Meizu. The Chinese handset maker has revealed a new affordable flagship 5G device, the Meizu 17 Series in China. The company has previously stuck to its guns for not having notches, no hole punch camera and whatnot, and instead, opt for a super narrow forehead to accommodate the camera.

With the 17 Series, however, things have changed. It is now rocking a hole punch camera, but thankfully, it has yet adopted the arch nemesis of drop phone: curved display. There are two devices in the 17 series, the standard model and a Pro model. Plus, there is a so-called Xiaofang Kiln Art Collector’s Edition which is essentially the special edition Pro model. More of that in a bit.

The 17 Series ticks all the flagship check boxes. You know. Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, UFS 3.1 storage, LPDDR5 memory, 64 MP quad-camera system, wired/wireless fast charging and 90 Hz refreshed rate display. But for a wallet-friendly starting price of 3,699 yuan (equivalent to US$523).

However, that is a 1,400 yuan, or nearly US$200, price bump from the last flagship. It is understandable that every new handsets will see an inflation, but having 5G has certainly bumped that up quite significantly.

If that’s not a shocker, the aforementioned Xiaofang Kiln Art Collector’s Edition will sure knock regular Meizu fans off their chair.

That “collector’s edition” commands a hefty 9,999 yuan (roughly US$1,410). For 5,300 yuan more than the Meizu 17 Pro that starts at 4,299 yuan (about US$607).

Meizu 17 Xiaofang Kiln Art Collector’s Edition
Meizu 17 Xiaofang Kiln Art Collector’s Edition

For that price, you will get a special mix color loosely translated to “heavenly green” calcined ceramic back, a color which apparently developed a thousand year ago and hard to replicate, plus calcined ceramic Chinese teacup handcrafted by famed ceramic master Cai Xiaofang. The collector’s edition will come with a classy, luxe packaging that is lined with a classy, luxurious silky interior.

All said and done, I can’t help but to think that Meizu maybe the testing water with phone with current flagship price norm would move the phone. Anywho… I am just throwing it out there. Keep going for a table of summary of the key specifications of the Meizu 17 and Meizu 17 Pro smartphones.

 
Meizu 17 Pro
Meizu 17
Display6.6-inch
FHD+ (2,340 x 1,080 pixels, 390 ppi)
90 Hz custom Samsung AMOLED display
180 Hz touch sampling rate
19.5:9 aspect ratio
2.2 mm ultra-narrow bezel
6.6-inch
FHD+ (2,340 x 1,080 pixels, 390 ppi)
90 Hz custom Samsung AMOLED display
180 Hz touch sampling rate
19.5:9 aspect ratio
2.2 mm ultra-narrow bezel
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 865
X55 5G Modem
Octacore processor, max. clock speed 2.84 GHz
Hexagon 698 DSP Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE)
Spectra 480 ISP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
X55 5G Modem
Octacore processor, max. clock speed 2.84 GHz
Hexagon 698 DSP Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE)
Spectra 480 ISP
MemoryRAM: 8 GB/12 GB LPDDR5
ROM: 128 GB/256 GB UFS 3.1
RAM: 8 GB LPDDR4X
ROM: 128 GB/256 GB UFS 3.1
CameraREAR CAMERA:
Main Camera -
Sensor: Sony IMX686
Megapixels: 64
Pixel Size: 0.8 µm
Lens Quantity: 6P
Aperture: ƒ1.8

Telephoto Camera -
Sensor: OV 08A10
Megapixels: 8
Pixel Size: 1.0 µm
Lens Quantity: 5P
Aperture: ƒ2.4

Ultra Wide/Macro Camera -
Sensor: Sony IMX616
Megapixels: 32
Pixel Size: 0.8 µm
Lens Quantity: 6P
Aperture: ƒ2.2
Field of View: 129 °
Macro: 3.0 cm

Time of Flight (ToF) -
Sensor: Samsung 33D
Megapixels: 300,000 pixels
Pixel Size: 7 µm
Lens Quantity: 4P
Aperture: ƒ1.4

PDAF, 6 LED ring flash, Super night view, Portrait mode, Scene recognition, Smart HDR

Video:
4K video at 60 fps ultra clear video
480 fps slow motion video
Super wide-angle video

