Chinese language smartphone maker Meizu is again in India with three new smartphones, the Meizu C9, Meizu M6T, and Meizu M16th. These smartphones have been launched at totally different costs to cater to totally different segments of the market. At Rs 5,999 the C9 is now Meizu’s most reasonably priced providing within the nation, intently adopted by the M6T which is priced at Rs. 7,999. With these fashions, Meizu goals to compete with producers together with Xiaomi, Asus and Honor, in an already crowded funds phase.

The cellphone we’re reviewing in the present day is the Meizu M16th, which is priced at Rs. 39,999, placing it in a special league altogether regardless of its very related identify. It competes with the likes of the OnePlus 6T and the LG G7+ ThinQ. Is it adequate to take them on? We discover out.

Meizu M16th design

Telephones at across the Rs. 40,000 mark ought to supply premium construct high quality, and the Meizu M16th is not an exception. Meizu has opted for a glass again panel that curves barely on the edges to make the cellphone comfy to carry. It has a twin digital camera setup within the centre together with a six-LED ring flash.

On the entrance, it has an enormous 6-inch show with out a notch and there are tremendous skinny bezels on the edges. The bezels on the prime and the underside are thicker as compared, however are symmetrical. Meizu has moved the earpiece in the direction of the body, and the small selfie digital camera sits proper above the show within the higher proper nook.

Meizu has opted for a steel body on the M16th that will get chilly to the contact in an air-conditioned room. The ability and quantity buttons are smooth, and on the fitting facet of the gadget. These buttons had been positioned barely too excessive for our liking. On the left is the SIM tray, which has two Nano-SIM slots.

The M16th has a USB Kind-C port together with a 3.5mm headphone jack, main microphone, and a loudspeaker grille on the underside. You possibly can see antenna bands working via the body on the prime and the underside.

MeizuM16th Flash Meizu M16th ReviewThe Meizu M16th has a twin digital camera setup and a 6-LED ring flash (backside)

You will not discover a bodily fingerprint scanner on this gadget because it depends on an in-display fingerprint scanner just like what we have seen on the Vivo X21 (Review) and OnePlus 6T (Review). The M16th has a 3010mAh battery which might be charged rapidly with the 24W adapter that Meizu ships within the field.

The cellphone is nicely designed and its practically all-screen entrance does assist it stand out in comparison with different telephones available in the market.

Meizu M16th specs and software program

The Chinese language smartphone maker has specced the M16th nicely sufficient to justify its price ticket. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Whereas the M16th can also be accessible in a 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant internationally, Meizu has solely introduced the 8GB RAM variant to India to this point. Storage is non-expandable, so consumers should make do with what they get.

We appreciated the show on the Meizu M16th. It’s a Tremendous Amoled panel with full-HD+ decision (1080 x 2160 pixels) and has a vivid output. There are totally different modes accessible below the show settings, so you may select between Adaptive, Commonplace, Picture, and Dynamic. You may as well tweak the color temperature, and there is the choice of an always-on show to see your notifications.

The earpiece on the M16th doubles up as a speaker to ship a stereo impact, although it is not as loud because the bottom-firing speaker. Connectivity choices on the M16th embody Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and 7 satellite tv for pc location methods. There may be help for twin 4G in addition to VoLTE. This cellphone misses out on NFC which is usually discovered on different smartphones on this value vary.

Meizu ships the M16th with its personal Flyme UI on prime of Android 8.1 Oreo. This is not the newest model of Android, and we’d have most well-liked the gadget to be working Android Pie. Our evaluate unit was working the June 2018 safety patch which is severely outdated. We tried on the lookout for updates however the cellphone instructed us we had been working the newest model that Meizu has to supply. As compared, this cellphone’s closest competitor, the OnePlus 6T ships with Android Pie and has obtained a number of well timed updates to this point.

MeizuM16th Ports Meizu M16th ReviewThe three.5mm headphone jack is current on the M16th

Flyme has been customised fairly a bit and may take a while getting used to. Meizu provides themes to allow you to customise the UI. We might additionally select between a vertical and a horizontal multitasking structure. Gesture navigation permits you to navigate by swiping from the underside of the display screen. As soon as we acquired a dangle of it, we most well-liked this to the usual Android navigation buttons. There may be one different navigation technique referred to as mBack that requires consumer to faucet a tiny navigation bar to go a step again, or maintain it down to leap to the homescreen.

