Meizu beats Vivo to the 'Zero' button phone

Meizu unveils 'Zero' smartphone with no ports or buttons and a screen that's also a speaker

Meizu has since doubled down on the move ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) next month, unveiling the world's first smartphone to forgo seams, holes and ports of any kind.

Made with a ceramic unibody, the Meizu Zero is the first hole-less smartphone and relies on the likes of an eSIM rather than a removable SIM card, and wireless rather than wired charging. Meizu has built-in support for 18W fast wireless charging, which is faster than Huawei's 15W wireless charging system.

The Zero phone features a 5.99-inch AMOLED screen and a "truly uninterrupted" design that's "totally seamless" and 'non-porous, ' according to Meizu.

Meizu zero uses uses wireless technology to carry out functions like audio output, data transfer, charging and more.

We'll also have to wait for an official availability date and price for the Zero.

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Meizu is supplying a wireless charger in the Zero box
Meizu Meizu is supplying a wireless charger in the Zero box

To encounter the challenges from not having a physical speaker, Meizu has equipped Zero with an under-display sound technology called mSound 2.0. For the cameras, there's a pair of Sony's IMX380 + IMX350 dual camera setup while the front has a 20-megapixel selfie camera. Of the pinholes, one is used for an emergency hard reset, while the other is for the built-in microphone.

Charging is done wirelessly, as there is no port on the bottom to cater for wired alternatives.

KitGuru Says: The Meizu Zero seems as fashionable as other premium devices out there, but true durability enthusiasts are likely to opt for more rugged designs from the likes of CAT which achieve as high as IP69. 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. Well, for starters, it'll only work with e-SIMs, the future tech that negates the need for a physical SIM card, but isn't widely adopted yet. However, the company also didn't disclose the phone's battery capacity and the charging time although it is apparently on par with a conventional cable.

The launch of Zero is linked with how quickly Chinese carriers begin to support eSIM, but is intended for launch this year as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Meizu also dropped the speaker grills with the Meizu zero. A fingerprint reader is also embedded on the front display.

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