Smartphones without ports and connectors: another toy or trend of the future?

Almost simultaneously, two Chinese manufacturers, Meizu and Vivo, announced monolithic smartphones-devices without connectors, ports, or even physical buttons. With this experiment, they asked consumers the question: can the form prevail over the content, if we are talking about gadgets, and even quite expensive?

Latest news: In 15 days, Meizu Zero on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform raised about $35,000 of the required $100,000. With only 16 days left in the campaign, Apple also asked a similar question, in September 2016, when it released the first iPhone without a headphone jack, which has been the standard in the entertainment electronic device industry since the middle of the last century. Phil Schiller then explained the rejection of it by saying that the space [inside the smartphone] now plays a more important role. The manufacturer had the courage to do it first, to ensure the iPhone 7 is water-resistant. On the one hand, no less important companies, such as Samsung, continue to produce smartphones with this connector. On the other hand, Apple itself has sold iPhones by the ton,and still does. And the drop in sales is not exactly due to the lack of a headphone jack.

And how many memes with this picture have you seen?So do we need such drastic changes?

No matter how much Apple was criticized, it took less than a year before other manufacturers followed suit. And if Motorola, Huawei or OnePlus simply took advantage of the fact that they will not be the first, then Google, before removing the connectors from the Pixel, was very ironic about this decision of its competitor. But I came to him. Nevertheless, all manufacturers must complete their smartphones with either headphones with a USB-C connector, or an adapter from 3.5 mm to USB-C.

The future?

Meizo Zero has no ports at all. Need to charge your smartphone? Use wireless charging. Listen to music? A Bluetooth headset will help you. Are you transferring files? Use the Internet. Do you want to call? Inside there is an eSIM.

Yes, designers dream of a "clean", bulge-free smartphone with a perfect silhouette that would fit comfortably in the hand. But is the consumer ready for this? A couple of years ago (and somewhere today), it was difficult to find even a USB-C cable. And not everyone knows about the existence of wireless charging, so I'm not ready.

The future is rushing to us

Special surfaces for wireless charging are available in Starbucks and some modern cars, but it is still a very, very long time before universal distribution. Moreover, charging your smartphone in the usual way is simply faster.

The inability to use a familiar SIM card can also create problems. eSIM will probably become commonplace in the future, but if the technology is not supported by an operator in your country, then there is no point in such a smartphone. Even in the US, there is an operator Sprint, which does not work with it, although it is presented in the iPhone Xs and Xs Max.

The size of the next-generation eSIM compared to the Nano-SIM, Mini-SIM, and SIM, the Meizu Zero also has no physical buttons. To adjust the volume, they use sensitive edges, which were very much scolded in the press back in the days of the HTC U12. Could the Chinese manufacturer solve the problem? It is unlikely that he managed it so quickly, and this is a problem if we are talking about an alternative solution.

All manufacturers are looking towards such a solution of the future. At some point, Apple will also abandon the connectors and ports, including the smartphone used for charging. But while only a few companies dare to do such experiments, we have the opportunity to understand how convenient it will be.

It is unlikely that users will massively buy new smartphones without ports just because of their originality, but the very fact that it is now possible to create something similar right now and use it with comfort, almost similar to conventional smartphones, suggests that the revolution is not far off. And who knows what else manufacturers will come up with in an attempt to go beyond the usual.