By Alexandra Burlacu | Sep 03, 2012 10:12 AM EDT
Motorola Mobility and Verizon are reportedly planning to unveil a next-generation smartphone on Sept. 5, boasting an edge-to-edge screen and LTE (Long-Term Evolution) connectivity.
According to a recent Bloomberg report, the handset will run an unspecified version of Google's Android mobile operating system. With the fierce competition on the smartphone market, however, the new Motorola smartphone will likely come packed with either Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
"The model would be one of the first full-screen phones in the US, meaning it uses the entire front of the device as a display," explained Bloomberg's Jon Erlichman and Scott Moritz. "The approach maximizes the screen viewing space by eliminating the black frames or bezels around the display."
Eliminating the bezel in favor of an edge-to-edge screen would indeed be a next-generation smartphone design, leaving only useful screen estate. If this proves to be accurate, it will not only come as the first smartphone in the U.S. to have an edge-to-edge screen, but it would also pave the way for more smartphones to boast the same design in the future.
"You could fit more screen into a smaller device," noted Android Police's Ron Amadeo. "It's certainly not a new idea (see: every futuristic movie ever), or an impossible one, but actually building it would instantly put you at the top of the Android heap, and your company would be seen as leading the way into the future of phone design."
"I'm starting to think this may actually happen. An all-screen device - one step closer to that sci-fi future we see in the movies. I could not be more excited," added Amadeo.
Motorola Mobility, now a Google unit, has scheduled a New York press conference on Sept. 5 with Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. The smartphone, expected to go on sale later this year, would be the most high-profile product launch for Motorola Mobility since Google acquired the company back in May, for roughly $12.5 billion.
Motorola is looking to stand out from an increasingly crowded smartphone market, and new features are key to this goal. September is shaping up to be a busy month for the smartphone field, with Apple preparing to introduce its redesigned next-generation smartphone, and Nokia planning to unveil the first smartphones running on Microsoft's new Windows 8 software.
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