PDA Bezels

TL;DR : Gaming PDA > 16:9 (Sony) > Zenfone 6 > 16:9 with buttons > 16:9 without buttons > notched > under-display camera > punch-hole

- Introduction -
- Gaming PDA -
- 16:9 (Sony) -
- Zenfone 6 -
- 16:9 with buttons -
- 16:9 without buttons -
- Notched -
- Under-display camera -
- Punch-hole -

Introduction

Since PDA bezels have plenty of variations, here's where I write my PDA bezel preferences.

Some short snippet of how I value stuff here :

Gaming PDA

The bezel type commonly found on gaming PDAs such as ROG, BlackShark, & also found on some normie PDAs such as LG V30 & Pixel 2 XL. Thin at the sides, with thicker top & bottom bezels (for gaming PDAs & Pixel 2 XL, they also feature a cutout for the front-facing speakers). The front camera can be found on the top bezel, along with an earpiece (or one of the speakers) & some sensors.

Offers the best balance between landscape grip, mods, & aesthetics.

16:9 (Sony)

The bezel type commonly found on Sony PDAs prior to XZ2, as well as Razer's PDAs. Speaker cut-outs on top & bottom, accompanied with a front camera on top (and probably some sensors).

Offers the best landscape grip & modifications, but kinda falls at aesthetics (for the normies, at least).

Zenfone 6

Also known as the thin bezel found on PDAs with flipping cameras (Zenfone 6, 7 series) / ones with pop-up cameras (Redmi K20 series, Poco F2 "Pro"). Just an earpiece slit up top, with some sensors hidden on the top bezel.

Offers the best mods (the best privacy mods on a display are no mods) & aesthetics. However, the landscape grip might be compromised.

16:9 (with buttons)

Similar to Sony's 16:9, but replaces the bottom speaker cutout with capacitive buttons (and fingerprint scanner that doubles as a Home button for OnePlus models before the 5T, as well as Samsung up to Note 7/FE).

Offers good modifications, but kinda falls at aesthetics (for the normies, at least). The landscape grip is half good, half crap.

16:9 (without buttons)

Found on the 1st Pixel PDAs, they are similar to their 16:9 bezel types, except that the bottom's an empty waste of space.

Offers the best landscape grip & modifications, but kinda falls at aesthetics (for the normies, at least).

Notched

Zenfone 6 thin bezels, but with a notch containing the front camera & other stuff (sensors, earpiece / second speaker).

Offers decent aesthetics, although mods get harder, depending on the notch size. Also, the landscape grip could get compromised on the notched side, depending on how thin the top bezel is.

Under-display camera

Zenfone 6 thin bezels, but with the front camera hidden beneath the display. A part of the display (within the camera's region) will look worse (will be fixed in future iterations), & you can't cover the front camera from the outside, but at least covering it from the inside won't look as obvious when compared to the punch-hole.

Everything is similar to the punch-hole below & the Zenfone 6 above, except at least covering the front cam from the inside won't look obvious.

Punch-hole

Zenfone 6 thin bezels, but the front camera is cut into the display. Whoever made this punch-hole fad should receive 10,000 deaths.

Everything's similar to the Zenfone 6 above, but with a hole that interrupts the display. It's less natural than a notch.

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