The slider phone is 2019's response to the notch - does it make sense?

As mobile phones continue to grow, the demand for multiple screens and smaller frames dominates the design. Manufacturers proudly show higher percentages of the screen-aspect ratio on the body at a press conference. But there is a problem: where to place cameras, sensors, and scanners of fingerprints on such devices?

We all saw the cut-off, a scary cut at the beginning; this black dive at the top of many of today's leading phones, from Apple iPhone XS to Huawei Mate 20 Pro - but if the other half 2018 has a way to go after Oppo detects Find X, then the phone zip is the future.

It seems that Xiaomi was thinking so after the announcement of the latest product, Mi Mix 3, at a press conference in Beijing, China on October 25th. And Honor followed this conference a week later with an event on October 31 in the same town, pointing to the momentum of the slider phone growing.

But is the slider a future or just a passing grace? We are researching current devices trying to present an alternative future.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Complete slideshow design
Use magnets and manual motion
Instead of investing in motorized mechanical design, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 works with a magnetic system. This is to pull the phone to see the front camera manually. It's good for 300,000 cycles, which is three times more than a mechanic competition, like Oppo Find X.

Xiaomi devices are marked with a 93.4% screen/body ratio, which enhances the position of Mi Mix as a device with the smallest possible telescope. Lenovo Z5 Pro, which we continue to explore, claims 95%.

It is interesting that Mi Mix 3 allows you to launch customizable applications when it's open. So it does not have to be just for selfie - it can be a response to a call, like a traditional phone, or to download a game. Although we are afraid to get it out of his pocket, we will continuously open, which mechanical devices to avoid.

Honor Magic 2

Six cameras - three front and three backs - in sliding design of the phone
It uses a mechanical mechanism for five-way maneuvers for manual movement
The 6.39-inch AMOLED screen, a fingerprint scanner on the screen
After Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, Honor has teased his Magic 2 since launching Honor Play in August 2018, before revealing the entire handset at the Beijing launch ceremony on October 31, 2018.

And Magic 2 certainly did not keep the specifications: it has the same 6.39-inch AMOLED display and the same fingerprint reader as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro but without the notch thanks to the slider design.

The screenshot reveals its three front cameras, which connect three on the back for a total of six. It is a great boost of honor: portraits, including vague backgrounds and vague light effects, front and back.

Lenovo Z5 Pro

Complete slideshow design
A fingerprint scanner on the screen
China only announces

However, not all about Xiaomi and Honor, Lenovo has just introduced its sliding keyboard phone, Z5 Pro. It does not make a great song and dance around the device because of the simple fact that it is only available in China. We were able to see him at the company headquarters in Beijing at the end of November 2018.

The design is a story known to its competitors, opting for the frontal mechanism almost without glasses, rather than mechanically detecting the front camera. The fingerprint scanner is embedded on the screen to keep the design clean and sharp, although this phone is considerably thicker than its Xiaomi and Honor competitors with a more plastic feel. The specification is also a bit lighter, with Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 under the hood.

It is worth noting that Lenovo offers the highest screen aspect ratio of all current sliders, with almost no black edges on the edges. It sounds like a vision of the future, but with a publication in China, it is not intended for the whole world.

Find X
Mechanical pop-up full-width cameras
We thought Oppo Find X was a device that made smartphones in 2018. There is nothing like this, with an automated mechanism to show the whole width of the phone that reveals the camera.

However, the price is 999 euros (it should be 999 pounds in the UK, when (perhaps more if it starts)) is directly related to the use of this technology.

Vivo NEX S

Pop-up camera

Okay, so it's not just a slider, but it's the first pacing device. Originally introduced as the Vivo Apex concept on IFA 2017 (the largest technology review in Europe), the device quickly became the Vivo NEX S, a complete marketed device with a contextual camera integrated into the upper part,

The fact that there is no slider phone means that the sales price is lower than that of Oppo, although its equivalent cost depends on the direct conversion of the Chinese model (which is not entirely true of exchange rates, exports, and taxes).

Samsung Galaxy S10

Rumors behind the front camera
But there is a problem. According to rumors, Samsung's camera operation behind the screen in the Galaxy S10, expected in 2019, eliminates the need for any mechanical movement. Well, if it does not hinder your eyes anyway: As shown in the picture above, a small black dot does not make the camera invisible.

Indeed, the fact that no moving parts reduces the cost of production and thus the selling price of such a device. Or, realistically, it helps to keep a higher margin of profit while ensuring lower failure rates.


Nevertheless, images, pop-up cameras, sensors behind the screen, or a combination of everything or part that will dominate future phones remains to be seen. But we know it: the beaten path excludes Chinese manufacturers and making the phone even more exciting. In particular, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, Honor Magic 2, and the Lenovo Z5 Pro create a convincing picture of the newly launched rocking phone.

But that's the slider idea itself: it's an exciting solution to what may be a temporary problem. Integration of mechanical components in many devices can cause future problems, while other advanced technologies that eliminate the need for smooth movements (that this camera behind the screen) will eventually see the blind telephony that follows. Swinging the phone: in a nostalgic happy place.

Also, these phones are currently only available in China, which may reflect cultural differences. Lenovo Z5 Pro will never go abroad, Honor Magic 2 but with the launch of Xiaomi in the UK and other EU territories, the obvious absence of Mi Mix 3 leaves Suppose, for now, the slider is not intended for these markets.


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