Meizu raids Samsung’s Note parts bin for the Pro 6 Plus, leaves behind worst bits

Meizu has announced the Pro 6 Plus, its latest high-end smartphone that showcases the newest version of the Flyme user interface. The phone resembles the Pro 6 and the MX6, with a 7.3mm thick metal body, a central camera lens on the rear, and a fingerprint sensor in the home button; but much of the internal technology comes from Samsung. Here’s what you need to know about it.

The good news is Meizu has chosen a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution display to the front of the Pro 6 Plus, and it’s made by Samsung. If that sounds familiar, it’s likely the same display featured on the Galaxy Note 5, and that’s not a bad thing at all. It also has always-on technology, showing the time, date, battery level, and various notifications when the device is in sleep mode.

Samsung has also supplied Meizu with the processor. It’s the Exynos 8890 inside, which is the equivalent to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and has previously been used in the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy Note 7, as an alternative to Qualcomm’s chip. Here it runs at up to 2.6GHz and has 4GB of high-speed RAM to help out, plus a massive 128GB of internal storage.

The rear camera has 12-megapixels and is a Sony IMX386 sensor with optical image stabilization, an f/2.0 aperture and laser autofocus, plus an LED flash unit. On the front is a 5-megapixel selfie cam with the same size aperture. This setup appears to be almost identical to the MX6, aside from the inclusion of OIS, but Meizu notes it has upgraded the Samsung image processor for improved detail.

Other Pro 6 Plus features include a fingerprint sensor that doubles as a heart rate monitor, a fast-charging 3,400mAh battery, a USB Type-C connection, a 32-bit audio DAC, and a blue-light minimizing mode for using the phone at night. The Flyme 6 user interface has an all-new look, and a special “3D Press” feature, just like Apple’s 3D Touch on the iPhone, but likely only for Meizu’s own apps. It’s not clear whether Flyme 6 is still built around Android 6.0, like Flyme 5, or if it’s based on Android 7.0 Nougat. We’re checking with Meizu and will update here when we know more.

There are 400 new features in Flyme 6, but the most notable at this point is One Mind, an artificial intelligence system that tracks your favorite apps and adjusts system resources for faster access and better performance. The Meizu Pro 6 Plus will come in grey, silver, or gold, but the price and exact release date has yet to be confirmed. Like all Meizu phones, it’ll be sold in China, along with various other countries around the world.

Article originally published on 08-17-2016 by Julian Chokkattu. Rewritten on 11-30-2016 by Andy Boxall: Rewritten with all the official details on the Meizu Pro 6 Plus

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