Meizu’s much-hyped “zero external ports and buttons” phone, the Meizu Zero has come a cropper at Indiegogo. The phone which was announced in late January had made news for being the first phone in the world without any physical ports or cutouts on its frame – its frame was one smooth chassis with no cutouts even for speakers or a charging port and no volume buttons either. It was hailed as a technological breakthrough and was put on Indiegogo to raise USD 1,00,000 to get it going. Entrance fee for the campaign was set at USD 1299. However, as per a Chinese website, the campaign failed to even get HALF of that amount. Only 29 people evidently supported the phone, raising a mere 45 percent of the amount that was needed.
That does not seem to have disheartened Meizu CEO Jack Wong, however. He has claimed that the crowdfunding was only for research purposes and not for mass production. He has also evidently referred to the Indiegogo campaign as a “marketing stunt” on Weibo.
All of which would come as a surprise to many who had hailed the device as a glimpse of the future. The Meizu Zero indeed had brought a lot of crazy high-tech to the table, claiming to use a ceramic unibody that was IP68 dustproof and waterproof and had no openings whatsoever – the sound came from the display, the fingerprint scanner was under the display, there were pressure sensitive buttons on the side for volume and other functions, eSIM card support, and wireless charging. All this with a 5.99-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 845 processor, a 20-megapixel selfie snapper and a 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel dual camera duo.
All for $2999 only.
People might hate bezels, but ports and buttons are clearly still a thing. Meizu does get points for trying, though!