nubia's upcoming flagship, the Z18, has leaked over the past few months showing an impressive screen-to-body ratio and a small notch housing the front camera, just like the Essential Phone. However, the latest real-life photos suggest otherwise.
The ultra-thin side bezels are nothing new to the smartphone world but when a company achieves a slim upper bezel and a small chin, the Internet just loses it. Well, the Z18 won't be a record breaker in this regard but it does seem to offer slimmer bezels than its predecessor, the nubia Z17s.
And as you can see, the upper bezel isn't big enough to house a camera sensor - only the thin earpiece could be located there while the chin seems to be empty as well. Another periscope-like selfie camera perhaps? In any case, the phone will turn out to be a beastly offering.
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It could be a fake since before this leak there were leaks of the Nubia Z18 featuring a notch or an even bigger STB ratio. I think if you want a compact big screened 16:9 device you should go for the ZUK Edge or the Meizu 15.
If this year's smartphone history were a book it would be titled ''The bezels disappearance and the fate the screen: Notch against the Motorized tricks''.
Where is the front speakers for receiving phone calls?