Meet Meizu Zero: First Smartphone Without Buttons, Speaker Holes, SIM Card Slot, And Charging Port


The Meizu Zero is taking the trend of removing buttons and ports from mobile phones to the next level.

To be clear, it has no buttons or speaker grille, and it doesn't even have a SIM card slot or a charging port. Needless to say, there's no headphone jack either.

First Holeless Smartphone

As a recent trend, smartphone makers have been taking certain traditional features out of the picture. For instance, the headphone jack has been taken out in some units, paving the way for Bluetooth-connected audio.

The Zero is just taking things further. In place of physical buttons, its sides can sense pressure and provide haptic feedback, similar to the HTC U11 and its Edge Sense technology. There are no speaker holes here either. Instead, the display produces sound, thanks to the company's mSound 2.0 technology, which is reminiscent of some of Sony's TVs with speaker-less designs.

It's fairly obvious how it can work without a SIM card slot or a charging port. For the former, it uses embedded SIM or eSIM, and for the latter, it's going to rely solely on wireless charging with Meizu's Super mCharge Wireless technology, which is rated to offer speeds of up to 18W.

Despite the manufacturer describing it as the "world's first holeless phone," it does in fact have holes — two pinholes, to be exact. The first one is for the microphone, and the other one is for performing hard resets. Not to mention that there's a 20-megapixel front camera and a dual-camera configuration on the back that consists of 12- and 20-megapixel sensors.

High-End Features To Match

Under the hood, the Zero is powered by a Snapdragon 845, and to no one's surprise, it's resistant to water and dust with an IP68 rating. Its AMOLED display measures at 5.99 inches and has a fingerprint reader underneath it. It also boasts a ceramic unibody.

Other than those, there's no word on the rest of its specs and other info, including pricing and release date. However, it's likely to first launch with limited availability in Meizu's home country China.

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