Meizu 16S Review: True 2019 Flagship Depth Evaluation


Almost a year ago, we learned about the Meizu 16th series that J.Wong Huang Zhang and Qualcomm completely shake hands and then launched, which is the big test of Huang Zhang’s self-defense. Before and after the Meizu 16th series was released, Huang Zhang said that “the Meizu will be adjusted to the state he wants.” The state he wants is the state of the Meizu mobile phone stereotype – the MX era. Meizu in the MX era is regarded as a small and beautiful representative. The thick and small fresh style is mainly for charm friends. It is not too much for passers-by and passers-by.

I remember that at that time, Meizu released a mobile phone every year, letting the outside world undergo dramatic changes. Meizu always acts like a hermit who does not ask the world, acting calmly according to its own rhythm and tonality. Of course, during the period when Huang Zhang was retired, there was a brief panic – just pull out one year, that is, in the whole year of 2014 alone, Meizu released seven models, with an average of less than two months. A conference for thousands of people was held.

At that time, the overall shipments of domestic smartphones were greatly reduced, and Meizu’s rhythm was unexpectedly exchanged for contrarian growth. However, the cost of impulse, financing, and making friends is that the small and beautiful Buddha brand has been contaminated with mediocrity for a short period of time.

After the Meizu Pro 7 series was folded, Huang Zhang returned. Meizu returned to J.Wong style reluctantly – stubborn, determined, pursuing perfection, rarely concerned about other things outside the product, Meizu 15 series small test knife, Meizu 16th series big test knife, this is a new work by Huang Zhangzhi.

The “Aircraft Draft” exhibition at the press conference displayed a series of intensive abandonment schemes along with the Meizu 16S birth road, which ultimately pointed to the ultimate “100% Efforts for 1% Selected”, meaning one for Baili. Users put 100% effort into it.

At the Meizu 16s conference, we saw the arrogance and love of “If you are surrounded by a group of idiots, why should you be in harmony with them”. Obviously, let J. Wong and Meizu do things that they don’t like, as hard as a war. About Meizu 16s itself, in fact, before the contact with the real machine, it is possible to find out one or two from the naming alone – the whole is an upgraded version based on the appearance and characteristics of Meizu 16th series, sincerity is full:

The 7.6mm mini body is stuffed into a large battery of 3600 mAh. Under the premise of not sacrificing the design and feel of the proud, Meizu 16s complements the previous generation’s little regret. The Meizu 16S camera hardware has also jumped, although Huang Zhang stubbornly believes that the three-shot is a gimmick, adding optical anti-shake to the newly upgraded 48MP main camera. The biggest highlights are the addition of a series of elements such as NFC, dual-frequency GPS, 4×4 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, linear motor, Snapdragon 855, and DC dimming.

Meizu mobile phone has always been known for its shape design, especially the flagship of Huang Zhangzhi. This time, Meizu 16S and Meizu 16th are designed for Huang Zhang. At present, Meizu 16s provides color matching of three versions: condensed white, phantom blue and carbon black.

Design & Appearance

The screen of the Meizu 16s is 6.2 inches, which is 0.2 inches larger than the Meizu 16th. It is worth noting that the frame of the Meizu 16s is further narrowed compared to the previous one, and the screen ratio is 91.53% without using the special-shaped screen. I believe this is the bottom of the Meizu 16s dare to use the white glass panel on the front of the phone.

Meizu 16s uses a screen with a resolution of 2232×1080 resolution and uses DC software dimming (the effect is shown in the experience part). The screen ratio is 18.6:9. This symmetrical design of the top, bottom, left and right sides are popular in the special-shaped screen. Today, the viewer’s visual experience is very comfortable.

Meizu is almost the only one in the world of Notch, water drop screen, sliding screen, mechanical lifting structure, etc., and continues to insist on symmetrical design. We are not here to judge the various design orientations with personal likes and dislikes.

It’s worth mentioning that Meizu’s identity on the flagship series is worthy of praise. It verifies the possibility that even if you don’t use the iPhone’s special-shaped screen solution to bring out the trend, and the mechanical structure that does not use the sword to go slant, the domestic manufacturers have the ability to even More amazing full screen.

The forehead is narrowed to 4.5mm, with a hidden earpiece, light distance sensor, and a world’s smallest 20-megapixel front lens. I thought that the Meizu 16th chin has reached the limit. However, the Meizu 16s passed the COF process and made the chin width 4.2mm, which is 27% narrower than the previous one. This is also the key to Meizu’s 16s screen as high as 91.53%.

It can be said that Meizu 16s has been the ultimate in the traditional symmetrical full-screen screen that has been abandoned by many manufacturers through continuous generations of enthusiasm and firm deep cultivation. From the front of the fuselage, Meizu 16s made further streamlining and compression on the basis of 16th.

Meizu mobile phone is one of the few models that still adhere to black and white as the main models. Especially in the various types of gradient color matching the mobile phone shell from today, Meizu 16s such a classic elegant white light can be said to be a clear stream. Of course, if you are looking for a dazzling illusion, it offers a phantom blue color.