FRONT CAMERA:
Sensor: U/K
Megapixels: 20
Pixel Size: 0.8 µm
Lens Quantity: 5P
Aperture: 2.2

AI beauty, Portrait mode, Backlight selfie HDR, Backlight mode, Front super night view, Front screen fill light, Face recognition unlock
REAR CAMERA:
Main Camera -
Sensor: Sony IMX686
Megapixels: 64
Pixel Size: 0.8 µm
Lens Quantity: 6P
Aperture: ƒ1.8

Secondary Camera -
Sensor: Sony IMX362
Megapixels: 12
Pixel Size: 1.4 µm
Lens Quantity: 6P
Aperture: ƒ1.9

Ultra Wide Angle Camera -
Sensor: Samsung 4H7
Megapixels: 8
Pixel Size: 1.12 µm
Lens Quantity: 5P
Aperture: ƒ2.2
Field of View: 118°

Macro Camera -
Sensor: Samsung 5E9
Megapixels: 5
Pixel Size: 1.12 µm
Lens Quantity: 4P
Aperture: ƒ1.9
Closest distance: 2.5 cm

PDAF, 6 LED ring flash, Super night view, Portrait mode, Scene recognition, Smart HDR

Video:
4K video at 60 fps ultra clear video
480 fps slow motion video
Super wide-angle video

FRONT CAMERA:
Sensor: U/K
Megapixels: 20
Pixel Size: 0.8 µm
Lens Quantity: 5P
Aperture: 2.2

AI beauty, Portrait mode, Backlight selfie HDR, Backlight mode, Front super night view, Front screen fill light, Face recognition unlock
Battery4,500 mAh (typical)
Supports QC 3.0/PE 2.0
27 W Wireless Charging
4,500 mAh (typical)
Supports QC 3.0/PE 2.0
No Wireless Charging
NetworkGSM:B2/B3/B8
WCDMA:B1/B2/B5/B8
TD-LTE:B34/B38/B39/B40/B41
FDD-LTE:B1/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8
NR:N41/N78/N79

Supports 4x4 MIMO mobile data network
GSM:B2/B3/B8
WCDMA:B1/B2/B5/B8
TD-LTE:B34/B38/B39/B40/B41
FDD-LTE:B1/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8
NR:N41/N78/N79

Supports 4x4 MIMO mobile data network
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band (2.4G/5G), 2x2 MU-MIMO
Bluetooth 5.1
USB Type-C interface
Wi-Fi 6: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band (2.4G/5G), 2x2 MU-MIMO
Bluetooth 5.1
USB Type-C interface
LocationGPS (dual band), GLONASS, Beidou
GPS (dual band), GLONASS, Beidou
SensorsNFC
In-display Fingerprint Sensor
Electronic Compass
Gyroscope
Ambient Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
Gravity Sensor
Pressure Sensor
Lateral Linear Motor
NFC
In-display Fingerprint Sensor
Electronic Compass
Gyroscope
Ambient Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
Gravity Sensor
Lateral Linear Motor
AudioSuper linear stereo speakerSuper linear stereo speaker
Dimensions160 x 77.2 x 8.5 mm, 219g160 x 77.2 x 8.5 mm, 199g
ColorsBlack, White, Sky Green (or Heavenly Green)
Forest Green, 17 Level of Gray, Dreamy Unicorn
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Oh, wait. There’s also a special edition Meizu 17. It is called the limited edition “Aircraft Carrier” model that sells for 4,299 yuan and in one configuration (8 GB + 256 GB).

The phone is a homage to the first made in China aircraft carrier and it was released in collaboration with China Shipbuilding Cultural Technology (CSSC) and features a back cover with the ‘blueprint’ of the aircraft carrier ‘Shandong’, which also happens to bear the number ’17’, along with a stylized number 17.

The phone will come with a companion case featuring a graphic of the front view of the carrier also with a stylized number 17. The stylized ’17’ is actually mimics carrier’s flight deck. In addition to the case, there are also specially branded accessories, plus four unique metal badges to commemorate the warship.

Meizu 17 Aircraft Carrier Limited Edition
Meizu 17 Aircraft Carrier Limited Edition

Images: Meizu [CH].

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