Look Ma! Oppo's prototype handset has no buttons, no ports

Look Ma! Oppo's prototype handset has no buttons, no ports
Remember the Meizu Zero? This was a phone unveiled at the start of this year that had no buttons or ports. Charging was handled by an 18W Wireless charger that came out of the box and virtual buttons on the side of the phone replaced the real thing. While the Zero was a concept phone, Meizu tried to crowdfund production of the device on Indiegogo and attempted to raise $100,000 by charging $1,299 for each unit. But the company fell short after raising $45,000 and the project was scrapped.

Oppo revealed a similar prototype handset just a few days ago, TechRadar recently reported. Like the Meizu Zero, the phone has no speakers, no buttons and no ports, but adds one feature in order to keep the bezels thin. That would be an under-display selfie camera. That keeps the screen-to-body-ratio high, similar to the way that Oppo used a pop-up wedge for the selfie camera on the Reno to achieve the same goal. The pixels on the screen in front of the camera are larger than those on the rest of the display to allow enough light in. Also under the display is the speaker

Oppo's prototype has a power button on the right, but to raise or lower the volume a user drags his finger along a touch-sensitive area. Like the Zero, the phone charges wirelessly but features a 30W wireless charger. The prototype uses an embedded SIM (eSIM) which is attached to the phone's motherboard as a replacement for the SIM card that would be inserted into the SIM drawer.


Oppo doesn't plan to offer this phone but does plan on employing some of the features found on the device on its new handsets produced over the next few years. This past summer, Oppo disseminated a tweet showing the under-display selfie snapper in action. Who knows? By 2022 we could see a production version of Oppo's button-free, port-free handset in the marketplace. And if you live in America, there is hope that such a device might be available in the country; Oppo said earlier this year that the manufacturer does have plans to come to America.

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15 Comments

1. DBozz

Posts: 158; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

Doesn't matter until apple launches no port no button devices

7. ibeginner

Posts: 21; Member since: May 23, 2017

Apple planned this in 2017 with iPhone X. Read info from 2017.

9. ibeginner

Posts: 21; Member since: May 23, 2017

Bloomberg, via the famously accurate Mark Gurman, has today revealed Apple’s plan to remove the Lightning port from the iPhone X making it rely 100% on wireless charging.

16. badabip

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 16, 2019

As he already said.. "it doen't matter until apple LAUNCHES no port.." Just a plan, doesn't count.. Because most likely it's just from what analyst said, without any actual data or proof from Apple.

2. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

It was only a matter of time

14. CrapGame

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 29, 2019

Interesting take by Phonearena on this story. Everyone else is talking about the under display front camera and how it's very close to production. That's the real news.

3. tangbunna

Posts: 495; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

skip this one. wait till the no-screen phone come out.

17. badabip

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 16, 2019

Have you check noPhone?

4. AlienKiss

Posts: 324; Member since: May 21, 2019

I'm guessing rooting this phone is out of the question without a USB port. It seems this brand is definitely not for power users or people that hate using default settings.

5. torr310

Posts: 1731; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

no buttons cpuld be very bothering.

6. ahmadkun

Posts: 702; Member since: May 02, 2016

2016: you can't plug a headphones while you are charging the phone 2020: you can't use the phone while you are charging it

8. mel0524

Posts: 93; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

No more headphone jack Now no more charging port Then how will u going to use it if your charging this phone via wireless charging pad? Holding the phone and the pad together next to my ear! Common... This is useless move if other follow. Now they want us to spend for: Wireless headset bluetooth Wireless charger Wireless car charger Cancer will prevail lol More radiation intake all the way!

10. epdm2be

Posts: 832; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

No buttons, no ports but probably twice as expensive :-(

13. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I'm no expert but wouldn't it make phone run hotter? No ventilation

15. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1285; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I ducking hate this trend... They better launch these in the ridiculously priced ultra flagship phones ONLY...

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