Meizu 16 & 16 Plus: In-Display Fingerprint Sensor – 6/128 GB for $514.69

As a manufacturer, Meizu is no longer a blank page, even though they can’t keep up with Xiaomi from the company’s point of view. Finally, the Meizu 15 convinced us with its classic 16:9 format and good hardware. Will the successors, the Meizu 16 and the Meizu 16 Plus, once again play the role of insider tips?

Meizu 16 Design Leak

Technical Specifications

Meizu 16 Meizu 16 Plus
Display 6″ AMOLED Display with 2160 × 1080p 6.5″AMOLED Display with 2160 × 1080p
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa Core Processor @ 2.45GHz & 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa Core Processor @ 2.45GHz & 1.8GHz
Graphics chip Adreno 630 @ 710 MHz Adreno 630 @ 710 MHz
Memory 6 GB 6 GB
Internal memory 128 GB 128 GB
Main Camera Dual Camera with 12/20 MP, Sony IMX380 & Sony IMX350 Dual Camera with 12/20 MP, Sony IMX380 & Sony IMX350
Front camera 20 MP 20 MP
Battery 2.950 mAh, mCharge 3.570 mAh, mCharge
Connectivity Wi-Fi AC, BT 5, GPS/GLONASS/BDS, Hybrid SIM, LTE Wi-Fi AC, BT 5, GPS/GLONASS/BDS, Hybrid SIM, LTE
Features USB Type-C, Fingerprint sensor in display, Face Unlock USB Type-C, Fingerprint sensor in display, Face Unlock
Operating system Android 8.1 Android 8.1
Dimensions / Weight 150.5 x 73.2 x 7.3 mm | 156 g 160.4 x 78.2 x 7.3 mm | 180 g

Meizu 16 – this time in 18:9 format

Unlike its predecessor, the manufacturer from Zhuhai does not rely on the tried and tested smartphone design. The new flagship appears with 18:9 aspect ratio, but without notch. Thin screen borders sit above and below the screen. In direct comparison, however, they are rounded and not as linear as with the 15, which is due to the display, which is now equipped with rounded corners.

Speaking of displays: both versions rely on an AMOLED display, as was the case in the previous generation. The Meizu 16 is the small version with a 6 inch display, the Meizu 16 Plus is larger. This is equipped with a 6.5 inch display. However, both work with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, which gives the Meizu 16 the higher pixel density due to the smaller display.

Meizu 16 smartphone

Due to the thin screen edges there is room for the front camera, but not for the mBack button. This serves as a home button as known from iPhones. The round, but very small design is now omitted. There is no fingerprint sensor on the back, as both smartphones are equipped with a fingerprint sensor in the display, as we know it from the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

Meizu 16 Smartphone underside

Some photos of the smartphone’s “chin” can still be seen in the leaked photos. The case is a metal case, a USB type C slot is built in, plus a microphone and speakers on the bottom.

Meizu 16 back side

Snapdragon 845 processor – stronger than Xiaomi

Even if not all specifications have been determined yet, no questions remain unanswered when choosing a processor. Both the Meizu 16 and the Meizu 16 Plus are equipped with the Snapdragon 845 processor, currently Qualcomm’s most powerful CPU. We already know it from the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S or OnePlus 6, so we don’t have to worry about performance, everything will be fine at the front. Paired with probably 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal memory, this is a true flagship. This is also confirmed by an initial benchmark. In the AnTuTu benchmark it is said to have reached 291,000 points, making it theoretically stronger than the Black Shark Gaming smartphone.

Meizu 16 TENAA Leak

The camera of the Meizu 15 already convinced us to a large extent in the test. Of course, the Meizu 16 is also a dual camera again, whereby the primary sensor offers a 12 megapixel resolution and is equipped with a ƒ/1.8 aperture. In fact, not only the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus are the same here, no, they are also the same as their predecessors. The new generation relies on old hardware, both apparently using the combination of 12 and 20 MP, the Sony IMX380 & Sony IMX350 sensor.

Meizu 16 Camera

The CEO of Meizu, Huang Zhang, himself uploaded a first test photo with the Meizu 16. Relatively difficult indoor lighting prevents the camera from focusing the object completely, but the colours and attention to detail are right in my eyes.

Meizu 16 test photo
A test photo taken by the Meizu CEO himself with the Meizu 16.

Another difference between the normal version: the battery. The Meizu 16 comes with a quite small 3.010 mAh battery, the larger version uses a 3.640 mAh battery. However, both batteries should be able to be charged quickly with Meizus mCharge technology. On the internal memory there is probably again the Flyme operating system, which is based on Android 8.1 this time.

Meizu 16 battery

Fortunately, Meizu also thinks of his European fans. The manufacturer’s new flagship is also available as a Global Version, including all relevant LTE tapes, different languages and an EU charger. We recommend ordering the Global Version. Although you tend to have to spend a little more for this, you also have the advantages just mentioned and no problem with the import because you don’t have the CE mark.

Evaluation

Maybe you noticed, I was and am a big fan of the Meizu 15, so we are looking forward to the successor. The Meizu 16 sounds very promising again. Our greatest hope is to maintain the pleasant, “small” form factor.

The Meizu 16 and 16 Plus will be presented in China on August 8. The most expensive version of the smartphone should only slightly exceed the $500 limit.

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Comments (5)

  • 03.08.18 um 12:30

    Lundi

    I want it how much and how do I purchase

    • 03.08.18 um 15:04

      Maike Editorial staff

      @Lundi it says in the title already that the release is on the 8th of august in china. So no way to buy the smartphone yet. We will update this article as soon as we know more.

  • 03.08.18 um 20:11

    Lundi

    Okay thanks

  • 06.08.18 um 11:59

    Umesh

    I want to purchase

  • 03.10.18 um 14:36

    mooseturd

    me too!!!

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