Meizu is another reputable mobile phone manufacturer that offers quality smartphones for the value. The company has some of its stakes purchased by Alibaba and its mobile phone devices most commonly run MediaTek processors and are powered by the Alibaba’s Yun OS based on Google’s Android.
Meizu smartphones are categorized by large battery capacity and advanced photography features. They are often equipped with the latest mobile camera sensors developed by Sony, and regarding pricing, Meizu phones are way cheaper than Sony phones featuring the same cameras. Probably, even faster.
Although this manufacturer might not be a world leading phone maker, phones by Meizu are actually easier to find in the US and other western countries. Meizu distributes most of its products to the US market via Amazon, something that cannot be said about Xiaomi phones. If you want to buy a Meizu phone or you are curious about what this manufacturer has to offer, here is the list of Meizu phones you need to know about.
Meizu Pro 6 Plus
Released November 2016: The current best Meizu phone does not run on a MediaTek chipset but instead houses the Exynos 8890 SoC found on the Galaxy S7. The Meizu Pro 6 Plus is a premium designed phone with an all metal body crafting and a super AMOLED 5.7-inch 2K display with 2650 x 1440 pixel resolution and 3D Touch that will make you want no other device for the price.
Its camera is a 12MP Sony IMX386 CMOS sensor with phase detection autofocus, 6-element lens, a large f/2.0 aperture, four-axis Optical Image Stabilization, and ten-LED (dual tone) flash for recording 4K videos. A 5MP camera with f/2.o aperture and featuring company’s ArcSoft beauty enhancing algorithm make up selfie effects of the Meizu Pro 6 Plus smartphone.
Regarding power, the Pro 6 Plus houses the Samsung Exynos 8 chipset with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of non-expandable memory. Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Flyme OS 6.0 skin on the top highlight its user interface. This Meizu Android smartphone supports two SIM cards, 4G LTE network, WiFi, NFC, heart rate monitor, a fingerprint sensor on the physical mTouch button, and USB Type-C. Its battery is a non-removable 3,400 mAh unit that supports fast charging.
If you find this mobile phone to be worthy for the price of the dollar, you can find and buy Meizu Pro 6 Plus on Amazon for $550.See Meizu Pro 6 Plus at Amazon
Meizu Pro 6s
Released November 2016: The Meizu Pro 6s is the best alternative and a smaller version to the Pro 6 Plus that runs MediaTek Helio X25 processor and as well as a significantly improved edition of the standard Meizu Pro 6. The Pro 6s does not feature a QHD display but is limited to the FHD resolution, although its screen continues to be an AMOLED panel that is proved to be better than LCD panels.
Meizu Pro 6s takes from its larger sibling the 12MP Sony IMX386 camera with 4K video recording support and the same 5MP selfie snapper. But it replaces the Samsung processor with the deca-core Helio X25 chipset with four gigs of RAM and 64gigs of non-expandable flash memory. Android 6 with Flyme OS 6.0 is pre-loaded upon purchase. This version of the Pro 6 continues the 5.2-inch metal body design.
It also supports the top-notch technology in connectivity. Such as the two SIM cards, 4G LTE network, dual-band WiFi, GPS, and a fingerprint. The housed battery is of a 3,060 mAh capacity and supports fast charging. Meizu Pro 6s is available to buy on Amazon for $490.See Meizu Pro 6s at Amazon
Meizu Pro 6
Released May 2017: The success of the Pro 6 allowed Meizu to invest more in the series and introduce two additional improved versions of it, including the flagship range Pro 6 Plus. The 5.2-inch all-metal Meizu Pro 6 smartphone features an FHD Super AMOLED display with 71.6% screen-to-body ratio and 3D Touch.
The Meizu Pro 6 features an impressive 21MP Sony IMX230 primary camera with phase detection autofocus, laser autofocus, HDR, f/2.2 aperture lens, and a bright ten-LED dual-tone flash. A wide-angle 5MP camera with f/2.0 aperture provides with outstanding selfies and quality video chat (the same selfie camera is continued on the two later versions). The primary camera of the Meizu Pro 6 can shoot 4K videos while the selfie shooter at the front records high-resolution videos at 1080p.