Meizu 16s introduced a special coating under the glass backing plate. Under the five-layer optical coating, the texture of the pearl was added. As the light changes, its color will change. It can be noticed that the location of the Meizu 16s camera module changes from the previous one – from the middle to the side. This and it is in the 7.6mm thick body into the screen fingerprint module, 3600mAh large battery, and NFC antenna and other components, the left side of the motherboard stack design has to be applied.

From this perspective, it can be seen that Meizu 16s still uses the classic sandwich structure of glass cover + metal frame + glass cover. Looking at the details, the transition between the frame of the Meizu 16s and the glass is seamless. The Meizu 16s inherits the 16th stereo speakers. It is worth noting here that Meizu 16s cancels the 3.5mm headphone jack. However, the USB Type-c adapter 3.5mm adapter is not included and needs to be purchased separately. As we said earlier, the Meizu 16s redesigned the internal structure of the fuselage due to the increased battery capacity, so the SIM card slot was placed at the bottom of the fuselage.

Hardware & Performance

“Hundred Years of Polishing MediaTek” (Meizu Vice President Li Nanyu) After the handshake between Meizu and Qualcomm, it became a silhouette of the era that was forever sealed in the pile of paper, and no longer existed. The 16s is the second mobile phone equipped with Qualcomm’s flagship processor, and this time the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor is used.

About Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, we have had a detailed introduction and interpretation of it, it is currently the most outstanding mobile phone processor, has been adopted by many flagship mobile phones in the Android camp.

More specifically, it uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with a 1+3+4 three-slave set architecture, which is an innovation compared to the previous 4+4 core architecture. The “1” refers to a Kryo 485 Gold Prime super core with a frequency of 2.84GHz. It and the other three Kryo 485 Gold cores with a frequency of 2.42GHz carry high-load tasks, which is better than previous generations. Take into account the stable performance of performance and efficiency.

Compared to the Snapdragon 845 on the Meizu 16, the Snapdragon 855 achieves a 45% performance improvement in the CPU. In addition, the new 7nm manufacturing process is also ahead of the previous generation’s 10nm, the most advanced.

In terms of graphics processing, I have to mention the Adlonno 640 of the Snapdragon 855. Thanks to the new architecture design, the performance of the previous generation is 20% higher than that of the previous generation. At the same time, it brings true HDR, PBR, Vulkan 1.1 and many other features. The performance of the 16s in large mobile games provides solid hardware support.


Antutu Introduction: The world’s number one mobile phone/tablet hardware performance evaluation tool can comprehensively examine the performance of all aspects of the device including the user experience, and visualize the ranking. Support multiple mainstream platforms, running points can be compared across platforms.

  • Antutu running club provides a total score and multiple sub-items.
  • total score reflects the overall performance of the equipment.
  • 3D scores represent GPU graphics performance and game performance.
  • The 3UX score represents the user experience, which is the performance in daily use.
  • CPU scores represent CPU computing power and multi-core type.
  • RAM performance represents system memory size and system optimization.

Meizu 16s finally achieved nearly 370,000 points in Ann Bunny. It is one of the highest scores of the current Android camp. It is far behind the Huawei Mate series and Huawei P30 series equipped with Kirin 980 processor.

Master Lu

Master Lu can evaluate and compare the five core hardwares of CPU, GPU, RAM, storage and display, which is more suitable for ordinary white users to understand mobile phone related information.

GeekBench test

About GeekBench: A cross-platform CPU performance test tool that accurately reflects the single core and multi-core performance of the device CPU. The test load simulates real-life application design, and the results are more meaningful. It can also measure the performance of GPU graphics.

The single core score can reflect the pros and cons of the CPU architecture design and the operating frequency. Multi-core scores reflect the efficiency of multiple CPU cores working at the same time.

Geekbench, Meizu 16s is equipped with the 骁 855 single-core scores of nearly 3,500 points. In terms of multi-core, the score of Snapdragon 855 over 10,000 is already at the highest level of the mobile platform currently installed in mobile terminals.

GFXBench test

Introduction to GFXBench: Cross-platform, cross-API 3D benchmarking software that accurately reflects the graphics performance of the device GPU. Multiple test scenarios can fully examine the OpenGL ES graphics performance of the device and enable battery life testing.

GFXBench provides two test comparison methods: OnScreen and OffScreen. When the screen runs the test at the native resolution of the device screen, the off-screen is unified to 1080p resolution, which is convenient for cross-device comparison.

There are four main test projects: T-Rex, Manhattan 3.0, Manhattan 3.1, and Car Chase, which correspond to the performance of OpenGL ES 2.0/3.0/3.1/3.1. The pressure is getting higher and higher, and the result is measured by the average frame rate (FPS).

The absolute performance of the Adlonno 640 of the Snapdragon 855 is relatively conservative, but it is about 20% higher than the Adreno 630 of the Snapdragon 845 used by the Meizu 16th.

