Meizu Releases The 16s – 48MP and Snapdragon 855

Meizu is among the Chinese language distributors we had accompanied lately lately . One of many early issues of the flagship corporations was that they most frequently lacked the proper frequency bands for Western networks, specifically the absence of B20 for European airways, though the corporate's mid and low value merchandise are prevalent in some European international locations akin to France. The corporate had tried to handle this subject prior to now yr in accordance with the transfer from Samsung's Exynos SoCs to Qualcomm's newest Snapdragons, and led the Meizu 16 and 16th with the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 845 one with particular abroad fashions.

In the present day's announcement pertains to the brand new Meizu 16s – a whole replace of final yr's fashions, together with the all-new Snapdragon 855 and a brand new digicam sensor, in addition to an inner redesign for a a lot bigger battery.

Meizu 16s

Meizu 16s
(Mannequin M1971)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
1x Cryo 485 (Cortex-A76) at 2.84 GHz
three x Cryo 485 (Cortex-A76) at 2.42 GHz
4x Cryo 485 (Cortex-A55) at 1.80 GHz

Adreno 640 at 585 MHz

6.2 "OLED
2232×1080 (18.6: 9)

6/eight GB LPDDR4X

128 GB
(Solely 256 GB in China)

151.9 x 73.four x 7.6 mm

165 g

battery capability

Wi-fi charging
n / A

Reversing Cameras

48MP IMX586
zero.eight μm w / 2×2 Bayer filter (1.6 μm in 12 MP)
f / 1.7 w / OIS

20MP IMX350
f / 2.6 3x Zoom / Telephoto Lens

Entrance digicam
20MP Samsung 3T2
f / 2,2

I / O
No. three.5 mm Headphone jack

Wi-fi (native)
802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth LE


GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8; WCDMA: B1 / B2 / B4 / B5 / B8


FDD-LTE: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B20 (EU appropriate)

2x Nano SIM twin standby

beginning value
6 + 128 GB: 3198 RMB (415 € + VAT)
eight + 128 GB: 3498 RMB (454 € + VAT)
eight + 256 GB: 3998 RMB (China solely)

Due to the brand new Snapdragon 855 SoC, the brand new Meizu 16s makes it one of many first to make use of the brand new era SoC on this yr's merchandise. The brand new Qualcomm SoC this yr impressed significantly and will definitely present a stable basis for the 16s.

The cellphone has both 6GB or 8GB of 128GB LPDDR4X or 256GB of storage, however the mixture of 8GB and 256GB will not be out there exterior of China.

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Though the brand new 16s appear to be a improve for the 16th, it's additionally a design improve, for those who look intently. Meizu nonetheless has a 1080 OLED show, however the display screen has grown to six.2 inches. Nevertheless, this improve was not related to a bigger cellphone, for the reason that 16s retain the largely similar kind issue as their predecessor. As a substitute, Meizu was capable of additional scale back the highest and backside panels of the design and prolong the display screen facet ratio.

The display screen remains to be AMOLED and the panel is provided by Samsung. Meizu proclaims that he has calibrated the display screen of the 16s to an accuracy of 1.5 JNCD and is forward of the competitors on this respect.

Additionally launched within the '16s and now up to date within the' 16s, the brand new fingerprint sensor is beneath the display screen, which is claimed to have doubled the discharge pace.

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A key component to this new design was the brand new entrance digicam, a brand new 20MP Samsung 3T2 sensor module that’s mentioned to be the primary of its type in a cellphone and is characterised by being extraordinarily small within the small higher bezel.

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Different design modifications are apparent when the cellphone is circled. Right here we will see that the cameras have been moved from the center of the cellphone to the facet. I'm not too huge a fan of this new setup as a result of it's too widespread with different suppliers, however that's simply my subjective opinion.

Among the many modifications is the principle digicam sensor: Right here Meizu has changed the 12MP unit of the 16 for a brand new 48MP sensor: the brand new IMX586. The sensor will not be actually new and we already had the chance to check it within the Honor View20 check in January 1945 and discovered that he’s an excellent performer. The Meizu 16s, nonetheless, is best than what we noticed within the View20, because the cellphone has a wider lens with f / 1.7 aperture and likewise consists of OIS, which is extraordinarily essential for video recording.

The secondary rear digicam module is a 20-megapixel IMX350 sensor with a 1: 2.6 aperture and a 3x optical zoom for telephoto taking pictures and Bokeh mode recording.

What the brand new design of the moved digicam permits is a rearrangement of the interior motherboard format to accommodate a a lot bigger battery: the 16's improve battery capability from 3010 mAh to 3600 mAh with out altering the scale of the cellphone. Nevertheless, what was to be given was the burden, which elevated from 152 g to 165 g.

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An fascinating facet of the redesign of the motherboard is that Meizu reveals that it makes use of a "POP" or PCB on PCB design. Which means it makes use of the identical "sandwitched" PCB design as Apple's iPhone X / XS and the brand new Huawei P30 Professional. Shocking right here is simply the truth that Meizu might introduce this know-how right into a cellphone within the value vary of the 16s – one thing that I assumed we’d not see within the subsequent few years.

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Please be aware that Meizu misplaced the three.5mm headphone jack when designing it. That is very unusual as Meizu has been offering prime quality audio options for a very long time. Whereas Meizu didn’t appear to have the ability to resist the urge to drop the headphone jack, the corporate was on the lookout for an excellent various with the brand new three.5mm headphone dongle: the brand new unit makes use of a brand new 32-bit Cirrus Logic CS43131 / 384 kHz DAC This guarantees wonderful SNR and THD values, which nearly all different Android suppliers couldn’t supply in present three.5 mm dongles.

It must be famous that this unit will not be bundled with the cellphone as a result of the corporate has marketed the system as a single system for ¥ 169 (21) or as a bundle for ¥ 99 (€ 13).

Meizu 16s orders start on April 28 in China. The 6 + 128GB variant is 3198 yen (415 € + VAT), the 8GB + 128GB can be 3498 yen (454 € + VAT) and at last the eight + 256GB China unique can be at 3998 yen. As a reminder, the Chinese language variations of the cellphone lack the correct European LTE tapes, and it’s endorsed to attend for abroad availability with the suitable Google Play providers and correct help for the frequency band.

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