Lenovo teases what might be the first true ‘all screen’ phone

Lenovo vice president Chang Cheng mocks a new phone in China's Weibo social network that is nothing more than a screen framed by an ultra-thin bezel (through CNET). While Apple could claim that the iPhone X is "all screen", its infamous notch – and the eruption of the Android imitators that followed – says the opposite.

The sketch of the upcoming Lenovo Z5 follows the previous release of a partial image along with a claim that the phone would present an impressive 95 percent screen-to-body ratio. Cheng also says that the Z5 will include four technological advances that include 18 patented technologies. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait for the details, particularly about how Lenovo will handle a supposed front-facing camera.

Z5 shared ad last week.
Image: Chang Cheng

The Mi Mix 2, for example, has a screen-to-body ratio of 91.3 percent, which is among the best in the industry, but still requires a bevel at the bottom to house the front camera of the phone. Vivo's Apex concept uses an instant selfie camera to help trim frames, but still requires a similar "chin" to hide the OLED screen driver. Only Apple, until now, has found a way to avoid the chin by folding the OLED panel behind itself.

In recent years, several other technologies have been introduced to allow so-called "non-bevelled" designs in modern phones. On-screen fingerprint sensors are now a reality, as are ultrasonic proximity sensors and piezoelectric headphones, as seen in the Xiaomi Mi Mix in 2016.

Lenovo, whose purchase of $ 2.91 billion from Motorola Google's Mobility did not meet expectations, being hit at home and abroad by local brands Huawei, Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi. The technology giant is desperate for a successful phone that can capture the attention of the world.

Call Lenovo for our attention. Now, can you meet our noble expectations?

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