Running on the Mediatek MT6797T Helio X25 chipset, this hi-end Meizu phone packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash memory, it is pre-loaded with Flyme OS 6, and gets powered by a 2,560 mAh non-removable battery with quick charging. Concerning battery capacity, Meizu could do much better. The latest versions of the device load higher battery capacity.
This Meizu cell phone has a front-mounted fingerprint, supports the top-notch features in connectivity can be ordered via Amazon for $380.See Meizu Pro 6 at Amazon
Released December 2016: Meizu M3x is a mid-range phone launched on late 2016 and stands somewhere between the Pro 6s and the Pro 6 Plus. The handset is sometimes referred as the Meizu Blu Charm X or as the Meizu X, it has a 5.5-inch FHD LCD display and runs the MediaTek Helio P20 chipset with up to four gigs of RAM.
The M3x Android phone features the 12MP Sony camera found on the Pro 6 Plus, the same 5MP selfie camera, has up to 64GB of storage and supports microSD up to 256GB and tops it up with Flyme OS 6. The battery capacity sits at 3,200 mAh with supported Quick Charge technology. Meizu has not distrubuted this phone to the western market, but you can still buy Meizu M3x in the US via AliExpress for $208.See Meizu M3x at AliExpress
Released July 2016: Probably one of the most beautiful Meizu phones is the all-metal Meizu MX6. The 5.5-inch Android phone packs an outstanding 12MP camera made by Sony, runs on the MediaTek Helio X20 mobile processor with up to four GB of RAM and comes in various color versions.
The MX6 was one of the best alternative phones of 2016 and it still has a lot to offer to be considered in 2017. It has a pretty decent battery life thanks to a 3,200 mAh, supports fast charging, 4G LTE network, two SIM cards, and a fingerprint sensor located at the front. The camera features of the phone are outstanding for the value and in different colors to match everyone’s personality.
Meizu MX6 is available in the US and can be purchased on Amazon for $285.See Meizu MX6 at Amazon
Released April 2017: Meizu E2 (also known as Meizu Blue Charm E) is the latest Meizu phone and one of the best sub $200 phones of the phone. The handset continues the premium-looking metal body design and packs decent specs for the price. It runs the MediaTek Helio P20 with 4GB of RAM version and houses a large battery of 3,400 mAh, knowing that specs of the phone will not attend to get a high power consumption, this phone will be offering a decent battery life.
Meizu E2 features a 13MP Sony IMX258 phase detection autofocus camera with f/2.2 aperture lens with a stylish quad-led dual-tone flash. The selfie camera is a wide-lens 8MP unit with f/2.0 aperture. This budget Meizu phone records clear high-resolution videos at 1080p with both of its cameras.
It has 64GB of storage with the support of additional space via a microSD (up to 256GB) and is the first phone by Meizu to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. Although Meizu may release the device for the western market, currently the best place to buy Meizu E2 from the US is AliExpress. It lists on the Chinese retailer for $199.99.See Meizu E2 at AliExpress
Meizu M5 Note
Released December 2016: Most phone manufacturers make their Note line of devices larger than their normal units, but not Meizu. The Meizu Note phone series are just 5.5-inch and the current best is the Meizu M5 Note.
Meizu M5 Note can be seen as a downgraded version of the Meizu E2 (or the later to be an upgraded edition). It runs on the MediaTek Helio P10 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable memory (microSD up to 256GB) with Android 6.0 Marshmallow on top. It sports a 13MP phase detection autofocus primary camera, 5MP selfie unit, FHD display resolution, and a front-mounted fingerprint. What makes this cheap phone special is its large battery with a capacity of 4,000 mAh.
Meizu M5 Note is available in the US and it lists on Amazon bearing the price of $270.See Meizu M5 Note at Amazon
Meizu M3 Max
Released September 2016: Announced at the IFA 2016, the Meizu M3 Max is the largest current phone of the company. It measures 6.0-inch of metal body design and is topped by an FHD touchscreen display. It was rumored to have a 2K display and that would certainly make a difference, but still, the full HD resolution is not that bad.
The Meizu Max (in China Blue Charm Max) runs the Helio P10 with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, Android 6, features the same 13MP Sony camera and selfie snapper as found on the E2 and M5 Note, has a 4,100 mAh battery, and sports a front-mounted fingerprint sensor. The handset is available in the US for $240.See Meizu M3 Max at Amazon