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Lenovo could beat Apple and Samsung to the first all-screen phone

A Lenovo exec shared this sketch of the Lenovo Z5.                  Chang Cheng  Weibo A Lenovo exec shared this sketch of the Lenovo Z5. Chang Cheng Weibo
Sherri Watson | 14 May, 2018, 19:10

The Lenovo Z5 is truly all-screen.

Smartphone bezels are getting smaller all the time, with phones such as the iPhone X now offering an nearly 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.

Lenovo has begun teasing its upcoming smartphone called the Z5 that's said to arrive with basically no bezels whatsoever. Therefore, we don't know if there's a notch or a bezel somewhere that makes some space for front-facing sensors. Nonetheless, Cheng does mention the device includes "four technological breakthroughs" and "18 patented technologies". Vivo Apex comes with a pop-selfie camera which pops out when you are clicking pictures with the front camera, this has made Vivo achieve a design for smartphones with ultra-slim bezels.

The trend among current flagships is to do away with the front fingerprint sensor (either by switching to face recognition, like iPhone X, or moving it to the back of the phone) and to house the front camera and sensors into a "notch" on top of the phone's face.

Whether the Z5 is ready for primetime, or is simply an example of tech Lenovo is still working on remains to be seen. While Apple may claim the iPhone X has been "all display", its notorious notch - along with the rash of Android imitators that followed - states differently.

Last week, Cheng shared a different teaser for the Z5, showing off a render of the upper-left corner of the device and claiming that it boasts a 95% screen-to-body ratio.