Smartphone bezels are getting smaller all the time, with phones such as the iPhone X now offering an almost 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.
Chang Cheng, Lenovo’s Vice President, has teased such a phone on Weibo (a Chinese microblogging site), posting a sketch of a phone with zero bezels.
He calls it the Lenovo Z5, and this image follows an earlier teaser from him showing a partial render of the phone, accompanied by the claim that it has a 95% screen-to-body-ratio. For comparison, the iPhone X has a screen-to-body ratio of 82.9% and the Samsung Galaxy S9 has one of 83.6%.
Apparently the Lenovo Z5 will also include four technological breakthroughs and 18 patented technologies, some of which are presumably focused on its all-screen design, which will need to overcome various obstacles, perhaps most notably finding a way to house the front-facing camera.
There’s no information on how that’s been achieved, but assuming there is a front-facing camera it’s likely either a pop-up camera, as has recently been seen on the Vivo Apex Concept, or it’s somehow embedded into the display.
We don’t know anything else about the Lenovo Z5, so it may well be a long way off, if it launches at all, as it could just be a concept, but hopefully we’ll get to see it in the flesh before too long.
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James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.