The Meizu Zero is here – the world’s first phone without physical buttons, speaker cutout and even without a USB port for conventional wired charging.
The Meizu Zero uses touch capacitive panels on the side as replacements for the conventional power and volume buttons (similar to what HTC did with the U12+, only without the buttons protruding the frame). For a speaker the Meizu Zero uses a piezoelectric transducer under the display (akin to what Sharp and Xiaomi have done with phones like the Aquos Crystal and Mi Mix).
Removing the USB port is trickier to compensate for. The Meizu Zero is a wireless charging-only phone that offers Meizu-developed 18W charging, making it the fastest-charging phone wirelessly. Data transfers will only be conducted over Wi-Fi and mobile networks.
On the front the Meizu Zero packs a 5.99-inch AMOLED screen with an in-display fingerprint scanner and a 20MP selfie camera.
On the rear there’s a 12MP + 20MP dual camera (consisting of the Sony IMX 380 and IMX 350 AI sensors) while on the front there’s a 20MP selfie camera. There’s a Snapdragon 845 to power the Zero.
RAM, storage and battery remain to be seen and there’s still no official word on availability or price. The Meizu Zero will come in Black or White.
Button-less phones are an interesting niche. We know vivo is bringing such a phone tomorrow but Meizu rushed to beat them to the punch. 2018 was a good year for smartphone innovation with pop-up cameras and sliders and it looks like 2019 is shaping up to be just as exciting.