After the manufacturer Meizu, based in Zhuhai, China, recently unveiled its flagship smartphone Meizu Pro 7, they now deliver a smartphone in the middle price segment. Probably it is no accident that the release of the Meizu Note 6 is in the same period as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. That the Meizu Note 6 is not a competition for the smartphone from Samsung, is obvious. But where does Meizu want to position himself?
Meizu Note 6
|Display||5.5 inches Full HD (1920 x 1080 p)|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-Core Cortex-A53 with 2 GHz clocking|
|Graphics chip||Adeno 506 GPU|
|Main camera||12 MP & 5 MP, Sony IMX 362, f / 1.9 aperture|
|Front camera||16 MP, f / 2.0 aperture|
|Battery pack||4.000 mAh|
|Connectivity||LTE Band 1/3/7/8, Dual Band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, Micro USB, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Features||Fingerprint sensor, infrared, NFC, OTG|
|OS||FlyMe OS 6, based on Android 7.1.1|
|Dimensions||15.4 x 7.5 x 0.83 cm|
The design of the Meizu Note 6 is reminiscent of the current models of some Chinese smartphones, such as the MEIIGOO M1 or the LEAGOO T5. The antenna strips are visible on the upper and lower back. The logo emblazoned in the middle and above is the dual lens camera. This is probably the most obvious deviation from the current design trend. The two lenses are not located in the left corner of the upper back but are integrated directly above the logo and arranged vertically.
The dimensions of 15.4 x 7.5 x 0.83 cm show that the manufacturer did not intend to create a particularly thin smartphone. In comparison, the UMIDIGI Z1 Pro is again 14 millimeters thinner, otherwise almost identical dimensions. The 5.5 inch Full HD display is enclosed in a metal housing, which in the price class has now become the standard. While the Nano-SIM slot has been integrated on the left side, the volume buttons and the power button appear on the right. The bottom of the case provides a 3.5 mm jack connector, the speakers and a micro-USB connector. Thus, Meizu relies on tried and tested and dispenses with a USB Type C connector.
The biggest surprise of the middle class smartphone lies probably in the processor used. With the Snapdragon 625 from Qualcomm, which consists of eight Cortex-A53 cores with a clocking of 2 GHz each, Meizu turned towards Xiaomi. They have installed in their Redmi Note 4 same and drive so very well. At the same time the Adeno 506 GPU is used. This variant comes with a working memory of 3 GB and 32 GB as storage space for photos, videos, music, etc. However, there seem to be a number of possible combinations: one can choose between 3 GB or 4 GB of memory and an internal memory of 16, 32 or 64 GB. This will be further upgradeable by a microSD card.
The battery life should be pleasantly long because the relatively large display is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery. This is also sufficient to gamble over ten hours, but this will depend on the game, screen brightness and other factors.
For some, the smartphone now replaces a real camera, so this is definitely an important criterion when buying a smartphone. The note 6 is a dual-lens camera with the Sony IMX 362 sensor donated, one sensor with a resolution of 12 MP and the other sensor a 5 MP resolution. The two lenses are intended to provide for beautiful bokeh effects in combination and offer an aperture of f/1.9. The front camera shoots even Selfies with a resolution of 16 MP and could by the relatively open aperture of f/2.0 even for good low-light recordings.
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Whether the Meizu Note 6 really has LTE volume 20, is unfortunately not quite clear. While the manufacturers’ side is silent on the individual tapes, the shop pages offer different information. According to an overview, LTE band 20 should be possible in the networks of Telekom, Vodafone and O2. As already mentioned, Micro-USB takes precedence over the new USB Type C standard. There is also a jack for headphones. Probably it will run as with most devices in this price class on a hybrid SIM slot. A fingerprint sensor is of course also installed and is integrated in the home button on the lower front.
A good news is that the new Dual Band WiFi standard is already used in Meizu Note 6. In addition, there are Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, OTG and apparently even infrared as additional connection possibilities. The scope of delivery was reduced to the bare minimum. So the smartphone comes with the associated charger including USB cable, SIM needle and usage instructions. The Meizu Note 6 can be ordered and will be delivered from 01.09.2017 onwards.
As mentioned above, the Meizu Note 6 does not pose a threat to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. It seems to be a direct competitor for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 because the technical data read almost identically. The main difference here is probably the camera, which for photo enthusiasts is much more attractive than the Xiaomi mobile phone. Also an advantage for me are trifles like the Dual Band WiFi or the OTG function. This is the Redmi Note 4 more than 50 euros cheaper and Xiaomi as a brand even more established.
Would you have a better camera worth the money or do you prefer the old-time Xiaomi smartphone? Or have you already had experiences with Meizu smartphones? Let us know in the comments.
Meizu Note 6