The world's first monolithic phone with no holes and no buttons looks stunning

The world's first monolithic phone with no holes and no buttons looks stunning
This is the world's first detailed look at a truly monolithic phone with no holes, no buttons, and it looks... stunning, actually!

The name of the phone is Meizu Zero (as in zero ports, zero buttons, zero "holes"), it's made by Chinese phone maker Meizu and it has what the company calls a "one-piece ceramic unibody" with no interruptions.

The phone has just been officially unveiled in China, but keep in mind at the moment Meizu talks about it as a concept and there is no specific release date just yet.


And here are the key features: you have 18-watt fast wireless charging, the fastest we've ever seen on a modern phone, and the phone comes with a wireless charger in the box. This is critical because there is no USB port on this device, so wireless is the only way you can charge it. And just notice the attention to detail on that wireless charger: it not only looks very stylish in white (it reminds us of Apple's magic mice, don't you think?), but there is a cutout in the charger where the camera bump from the phone fits for a perfectly tight fit.

Secondly, you have no volume buttons or power buttons on the side of the phone! Instead, you have virtual pressure buttons on the side, so you simply tap and press the side of the phone in those places to get the equivalent of button presses in both function, but also in terms of tactile sensation. The impressive thing here is that you can press on either side of the phone to get a button-like feedback, and not just on one side.

There is also a novel mSound 2.0 technology that uses the screen and vibrations to create audio, so there is no traditional loudspeaker or earpiece on this gadget. This sounds exactly like the sound-emitting display magic that Samsung showcased with its OLED screens in the summer of 2018. Take a look at how that worked in our article here.


All of this one-piece crafting allows excellent water-proofing and the Meizu Zero is indeed IP68 certified to withstand immersion in water. Of course, the no opening concept also means there is no traditional SIM card slot here, and instead the device will support the eSIM standard.

And here is the company's romantic description of the idea by the company itself:

"Meizu zero is like a natural jade, without traces of artificial carving. It is a thorough expression of future design trends." (translation from Chinese ours)

The world's first monolithic phone with no holes and no buttons looks stunning

In terms of specs and all the rest, the Meizu Zero is a flagship product. Here are the highlights:

  • 6-inch AMOLED full-screen display
  • Snapdragon 845 chip
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner + face recognition
  • 12MP Sony IMX380 + 20MP Sony IMX350 dual-camera setup
  • eSIM
  • Fast, 18-watt wireless charging
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • mSound 2.0 screen sound technology

Meizu says that the release date of the Zero depends on the adoption of the eSIM standard in its home country of China and we for one know that we would love to see more of it. How about you?


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39 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

hahaha, apple was not the first :)

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They hardly ever are.

25. midan

Posts: 2574; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Thank god

28. Vancetastic

Posts: 805; Member since: May 17, 2017

I’d rather have “best” than “first” any day of the week.

30. mootu

Posts: 1408; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

So 10 years and your still waiting? ;)

37. Vancetastic

Posts: 805; Member since: May 17, 2017

More like 10 years and you’re still crying ;)

2. Subpixel

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 22, 2018

Hey, Samsung S6 Edge Plus is that you? Where you lose all your buttons?

8. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

Sorry, wrong number.

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 2027; Member since: May 04, 2015

S6 Edge Plus? Have you forgotten your meds again? This is intriguing and definitely the future. But completely impractical for 99% of mobile users internationally until the E-sim becomes standard.

3. Povea

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 03, 2015

How do you get this thing to work again if bricked? I am concern because am the type that likes to tweak.

13. gotoAndDie

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

I doubt there's much we can do to tweak it anyway. No ports means fastboot is likely useless, so it'd be difficult to flash anything onto it. Meizu does offer root, but root alone is unlikely to brick unless you do something risky like deleting system files or replacing SystemUI/Framework.

4. Farcaster

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

I don't get it. Looks just like a Samsung phone (and maybe a touch of LG on the back).

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 6616; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Now, this could turn out to be a well waited innovation.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Looks nice, and has nice specs. Gotta see Flossy Carter's real world review first though.

9. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

Major, major go !

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

But will the price be to "gat" damn high lol

24. rsiders

Posts: 1886; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Lol yes it will.

32. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Best reviewer there is. Love Flossy, he keeps it real with no sugar coating.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. My favorite YouTuber. He's a cat guy too, like me.

36. fakenewzz

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

U only like him because heeze a ghetto black guy. If he wuz a honkey ud be passing on by.

38. Vancetastic

Posts: 805; Member since: May 17, 2017

Classy.

11. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

We can not deny: the Chinese are innovative. To the extreme up.

12. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Companies like Samsung, Apple, Lenovo, LG, etc., will copy the idea. As with the notch and folding phone.Look at the future ...

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I wouldn't buy a phone without a port. ADB over a network isn't reliable and doesn't always work and I don't want slow-ass wireless charging that strains the battery life

15. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

They were too radical. They could include at least a small tray for the sim card and they could to sell the device now.

16. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

What's the circle below the camera?

20. Povea

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 03, 2015

Flash

17. cmdacos

Posts: 3870; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Only IP68? So no advantages to this?

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

IP7X is not possible due to speaker holes. IP69 could be possible perhaps, but I doubt the speaker material can withstand high pressure & sound good at the same time.

18. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Even though the concept sells you about no buttons, it still looks cheap! Cheesy looking logo on back.

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