On December 5th, Meizu launched three new smartphones in India, marking a formal entry into the country’s market. Meizu India launched two budget devices, and a flagship phone called Meizu 16. Now before I go into any details about the device, I want to mention the hilarious confusion that the name of the phone has created. While the head of the company in the foreign market Leon Zhang called it the 16th of Meizu, the others called it the 16th of Meizu (Read: Tee Ech!). Although calling it the 16th, it makes some sense because it is the 16th company smartphone, but what would 16TH mean?
Regardless, the Meizu 16 is priced at Rs 39,999 and will be sold exclusively on Amazon India. The device’s availability dates have yet to be announced.
I was able to spend a few minutes with the device during the event, and this is what I did with the device in my first impressions.
Exhibition, design and construction.
The Meizu 16th is definitely the most attractive looking device of the three smartphones that were launched at the event and also the brand’s most premium offering.
During the launch event, Leon Zhang very pertinently teased the identical design of most smartphones on the market with the standard design since the launch of Apple iPhone X in 2017. The Meizu 16 did not adopt the notch, but it is not a unique design either.
The thin bezels surrounding the large display look quite like what we’ve seen on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Phones (only this is a flat screen), however, what makes it different is the thinness of the bezel. From what Meizu claims, it sports the thinnest bezels among all the smartphones seen on the market right now.
The Meizu 16th features a 6-inch HD + Super AMOLED display with a screen-to-body ratio of 84.3 percent. The display has a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18: 9.
The Meizu 16 sports a glass back and a thickness of 7.3mm, which is apparently 15 percent less than that of a OnePlus 6T.
Chipset, operating system and storage
The Meizu 16th is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The device runs Android 8.0 Oreo with Meizu’s Flyme operating system on top. However, interestingly, when I was playing with the device, I noticed that the user interface of the 16th had gestures similar to Android Pie. The main menu allows you to slide up to access all open applications and drag them to the top to close them. However, the fluidity of these operating systems can only be stated once we review the phones.
Another interesting piece of information about the device is its on-screen fingerprint sensor, which according to the company has a response time of 0.25 seconds. Meizu also drew a very interesting analogy of how simple and efficient fingerprint settings are on the phone screen by saying “even a cat can do it.”
Camera and battery
The Meizu 16th is powered by a 3,010 mAh battery, which Meizu says can run for 10 hours. The camera is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the smartphone. The device features a dual camera setup on the back with a 12 MP primary sensor (f / 1.8 aperture) and a 20 MP secondary sensor (f / 2.6 aperture). The rear camera also comes with a dual-LED six-tone flash.
On the front, the smartphone has a 20 MP sensor with an f / 2.0 aperture, which is apparently also the world’s smallest 20 MP lens, which also allowed for the thinner bezel on the Meizu 16. Really waiting to test this device’s camera now!
The Meizu 16 looks like a competitive device out of the box with the likes of OnePlus 6T. On paper it has all the specs that a device in this segment would probably look for, however a detailed review would probably help to better understand where the device is in terms of performance against the competition. Stay tuned!