The internet exploded with both excitement and skepticism when the Lenovo Z5 renders leaked. The photos showed what seemed to be a bezel-less and notch-free phone which would have made it the first such smartphone. New evidence is showing up that claims to disprove the bezel-less design claim. New renders show the Lenovo Z5 has a small chin that houses the camera and other required sensors. While a fully bezel-less phone is certainly something many of us want, currently, it doesn’t seem we’re going to get there with the required sensors a smartphone needs to operate.
It’s really not that big of a surprise to me as the only feasible way to pack the camera in is by making it pop-up. That’s the design Vivo opted for in their Apex concept phone and it’s a design that could be prone to breaking and malfunctions. Anytime you make something mechanical it has a higher likelihood it will break or be broken.
The Lenovo Z5 is really a moot point here in the United States. Lenovo doesn’t market or sell their phones in the States so unless you import it, you won’t ever see it. I do understand the wishful thinking over the design though. Even if the Z5 is moot here, the possibilities of other OEM’s adopting the idea would have been great.
For now, I do think bezels will continue to shrink as far down as they can shrink cameras and sensors. Maybe someday they’ll figure out how to make those components work without having to be on the front of the device.
Last Updated on June 3, 2018.