Phones have been shedding ports and buttons for a while now. Headphone jacks are going extinct on most devices, and home and back buttons have been replaced on nearly every iOS and Android phone with software UIs.

The new Meizu Zero is the first to take that trend to its natural endpoint: it has no ports, buttons, or holes that mar the exterior of the device.

According to Meizu, the Zero has “no buttons, no speakers holes, no SIM card slot, [and] no charging port.” Most of the exterior of the device is a seamless slab of ceramic (an effect that’s only slightly ruined by a protruding camera bump on the back and what appear to be microphone holes on the bottom).

The Zero is proudly advertised as “the world’s first holeless phone,” so Meizu has had to figure out several workarounds for the usual functions on a phone. Hence, the 5.99-inch AMOLED display, which, notably for a 2019 smartphone, has a Galaxy S9 chin and top bezel instead of a notch. It features an under-glass fingerprint sensor as well as Meizu’s “mSound 2.0” technology that allows it to function as a speaker.

Charging is completely wireless, too. Meizu is promising speeds of up to 18W through its own “Super mCharge Wireless” technology, which would far surpass the 7.5W spec Apple uses and the 9W speeds offered by Samsung. More

By Chaim Gartenberg@cgartenberg

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