Meizu has launched its latest smartphone, the Meizu M6S. It’s the first to use Samsung’s new Exynos 7872 processor, and also a features side-mounted fingerprint scanner similar to that from Sony’s Xperia line.
The Exynos 7872 processor is a hexa-core CPU with two Cortex-A73 at 2.0 GHz and four Cortex-A53 at 1.6 GHz. It’s a decidedly mid-range SoC, which fits in line with the target market of the M6S. Paired with this new processor is 3GB of RAM and either 32 or 64GB of internal storage.
On the front is an 18:9 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels (HD+ for those of you keeping score). The display sits behind a 2.5D glass panel, while the phone construction is largely metal.
Meizu elected to place the fingerprint scanner on the side with a reported unlock time of only 0.2 seconds. The power button sits on top of the scanner, while the volume rockers are on the left side of the phone. This arrangement means that the fingerprint scanner isn’t a direct copy of Sony’s trademark style.
Imaging is handled by a single 16-megapixel sensor on the back with a f/2.0 aperture lens while selfies will use an 8-megapixel sensor on the front. Selfie image enhancements will be included. Meizu is sticking with its Flyme OS as the UI for the M6; version 6.2 is the choice of the OS for the phone, which is based on Android N.
Power is delivered via a 3,000mAh battery that comes with fast-charging support through the USB Type-C port. With 18W fast charging, the phone can be topped up to 52% in just one hour. Meizu also introducing its One Mind intelligence engine that can “provide improved performance and decreased power consumption”.
January 19 will be the date of the phone’s arrival on Chinese store shelves, with a sticker price of CNY 999 (RM 615) for the 3GB/32GB variant and CNY 1,199 (RM 738) for the 3GB/64GB version.