Here’s one major difference between the automobile industry and China’s handset makers: concept cars don’t always see the light of production and even if they do, it takes years to materialize. Concept phones, particularly those emerged from China, almost always become a reality and doing so very quickly. Case-in-point: the Meizu Zero. Unveiled barely a week ago with any fanfare, the Meizu Zero is claimed as the “world’s first hole-less phone.”
During the live stream unveiling in a super casual setting, the device was said to be design concept and the hardware seen on the presentation was a prototype. Just when I thought it probably won’t be make or even if it get made, it won’t be arriving to the market anytime soon, Meizu Zero announces on January 31, 2019 (China time) that it has launched an Indiegogo campaign to pre-sell the device for anyone who’s willing cough up $1,299 for one of the hundred “Exclusive Engineer Unit.”
There was a $2,999 “Exclusive Pioneering Unit” on the campaign, but that has already been snapped up. If you haven’t already heard the buzz around this particular Android phone, it is void of holes and physical buttons. Apart from that, it is nothing particularly cutting edge under the hood where you will find current Qualcomm’s flagship chip (i.e. SD845), Bluetooth 5.0, rear dual cameras (12+20 MP) with ring flash, a 20 MP front-facing snapper, and Android 9.0 Pie with Flyme 7 UI.
However, the real draw with this device is the features it possess because of the hole-less design. Featuring an all-screen ceramic “3D unibody,” Meizu Zero touts a 5.99-inch OLED with under display fingerprint scanner, virtual side buttons based around “pressure sensing technology,” haptic feedback on virtual buttons via mEngine 2.0 linear haptic engine, Meizu’s Super mCharge 18W wireless charging, “high-speed wireless USB,” in-screen sound technology (mSound 2.0), eSIM support, and finally, an IP68 rating that stand up to 2 meters (6.6 feet) underwater for up to 30 minutes.
With the Indiegogo campaign, Meizu also reveal the network which the device supports and they are as follows:
Before you jump aboard, do take note that what you will be pre-ordering is an “exclusive engineer unit” which is basically another way of saying “prototype.” With that, it may be rough around the edges in respect to functionality. Not that it will be the case, but you know how is it with engineering units. Meizu has a rather lofty goal of $100K funding. At time of this writing, it has managed to gather 21 backers and raised a little over $23K. In the event the the month long campaign gets funded, backers can expect to receive the device as soon as April 2019.