Literally no bezels: Alleged Meizu teaser shows a phone worthy of the "bezel-less" tag (Updated)


A couple of months back we ran a feature titled "Bezel-less is not a thing, and here's why it shouldn't be" featuring the image above, which perfectly illustrates the problem with calling devices like, say, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or LG V30 bezel-less.

But whether you agree with the sentiment of the editorial or not, you can't argue with one of its key messages: the nomenclature itself is wrong, since all devices out there following the bezel-less design philosophy actually do feature bezels.

But this might change soon, and as it often happens these days the innovation will come from a Chinese company with minimum exposure in the West. You see, a Chinese leaker with a decent track record recently posted the following image to their Weibo account:


So unless this is a very elaborate fake — the render is of high quality, and it uses the same font Meizu puts in all of its promotional material — what we're looking at is a teaser for an device which actually has no bezels. It's called the mblu Zero, and its tagline is "New Display World" — so there's a fair chance the render's lack of bezels is the real deal.

And if true, it seems Meizu may be on a roll with its offbeat design decisions: both the already released Pro 7 and the alleged X2 feature a secondary display on their backs, and producing more unique devices only makes sense for the company.

The leaker also mentioned a potential price for the device: upwards of 4,000 Chinese yen (or about $620 sans taxes). This sounds good on paper, but also points in the direction of the device using a sub-par MediaTek processor like many of Meizu's other devices do. Still, an actual bezel-less device sounds exciting regardless of its internals, so here's hoping we learn more soon.

Update: Meizu has responded to the rumor with the following message:


Update #2: Meizu has followed up with a statement regarding the image above:


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20 Comments

1. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

while i applaud chinese OEM efforts in making high end phones affordable to the masses, their phones will always miss key flagship features such as wireless charging and water resistance. their cameras usually can't match the ones on samsung and iphone despite megapixel/lens count.

2. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Yeah, wish there was a waterproof chinese phone. Xiaomi says it's apparently expensive to design a waterproof phone.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! Bezels, eh? Where the front camera would go in case of a truly, literally bezel-less phone, I wonder? I don't care about front cameras as I'm an old man but the youth does. As a matter of fact, their very lives rely on front cameras! Cameras and mirrors only serve to terrify old men, and I despise them... You won't understand the logic behind it it unless you're an old man yourself! Oh well, G'Day!

11. mahima

Posts: 729; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

they can put secondary display in the back for main camera selfie...like they did with previous models but then again idk about video calling

15. hansip87

Posts: 227; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

the Essential have that camera cutting the screen. the iphone X will do the same too..

20. Skimshaddy

Posts: 126; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

I heard old men masturbates in front of mirror is that true?

12. hinshal008

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 07, 2017

And I guess you might not no that Meizu Pro7 Plus's camera is on par and sometimes better than the iPhone 7 Plus'

14. xocomaox

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Key flagship features? Al lot of well-established flagships are lacking both of those features mentioned.

16. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

what Samsung/LG flagship phones released this year aren't water resistant?

3. Eclectech

Posts: 349; Member since: May 01, 2013

A truly bezel-less phone is a bad idea. There needs to be some space for a good speaker and a selfie camera. I think the bezels on the V30 are the best I've seen...how I miss stereo speakers tho

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Wonder if they ever will be able to put the selfie cam behind the oled display, like in this concept https://www.designboom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/rafal-czaniecki-SVPER-concept-smartphone-designboom-05-818x670.jpg

7. Avieshek unregistered

Apple has patents for it and the Chinese are these days active at digging Apple's patent itself, in China, there's no legal binding.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Even if Apple has patents for it, there are several ways to implement this.

6. disatrousrainbow

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

Let's hope the rumors of the Pixel 2 XL having stereo speakers come true then. That would turn the phone from a maybe to an insta-buy for me.

10. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

the funniest thing is that samsung has normal bezels at the side, contrary to what people think.. the bezelless curved screen is a farce!

18. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Why not, every manufacturer cheats with ugly camera humps. If we're measuring phone thickness without the hump might as well measure it were the curved screen ends instead of edges.

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2187; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

A new trend to try and sell more phones...LOL! Android manufacturers are running out of ideas....LOL!!!

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

There is just so much one can do with a rectangle slab when it comes to design. It has become stagnant at this point and bezel less design is the next trend. And this isn't limited to Android OEMs, even Apple had run out of ideas for the past three years when releasing the same design in the iPhone 6, 6s and 7.

19. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

And what Apple innovated after Steve Jobs...... NOTHING!!!

17. NINJER

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 23, 2017

Disgusting, nowhere to hold phone to enjoy screen, block phone displays when holding top kek.

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