The Lenovo Z5 smartphone is missing something important

The Lenovo Z5 smartphone is missing something important

Notches, it seems, are the new black.

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. Apple notoriously ditched its infamous home button that also allows an nearly all screen design save for the notch at the top for the Face ID facial recognition system.

The latest Lenovo Z5 teaser shared by the company's VP shows the bottom part of the smartphone. Besides that, the post leaves it pretty vague.

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There's no word on when Lenovo might launch the Z5, or even if it's a mass-market device or just a concept. Lenovo did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment. We've seen this approached in a couple of different ways, such as with the iPhone X where the speaker and front-facing camera are placed in the notch that interrupts the display. The surprising element of this no notch bezel-less display is the front camera module, which according to the teasers can not be seen. Unlike the iPhone X, though, there's no earpiece or front-facing camera anywhere in sight, and the bezels surrounding the panel are nearly nonexistent. Cheng also claims that the Z5 will comprise four technological discoveries such as 18 technology that is patented. It's first "all-screen" will debut soon and thanks to discarding the notch and making bezels thinner, Lenovo has managed to achieve an unprecedented screen-to-body ratio of 95 percent. Take a look at the teaser below. There could also be an in-glass fingerprint reader but since the back of the phone has not been shown by Lenovo, a rear-facing fingerprint reader might also be present.

Originally published May 11 at 9:28 a.m. PT. Update, May 14: Added context.

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