While Vivo was preparing to launch a smartphone of this type, the manufacturer was short of his Chinese competitor Meizu. On Wednesday, the manufacturer launched a smartphone without any button or USB plug, the Meizu Zero.
Accustomed to entry-level or mid-range smartphones without much risk-taking, Meizu hit hard on Wednesday. The Chinese manufacturer has indeed officially presented its Meizu Zero, the first smartphone without any physical button, no USB port, or even drawer for SIM card.
Unveiled through a statement, the Meizu Zero is the first device of the brand launched in 2019. At first glance, the device is very similar to the Meizu 16th launched last year. It features a 5.99-inch curved side screen using an Amoled slab that can detect fingerprints. It also features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor, with RAM that has not been announced yet but will be LPDDR4X. On the side of the camera, we find on the front a sensor of 20 megapixels also used for facial recognition, and at the back a double sensor module of 12 and 20 megapixels.
A smartphone without hole or button
Even more than these agreed features, the particularity of Meizu Zero lies in its lack of plugs, physical buttons or even loudspeaker grille. For sound, the smartphone uses mSound 2.0 technology that vibrates the screen and is compatible with Bluetooth 5.0. For the buttons, these are meggin 2.0 touch controls with virtual buttons, as we saw last year on the HTC U12 +.
Charging is done via a 18W wireless charger. This charger is also used for USB 3.0 Wireless file transfer. Finally, if the smartphone does not offer a SIM card drawer, it is launched with an e-SIM. This absence of buttons or sockets allows the device to be IP68 certified.
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With the Meizu Zero, the manufacturer lady pawn at Vivo, which is expected to launch a smartphone of the same type, the Vivo Apex 2019. The smartphone Vivo should however be presented on Thursday and is potentially a prototype, pending a version Nex final.
For the time being, it is still unclear when the Meizu Zero will be available in China and at what price. We should know more in the coming weeks, potentially at the Mobile World Congress.