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Without a smart phone: useless chip or the inevitable future?

Recently, Meizu and Vivo announced unusual smartphones: without connectors, slots and physical buttons. These concepts are another attempt to find the answer to the eternal question: what is more important for people - form or content? Only this time, companies are calling on consumers to vote not in words, but in what lies in their wallet. Do you like the idea of ​​a portable smartphone? If yes, get ready to pay. But how justified will this purchase be?

In September 2016, Apple released the first iPhone without a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and the Internet exploded. Sites were filled with wrathful articles. The extraordinary deed of Apple was called "stupidity and disrespect for the user." There was not a single person who would remain indifferent to him. And it can be understood.

Since the 50s of the last century, mini-jack has been one of the main elements of consumer electronics. First, a 3.5 mm jack appeared in transistor radios. In the following sixty years, almost all types of media devices were equipped with them, including portable tape recorders, cassette players and radio, laptops, computers, mobile phones, tablets, consoles, and more. Minidzhek became a mandatory attribute of a variety of devices. And Apple threw him out.

"Today, space is of paramount importance, therefore supporting a large-sized ancient analog connector that performs a single function is pointless," said Phil Schiller, Apple's chief operating officer, at the iPhone 7 presentation. Schiller said that Apple had to abandon the mini-jack for iPhone 7 moisture protection He stressed that the company needed remarkable courage to become one of the first manufacturers who made such a bold decision. Despite the loud resonance, Apple still thrives and sells smartphones by the millions.

Any port in a storm

Anyway, Apple set a precedent, and other manufacturers followed suit. Google abandoned the 3.5 mm output in favor of USB-C , along with it did Motorola , Huawei and OnePlus . In addition, each manufacturer began to put in a set with a smartphone adapter for headphones with USB-C to mini-jack. The trend is gaining momentum, but this does not mean that people are happy about it.

What Meizu and Vivo have started is reaching a new level of "disrespect for the user."

In the recently announced Meizu Zero, there are absolutely no openings and slots. Absolutely not. No minijack, no USB-C, no SIM card slot, no microSD. Does the battery sit down? Here is support for wireless charging . Want to listen to music? Turn on Bluetooth. Need to transfer files? Throw over the cloud. But what about the mobile Internet and services? Very simple: inside is an eSIM. Meizu has all the answers. Just do not let the Chinese impose their logic on you. At least for now.

“Designers dream of ideal monoblocks without holes and buttons. But the reality is that wireless connections can not be used everywhere, ”said Avi Gringart, director of consumer products research at Global Data, in an interview with Android Authority. - "Adapters will help to come to terms with the lack of a headphone jack, but until wireless charging points become ubiquitous, it is simply impractical to deprive the consumer of the charging cable, which by the way is still used for transferring files and other purposes."

Mainstream we deserve?

Today, USB ports for charging smartphones are found in some cars and public places like Starbucks. Wireless power is a niche technology that has not yet gained enough distribution. As long as the wireless charging station does not lie with each smartphone, consumers will use the wires. They will do this also because wired charging is faster than wireless.

The idea of ​​a smartphone without a physical SIM card also has its difficulties. eSIM assumes that a special programmable chip will be available for accessing the services of a cellular operator in a smartphone. In words, everything is simple, but the technology is still not well implemented.

Apple delivered eSIM to the iPhone Xs and Xs Max, but US mobile operators reacted very slowly to the introduction of the new technology. AT T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless added support for electronic SIM cards only a few months after the flagships. Sprint is still not working with Apple's eSIM. But there are still hundreds of other operators who do not even think about introducing a new service.

In addition, Meizu Zero will not have physical buttons. Volume control will be carried out using a pressure-sensitive case. This technology was used in the HTC U12, and it was because of its poor quality work that the smartphone received negative reviews. Will Meizu succeed where HTC failed? How to know.

“Apple's designers hope to eventually remove most of the external ports and buttons on the iPhone, including also the charging port,” said Bloomberg last year. That's what Apple intended to do when developing the iPhone X in 2017, but later the company had to give up some ambitions because of the high cost of wireless charging. All this means that sooner or later we will see an iPhone without ports and buttons, and then the competitors will follow the example of the Cupertiers.

Meizu and Vivo clearly want to get ahead of time. Will people buy portless smartphones? Of course, where to go. But will this purchase be justified? In the near future, most likely not. However, in the end all of us once will be the owners of besport technology. Whether you like it or not, manufacturers are moving in that direction.

Source: www.androidauthority.com

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