While it has been common knowledge for a long time now, Microsoft recently confirmed that its Windows 10 Mobile hardware focus has ended. It reiterated this after HP revealed that it gave up on its HP Elite x3 product lineup because Microsoft was no longer interested in hardware for Windows 10 Mobile. The company might have jumped on the bezel-less bandwagon a lot earlier than most of its rivals it seems. Images of a canceled Lumia smartphone have surfaced online showing a bezel-less design.
Windows Central got its hands on a prototype of an unnamed Windows phone device which is believed to be the precursor to the device that eventually went to become the Lumia 435.
While bezel-less smartphones might be the trend of 2017, it seems that Microsoft could have started this earlier, almost three years ago to be precise. Despite a display that stretches to all four corners, the handset would have only offered mid-range specs like a Snapdragon 200 processor, 4GB of storage, a 5 megapixel rear camera, and a 5 inch 720p display.
It’s not known for sure why Microsoft decided to pass on this design and settle on the one it did for the Lumia 435. While it might not have done much to reverse the company’s fortunes in its market, it is a lost opportunity, nevertheless.