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Lenovo floats the idea of a no-notch, all-screen phone

by Justin Herrick | May 14, 2018May 14, 2018 9:00 am PST

Making an edge-to-edge display isn’t the easiest thing to do. There are tradeoffs, and companies have decided to put a notch at the top or add a bulky chin at the bottom. Lenovo, however, might’ve figured out how to feature ultra-thin bezels without any unsightly additions.

Its flagship of the future, the Z5, appears likely to ship with neither a notch nor a chin. Based on a sketch posted online, this could be the world’s first phone with a true all-screen look.

Chang Cheng, Vice President of Lenovo, recently revealed a sketch of the Z5 on Weibo. The phone’s display is shown in full, and there’s not a notch or chin in sight. It’s nothing but screen. While you may be wondering where the front-facing camera is, there’s a possibility it’s stored on top and uses a pop-up mechanism when needed.

Others have tried implementing all-screen designs, but none have achieved as thin bezels as what’s shown here.

Lenovo hasn’t actually confirmed if the Z5 is in development, but the post on Weibo confirms it’s a new flagship. So the Z5 might not be anywhere near entering production, and that’s very possible considering all we have is a sketch. There’s just no idea to know when we’ll see it released.

Prior to this sketch coming out, Lenovo’s executive shared a press render (seen below) exposing part of the Z5. It highlighted the ultra-thin bezels in the top left corner of the phone. Cheng also mentioned the Z5 takes advantage of nearly two dozen “technological breakthroughs” and “patented technologies.” With that, reached a 95 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Now that the Z5 has our attention, we’re eagerly awaiting to see Lenovo make an announcement.

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