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Lenovo X5 could beat the iPhone X as teaser suggests notch-free all-screen display

Tuesday, May 15th 2018 by Oprah Flash

The iPhone X was the trendsetter for all-screen phones but it didn’t quite meet the criteria of being truly all-screen – the notch got in the way.

Subsequent phone releases such as the Huawei P20 Pro, LG G7 Thinq and upcoming OnePlus 6 have tried to jump on the bandwagon, but haven’t quite succeeded.

We’re almost half-way into 2018 and the anticipation for the Lenovo Z5 is mounting. CNET has reported that Chang Cheng, the vice president of Lenovo, shared a teaser of the new phone on Weibo.

The teaser comes in the form of a render drawing of what the new handset will look like. Weibo is one of China’s most popular social media platforms. On the forum, Chang Cheng said the flagship phone is making technical breakthroughs as the screen accounts for 95% of the display.

We only have a front view of the Lenovo Z5 but there appears to be no notch in sight.

The Lenovo VP posted a sketch of the Lenovo Z5 to Weibo

'Four technological breakthroughs'

The VP has teased us with snippets of information but has not yet confirmed whether the phone is in production or still in the design and planning stages. We hope to find out more at the Lenovo conference in Shanghai next month (June).

While a notch-free display will certainly look more attractive, there are some technical barriers to having a phone that is all-screen. For one, the front camera, sensors and hardware needed to control the screen, are all necessary components so it will be interesting to see how Lenovo incorporates this into the screen.

In his post last week, Chang Cheng said: “Four technological breakthroughs, the 18 patented technologies are only a simple assumption: Synthetic Aperture?”

This is a bit cryptic and doesn’t really tell us much but watch this space, we’ll keep you posted as soon as we have an update.

Out of the phones already on the market, the closet we get to having an all-screen display with no notches is the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, which places the front camera at the bottom of the screen.

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