Maze Alpha up for pre-order: the most affordable bezel-less phone

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About 3 months ago, Maze — a new smartphone manufacturer — teased its debut product, the Maze Alpha. Back then, we didn't have much information on the handset, and only had a couple of renders to go on, so we knew it will be a bezel-less handset with a dual camera and not much more.

Now, the cat is out of the bag and the Alpha is up for pre-sale. Maze proudly announces it to be the most affordable bezel-less smartphone — well, it still has a chin, a-la Xiaomi Mi Mix, but you get the gist of it — and its hardware is nothing to sneeze at either.

So, back on track, the Maze Alpha sports a 6-inch, 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD display covering almost the entirety of its front. The handset is powered by an octa-core Mediatek Helio P25 — the smaller brother of the deca-core X25 and an upper-midrange SoC — clocked at 2.5 GHz, coupled with 4 GB or 6 GB or RAM, and with 64 or 128 GB of on-board storage. The cell in the back packs 4,000 mAh of power and supports MediaTek's PE+ for fast charging.

As for the dual camera, it has a 13 MP main sensor — with comparatively small 1.13 μm pixels — made by Samsung, and an assistive sensor with a 5 MP resolution. The latter is used to collect information about depth and lighting, while the 13 MP snapper takes a photo. The main camera has an F2.2 aperture and, unfortunately, lacks an OIS module. So, the camera doesn't sound like it can outperform the best players in the market, but we feel like the phone's design, hardware, and price more than make up for that.

So, what's the price, you ask? Maze is currently running a pre-sale for the handset, which will run until the 30th of June. During this period, the Maze Alpha will cost you $179.99, and it will rise to $219.99 afterward. Sadly, you can only get it in black and you can only order the 64 GB / 4 GB variant for now.




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22 Comments

1. fyah_king unregistered

Im getting one as a mini tablet.

2. mr2trce

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

What is the compatibility with Tmobile?

6. cogito

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

Assuming you mean T-Mobile US... This device is not compatible with North American carriers (would have been nice if phonearea mentioned this in the article).

9. fyah_king unregistered

You'll get 3g/hspa like my mi max.

11. ajwillingham

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Be careful with that though. T-Mobile has been shutting down its HSPA network for the past couple of years.

12. fyah_king unregistered

Really? Didn't know that. Thanks.

3. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

This would have been an instant buy for me if it had a snapdragon 600 series soc, 625/626/650/652/653, doesn't matter which one. A mediatek is instant no-buy. Very good looking device.

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I think a helio p25 is good enough for 180

5. Borosh

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 15, 2017

I'm currently using a Mediatek Helio x25...it's much better than snapdragon 6xx....

13. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yeah, this in their P series, which is known for choppy graphics performance. A snapdragon 625/626 would have been great

7. tonyv13

Posts: 97; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

I don't mind the processor for the price, but helio processors don't have US LTE bands

8. warrenellis93

Posts: 525; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

nice deal but i really want manufacturers to come out with mid range 18:9 aspect screens like the g6 or the s8 because they are easier to hold

10. fyah_king unregistered

This should be easier to hold too. It's narrower than an iPhone 7 plus.

14. swarai

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

Thought process: if it can't work in the USA, don't advertise it in the USA!

23. andynaija

Posts: 1242; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

It's the internet...

16. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

I watched the video first, everything look amazing until bam Mediatek come out hahaaha ruin my day

17. Duncdawg26

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

Come on, it's bezeless for $180! I didn't think that was gonna happen for another 2 or 3 years. Mtk isn't great but this is the same price as the new moto e4+ with a sd427. P25 is better than that. Maybe this isn't the phone for the US but really good sign that more are to come, soon.

18. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Looks pretty nice even with that chin.

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that's huge chin.. looks like note7 has better screen-to-body ratio... but this one still a great phone for that price..

20. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I've been keeping a close eye on this and its page went live yesterday or earlier, but now that we have a full look at the thing, it is literally a 6 inch Dogee Mix. Same camera placement, same front face design...

21. ram64GB

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

Wow! Wow! Wow! But it is a Mediatek. Ewww!

22. Lois13

Posts: 60; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

On the Maze website they claim an 83% screen to body radio and there's no way that is true. The Mi mix has about an 84% and it is 1mm shorter, 0.6mm narrower and it has a 6.4 inch screen compared to this phone's 6 inch screen. A screen to body ratio calculator online calculated 75.23% for the Maze alpha and 83.99% for the mi mix. This phone is far from bezel-less. Looks like they just took all the top and side bezels and stuffed them in the chin. Or the top and side bezels aren't as small as they are pictured to be.

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