The Meizu 16s may indeed have ultra-slim bezels: new leak

A new image of a live device has been linked to the Meizu 16s. (Source: PlayfulDroid)
A new image of a live device has been linked to the Meizu 16s. (Source: PlayfulDroid)
The 16s is Meizu's rumored 2019 flagship that is projected to dodge the notch trend with ultra-slim top and bottom bezels in its front panels. Some leaks attributed to the purported device have supported this theory. The latest one lends it further weight.

Many smartphone OEMs are turning to the water- or teardrop-shaped notch in order to maximize screen-to-body ratios in 2019. Meizu, however, is one that may address the resulting demand for fullscreen-as-possible displays through super-slim bezels. It has practised this art with the previous flagship 16 line. However, it may have perfected it in this year's variant.

Meizu normally tries to achieve an edge-to-edge illusion with minimal side bezels, and the smartphone forehead and chin to match. The effect turns out reminiscent of the LG flagships of the last few years. However, a new leak posted by the blog PlayfulDroid may indicate that this strategy has worked out in Meizu's favor this year.

It consists of a photo of a real-life device without a notch of any kind, but with bezels that look much like those of the Meizu 16X but smaller. The phone also shows a Chinese-language UI that could be Flyme OS, the OEM's custom Android skin. Therefore, it seems that the company has nailed its premium-tier design this year.

On the other hand, the phone does not seem to have the button layout of pre-existing 16-line phones or 16s leaks - in fact, it is hard to see any in the image. Therefore, it is just possible that this phone is in fact the Meizu Zero, a button-less concept device that flopped on Indiegogo earlier this year.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-03-22 (Update: 2019-03-22)
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