Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

The Lenovo Z5 smartphone is missing something important

The Lenovo Z5 smartphone is missing something important

Could Lenovo be the first company to launch a phone that literally has nothing on its front side except the screen?

Smartphone bezels are getting smaller all the time, with phones such as the iPhone X now offering an nearly all-screen design, other than a notch, but Lenovo could be about to ditch the notch as well and deliver a truly bezel-free phone.

All-screen phones look cool, but they challenge the manufacturer to find a place to put front cameras, sensors and other hardware.

Lenovo Vice President Chang Cheng is teasing a brand new cellphone on China's Weibo social media that is nothing but display framed by an ultra-thin bezel. It works to remove the notch, but to some it might not be worth having to drop the edge-to-edge claim. We've seen this approached in a couple of different ways, such as with the iPhone X where the speaker and front-facing camera are placed in the notch that interrupts the display. Cheng added that the Z5 would have significant technological breakthroughs supported by at least 18 patents.

What do you think of the Lenovo Z5? It isn't clear how Lenovo is achieving this, but it's assumed a great foot of engineering went into the design and component layout. We don't know if the Lenovo Z5 is in production now, or merely a concept. While Apple may claim the iPhone X has been "all display", its notorious notch - along with the rash of Android imitators that followed - states differently.

According to Cheng, the Z5 will apparently ship with an incredible 95 percent screen-to-body ratio.

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