It Feels Like Meizu's Phone With No Ports and No Buttons is Just Asking for Trouble

By Tom Pritchard on at

Ever since Apple was 'brave' enough to remove the headphone jack, there have been people commenting on the possibility of a phone with no ports at all. Even Apple itself is said to be moving to a totally wireless future that doesn't includes ports for charging and data transfer. It seems outlandish, but Meizu has gone and announced a phone that skips all the ports. It also doesn't have any buttons.

Have you heard of Meizu before now? I don't recall hearing about the Chinese company before now so this feels like a big stunt designed to drum up publicity. That said, it's also made the Meizu Zero, a phone that's supposed to have a totally seamless exterior design. There are holes for the microphone and a paperclip port in the event that you need to reset the phone, but that's it. There's no charging port, speaker grill, buttons, or even a sim tray. There's no notch either, but that's hardly worth dwelling on.

Instead, this phone relies on 18W wireless charging for power, wireless data transfer that's supposedly as good as wired USB 3.0, a built-in eSIM, 'virtual buttons' for power and volume, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a 5.99-inch QHD display that's also a speaker somehow. Admittedly that last one does sound quite impressive, though who knows how good the audio quality is at this point. There's also a dual camera system with 20MP and 12MP lenses.

You could say that this phone is very forward thinking, with Meizu trying to ditch as many of the exterior components as it can. But it feels like ditching the standard power/data port is kind of asking for trouble. Wireless charging is better than it used to be, and wireless data transfer is obviously going to get better all the time, but can any of this stuff compare to the wired solutions we've been used to for so long? Change is scary, especially when it take huge leaps like this, and most people are still getting used to life what little wire-free features they have already.

We're just going to have to wait and see what the final product is like, though it's not clear when that will be. Meizu hasn't revealed any launch or pricing information, though since were about a month out from MWC we probably won't have to wait very long. [The Verge]