Literally no bezels: Alleged Meizu teaser shows a phone worthy of the "bezel-less" tag (Updated)
by Kaloyan C. / Sep 07, 2017, 8:01 AM
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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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.
posted on Sep 07, 2017, 8:11 AM 11
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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!
posted on Sep 07, 2017, 8:46 AM 6
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Key flagship features? Al lot of well-established flagships are lacking both of those features mentioned.
posted on Sep 07, 2017, 11:35 AM 1
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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
posted on Sep 07, 2017, 8:23 AM 6
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
posted on Sep 07, 2017, 8:40 AM 0
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the funniest thing is that samsung has normal bezels at the side, contrary to what people think.. the bezelless curved screen is a farce!
posted on Sep 07, 2017, 9:32 AM 1
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A new trend to try and sell more phones...LOL! Android manufacturers are running out of ideas....LOL!!!
posted on Sep 07, 2017, 9:23 AM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 07, 2017, 10:28 AM 4
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