Meizu has worked hard to design a genuine flagship. On August 8, the manufacturer announced its new flagship phones in face of the Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus. Unlike many models available on the market, they come with a more ‘classic’ full-screen design. As they like to say, Meizu follows the concept of ‘no chaos design is the best design.’ Apart from the fact that it is the cheapest Snapdragon 845 – powered smartphone, there are tons of selling points such as an on-screen fingerprint identification and more. As for now, we have grabbed great deals that allow you to buy the 6+64GB Meizu 16 at $495.99 and the 8+128GB Meizu 16 Plus at $655.99. You only have to use the coupons at the end of this article.
Also Read: Meizu 16 Review
Meizu 16 Design Style
The Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus use the same design, but they differ in size. They adopt an equilateral symmetric full-screen design. The regular version comes with a 6.0-inch, while the Meizu 16 Plus sports a 6.5-inch Samsung Super AMOLED screen. The screen ratio of the latter reaches up to 91.18%, the left and right borders are only 1.43mm, and the chin width is only 5.74mm. The forehead carries infrared receiving sensors, light sensors, infrared emitting sensors, breathing lights, and a selfie camera. It also uses Meizu’s custom CFO package technology.
The rear panel of these handsets uses a 7-layer coating process and a 3D quad-curved glass body with a ceramic texture. There are two color options, but the white variant is outstanding. It even got a special name of ‘mountains white.’ There is only one opening on the back. The body thickness is 7.3mm. So we can state this is the world’s thinnest phone with a screen fingerprint. It is an optical screen fingerprint scanner, with a recognition speed of only 0.25 seconds and a recognition success rate of up to 99.12%.
Another great design element, the Meizu 16 applied super large R angle cutting, 6-segment arc, and a second-generation suspension dispensing technology. The screen customization cost is $6 million. The drop rate is 90%.
Meizu 16 Hardware
The Meizu 16 and its sibling come with a top-level configuration. Both models are equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. Its speed is 1.53 times faster than that of the Meizu 15. At the same time, the full memory starts with 6GB, while there is an 8GB LPDDR4X RAM variant as well. The maximum UFS 2.1 storage capacity is 256GB.
In terms of network design, the Meizu 16 uses a four-antenna Wi-Fi 2×2 MIMO and a six-antenna LTE 4×4 MIMO. Due to them, the transmission speed is increased by 60% and 100%, respectively, and the phone has an independent signal amplifier, supporting Bluetooth 5.0, Qualcomm aptX, and Sony LDAC CD-class wireless sound quality.
The battery capacity of the Meizu 16 is 3010mAh, while the 16 Plus is packed with a 3640mAh battery. The nominal battery life is up to 13.5 hours. The phone supports fast charging, which can charge up to 67% in 30 minutes only.
The Meizu 16 runs on Meizu’s own Flyme 7 operating system, based on Android 8.0. The application preloading startup speed is increased by 34%, while Super Swipe sliding fluency is increased by 67%. The new OS supports firepower full-open game mode. The copper tube cooling systems have a system crash rate as low as 0.05%.
Our protagonist also uses Super mBack 2.0, which fully supports full-screen global gestures. The company claims that the screen sampling rate is close to the iPhone X, and the second generation touch engine mEngine 2.0 supports 100 variety of tactile feedback scenarios.
Meizu 16 Camera
The Meizu 16 and the Meizu 16 Plus are great in terms of photographing as well. They feature the world’s smallest 20MP front camera. It also cooperates with ArcSoft to support the fifth-generation AI beauty algorithm, which can intelligently identify the age, gender, skin quality and other information of the characters, and add a front-facing smart portrait background.
On the rear camera, there are no changes when comparing to the Meizu 15. It still sports a Sony IMX380 12MP main camera (wide angle, F/1.8 aperture, and a pixel size of 1.55 microns) and a Sony IMX350 2MP sub-camera (telephoto, F2.6 aperture) combination. Thanks to the Snapdragon 845’s new ISP Spectra 280 and AI intelligent algorithm, this is the most powerful camera on a Meizu flagship in its history. In addition, the rear camera supports OIS four-axis optical image stabilization (shutter speed reduced to 1/4s), fully automatic HDR, and intelligent scene recognition.
Pricing and Availability
The lower variant of the Meizu 16, which comes with a 6GB of RAM and a 64GB of internal storage is offered at $539.96. But you can use the coupon (code: HDRHRWGQ) and get it for $495.99. At the same time, the Meizu 16 Plus with an 8GB of RAM and a 128GB of native storage is regularly sold for $689.99. But you can get it for $655.99 if applying the coupon (code: ZMTULTBT).