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The "Meizu 18" turns up on YouTube with an under-display selfie camera

Could this be an upcoming under-display camera phone? (Source: YouTube)
Could this be an upcoming under-display camera phone? (Source: YouTube)
Meizu is expected to launch smartphones with the Snapdragon 888 flagship-grade processor soon. A new leak purports to show one of them (possibly the 18, 18 Pro or 18 Max) with a completely edge-to-edge screen. This suggests it will join the currently very exclusive under-display camera club in 2021.
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Meizu is currently rumored to have smartphones called the 18 and 18 Pro in the works. They are expected to have the same 30- and 40-watt (W) maximum charging speeds of their respective forebears in the works, but are also of course projected to upgrade to the latest Snapdragon 888 premium chipset in 2021. Now, there is a hint they will also drop the punch-hole selfie camera from the previous generation as well.

A video posted to Weibo (and later to YouTube by SparrowsNews) allegedly shows a new Meizu device with a completely uninterrupted display and a razor-thin bezel between this screen and its frame. This, according to its leaker, is achieved with an under-display selfie camera, technology currently still exclusive to ZTE's Axon 20 5G.

Therefore, it is possible that Meizu might be the second OEM on Earth to launch a phone with this kind of screen when the 18 series goes live in 2021. These phones are also currently thought to have batteries of between 3910 and 4410mAh in capacity (and also no chargers as standard), and to have high-end LPDDR5 RAM with UFS 3.1 storage speeds.

They are also rumored to have a Max variant, an elaborate unit with up to 120W charging. This putative ultra-premium member of the 18 series could also be the one in the new alleged hands-on video, although none of this is definite at this point.

Then again, should this 18 Max exist, it will probably miss out on this OEM's normally competitive prices for flagship phones. The 17 series started at 3699 yuan (~US$575) on its (regrettably Chinese market-only, whereas it only sells things such as TWS earbuds and 3.5mm dongles abroad) launch.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-01-29 (Update: 2021-01-29)