Chinese smartphone maker Meizu has taken the wraps off three new smartphones – the Meizu 15 Lite, the Meizu 15 and the Meizu 15 Plus – with all three devices featuring 16:9 displays, which is against the latest trend that has seen manufacturers go the 18:9 way, increasingly.
All the three variants in this Meizu line-up include the USB Type C port, with a vertical dual- camera setup on the Meizu 15 and the Meizu 15 Plus and, yes, the notch is missing from all three.
Meet the Meizu 15 in black and blue. pic.twitter.com/yB0kBaXqeA
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The number 15 in the Meizu 15 line-up has its significance in the fact that this is the company’s 15th anniversary year, having been founded in 2003.
Over that time, Meizu has won a lot of fans by putting together some quality devices and staying true to the original design, which has been, well, very much iPhone-like.
However, over the years Meizu has made the design its own and has stuck to what the fans like about it.
The usual characteristics of a Meizu phone would be that physical Home button with Samsung Exynos chips for its high-end devices along with super AMOLED displays.
Also, Meizu phones generally boast pretty good cameras.
While both the 16:9 aspect ratio as well as the physical Home button are things of the past for most companies, Meizu is sticking to both in 2018 as well, as there are still a lot of people and fans who really like those features, this scribe included.
The taller 18:9 versions may be really cool for scrolling through social media and checking out websites, but when it comes to photo editing and videos, it really isn’t that great because even in the highest grade 18:9 phones, the camera is still set to shoot at 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio.
Yes, Meizu has stayed true to its style.
So, what can we expect from the Meizu 15 line-up of anniversary phones? Let’s find out.
MEIZU 15 Lite
Being the cheapest in the line-up, Meizu has crammed as many goodies in the Lite as possible.
It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 SoC, which is a super chip to have in a phone that’s going to be priced at around $270, with Android 7.1.2 Nougat Flyme Operating System.
The phone sports a 5.46-inch IPS Full HD display, with a 16:9 aspect ratio and has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage as well as a 3,000 mAh battery with an 18W mCharge compatible charger.
The phone is just 7.55mm in thickness and weighs in at 155 g.
As for optics, the Lite packs a single 12MP Sony IMX362 rear-facing camera as well as a single 20MP front-facing selfie and video-calling camera with f/2.0 aperture.
Being the cheapest phone in the line-up, there is going to be some compromise in the build quality of the phone; so, don’t expect premium material on this one.
Priced at around $396 for the 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage variant and roughly $443 for the 4GB RAM/ 128GB internal storage version, the Meizu 15 is the mid-range option in this anniversary line-up.
It will have the same 5.46-inch display – but this time it will be a Full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Super AMOLED panel, with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC powering the Meizu 15 is a phenomenal chip; very fast, very efficient and the Adreno 512 GPU promises a great gaming experience.
On the optics front, this time you get a dual rear camera arrangement with a 12MP Sony IMX380 (f/1.9 aperture) primary sensor plus a 20MP Sony IMX350 (f/1.8 aperture) secondary camera with PDAF, laser autofocus, and face tracking.
The front-facing camera is the same single 20MP, f/2.0 aperture set up, with face recognition.
The3,000 mAh battery inside this Meizu 15 promises 10 hours of SoT which can charge from 0 to 100 percent in under an hour, which is pretty good; so the battery life is not really a worry here.
Connectivity options include 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB Type-C.
Onboard sensors include an accelerometer, digital compass, barometer, ambient light sensor, gravity sensor, hall sensor, and proximity sensor.
MEIZU 15 Plus
It’s finally time for the real beast in the Meizu line-up – and it’s the Meizu 15 Plus we’re talking about here.
So the 15 Plus jumps now to a 5.95-inch QHD (1440×2560) Super AMOLED display with the usual 16:9 aspect ratio.
The device is powered by an octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC, coupled with a Mali-G71 GPU as well as 6GB of RAM.
And the phone will be 7.2mm thick and have the exact same 12MP + 20MP dual back camera set up and 20MP single front-facing camera unit as the Meizo 15.
It will have a larger 3,500 mAh battery as well as two internal storage options – 64GB on the standard variant ($475) and 128 GB on the premium version ($523).
As far as connectivity goes, the 15 Plus has support for 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, 3.5mm port, and USB Type-C.
The onboard sensors on this thing include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, digital compass, gravity sensor, hall sensor, and a proximity sensor.
So, if you are out there looking for a camera and if you don’t really care for the 18:9 displays, and if that physical Home button is your kind of thing, then the Meizo line-up is where you should be concentrating your focus.