Are you digging the new port-less, button-less, hole-less phones concept?

If you thought that 2019 will go by under the auspices of hole-in-display designs (cough, Galaxy S10, cough) or foldable phone, you are sorely mistaken. Actually, first there was the Vivo soap teaser, then came the revelation that Meizu will beat it to the punch with a phone that has no ports or buttons around it, and today came the Apex 2019.

Call it what you will (Vivo calls it Super Unibody) but this design is spearheading 2019 as its first novelty (the punch-hole is so 2018) with the Meizu Zero and the Apex 2019. Both phones have no charging or audio ports, no large earpieces or speakers, and no physical buttons around them, achieving a design as monolithic as possible with today's technology.

They manage it via the ingenious mashup of existing tech like wireless charging and audio streaming, sound-emitting displays, and touch- or pressure sensitivity for the ex-button duties. 

Vivo even equipped the new Apex with an all-screen reader that can scan your fingerprint almost anywhere on the display. This Holy Grail of fingerprint recognition is a bit clumsy still, as exemplified in the hands-on videos with the phone, but it is a great thing to come in mobile biometry nonetheless.

Still, to some this port-less phones concept might seem a bit of an overkill and design waxing for the sake of it, that is why we wanted to ask you whether you dig the new button-less handsets idea, as exemplified in the Meizu Zero and Apex 2019 so far.

Are you digging the new port-less, button-less, hole-less phones concept?




1. bucknassty

Posts: 1395; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

until we have a truly stretchable/scale-able phone... yes this is good

3. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

No buttons I can get on with that. But no ports what so ever. That I don't like. If something goes wrong with the OS, then how do you reboot even, or reset the device Things have gone wrong on the current phones where people have had problems. Plus Qi charging is getting faster, and better, but nothing beats quick charging from a USB-C port yet. Plus the transfer rate from USB-C (USB 3.1 or higher), there is no wireless technology that can beat it yet. Think about it USB-C can drive two 4k displays from one USB-C port and cable. There isn't any wireless technology that can drive that yet.

9. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I like it but it's not ready or practical yet. I won't be rushing out to buy one any time soon.

10. androiduser

Posts: 555; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Exactly, if the phone turns off how do you turn it back on without the charger?

18. lyndon420

Posts: 6915; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Exactly right. I jumped onto the wireless bandwagon because I liked the idea of having options when it comes to charging (just in case one starts messing up). The port on my Nexus 6 was finicky, so wireless saved me. On my LG V30 the wireless is giving me issues so I'm thankful for the port. If apple wants to adopt buttonless and portless designs fine, but I prefer options and choices when it comes to my Androids.

22. M.O.A.B

Posts: 323; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

those are solid points ! debugging this device will be a nightmare :/

31. bucknassty

Posts: 1395; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

oh i definitely agree with you... i think its a cool idea for now...

27. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Here's the complete hands-on video in Chinese.

2. RoyCap

Posts: 13; Member since: May 23, 2017

Yes! Kill it all haha I don't wanna see any ports on my phone. Go full psycho with wireless

4. Ali888

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

Just because of the sheer awesomeness

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

No, I like Meizu for nostalgia value, but this is far from perfect and just another compromise. Even Apple copied Meizu controls :D

6. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1114; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

This feels like one of those 12,000 fan made concept videos of the fully clear iPhone

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4384; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

We will get there no doubt within 5 years but just like removing the headphone Jack, it makes for some irritating pain points in the transition that aren't necessary until the supporting technologies are more stable and widely available.

8. Poptart2828

Posts: 498; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Incredible design and engineering. kudos to vivo and Meizu.

11. osterrich21

Posts: 190; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Let's see in real life. For now is more inovative.

12. middlehead

Posts: 474; Member since: May 12, 2014

No. We need more options, not fewer.

13. BGChicago

Posts: 228; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

No, please no. Stupidest thing ever!. F u millennials!

14. vasra

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Need the phone to be practical. A tool. I don't want to keep lugging around special proprietary charging devices and magnetic USB-strips for data transfer. And I don't want to give up my $1600USD IEMs with a 3.5mm jack. So no. It's all style over usability so far. And way too expensive for just surface aesthetics. True beauty is in how pleasurable things are to use, not just how smooth they are to look at.

15. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

It was only a matter of time

16. dmomintz

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Where is the actual innovation in this?

17. Nionx

Posts: 208; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

I like the idea. The natural evolution to what we manufacturers are doing now. Would I buy one as a daily driver? Nope. But to have one as a show piece would be fun. Whip it out every now and then for the hwll of it.

19. I_have_boxes

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

It looks really nice, but it loses out on too much practicality for me to want to get one. In particular I don't see how you could use a case with these non-physical buttons.

20. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I dig the design and boldness to try new things. I just wouldn't buy it for the first few years. I don't think the tech and usability is there yet to jump in with the compromises.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31760; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nooe, and I do not like the idea of eliminating cord to port charging. I like to use my phone while it's charging, and wireless only increases charging times, cause you have to take it off in some instances.

23. Brewski

Posts: 736; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

What about a speaker? Do you just always have to use a BT speaker?

29. Fhdleo

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 11, 2014

I think it is the in-display speaker thingy?

24. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If you'd told me three years ago that phones would have no buttons or ports, but have holes/notches in the screen, I'd have thought no manufacturer could be that dumb.

25. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Here we are discussing portless buttonless phones... and I am craving for that multi USB-C port ASUS ROG Phone.... In laptops and phones, redundancy is important to me, I don't care if it makes it a millimeter thicker or heavier.

26. Cyberchum

Posts: 1133; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Hell no! I need the USB cable, not so much for changing as I do for transferring files and flashing my way out of trouble. And how would this phone even be rooted or bootloader unlocked? A modders worst nightmare.

28. Fhdleo

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 11, 2014

The only problem I see is charging the phone. Slow charging compared to cable + wireless charging not mainstream as of yet. Can live without the selfie cam.

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