We did discover some bloatware preinstalled on the gadget. There’s Meizu’s personal App Retailer, TouchPal keyboard, Climate, Migratool (an information migration app), and a Toolbox app. Flyme OS doesn’t have an app drawer, and consequently, all app icons are proven on the homescreens.

Meizu M16th efficiency, battery life, and cameras

The M16th is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and so we had a good thought of what to anticipate from this smartphone. We discovered the efficiency to be snappy and didn’t discover any lag throughout our use. The 8GB of RAM does assist whereas multitasking, and you’ll have a number of apps working within the background.

We did discover that the cellphone acquired heat below load, which was slightly stunning since different gadgets with the identical specs haven’t any such concern. The in-display fingerprint scanner is gradual in comparison with a conventional fingerprint scanner. Meizu additionally provides face recognition which works a lot faster and might unlock the cellphone in most lighting situations.

MeizuM16th Fingerprint Meizu M16th ReviewIn-Show fingerprint scanner on the M16th

The M16th scored 2,86,365 in AnTuTu, and a couple of,377 and eight,902 respectively in Geekbench’s single-core and multi-core exams. It managed to attain 4,556 in 3DMark Slingshot Excessive and 61,722 in 3DMark Ice Storm Limitless.

We did play Asphalt 9: Legends and PUBG Mobile on this smartphone to see the way it fares. It might play PUBG Cell on the Excessive setting with none stutter. Asphalt 9 additionally ran effective at its default settings. We noticed heavier than ordinary battery drain whereas taking part in these video games, so that you may need to hold that charger useful to prime it up.

Battery life is common on the M16th. In our HD video loop check, it managed to run for 11 hours and eight minutes which is lower than what the OnePlus 6T managed. With our day-to-day utilization consisting of an hour of gaming, navigation utilizing Google Maps for 40 minutes, and energetic GMail and WhatsApp accounts, we ended the day at across the 20 p.c mark. The charger is able to topping this cellphone up rapidly however we did discover the cellphone getting heat whereas charging.

Meizu has gone with a twin rear digital camera setup on the M16th consisting of a 12-megapixel main digital camera and a 20-megapixel secondary one. The first digital camera has an f/18 aperture, whereas the second has an f/2.6 aperture.

The digital camera app on the M16th seems minimalist and has loads of fast toggles within the Picture mode. You will discover toggles for HDR, the timer, filters, and beautification. There are additionally Portrait, Professional, Panorama, Gradual-mo, Scan, and Time-Lapse modes. The Scan function is kind of useful, and allows you to scan barcodes straight from the digital camera app.

Pictures taken with the Meizu M16th have good element, and the cellphone is fast to focus. It was additionally fast to allow HDR if the scene required it. Pictures taken in daylight had good element. The app’s AI functionality boosts colors, making them pop. Objects at a distance had been sharp and recognisable. Macros are simple to take, because the cellphone manages sharp outcomes with good separation between the topic and the background.

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The M16th is fast to modify evening mode on when it detects less-than-adequate lighting. Low-light photographs had been good however we discovered that the cellphone retains the shutter open for barely too lengthy, leading to blurry pictures when you aren’t affected person whereas taking pictures.

Switching the cellphone to portrait mode places the second digital camera to make use of to gauge depth. Face detection is obtainable by default, and the cellphone manages good edge detection. We observed that the Bokeh impact wasn’t uniform in just a few pictures. The app additionally applies beautification to portrait photographs, and we could not discover a approach to flip this off.

Selfies taken with the Meizu M16th in beneficial lighting had good element. This cellphone additionally has beautification choices which you could allow earlier than taking a shot. What it lacks is a selfie flash and surprisingly even a display screen flash, which makes it onerous to take good selfies in low mild.

Video recording maxes out at 4K for the first digital camera and 1080p for the selfie shooter. Movies shot at 1080p with the rear digital camera weren’t stabilised, and we could not discover the stabilisation possibility within the settings.

Verdict
Meizu is attempting to make a comeback within the Indian market, and is focusing on a variety of value factors. As the corporate’s present flagship the M16th is nicely designed and has flagship-grade {hardware}. There are a number of issues that maintain it again, although. Flyme OS is not significantly spectacular, and the digital camera and battery life want enhancements to be at par with different equally priced smartphones.

Contemplating all that, the worth of the Meizu M16th does not work in its favour. At Rs. 39,999, it feels overpriced, because the OnePlus 6T (Review) and LG G7+ ThinkQ (Review) each supply superior experiences. Meizu doesn’t have a powerful model presence in India both, and consumers may favor to go together with the extra established gamers.

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