Lenovo teases a slick, all-screen smartphone that doesn't have a notch

Lenovo has already teased a smartphone with a 95% screen, but a follow-up to that teaser is a sketch and an official name of the smartphone.

And while everyone's looking at the big dogs at Samsung, Huawei or Apple for this, it appears that Lenovo could be the first company to crack the all-screened smartphone code. However, there is no front camera cutout in the sketch, so it is possible that the camera will be tucked underneath the metal construction of the smartphone and come out by using a dedicated action. It also has a fingerprint sensor beneath the display, although there's still a thicker bezel along the bottom of the device to hide the OLED's display controller.

The executive previously shared a slice of the design - see right - on Weibo, with a claim that it boasts a 95 percent screen-to-body ratio. Cheng also claims that the Z5 will comprise four technological discoveries such as 18 technology that is patented.

The iPhone X was the first smartphone to introduce an edge-to-edge display late a year ago; however, it had to keep a black notch at the top that housed the front-facing camera and speaker.

Apple revolutionized the market for the "entirely screen" phone criteria in iPhone X. The phone set a new movement to compete in that market of all-screen phones. 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. It's not clear what Lenovo plans to do with the front camera on the Lenovo Z5.

But all of this is our speculation.

One company that doesn't seem to be following the notch trend is Lenovo.

There's no word on when Lenovo might launch the Z5, or even if it's a mass-market device or just a concept.

Vanessa Coleman

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