Meizu fails to get backers for its port-less smartphone on Indiegogo

Meizu has been operating in the Chinese markets with some success over the years. However, the company has failed to capitalize its success in the international markets. Also, Meizu recently decided to go out of the Indian markets as well. This is presumably because the company failed to get any buyers of its smartphones. Now, Meizu recently showcased an idea of a smartphone from the company which would be completely port-less. Yes, Meizu’s smartphone would not even have a port for charging and data transfer.

Now, Meizu’s idea was quite unique and going by the trend of removal of ports. We recently saw that smartphone OEMs are removing headphone jack from phones. This means we are not very far from a smartphone having completely zero ports. However, it was not the case for Meizu. The company has launched this project on Indiegogo which is a crowdfunding platform. Meizu’s port-less smartphone failed to get even half the amount of backers which the company had initially targeted.

Meizu’s port-less smartphone having no¬†headphone jack, no volume or power buttons, no SIM card slot, no charging port, and even no speaker cutout flopped massively on Indiegogo. The answer to Meizu’s question of who would be interested in such a phone is 29. This is because at the time of closure of Meizu’s Indiegogo project, it had just 29 backers. This was obviously not anywhere near Meizu’s goal.

Meizu had set a fixed goal of $100,000 for its port-less smartphone but it managed to raise just $45,998. Presumably, most of the amount raised is also from the company itself. Since this project failed to get enough backers on Indiegogo, the platform will not charge anything to the 29 backers which will be a relief. Meizu’s official word on this was quite surprising as well. The company claimed that it was just a marketing stunt by their team. Read Meizu’s official statement below:

This crowdfunding project was just the marketing team messing about. The holeless phone is just a development project from the R&D department, we never intended to mass-produce this project.