Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus: official features and price of its new high-end

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The Chinese manufacturer Meizu has just presented in Beijing, today August 8, the renewal of its high range for 2018. Two terminals, which at least on paper, promise a lot and in which Meizu seems to have followed the latest trends in design. We are talking about the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus , two Xiaomi-style devices that seek to combine performance and performance at a very moderate price.

These two new terminals arrive to replace the Meizu 15 and 15 Plus , which began to denote the passage of time with a design that integrated somewhat thick frames. The Meizu 15 Plus already gave at the time to talk about integrating the same SoC Exynos 8895 present in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 , so we can expect that the devices presented today also point very high. Let’s see what to expect from them.

Meizu does not add to the notch with the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus

The first thing that comes to mind when we take a look at the new Meizu terminals is that, unlike the immense majority of Chinese manufacturers (and some other non-Chinese), Meizu has preferred not to imitate Apple including a notch in its device, something we believe is very appreciated and gives the device a certain identity.

Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus: official features and price of its new high-end

Although of course, with some lines of design that seem to be exhausted with the panoramic screens of reduced edges, the certain thing is that it is a little inevitable that the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus come to us to the head, not to mention the LG G6, with which The Meizu 16 and 16 Plus also have a strong resemblance on the front.

Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus: official features and price of its new high-end

The new high range of Meizu integrates AMOLED panels (planes, yes) with diagonals of 6.0 inches in the case of the standard version and 6.5 inches in the case of the Meizu 16 Plus. Both handle Full-HD + resolutions and in the case of Meizu 16 we have a screen / chassis ratio of 91.18% , a figure that is quite close to that reached by Oppo Find X , and this without having to resort to a retractable camera system , which shows the good work done by the Meizu engineers when it comes to reducing the frames of the device as much as possible.

The standard Meizu 16 is also one of the lightest 6-inch terminals, since it only throws 156 grams on the scale, with a thickness of only 7.3mm.

Technical characteristics of Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus

Once we have taken a look at the appearance of the new high-end Meizu, we will see in detail everything we can find within them:

Meizu 16:

  • Dimensions: 150.5 x 73.2 x 7.3mm.
  • Weight: 156g.
  • Screen: 6.0-inch AMOLED with resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels.
  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.
  • RAM and Storage : 6 + 64, 6+ 128, 8 + 128GB (LPDDR4X / UFS 2.1).
  • Rear cameras: 12Mpx dual system (Sony IMX380 Exmor RS, f / 1.8, 1.55μm) + 20Mpx (Sony IMX350 Exmor RS / f / 2.6) with 3x optical zoom.
  • Front camera : 20Mpx (Sony IMX376 Exmor RS / f / 2.0).
  • Software: Android 8.1 (Flyme OS).
  • Battery: 3,010mAh with fast charge mCharge (67% in 30 minutes).
  • Extras and connectivity: fingerprint reader under the screen, Wi-Fi 2 × 2 MIMO (4 antennas), LTE 4 × 4 MIMO (6 antennas), Bluetooth 5.0, Qualcomm aptX, Sony LDAC (wireless sound with CD quality), speaker Dual stereo, 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Colors: Dark Ocher, Sandblasted Silver, and Mirror Blue (red ocher, silver and blue).

Meizu 16 Plus:

  • Dimensions: 160.4 x 78.2 x 7.3 mm.
  • Weight: 180 grams.
  • Display: 6.5-inch AMOLED 2160 x 1080p with resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels.
  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.
  • RAM and Storage : 6 + 128GB, 8 + 128GB and 8 + 256GB (LPDDR4X / UFS 2.1).
  • Rear cameras: 12Mpx dual system (Sony IMX380 Exmor RS, f / 1.8, 1.55μm) + 20Mpx (Sony IMX350 Exmor RS / f / 2.6) with 3x optical zoom.
  • Front camera : 20Mpx (Sony IMX376 Exmor RS / f / 2.0).
  • Extras and connectivity: fingerprint reader under the screen, Wi-Fi 2 × 2 MIMO (4 antennas), LTE 4 × 4 MIMO (6 antennas), Bluetooth 5.0 , Qualcomm aptX, Sony LDAC (wireless sound with CD quality), speaker Dual stereo, 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Software: Android 8.1 (Flyme OS).
  • Battery: 3640mAh with fast charge mCharge.

As you can see, there are no major differences between them beyond the size of the screen and the battery, although the Meizu 16 Plus part of the 128 GB of storage and puts at our disposal a powerful model of 8 GB of RAM with 256 GB storage. Although the storage is not expandable (there is no slot for microSD), it is worth mentioning the use of UFS 2.1 memory, which gives an extra fluidity to the set due to its greater bandwidth.

If we join the above with a SoC Snapdragon 845, it is clear that Meizu has put all the meat in the spit, and therefore we are facing one of the most powerful devices of the year (291866 points in Antutu 7). It does not disappoint either the photographic section, which with two good quality rear sensors and a fairly decent aperture in the main one (f / 1.8), promises to make pretty good photos, something that an x3 optical zoom helps with.

Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus: official features and price of its new high-end

As far as we know, only one of the devices includes an optical stabilizer (the Meizu 16 Plus), which can be a very beneficial extra for the prolonged opening shots, which are usually nocturnal. For its part, the front sensor is also shared, which stands out for its 20 Mpx with a standard aperture of f / 2.0.

Finishing the review of the features of the Meizu 16 and its Plus version, we have an Android 8.1 Oreo operating system customized with Flyme OS with Android 8.1 Oreo and a feature called Super Swipe designed to achieve a more fluid and smooth interaction with the screen of the device.

The new Meizu 16 and 16 Plus also incorporate a new tactile motor ( mEngine ) that can be configured to achieve different types of response depending on the use scenario, something we had not heard about and that arouses some curiosity.

Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus: official features and price of its new high-end

We can not forget a feature that is still rare in our days, a fingerprint reader under the screen, available in both versions and that, although it is not ultrasonic, according to Meizu has a response speed of 0.12s, with a percentage of hit 99.12%, which is not bad.

Availability and price of the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus

Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus: official features and price of its new high-end

Meizu has presented a total of 6 variants of their phones, all integrated in the high range and with prices in their home country quite adjusted. This device already has more than 1 million reservations through different Chinese online stores that allowed pre-booking, which shows that the Meizu 16 has attracted the attention of the public in his native country. These are the prices for each variant or model:

Meizu 16

  • 6GB + 64GB 2698 Yuan ($ 395)
  • 6GB + 128GB 2998 Yuan ($ 438)
  • 8GB + 128GB 3298 Yuan (482 dollars)

Meizu 16 Plus

  • 6GB + 128GB 3,198 Yuan (467 dollars)
  • 8GB + 128GB 3,498 Yuan ($ 511)
  • 8GB + 256GB 3,998 Yuan ($ 584)

Although we did a dollar / euro conversion of 1: 1, the truth is that paying 395 euros for a smartphone with Snapdragon 845, AMOLED screen and a good photographic section does not seem, a priori, a bad purchase, nor is it paying 467 euros by a diagonal of 6.5 inches, a better battery and 128 GB of storage. And all without giving up the headphone jack. We will let you know if they are available for sale in our country.

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