Edge screen phones. Samsung made them popular but Nokia has in the past toyed with the idea with their own concepts such as Nokia GEM.
They might have lost the initial practicality of having an edge bit actually perform something and are instead, more of a design statement. But I love those flowing curves, ever since the Nokia N9. The next most modern thing was the S6 edge, then S6 edge plus and finally the S7 edge.
On the Samsung edge phones, they look pretty and add depth and immersion to areas of the UI that have horizontal scrolling as your fingers flow off the sides (like the N9). The concept here byMichael Muleba has the edge name bit being a more angular. The whole left, right edges wrap around the side in a more angular fashion that unmistakably forces it to be its own space.
The top also seems to have its own isolated top edge display. Something that independently turns on its own. If the sides could turn on only to have ticker tape notifications, that ‘might’ be useful. Samsung’s own implementation of edge apps and edge notifications has been, well, pants. It’s worth a try for a day max but I’ve tended to just turn it off.
It could replicate things like camera buttons or volume buttons – these could simply work by gesture rather than go with previous traditions of a palpable button.
Palm rejection hasn’t been an issue for me with the S6 edge plus and hasn’t been for friends on S7 edge (and those lucky/unlucky ones that had the note 7 – edge only). The only issue is not being able to feel the volume buttons (no LG like solution i.e. back buttons).
It’s OK I guess. I’d be tempted to just have less top and bottom bezel – perhaps something like the Xiaomi Mi Mix (when can we have an all screen wrap around).
Where Samsung was going with the edge phones would be a good mix of that – mostly bezel but sleek as curves.
Source: Concept Phones