According to a recent post on weibo, Lenovo’s vice president Chang Cheng is teasing a brand new phone which looks nothing but a screen framed by a fantastic thin bezel. We’ve seen other mobile brands claim that their devices are “all screen” like Apple claims that their iPhone X is all screen but its infamous notch denies that, So it looks like Lenovo is here to take the first award of producing an “All screen” phone.
Taking a look at the sketch posted on weibo, the upcoming Lenovo Z5 is following the steps of an earlier alleged partial image with the claim that the phone would be featuring an impressive screen to body ratio of 95%. Lenovo’s VP also mentioned that the Z5 is going to include four technological advancements with about 18 patented technologies. Sadly, we will have to wait for the details, specifically around how Lenovo will handle a presumed front facing camera.
When we talk about other presumed “all screen” phones like the Mi Mix 2, for example, has a 91.3% screen to body ratio, which is among the current market’s best, but it still requires a bezel along the bottom to host the phone’s front-facing camera. Another “all screen” phone Vivo’s Apex which is a concept, uses a pop-up selfie camera to help trim the bezels, but it still requires a similar “chin” to hide the OLED’s display controller.
Only Apple, thus far, has found a way to avoid the chin by folding the OLED panel back underneath itself. Many other technologies have been produced over the past few years to enable so-called bezel-less designs on modern phones. In-screen fingerprint sensors are now a reality, as are ultrasound proximity sensors and piezoelectric earpieces as seen in the Xiaomi Mi Mix back in 2016.
Lenovo, with the $2.91 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility from Google has fallen short of suppositions, is being beaten at home and abroad by a lot of local brands such as Huawei, Vivo, Oppo, and Xiaomi. The tech giant is desperate for a hit phone that can capture the world’s attention.
You’ve got our attention Lenovo. Now, can you deliver on our lofty expectations?