Every year smartphones start a trend, and this year’s is all-display or edge-to-edge display design. Starting with the Galaxy S8 duo earlier this year followed by the likes of Apple in the coming months. Something surprising has now popped up online of an ‘all screen’ smartphone manufactured in 2014. Microsoft‘s Lumia 435 Windows smartphone was supposed to launch with an all-screen design, but the idea was scrapped eventually.
During its development, Microsoft had created prototypes for the Lumia 435, one of which was caught hold of by Windows Central. If you look at the supposed all screen Lumia 435 now the design might not seem striking enough. But for something like this to take birth in 2014 is surely a big deal. The Lumia 435 had almost no bezels on top and on the sides with a slightly thicker bottom bezel. The side bezels were 3mm thick, and the top bezel measured 4.4mm.
This Lumia 435 had a 5-inch 720p screen that was almost all screen and no bezel. Almost. It had a rather thick bottom “chin”, however, where the front camera was housed. This is similar to what Xiaomi did with the Mi Mix, though with more finesse and style. Given this was 2014 and a rather low end phone, that can perhaps be forgiven.
Hardware-wise, the almost bezel-less Lumia 435 was nothing exceptional at all. It ran on a then still recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 with 1 GB of RAM. The 4 GB internal storage would be laughable even then. Not to mention the paltry 1,800 mAh battery. Then again, this was 2014.
The mystery is why Microsoft decided to can the device and release a forgettable model instead. It would have turned heads and, perhaps, gotten the Lumia line the attention and sales it definitely needed. Again, we’re left wondering “what if”.
In comparison, the Lumia 435 that was eventually launched came with a 4-inch display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage. The smartphone also came with a 2-megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera, 1,560mAh battery, and ran on Windows Phone 8.1