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Gadgets without buttons, holes and ports


Over the past few years, we have witnessed several trends set by the world's leading electronics manufacturers. At first, they all chased a reduction in the size of the "bangs" and a decrease in the thickness of the frames in smartphones. Then flexible devices became in vogue, full-fledged developments of which are still far from complete.

At this time, along with work on these devices, another new trend has appeared - the production of products that do not have buttons, holes, ports and other physical controls.

Experts agree that developers will not be able to depersonalize gadgets in the near future, but this is not required. The market dictates its own terms, so each of them tries to invent something original, out of the ordinary.

Chinese companies Meizu and Vivo did not stay away from this.

Meizu Zero - the face of progress

OEMs have been trying to create a new kind of smartphones for a long time. According to their plans, such a product of the future will not have design elements and cameras of the type that is currently used.

The Meizu Zero 2019 smartphone can be safely considered a transitional link on the way to the above standards. There are no physical buttons on its body. Many manufacturers of such gadgets have already abandoned the Home and Back keys, and Meizu has gone even further. Their product does not have a power button and volume rocker. Thanks to the capacitive touch panels, they are no longer needed.


Meizu Zero also does not have a speaker grille, instead of which a piezoelectric transducer is installed under the display for sound transmission. This technology is called mSound 2.0.

Thanks to "Super mCharge Wireless" technology, this device can only be charged using a 18W wireless contact. This allowed the developers to opt out of the port to perform this procedure. There is no SIM card slot either, eSIM technology is used.

This unit has a 5.99-inch AMOLED display. The upper and lower parts of its frame have more impressive dimensions compared to the sidewalls. This is because the controls are at the bottom and the 20MP front camera is at the top.

A fingerprint scanner was added to the bottom of the display, and the main camera unit, consisting of two sensors of 12 and 20 megapixels, was attached to the back. The hardware of the device is commanded by the Snapdragon 845 processor, although its more advanced version 855 was previously promised.

While the smartphone is positioned in two types of color - black and white.

Other technical data of this interesting device was not disclosed. However, the Mobile World Congress 2019 exhibition will start soon, where, most likely, all this will become known.

Like glass soap

This is how some users described the first images of the Vivo Apex smartphone of the current model year on the Internet.

Just under the hood he has a Snapdragon 855 processor, which is actively supported by 12 (!) GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal memory. There is also a 5G modem.


So far, this is only a prototype that contains all the latest achievements in the field of functional and technical data of such products. However, knowing the persistence and prospects of development of Chinese manufacturers, most likely, most of the above functionality will be used in devices that will begin to be produced for mass consumption.

Vivo Apex, like the above-described smartphone from Meizu, is equipped with an all-glass body that does not have ports and buttons. A magnetic charger was placed on the back panel. It is designed for data transmission and wireless charging of the product.

When controlling the inclusion of a gadget, touch panels are used, which are located on the side. It does not have a speaker, it uses screen vibration technology to transmit sound.


It is especially worth talking about the fingerprint scanner of this device. It has no analogues at the moment. The fact is that the whole screen of the product acts as such. The user does not need to look for a place to put his finger on it to unlock the device. It is enough to "poke" anywhere on the screen - and you're done!

There is one more feature. There is no selfie module. Most likely, in the future, Vivo engineers will come up with something (such as a pop-up camera or a second screen), but for now, you should be content with only a dual main camera module.

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Author: Jake Pinkman