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Meizu launches the world’s first hole-less phone

No USB, SIM, speakers, or buttons

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The year’s surprises just keep coming. Already, the smartphone market’s latest slew of newcomers has blown away last year’s notch-addicted lookalikes. To recap, 2019 will host the foldable phone, the penta-lens phone, and the “waterdrop” phone. Now, another form factor has unexpectedly joined the fray.

Recently, Meizu launched the world’s first “hole-less” phone — the Meizu Zero. The new phone has completely eradicated almost all of a smartphone’s traditional input and output interfaces. Except for a rear and a front-facing camera, the Meizu Zero does not have any physical buttons, slots, or sensors.


Instead of the usual bells and whistles, Meizu used several space-saving techniques that can put Marie Kondo to shame. Rather than tangible power and volume buttons, the Meizu Zero uses touch capacitive side panels to do the same functions. Likewise, the phone uses under-screen piezoelectric transducers, in lieu of actual speakers.

For the rest, the Meizu Zero will rely on wireless technology — charging, transferring data, and even installing SIMs. Instead of SIM cards, Meizu will use the relatively new wireless eSIM technology.

Under the hood, the 5.99-inch AMOLED screen will house a Snapdragon 845 chipset underneath it. It will also have a 20-megapixel front-facing camera. At the back, it will have a 12-megapixel + 20-megapixel rear camera combination.

Currently, Meizu has hidden the phone’s other specifications. However, the launch curiously coincides with Vivo’s own announcement of an edge-less smartphone. Regardless, the Meizu Zero heralds another new branch in the smartphone market’s exodus away from the derided camera notch.

SEE ALSO: Meizu launches 15 line in celebration of their 15th year

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A high-fashion Honor 20 Moschino version is happening

First look at the theme here

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The Honor 20 is coming soon and as the launch date draws near, we find out more details about the elusive device. Our latest news on the matter confirms that there will be a version of the Honor handset that fashion house Moschino worked on.

Supposedly even more high-fashion than the Honor View 20 which Moschino similarly worked on, the Italian fashion brand was said to have been given more creative control on the back design of this upcoming phone. Moschino was left in charge of the color, theme, material, and finish– and we see a little preview of this handiwork with images that surfaced today.


The Honor 20 Moschino Edition will come with a matching case and purse. Pictured above, the simple red Moschino theme and that chain detail on the it makes me think it’s going to be a device ladies will enjoy. Although we don’t exactly see the phone on the images, I bet it’s going to be one heck of a looker.

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Huawei is offering promotional battery replacements for select older devices

An opportunity for cheap repairs

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If you have an older Huawei phone or tablet lying around with a busted or aging battery, you might want to take advantage of this offer. Huawei Philippines will have a “Battery Replacement Event” for one month.

From April 27 to May 27, Huawei users can have their devices’ batteries replaced for only PhP 799 at all Huawei Authorized Service Centers nationwide. You can check the nearest one in your area through this directory.


However, the promotional battery replacement is only applicable to these selected models:

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P9
  • Huawei Nova 3i
  • Huawei Nova 2i
  • Huawei Y6 2018
  • Huawei MediaPad T1

Of course, the program has certain terms and conditions. Most notably, a customer’s device is entitled to only one battery replacement. Also, the battery replacement fee will not cover any other issues that the device might have. You can know more about the battery replacement event here.

SEE ALSO: Huawei reveals smartphones receiving EMUI 9.1

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Honor loses a prototype phone, offers a EUR 5,000 reward

Lost in Germany

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Losing a smartphone is too easy in today’s world. Falling out of your pocket, a smartphone can come crashing down to the pavement, into an open drain, or into the hands of a thief. Today, lost and found offices are filled with smartphones. If you’re unlucky enough to lose one, it will likely cost you a new smartphone, at most. As easy as it is, losing a smartphone is expensive.

However, an Honor marketing employee named Moritz Scheidl has made a case for the most expensive smartphone loss in history. On April 22, Scheidl boarded the ICE 1125, headed to Munich, Germany. He was on vacation with his family in Dusseldorf. As is custom, he carried an Honor 20 Pro prototype, testing the unit before its launch later this year.


Upon reaching Munich, Scheidl reached into his backpack, trying to charge the prototype. To his surprise, the smartphone was not in his bag. He notified his superiors immediately. Soon after, Honor Germany’s official Twitter account tweeted a lost and found poster confirming the debacle.

In the tweet, Honor Germany is offering a sweet EUR 5,000 (or approximately US$ 5,578) reward for the prototype’s return. Additionally, the tweet adds in more detail about the prototype’s appearance: it came in a gray case. To Scheidl’s credit, he immediately performed a remote device wipe after learning of the loss. For any finders, the prototype is either a free EUR 5,000 cash grab or a perfectly new smartphone.

Despite the official post, online commenters have also expressed doubt, calling the whole issue a marketing stunt. Likewise, pundits have also said that other publications will likely pay more than EUR 5,000 for the lost phone. Regardless, Honor is adamant about getting the phone back.

Currently, the Honor 20 Pro is scheduled to launch on May 21 in London.

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