The Meizu Zero Has No Ports, No Buttons, and No Speakers


Meizu has announced a new smartphone that isn’t the most practical, but my God is it cool. It’s called the Meizu Zero, and it’s the first smartphone to feature no ports, no buttons, no speakers, and no cutouts of any kind.

Concept renders of phones without any of these features have been around for nearly a decade at this point, and but no company has ever created a phone centered around the idea of a glass slab with a bezel-less screen on the front. Now, though, we’re getting our first glimpse at what that idea works out to be, at least according to Meizu.

With the Zero, Meizu obviously had to come up with replacements for all its missing features. Instead of ports, you connect headphones over Bluetooth and wirelessly charge with the phone’s included pad. It uses Meizu’s proprietary “Super mCharge Wireless” technology to deliver charging speeds of up to 18W.

Instead of hardware buttons, the sides of the phone are pressure-sensitive, much like the HTC U12 Plus from last year. Pressure sensors are located where you’d normally find hardware keys that help to turn up and down the volume and turn on and off the phone.

And oddly enough, instead of a traditional speaker with a cutout on the phone’s body, the Zero opts for a piezoelectric transducer that turns the screen into a speaker. Obviously, we’d have to use this in real life to see if it can serve as a proper speaker replacement so don’t set any outrageous expectations.

Also worth noting is the inclusion of eSIM technology instead of a traditional SIM slot that would create a cutout in the phone’s body. And thanks to the fact there aren’t any cutouts where water or dust can enter, the Zero is certified IP68.

As far as specs go, the Zero comes with a 5.99-inch 2160×1080 AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 845 processor, dual 12MP and 20MP rear cameras, a 20MP selfie camera, Flyme 7 on top of Android, an in-display fingerprint reader, face unlock, and Bluetooth 5.0.

No pricing or release information has been given about the Meizu Zero just yet, but we expect to hear more about it in the coming weeks.

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