Meizu 16s launched – Nothing fancy, but Promising!

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Meizu, the Chinese mobile manufacturer, launched their flagship phone, the Meizu 16s. And it’s kinda taking a Pocophone approach, i.e. flagship products at about half the price. Of course, that’s not as cheap as the Pocophone, but it’s the first one of such mobile phones of 2019. Anyway, Meizu’s flagship is here, and here’s what it’s got.

Meizu 16s Overview

The Meizu 16s comes with all the latest of hardware. The design is nothing, fancy or trending as per the norms of 2019. There are no notches or any kind of punch-hole or so. It doesn’t have the old-school wide bezels either, but very soft ones. What we get is a 6.2″ Full HD+ Super AMOLED display. And they partnered with Samsung for manufacturing the high-quality display, so that it’s less strenuous for the eyes. Also, you get an In-display fingerprint sensor on it.

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There are very minimal bezels on the top and bottom. And the very small bezels at the top houses a super-small 20 MP selfie camera. The rear camera setup comprises of two cameras – a 48 MP primary camera that is capable of taking 48 MP RAW shots, and a 20 MP ultra-wide shooter. The camera also features Meizu’s new Super Night View, for taking night shots. It works by stacking 8 images into a single one for good low light photography.

Inside, you have the latest Snapdragon 855 processor coupled with 6 GB RAM in the base variant. There’s also an 8 GB RAM variant which has higher storage as well. Storage varies from 128 GB on the 6 GB model to 256 GB on the 8 GB one. However, there is no expandable memory. The battery is kinda small for a flagship device at 3600 mAh, but you get a 22-Watt Fast charging that is capable of charging your phone up to 60% in 30 minutes.

Software-wise, the phone runs on Flyme 7.3 on top of Android Pie. This claims to bring a more overall smoother user experience. Also, there are some AI enhancements which optimize your battery usage. In addition, there’s a new Hyper Gaming Mode that provides better graphics performance for an even better gaming experience.

Meizu 16s Specifications:

  • Display: 6.2″ Super AMOLED panel with Full HD+ resolution (1080 x 2232 pixels)
  • Rear Camera: Dual, 48 MP primary with f/1.7 aperture & PDAF + 20 MP wide-angle with f/2.6 aperture
  • Front Camera: 20 MP with f/2.2 aperture
  • Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • RAM: 6 GB / 8 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB / 256 GB, not expandable
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie with Flyme 7.3
  • Battery: 3600 mAh with 22-Watt Fast Charging

Price and Availability

The Meizu 16s is available in three different colors: Carbon Black, Pearl White, and Phantom Blue. Pricing starts at CNY 3198 ($475) for the base 6 / 128 GB model and goes all the way to CNY 3998 ($595) for the top one. It’s available for pre-order right now on Meizu’s website.