Maria Montero

As Meizu’s portless phone fails in …

That no-port, button-less phone Meizu showed off earlier this year? It didn’t even get half of its $ 100,000 Indiegogo pre-order campaign. But that’s okay, the company says. Turns out I was “playing”

That’s according to a post from CEO Jack Wong on the official Meizu forum. “This crowdfunding project was just the marketing team,” the executive said in the statement noted by Engadget. “The lifeless phone is just a development project of the R&D department, we never intended to mass produce this project.”

The headset, if you remember, used a combination of tricks to keep the product completely devoid of buttons and ports, including a technology that vibrates the screen for sound, to remove the device from the speaker grills.

Everything is novel and more than a little silly, but the comments are certainly a disappointment to the backers. It’s surely not the kind of thing fans who raised ~ $ 45,000 want to hear, and maybe a bit of sour grapes for a device that generated some buzz but failed to hit its mark among a sea of ​​5G and foldable phones.

It seems likely that the company would look at the product from another perspective, if the $ 1,299 phone had hit its mark.