Meizu 16 (or Meizu 16X ) is almost the flagship with a 6-inch AMOLED screen, frameless design, a top-mounted dual camera and a fingerprint scanner built right into the display. In principle, this is the most interesting side of the novelty. Here you can add support for fast charging, the presence of a headphone jack, a new, fairly powerful processor and decent amounts of memory.
It is interesting that in essence it is a light version of the flagship Meizu 16th: the company cut the price of the device, but did not somehow simplify the cameras, leaving them the same as the 16th. For the buyer this is good, but certainly will negatively affect the sales of the older version of the smartphone.
However, with the device itself, too, everything is not so smooth: someone will not like the lack of an NFC chip and a memory card slot, and the smartphone can not be praised for a battery, it only has an average capacity. Nevertheless, already now Meizu 16X looks like an excellent option to grab an advanced camera phone at a reasonable price.
Meizu 16 is made in frameless design, without any cuts or bangs, but still in front it looks like a good half or at least a third of such frameless. Somehow the rounded corners of the case, the screen, the conversational speaker almost at the upper end and a rather high percentage of the frame (the ratio of the screen area to the total surface) is almost 84%, like the Samsung Galaxy S9.
Behind Meizu 16 looks more original due to the ring LED flash under the block of a vertical double camera. There is nothing more to be noted here, just the Meizu inscription and the inserts under the antennas from above and below, although they are visible only in the gold version, and in the rest they are practically invisible.
I’m glad that Meizu did not succumb to harmful trends and did not remove the headphone plug. Declared stereo speakers – apparently, the conversational speaker will also play music. It’s interesting that here you can not find a fingerprint scanner on the back, under the screen or on the end, it’s built right under the Meizu 16 display (like Meizu 16th), and it’s one of the model’s chips. The manufacturer promises that it will be very accurate (recognition accuracy 99.12%) and fast (response speed – 0.25 seconds).
Dimensions of the smartphone – 151 x 73.5 x 7.5 mm, weight – 154 grams. It is noticeably smaller and lighter than the Xiaomi Mi A2 and Galaxy A6 + with the same screen diagonals. The case, as usual, is not folding, with a metal back, and the white version of the smartphone is presented in a ceramic version.
Meizu 16X can be bought in three colors – black, gold and ceramic white.
Meizu 16X offers a large 6-inch AMOLED-display format 18: 9 and without any bangs. Its resolution is 2160×1080 pixels, this is clear for such sizes, the pixel density is 402 per inch. Since it’s AMOLED, you can expect wide viewing angles and maximum contrast, at least the manufacturer promises 100,000: 1 and brightness up to 430 nits. There are screens and brighter, but this type of matrix is enough for a sunny day. Also there is a Always on Display counter, when the display shows some useful information even in a muffled state.
Quite curious, but Meizu 16X got top cameras, the main ones at 12 + 20 and frontal at 20 MP. As a rule, all the light versions of flagships are equipped with cameras simpler than their older brothers, but in the case of Meizu 16X, the manufacturer did not cut anything and left them in the maximum configuration.
The main dual module: 12 and 20 megapixels with OIS (optical stabilization on 4 axes) received Sony IMX380 and IMX350 sensors, a wide aperture f / 1.8 + f / 2.6, a recognizable ring flash of 6 LEDs. There is a dual, phase and laser focusing, serial, panoramic shooting, time laps, slow and 4K video, including manual mode. The additional module allows you to shoot portraits with blur and make a 3x zoom without loss in quality.
A front camera with 20 megapixels and aperture f / 2.0 received its own selfi editor, AI with fast face recognition. Still there is a firm FLYME AI (artificial intelligence), which recognizes several dozen different scenes, and the function of automatic HDR, which turns on if necessary.
Meizu 16 received a good set of communications:
- fast and dual-band Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac
- Support for LTE-A Cat.15 (up to 800 Mbps)
- Bluetooth 5.0
- A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo.
It seems to be all right, but there is no NFC chip, no infrared port, no FM radio, but there is a compass, a gyro, an accelerometer and a fingerprint scanner. To connect to a PC and charge it uses a modern USB Type-C connector with OTG support, there is also support for two nanoSIM cards.
Battery capacity Meizu 16X medium – 3000 mAh. For those sizes, I would like more, but alas, this is a typical indicator for the modern “frameless.” You will see the same capacity as the budgetary Honor 7C, ZTE Blade V9 and premium Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) with Xiaomi Mi A2. But compared to them Meizu 16X stands out for an economical type of display, which, other things being equal, will give greater autonomy. The manufacturer promises up to two days of work without recharging, but most likely this is too optimistic estimate. Also announced support for branded fast charging mCharge.
Performance Meizu 16X will be premium: the smartphone will yield to the typical flagships, but not so much. The fact that MEIZU 16 is built on the new chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (two cores at 2.2 GHz and six at 1.7 GHz, all on the Kryo 360 architecture, graphics accelerator Adreno 616). This is a new processor, as long as it is not widely used, but the same is used in Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, another “lightweight” flagship. This is almost the flagship successor of Snapdragon 660, performed on a 10-nm process technology. In advance, we can say that it should be enough for any smartphone tasks, and in the first tests, he received almost 6000 points in GeekBench 4 and about 170 thousand in AnTuTu 7. And this is the level of the flagships of the past two years. The amount of RAM is also impressive – 6 GB, and not simple, but the type LPDDR4X
Meizu 16X is running a fresh Android Oreo (8.0) with a proprietary interface Flyme UI, which is quite different from the standard “Android”. Most likely, over time, the smartphone will receive an upgrade to the ninth version of the system.
Meizu 16X memory volumes are typically flagship: 64 and 128 GB, RAM in both versions of 6 GB. Yes, it’s a lot, but with such cameras you can easily clog all the disk space. Then you have to delete or discard precious photos and videos on external media, since there is no memory card slot here.
The price of the Meizu 16X is quite pleasant, 305 and 350 dollars (20 and 23 thousand rubles), for versions at 64 and 128 GB, respectively. Not bad for the big premium model with advanced cameras. Approximately the same amount is asked for a similar Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, both models work on the same chipset and received AMOLED-displays, but Meizu stands out with a fingerprint scanner right in the screen, steeper cameras, a headphone jack and a light casing. Mi 8 SE boasts an infrared port and the fact that the screen supports HDR video (cool, but it’s unlikely you will need it). In this comparison Meizu 16X looks even more interesting. Although it is not yet clear how much it will cost us, usually Meizu smartphones are solidly added to the price in the official Russian retail.