Published: Fri, January 25, 2019
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Meizu Zero, the world's first portless smartphone

Meizu Zero, the world's first portless smartphone

Meizu highlights the device's industrial design, claiming proudly that the Zero has "no buttons, no speaker holes, no SIM card slot, [and] no charging port".

The mSound 2.0 screen sound technology which is closely attached to the display of the Meizu Zero allows it to produce sound through the display of the phone. This is critical because there is no USB port on this device, so wireless is the only way you can charge it.

At first glance, this also applies to the Meizu Zero, because here too the 5.9-inch AMOLED display with narrow bezels extends across the front.

Meizu has quietly announced the Meizu Zero smartphone.

What the heck then is the Holeless phone? well, our guess is that Meizu could be launching a phone with virtually no hole that qualifies as opening including a charging port or a 3.5mm headphone jack, instead, the handset may only support wireless charging and bone conduction sound technology. For the cameras, there's a pair of Sony's IMX380 + IMX350 dual camera setup while the front has a 20-megapixel selfie camera. The impressive thing here is that you can press on either side of the phone to get a button-like feedback, and not just on one side. It turns out that what Meizu meant was a 100% unibody phone without conventional methods of input at all.

Meizu Senior VP Li Nan has introduced the Meizu Zero smartphone with holeless design through a live broadcast from China.

The exact size of the battery of the Meizu Zero is not known. There are no physical buttons on the edges of the device but it does feature pressure sensitive edges.

It is an eSIM-only handset, so doesn't require a SIM slot.

RAM and storage figures are now shrouded in mystery, but the phones does feature a 6.0 inch OLED screen, as well as!P68 water and dust resistance. Meizu also offers a wireless charging base for the smartphone. And there's an under-glass fingerprint sensor for unlocking it. Data transfers will only be conducted over Wi-Fi and mobile networks. The Zero comes with a Snapdragon 845 chipset and as of now, no word on RAM and onboard storage have been detailed.

We've been talking about the ideal smartphone design for a few weeks now, ever since Vivo started teasing its "Waterdrop" phone that should be introduced on Thursday in China.

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