Meizu says its port-free Zero phone was a failed marketing stunt
You may recall that a little over a month ago, Meizu launched a crowdfunding campaign for its futuristic "Zero" port-free smartphone, but at $1,299 a piece (plus that single $2,999 "Exclusive Pioneering Unit"), it comes as no surprise that the overly-ambitious Indiegogo project failed with just 29 backers. Despite the existence of working units, there's no word on the Zero's future at this moment, but in response to a related thread on Meizu's official forum, founder and CEO Jack Wong gave a surprisingly upfront -- if not a little disheartening -- one-liner.
一个多月前，魅族推出了一项众筹活动，为其无端口便携智能手机“Zero”筹集资金，每台售价为1299美元("Exclusive Pioneering Unit"型号售价高达2999美元)。这项野心勃勃的众筹项目宣告失败，只获得29名支持者，这种结果并不令人意外。尽管项目工作组还在，但目前还没有关于Zero的任何消息。在回应魅族官方论坛上的相关帖子时，该公司创始人兼首席执行官黄章出人意料地表示：
"This crowdfunding project was just the marketing team messing about," Wong said, "the holeless phone is just a development project from the R&D department, we never intended to mass-produce this project."
Fans' reaction to Wong's statement is mostly along the lines of "you shouldn't be so direct," with a couple others adding that they were disappointed by what he said. Wong's seemingly laid-back attitude also reinforces the observation that large companies have been abusing crowdfunding platforms just to get some buzz, rather than genuinely seeking financial support from backers. Other recent examples include Anker's Nebula Capsule II portable projector, Bose's Sleepbuds and Sphero's RVR.
The Zero is Meizu's answer to Vivo's 2019-edition APEX concept smartphone. Both are minimalistic devices that lack the usual openings such as speaker grill, earpiece, physical buttons, headphone jack or USB port. Despite both companies' claims, though, these aren't truly holeless devices, as they still require tiny openings for picking up audio.
The one distinct advantage that the Zero had over the APEX was that rather than using pogo pins on the back, the former had wireless charging along with some sort of wireless USB connectivity, which was partly why it was able to get IP68 dustproof plus waterproof rating.
Still, for a $1,299 device featuring last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, the Zero was certainly a hard sell. And with the way Wong's face-saving attempt backfired, Meizu will less likely win the hearts of backers in future crowdfunding campaigns, if any.
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Shot themselves in their own foot!
So... they trolled us.
So it is not a port-less smartphone but a shameless smartphone?
"This crowdfunding project was just the marketing team messing about," - Messing about?? You had 29 backers that thought it was something more. What an abusive ass-hat thing for a company to do. I've never purchased anything from this company and never will.
If it was a publicity stunt it worked perfectly. It brought a lot of attention to Meizu and a lot of people probably heard of them for the first time.
Angry Apple ones? I didn't see any anger in those posts. Fantasy maybe, but not anger.
Ok not angry just sad and pathetic.
Great news. On to a better idea, please.
hey coming to think of it Apple should have made one first.. considering all the ports they have removed from their gadgets... next iphone 11 will be portless, speakerless and less and less... a piece of glass...
Apple, do something first??? HAHA
Sounds like it was a total fail to me and now they are backtracking.
In three years Apple will come up with a $1999 portless iPhone
Only Apple could charge more for something that uses less parts. I always remember being surprised that the iPad 1, that was a touch screen laptop with an inferior OS, no mouse and no keyboard, yet cost double what a decent Netbook or budget notebook cost, and did less.
On a separate note, I am saddened this phone was a hoax. It is more than technically feasible today, would look superb, be more reliable/waterproof etc, and be a harbinger of our wireless future.
Apple charges more even when nothing changes.
Jeff Welcher MediaInfluencer1d
Meizu might want to check the TOS of IndieGoGo. Pretty sure he just admitted to deliberately violating it.
adrianklcLeader1dJeff Welcher Media
Indiegogo's TOS are pretty clear that contributors are responsible for researching on the campaign owners, Indiegogo is not a broker-dealer, they are not responsible for how contributors use their money. On the other hand, the campaign owner's side, there really isn't any major repercussions for violating Indiegogo's TOS. The biggest punishment Indeigogo can offer is not to release the funding that the campaign raised, which is not even a concern for a corporate giant like Meizu. That's why big companies often abuses platforms like indiegogo to drum up some buzz.
Jeff Welcher MediaInfluencer1dadrianklc
Wow this is really interesting and good to know. Indiegogo I guess is an advertising platform now in a way and I suppose it's not much different than other creative advertising ideas. I feel for those that paid into this though, essentially an expensive school science project.
adrianklcLeader1dJeff Welcher Media
Yup. that's why crowdfunding platforms are very controversial to say the least. Not everything on there are legit campaigns.