With the increase of production capacity, the Snapdragon 710 mobile platform has gradually become the best choice for mid-range smartphones. The first phone to come with this chip onboard was the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, while the latest one as of September 22, is the Meizu 16X. So it’s quite interesting whether the first and last models provide the same performance or there are real differences. We will compare the key parameters of these two in order to answer the question of which of these handsets you should buy.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE vs Meizu 16X: Appearance
The biggest difference between the Meizu 16X and the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the way they use the full-screen technology. This is the case when the regular symmetric full-screen can be put next to the bangs full-screen.
Since the iPhone X adopted notch screen, myriads of smartphones began using the bangs on their phones’ screens. However, the iPhone X and the new iPhone use bangs for a certain reason – to accommodate Face ID. In this sense, there are a lot of smartphones using bangs only as a design element.
The bangs area of the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE only carries the earpiece, the front camera sensor, and the proximity sensor. Meizu, which has always pursued aesthetics, has brought us a more beautiful and comprehensive screen design.
The Meizu 16X subtly hides the headset at the intersection of the screen and the border and further compresses the space between the front and the sensor so that the top forehead can be made narrow enough. The forehead and the chin make the Meizu 16X have a strong sense of visual balance.
In terms of the display parameters, the borders on both sides of the Meizu 16X are narrower, and the arcs of the four corners are larger. So the overall line of sight will be concentrated on the display content of the screen without being disturbed by trivial details.
In contrast, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE comes with narrowed chin and borders. So when watching videos or playing games, the eyes will be unconsciously attracted by the surrounding borders and bangs, deviating from the original intention of the full-screen.
Since the Meizu 16X uses the unlocking method of the screen fingerprint, there is no extra opening in the back. There is only a dual-camera and the ring flashlight arranged vertically. It’s placed in the central part. So the overall appearance is very common.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE continues to ‘pay tribute’ to the iPhone X, placing a vertical dual-camera in the upper left corner of the rear panel. Of course, because there is no Face ID, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE failed to complete the pixel-level ‘tribute’ to the iPhone X but dug out a fingerprint recognition module in the center of the back, which greatly damaged the integrity of the fuselage.
Due to the rounded corners and a slightly curved back, the Meizu 16X is great in terms of ergonomics and fits well in the palm.
The shape of the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is biased toward a regular rectangle. Although the four corners of the fuselage are rounded, the back shell of the fuselage has no curvature. Therefore, when the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is held in hand, there will appear large gaps between the palm and the back shell.
The keys’ layout is identical for both devices. Thus, the SIM card slot is placed on the left side, while the volume rocker and the power button are on the right.
On the bottom side, both phones carry a USB Type-C interface. However, the Meizu 16X still retains the 3.5mm audio jack.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE vs Meizu 16X: Camera
Though both handsets are packed with dual-cameras, the camera hardware differs a lot. The Meizu 16X comes with the same Sony IMX380 sensor as the Meizu 16. Thus, it is equipped with a 12MP + 20MP sensors combination. As for the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, it uses the same Sony IMX363 sensor as the Xiaomi Mi 8. Thus, it uses a 12MP + 5MP sensors combination.
As we can see in the daytime samples, the Meizu 16X’s color reproduction is good. We can express the gorgeous orange color of the flowers, while the flowers produced by the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE are even fainter. In terms of tolerance, the Meizu 16X can clearly show the sky’s highlights and the dark parts of the building’s bottom.
In the dark environment, the Meizu 16X inherits the advantage of Meizu 16’s ‘Night Vision’ – it can restore the details of the dark part, and there is no obvious over-exposure in the highlights. In terms of white balance, the Meizu 16X has obvious advantages over the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE vs Meizu 16X: System
The Meizu 16X and the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE run on Android-based deep customization systems – Flyme and MIUI. These two systems are the earliest customized systems in China. After years of hard work, they have become even better in terms of functions and fluency.
Meizu 16 X’s Flyme 7.1.4 system tends to be simple and fresh.
The MIUI 10 system on the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE also adopts a flat design style. The overall color is brighter, and with the agile animation, it is very pleasing to use.
In the full-screen era, due to the narrowing of the fuselage frame, Android’s traditional three buttons have become no longer applicable, and Chinese smartphone manufacturers have begun to explore the best interactive modes of the full-screen.
As you remember, previously, in the era of physical buttons, Meizu developed a set of ‘mBack’ interactions, the innovation of which is to focus the main interaction on a single button.
As for now, the Meizu 16X will naturally miss this advantage. Due to the Z-axis motor, the Meizu 16X can simulate the interaction of ‘mBack’ through vibration.
When we re-press the ‘small white bar’ at the bottom of the Meizu 16X screen, we can go back to the home page, touch it to trigger the return operation, and swipe up from the bottom of the screen to directly call the multitasking interface. Actually, the Meizu 16X’s interaction has almost no learning cost and is very subordinate to the operation.
The highlight of the MIUI 10 system of the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the gesture operations. We can slide back to the homepage from any position at the bottom of the screen, slide up and pause to trigger the multitasking interface, and slide back from the left and right borders of the screen to complete the return operation.
Although the gesture operations of the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE are convenient, sometimes when the third-party software needs to slide the left and right borders inward, the system will fail. We hope that Xiaomi will fix this bug through upcoming updates.
Xiaomi Mi 8 SE vs Meizu 16X: Performance and Gaming
To understand whether these phones can play heavy games smoothly, let’s test them by playing the Honor of Kings and the PLAYERUNKNOWN.
In general, these two smartphones can play these games smoothly, and there is no drop frame in these popular games. Although the Meizu 16X is a few frames higher than the average of the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, it is found that the gap between these frames is hardly noticeable by the naked eye.
After running the Honor of Kings for 20 minutes, we recorded the fever of the two phones through the thermal imager FLUKETiS60.
The highest temperature of the Meizu 16X is concentrated in the camera position on the back, which is 44.8° C. The highest temperature on the front is only 38.4° C. Actually, it only feels warm and does not affect the actual experience.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 SE shows a temperature over 40° C on both the front and the back of the fuselage.
In terms of battery capacity, the Meizu 16X and Xiaomi Mi 8 SE are packed with almost the same batteries of 3100mAh and 3120mAh battery, respectively.
After the 5-hour heavy endurance test, the Meizu 16X still has 41% of electricity left, while the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE ended with 36%. So we can state the Meizu 16X’s optimization of power consumption is better.
Both phones support fast charging. As a result, the Meizu 16X in half an hour can charge to 50%, while the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE can reach 52% during the same time period.
Once upon a time, the brand Xiaomi has been synonymous with cost-effectiveness. But with the ‘awakening’ of many manufacturers, the best price-over-ratio is no longer the ‘patent’ of Xiaomi. It has gradually been captured by many smartphone brands.
With the launch of the Meizu 16, this manufacturer proved it can make good handsets priced lower than the Xiaomi phones. In this sense, the Meizu 16X just confirms this.
More importantly, the Meizu 16X did not lose the aesthetics to the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. Besides the price-performance ratio, the phone comes with many attractive features. Say, in order to ensure the integrity of the fuselage, the Meizu 16X uses the screen fingerprint recognition technology; for the aesthetics of the front panel, the Meizu 16X adopts the ultimate narrow border, and so on.
So, we can state though the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is the first smartphone with a Snapdragon 710 chip coming our way as a pseudo-flagship model, currently, it’s facing a tough competition from other manufacturers. The Meizu 16X is the best proof of this.