On the same day (technically, a day before because of time zones) as Motorola announcement of the Moto Z4, China handset maker Meizu also announced its newest handset. Called Meizu 16Xs, this phone’s features versus price really had our attention. But what really drew me to it was, it has a notch-less design and yet, it has no fancy hideaway camera.
Meizu 16Xs has what I call a uniformed bezel design in which it intentionally maintain a visible (but not obtrusive) bezel around it, thus leaving the required space for the front-facing shooter. Though it is not an edge-to-edge display, it is surprisingly not ugly. I guess the almost uniform bezel kind of address that. Hard spec is not insane, though, after all, this is not a flagship device.
As with the Moto Z4, it is powered by the new 11 nm process Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform featuring Qualcomm Hexagon 685 DSP AIE, but it does more RAM, coming in at 6 GB (LPDDR4X) and offered 64 and 128 GB of onboard storage. It does not appear to have expandable storage, though.
Other notables include a 6.2-inch Samsung AMOLED FHD+ display with German Institute of Electrical Engineers’ VDE low blue light eye care certification, a triple camera PDAF main snapper (48 MP + 5 MP + 8 MP), a 16 MP front-facing camera, uber fast Super mTouch in-display fingerprint sensor that unlocks in 0.2 seconds, dual-band WiFi (supports up to ac), Bluetooth 5.0, 4,000 mAh battery with mCharge quick charge support, and the usual suspect of sensors.
And guess how much it costs? 1,698 yuan and 1,998 yuan for the 6/64 GB and 6/128 GB model, respectively which works out to be around US$246-289. It may not be as fancy as the Moto Z4, but you sure hell can’t beat the price. Plus, the design is pretty neat.
It kind of makes us rethink why are we chasing 1,000+ dollars flagship every year when we can literally change 3-4 times decent spec phone each year. Meizu is already taking pre-order in China where the device will come onto the market on June 10, 2019.
Source: tom’s guide.