The truly bezel-less phone: Lenovo's next flagship teased in a sketch, impressive looks raise questions

Earlier this week, we saw a new teaser by Lenovo — the corner of a smartphone with an extremely thin bezel, which also appeared to not have any sort of notch. According to Lenovo's VP Chang Cheng, the handset would have a screen-to-body ratio of about 95%. That's incredibly impressive and, if true, would truly feel like an "all screen phone" when held in the hand.

Now, a few days after, Chang Cheng took to Weibo (a Chinese social network) again to tease the phone once again and reveal its name.

It'll be called the Lenovo Z5, apparently, and will be the company's next flagship phone. While we didn't get a product render this time around, we get to see a sketch of the phone. According to the picture, it would have no chin, forehead, or notch on its display — it'll be an end-to-end screen on the front. The visible antenna lines over the sides suggest that the phone's body will be entirely made of metal, possibly with no glass back to speak of.

Now, this does raise some questions. What about an earpiece? What about a selfie camera?

There are two possible ways we can think of for an earpiece to be fitted. Either there will be a very thin slit on the top frame of the device to fit a very small speaker, or the phone will use bone conduction — the display will vibrate and let you "hear" callers when you press the phone against your ear. The latter tech was used by sharp in its Aquos line before, so it's not impossible.

As far as the selfie camera question goes — the phone could only have one main camera attached to a swivel mechanism, which would turn it into a selfie cam when you pop it up. Again, we've seen some Chinese manufacturers do this, so it's definitely out there.

We aren't sure when the Lenovo Z5 would be unveiled, but it's believed it would be on the 14th of June. Seeing as how aggressively the VP is teasing the phone, that sounds feasible.



1. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

'Teased in a sketch'?. Any fool can do a sketch. Let's see it on a working prototype and I might be impressed.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

14. Cat97

Posts: 1983; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Lenovo's VP Chang Cheng is probably not "any fool". He was the one teasing the sketch.

16. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

I really hope they pull it off. At least the sketch and render have come from Lenovo and not some over enthusiastic fanboy who knows a bit of 3d modelling.

2. Cat97

Posts: 1983; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Well...if true, this would shut everyone's mouth...:)

4. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1475; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It would definitely set a new standard for bezelless phones. But would Lenovo opt for the Lenovo brand on it, or Motorola? If they wanna inspire faith in consumers they should opt for Motorola.

15. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Agreed. It'd be a huge coup for them to market this as a carrier-agnostic Motorola device.

5. DolmioMan

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Wow they’ve got a drawing. Must be legit.

6. damonarena

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 30, 2018

Lenovo is no apple or samsung,, can't be trusted with their average chinese products.

7. gigicoaste

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

"selfie camera"?? Is not a front facing camera anymore?? For a while I thought you are a tech blog.. I realized milliseconds after that you are the fashion/financial/marketing blog.. my bad!

8. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

everyone call it a selfie camera what is the big deal about it? 99% of the smartphones users use it for selfie more than any other thing else so...

9. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Wow! It looks will be fantastic phone!!

10. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

If everything about this phone is true then it will be the best phone especially if it comes with wireless charging, water resistance and a great camera plus a good sized battery at least 3,500mah-4000mah.

13. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

the best StB ratio for sure. the best phone? need to see more, i doubt the camera and screen quality will up par againts the big dogs. on other site, it's said that the selfie cam will be like that one in Apex, so no IP68 i guess.

11. fyah_king unregistered

They can leave the front camera out and give me true bezeless.:)

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