Maria Montero

16 First Impressions of Meizu: The Feature-Packed Smartphone …

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?

The Meizu 16th features a glass back and an aluminum frame. Photo: tech2 / Nandini Yadav

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.

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The Meizu 16th features a Type-C charging port with claims for more than 60 percent charging in 30 minutes. Photo: tech2 / Nandini Yadav

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.

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Meizu 16 has a 6-inch screen. Image: tech2 / Nandini Yadav

Chipset, operating system and storage