Meizu held a conference yesterday where three new products were introduced the Meizu X, Meizu 6 Pro Plus, and its new UI dubbed as the Flyme OS 6.0. Thus the company decided to wrap the year up with a new flagship, new operating system, and a new budget-friendly handset with amazing features.
Meizu launched a new mid-range smartphone called simply the Meizu X, but we know this phone is also known as the Meizu M3X or Meizu Blue Charm X. We are familiar with it, as the Meizu X has leaked for a few times. First, we saw its packaging, but it didn’t hint at any design element. Later the front side of the phone spotted in a spy photo. Finally, there was a back side photo leaked as well, but now we can say it was fake.
Meizu X Design
This handset looks identical to the Huawei Honor 8 and Meizu U20. Like the latterthe Meizu X (one of its names is ‘Meilan X’) comes with a double-reflective glass panels. Generally, the Meizu X sees the Huawei Honor 8 as its main competitor. That’s why the manufacturer came with a few comparisons during the conference.
There is also a metal frame for highest build quality. As you guess, they have 2.5D glasses for better ergonomics, so there are no cutting edges. All these features make the phone very comfortable to hold in a hand, though it’s difficult to say we are dealing with a small device. The Meizu X comes at dimensions of 153.8 x 76 x 7.4mm and weighs 165 grams.
The front panel carries a 5.5-inch SHARP TDDI LCD screen at a resolution of 1080p and 401ppi that covers about 85% of front and provides 500nits (1,500:1 contrast ratio). The TDDI allows the manufacturers pack the phones with the thickest displays.
Something like this we have already seen on the Meizu MX6. There are also a speaker accompanied with a 5MP front facing camera (f/2.0 aperture) and a standard set of sensors, and a home button located under the screen that comes with mBack technology.
As you remember, the latter allows users to interact with the phone diversely when pressing the button in various ways. The Meizu M3X has a mTouch 2.1 fingerprint reader under the home button with an operation speed of 0.2s.
The back panel comes with a 12 MP camera (Sony IMX386 sensor) with dual tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, 6P custom lens, and 4K video recording. The volume rocker and the unlock button are on the right side, while the SIM card slot is on the left.
The manufacturer has come with an interesting idea and located the 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom along with a microphone, micro USB port and a speaker.
As you can guess, the top side comes only with an additional microphone.
There are four color options you can choose from – Pearl White, Phantom Blue, Gold, Obsidian Black.
Meizu X Performance
This handset is packed with a MediaTek Helio P20 processor, which is MediaTek’s first 16nm chip with 40% increase in performance, and 60% in power efficiency. It’s an octa-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz and paired with Mali T880 GPU. There are two variants of the Meizu X – one comes with a 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM, while the second one offers a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM.
As for connectivity, the Meizu X comes with dual SIM cards supporting 4G VoLTE, as well as dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, and USB Type-C. There is also a 3200mAh battery with fast mCharge similar to Quick Charge 3.0.
The phone runs on Flyme OS 6 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Flyme OS 6 offers the better version of the previously used Flyme OS 5. Thus all the best features of the latter are available in the newer version, plus, there are tons of enhancements including 300 changes, 200 new animations, and 100 optimized improvements. These changes refer to a new colored interface, Kids Mode, Action View Mode (low consumption mode when reading), and One Mind, an intellectual system, which records user’s activity in order to increase the launch time of the most favorite apps by 200%. There are also optimized algorithms for Beauty photos, phone search engine, updated cloud services, music listening app, and many more.
The overall performance of Flyme OS 6 has become faster – as the company claims it reaches up to 61 fps. However, not all Meizu phones owners are given chance to refresh their UI, as it is available only for the following models:
|Meizu Pro 6s||Meizu MX4 Pro||Meizu m3 note|
|Meizu Pro 6||Meizu MX4||Meizu m3s|
|Meizu MX6||Meizu U20||Meizu m2 note|
|Meizu Pro 5||Meizu U10||Meizu m2|
|Meizu MX5||Meizu Max||Meizu m1 note|
What’s interesting, first, the Flyme 6 will be tested via 6000 users. This beta testing can be taken only by registered users. So if you want to become one of them, hurry up, because the sign-up closes at 23:59 on December 10.
As for the Meizu 6 Pro Plus, we have been talking about this flagship for a long time. It’s been known as the first Meizu smartphone powered with an Exynos 8890 SoC. Later this statement was cancelled, but the phone remained to be launched soon. As the name suggests, this is the upgraded version of the original Meizu Pro 6. Fortunately, it’s packed with an Exynos 8890 CPU, the same found on the Samsung Galaxy S7. So it has all the chances to make a real competition to all top brand flagships.
To undertand what features make this phone so powerful, look at the specs list below:
- 5.7-inch QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED display with 3D Touch, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection, 518ppi
- Exynos 8890 octa-core processor (clocked at 2GHz for 64GB variant and 2.3GHz for 128GB variant))
- Mali-T880 MP10 GPU
- 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM
- UFS 2.0 internal storage
- Flyme OS 6
- Dual SIM support
- 12 MP rear camera (Sony IMX386 sensor (1/2.9” big, 1.25µm pixels)) with dual-tone 10-LED ring flash, laser autofocus, 4-axis OIS, f/2.0 aperture, 4K video recording
- 5 MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture
- mTouch fingerprint reader, heart rate monitor
- 4G VoLTE , WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, USB 3.1 Type-C, NFC
- 3400mAh battery with fast charging
- Colors: Champagne Gold, Deep Ash and Moonlight Silver
- Dimensions: 155.6 × 77.3 x 7.3 mm
- Weight: 158 g
The Meizu X will be available for purchase on December 8 at price tags of 1699 yuan ($247) and 1999 yuan ($290) for the 3GB+32GB and 4GB+64GB variants, respectively. But this handset will be launched only in China, and no chance to get it from other large regions like India or Russia. Agree it’s an oddly decision.
The Meizu 6 Pro Plus is priced at 2999 yuan ($435) and 3299 yuan ($479) for the 64GB and 128GB variants, respectively.