Meizu set to launch world’s first holeless phone

Meizu set to launch world’s first holeless phone

Lindsey Duncan
January 25, 2019

Meizu, the Chinese phone maker has come up with a model that it has appropriately named Meizu Zero. 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".

Meizu replaced the speaker grill and earpiece with its "mSound 2.0" technology that allows sound to resonate from the display.

Instead of buttons for volume and power, the Meizu Zero will instead have little touch-sensitive capacitive panels, not dissimilar to the digital home buttons on Huawei, Samsung and Apple phones right now.

This certainly sounds like a high-end phone though, as it also has an in-screen fingerprint scanner, a Snapdragon 845 chipset, IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, and fast 18W wireless charging.

The Meizu Zero is a concept smartphone that is fully functional but has no final specs yet.

There's no notch or in-display camera - just a small strap at the top of the front that houses a 20-megapixel selfie snapper. Of the pinholes, one is used for an emergency hard reset, while the other is for the built-in microphone.

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"Striving for flawless design and the "less is more" minimalist style, Meizu zero comes with a true holeless design, striving for the highest possible degree of minimalism", the company said.

The Zero relies mainly on wireless and electronic tech to replace conventional charging and connectivity. Apart from the display, the Zero doesn't have any of the other things listed above. Meizu has also not yet commented on the price or a possible release window. With the mEngine 2.0 linear haptic engine, the "Virtual Side Button" on Meizu zero gives you the feeling and tactile feedback of a physical button.

Building on the foundation of Meizu's core R&D efforts over the last 15 years, zero harmonizes art and technology which sets new performance levels for Chinese smartphones.

And yes, you may have guessed this already, there's no SIM card tray on this device either. Charging and data transfers are all done wirelessly.

Built with a unibody chassis that made from ceramic, Zero is created to meet the IP68 standard which means that it can withstand up to 30 minutes being under up to 2 meters of water.