Meizu smartphone without ports was ‘publicity stunt’
Probably the next one will be a smartphone without a screen
Chinese telephone manufacturer Meizu states that the crowdfunding campaign for a completely portless telephone was “no more than a publicity stunt”. The director of the company, Jack Wong, writes that in a message on the Meizu forum. In January the Meizu Zero was presented, a telephone that has no connections at all.
The smartphone would not get a headphone connection or USB port and a SIM card holder would be missing. The company started a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, where people could order the phone.
Wong now claims that the project was a publicity stunt.
“The marketing team was playing around,” he writes. “The smartphone without ports is a concept made by the test team, but we never planned to release the project on a large scale.”
The Meizu project only managed to get close to half of the target of 100,000 dollars (88,500 euros) on Indiegogo. People who registered did not lose any money. They would only pay if the target amount had been met.
The Meizu Zero was offered for $ 1,299 (1,149 euros). Last week, a working prototype was shown at the MWC telecom exhibition in Barcelona.