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Microsoft nearly released a bezel-less Windows Phone in 2014

by Danny Zepeda | October 10, 2017October 10, 2017 7:00 am PST

Microsoft jumped on the bezel-less bandwagon before any of the big wigs did, we just never saw the phone. Lucky for us, a prototype has found its way online, and it looks pretty awesome.

Windows Central managed to get its hands on a prototype of the mythical bezel-less Windows Phone, and even reviewed it. The prototype features an edge to edge display akin to the Sharp Aquos, with tiny top and side bezels and the sizable bottom chin bezel that houses the display drivers and camera.

It’s a relic from a different time, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. Codenamed “Vela,” the phone was meant to be a sub-$200 low end phone that would have assuredly drawn a lot of interest if it had been released. Running down the specs, they are comically outdated: 5-inch 720p bezel-less display, Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage with expandability, 5MP camera and 1,800mAh battery.

The same is true for the classic Lumia vibrant green polycarbonate body.

So why was this bezel-less Lumia killed off?

No one knows why. Maybe it was just too expensive to manufacture or Microsoft knew Windows Phone wasn’t going anywhere and scrapped the plan. Whatever the reason, its disappointing it never made it to the market. Microsoft instead released the Lumia 435, and nobody remembers that phone.

The defunct bezel-less Lumia phone now joins the Surface Mini as Microsoft products that never saw the light of day. Let’s pour one out for Windows Phone as we think of what could have been.

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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...