Lenovo could beat Apple and Samsung to the first all-screen phone

The road to technological progression isn’t always linear. For example, the journey to an all-screen smartphone is being delivered via ‘the notch’.

For some smartphone fans, the trend began by the Essential Phone and the iPhone X is a step backwards in terms of design. For others it has become fashionable; almost a status symbol for those with the latest phones.

However, most see it as a stop gap solution until manufacturers can find a way to place all of those powerful cameras and sensors within a display.

Thankfully, for notch haters, that future may not be far away. Lenovo is teasing that an all-screen handset will be here in June.

The Chinese firm’s VP Cheng Chang has shared a sketch of the Lenovo Z5 (above) with no notch in sight.

Chang said it’s the result of “18 patented technologies” and “four technological breakthroughs,” without really elaborating on the details. He’s previously claimed the screen will take up 95% of the front of the phone.

The sketch, picked up by CNET following a Weibo post, follows the release of a render showcasing the top left quadrant of the handset.

Related: How the notch became fashionable

Lenovo’s forthrightness sets up the Z5 launch as one of the most intriguing mobile events of the year.

If the company’s design comes to fruition, we’re definitely excited to hear how it reached this point. Namely, where the camera and the sensors are going now there’s no bezel.

Whether the Z5 is ready for primetime, or is simply an example of tech Lenovo is still working on remains to be seen. All will be revealed next month.

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