The launch cadence for Meizu smartphones has been rather speedy as of late. Already this year we’ve seen the introduction of the m3, the m3 Note, the Pro 6, and at the tail-end of last year we had the Pro 5 as well. This week sees the launch of the MX6, an update to the MX5, using MediaTek’s 10-core Helio X20 (MT6797) SoC.
Apart from the smartphone, the company has unveiled the Loop Jacket, which is a protective case for the smartphone priced at CNY 79 (approximately Rs. 800). Unfortunately, the Chinese company as of now has not revealed global rollout details for the smartphone. The company also launched the Lifeme Bluetooth speakers for CNY 399 (approximately Rs. 4,000).
Alongside the SoC, the MX6 uses a Full HD (1920x1080) display measuring 5.5 inches, 4GB of LPDDR3 memory with 32GB of storage, a 3060 mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, a USB Type-C connector and Android 6.0 with Meizu’s Flyme UI. While there is no microSD card slot, the MX6 will offer Dual-SIM capabilities and uses a reported ‘24W’ peak charging mode to fully charge in 75 minutes or a 10 minute charge should give a half day of battery (though Meizu doesn’t specify if that’s a half ‘working day’ or actually 12 hours, probably the former given that the device is rated at 9 working hours on the website).
The rear camera is a 12MP Sony IMX386, with 1.25-micron pixels, phase-detection auto focus (PDAF), an f/2.0 lens and dual tone flash. While the MP count seems to have dropped from the MX5, the use of larger pixels to increase image clarity in low light, combined with PDAF, has its own advantages. The 5.5-inch TDDI display according to the spec sheets is good for 1500:1 contrast ratio, 85% NTSC and a peak brightness of 500 nits – it’s worth noting that Meizu’s landing page states ‘500 cd/m2 Peak’ but the specification sheet says ‘450 cd/m2 typical’. The Cat 6 modem is supported by dual-band 802.11ac and BT 4.1, while the fingerprint sensor has a rated response time of 0.2 seconds. The 7.25mm unibody design features the microphone port on the bottom next to the USB Type-C, and dual microphones (one each end) with additional noise cancelling software filters.
The MX6 falls behind the Meizu Pro 6 when it comes to the camera and processing speed (arguably the two most important features on a phone) but can match Meizu's flagship device everywhere else, and at a cheaper price. The Meizu MX6 will retail for $299 when it's released, $90 less than the cheapest Pro 6.
The new MEIZU MX6 is available in silver, gray, gold and rose gold at USD 300(RMB 1,999) (4GB+32GB).