One of the main ways smartphones have changed over the years is the simplification of hardware. It was common for devices to have a physical keyboard, physical home buttons, and of course a 3.5mm headphone jack. While some of these physical features are making a short-lived return (sliding mechanisms), smartphones have evolved to remove as many moving parts as possible. Meizu is taking this to the extreme with the Meizu Zero, a device void of buttons and ports.
That’s right, the Meizu Zero has no ports or buttons of any kind. There are no volume or power buttons, no speaker grill cutout, no SIM card slot, no charging port, and, of course, no headphone jack. The only physical features that ruin the perfectly smooth ceramic build are the camera bump and tiny holes for the microphone and hard reset. So how does the phone achieve this?
Surprisingly, the Meizu Zero isn’t using any technology we haven’t seen before, it just puts it all in one package. It has an in-display fingerprint scanner, 18W wireless charging, haptic feedback for “virtual” volume and power buttons on the side (a la HTC U12+), and uses eSIM technology. The biggest question mark is how the device emits sound without speakers. Meizu is using a technology called “mSound 2.0.” The sound actually emits from the display itself, which is something we’ve heard about in the past.
In terms of specs, the Meizu Zero has a 5.9-inch OLED display (no notch), dual 20+12MP cameras on the rear, 20MP front camera, Snapdragon 845 SoC, and it’s 7.8mm thin. Meizu did not share RAM, storage, or pricing and availability information.