Meizu has finally launched its controversial Meizu Zero. It is the world’s first phone without any physical button, speaker cutout and even without a USB port for conventional wired charging.
The Meizo Zero features touch capacitive panels on the side as replacement for the conventional volume rocker and power button. It is similar to what HTC did with the U12+ only without the protruding buttons and a more polished finish. In place of the speaker the devices uses a piezoelectric transducer under the display similar to what Xiaomi and Sharp did on the Mi Mix and Aquos Crystal respectively.
Since there is no USB port, the handset is only charged by wireless charging that supports Meizu developed 18W charging making it one of the fastest wireless charging standard. The data transfers can only be conducted through mobile networks and Wi-Fi.
Also, It doesn’t even come with a SIM slot and instead uses eSIM, similar to the new crop of Apple iPhones.
As for its features, the Meizu Zero features a 5.99 inch AMOLED display that houses an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a 20MP selfie camera. Under the hood, it is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset. At the rear, it sports a dual camera setup of 12MP + 20MP with Sony IMX 380 and IMX 350 AI sensors.
The RAM, storage and battery capacity of the handset is still a mystery, also there is no official word on the pricing. It has a IP68 rated waterproof and dustproof body and will be available in Black and White color options.
2018 was a good year for smartphone innovation with pop-up camera phones and sliders. Though we are still on early 2019, we have already seen button-less phones. Another Chinese manufacturer Vivo is set to announce a similar smartphone tomorrow. It looks like 2019 will be more than foldable smartphones and 5G.