Meizu Zero goes up for pre-order with eye-watering price tag

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This phone outdoes Apple on the whole getting-rid-of-ports thing.
Photo: Meizu

In its quest for minimalist perfectionism, Apple loves shaving ports off its products wherever possible. But even it has stopped short of creating a phone like the Meizu Zero.

Promising no buttons, no speaker holes, no Sim card slot, and no charging port, this sleek Chinese Android phone looked like a concept phone or, uncharitably, an early April Fool’s joke when it first popped up online last month. Well, it seems that that’s not the case at all — since pre-orders have just gone live on Indiegogo. Be warned: It’s not cheap.

In addition to the distinct lack of ports, the Meizu phone boasts a ceramic unibody design, 18w Super mCharge Wireless charging, eSim, and an almost 6-inch AMOLED display. The phone is powered by a speedy Snapdragon 845 processor, and there are some other nifty features thrown in too.

These include a 20-megapixel front camera, pressure-sensitive virtual buttons, in-display fingerprint scanning, and more.

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The Zero in wireless charging mode.
Photo: Meizu

Throwing down the gauntlet

In all, it’s a pretty impressive package, which looks to throw down the gauntlet to other premium handset manufacturers like Apple and Samsung. The downside? These innovative features come at a price. On Indiegogo, it costs $1,299, which doesn’t make it any cheaper than Apple’s premium iPhone XS units — and pricier than the iPhone XR. That’s a whole lot of cash!

Shipping is set to take place in April 2019, which in theory means you won’t have to wait long for it to arrive. But you also won’t be able to try it before putting down your hard-earned money. With the risks inherent in crowdfunding campaigns, that’s something that not everyone will be happy to do.

Are you tempted by the portless Meizu Zero? Is this the kind of next-gen design you’d like to see from Apple? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Indiegogo