

    Perhaps their timeline was messed up? Didn’t Droid Life report that there was another Motorola event in mid-September with some Intel love?

    I hope their new VP takes Motorola into the direction the DROID line deserves: high-end, developer-friendly devices with great radios and connectivity.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      That’s in London and for a Euro-Moto phone running an Intel chip.

      • Steven Fields

        Ahh, you are wise young grasshopper…

      • http://twitter.com/derekduncan Derek Duncan

        The event in London is going to be the edge to edge phone. have you seen the invite?

        • JordanMcRae

          “Let Us Take You to the Edge”

      • Larizard

        Yup, it’s a Moto-Intel event, it clearly says on this invite:

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          I hope this comes to the US!