Androbench test

About Androbench: AndroBench is a benchmark application that measures the 4K random storage and storage performance of Android devices, including internal or external storage.

Game testing

Meizu 16s comes with game mode 3.0, and added the “firepower full open” mode, enters the high-performance mode during the game after the start, and with the relatively different system resource allocation to ensure the operating experience during the game.

We use the speed to record the number of frames in the game, you can see that the average number of frames in the “Stimulus Battlefield” game reaches nearly 40 frames, and the number of frames beats only 0.99 frames. Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is still awesome for the game performance support of “Stimulus Battlefield” so that it can run smoothly at high frame rate.


It is undeniable that the current mobile phone manufacturers have added a three-camera module to the rear of the mobile phone. This has become a trend. Just as the dual-camera has just emerged in the past, there are still some manufacturers that forcibly stack three shots with limited main shooting capability. Earn an eyeball and a gimmick, and there are also manufacturers who do a good job at the high cost of riveting.

It is impossible to deny the general trend of the three-shot, but it has not matured at the current stage. Maybe Meizu will launch a three-camera model on a certain day.

At present, Meizu still has a kind of obsession with the double camera. In the face of the three-shot trend, it chose to polish the more excellent double camera instead: so we saw the Sony IMX 586 main camera, 1/2.0 inch large sensor. As a key point, Meizu 16s will also apply OIS optical image stabilization technology, which is important for night beat stability.

Daytime proofs

In the outdoor with relatively sufficient light (the cloudy day when shooting), the Meizu 16s has ample analytical power, and the lines on the flowers and green plants are clearly distinguishable. If you zoom in, you can even see the details of the edges and the waxy substance. In terms of color adjustment, Meizu 16s can be felt as moderately adjusted as before. In particular, the saturation has not been done too hard, it can be said that Meizu 16s photos respect the perception of the naked eye.

The 48-megapixel camera mode switch is placed in the professional model and can be turned on if needed.

Night proofs

Earlier we have shown outdoor proofs on a cloudy day with relatively abundant light. Then at night, the light is completely obscured. What is the performance of Meizu 16s in a dark environment? Next, please see the real shot.

The above shooting environment has not reached the limit low light condition, so the night scene mode is not turned on, and only the AI ​​recognition in the normal photographing mode is turned on. In this mode, Meizu 16s is very pure.

Compared to the relative restraint optimization of the AI ​​mode, the handheld night scene mode goes further, suppressing the signs of overexposure while improving the overall brightness of the screen, thereby obtaining a photo with moderate brightness and beauty.

It can be seen that the super-stand night mode is more radical than the handheld night mode, but it has reached the level that the handheld can’t achieve, and it must be realized by means of a tripod. In this mode, Meizu 16s will stack more photos of each exposure value using an algorithm to obtain excellent imaging.

Front camera

The world’s smallest 20-megapixel front-facing camera is easy to change, from Meizu 16th to Meizu 16s – the constant is always on the Meizu phone. In addition, in the software aspect, the camera has a new upgrade, and the integration of the ArcSoft algorithm is more refined. Five, charging battery life: wait for 3600 mAh when the battery life is skyrocketing

As we said before, Meizu 16s in the case of pressing the fuselage space, for the fuselage size and Meizu 16th similar Meizu 16s stuffed into the 3600mAh large battery similar to the Meizu 16th Plus. Next, we will test the endurance of the battery through actual tests.

Online Video

I use the client to play an online barrage video. 20% volume, 50% brightness, 1080p video is played online from 78% of the battery.

Starting from 78% of electricity, after 1 hour, the remaining power is 69%. Power consumption is 9%. According to this power-down rate, under the same test conditions, Meizu 16s full power can continuously play online video for more than 10 hours.

The Game Life

The author uses the long-awaited chicken hand game “Stimulus Battlefield” to test the life of the Meizu 16s game. The image quality and frame number are all open to the current energy consumption limit and the highest level, starting from 99% power.

Starting from 99% of electricity, after 60 minutes, the remaining power is 81%. It consumes 18% of electricity. According to such a power-down rate, under the same test conditions, it is expected that the chicken can be eaten for 6 hours without card insertion, HDR high-definition, and the highest number of frames, which is very smooth for the game party.


Based on the understanding of the design orientation, Meizu 16s does not have the functions of wireless fast charging, and also retains too much at the same price. But the fastest 24W fast charge is at the forefront of the current flagship phone.

Through the charging test, we can see the charging situation of Meizu 16s. In just 30 minutes, you can charge a large battery from 50% to a single digit, and from 0% to 99% it takes only 90 minutes.

Tests Experience

As we said in the appearance section, Meizu 16s screen is based on Samsung’s high-quality AMOLED screen, color performance is better than most of the market, especially the use of LG and domestic A-screen mobile phones.

On the other hand, the Meizu 16s screen has also received the German VDE Blu-ray eye protection, which is expected to filter out more than 30% of harmful blue light. The most important thing is that the Meizu 16s screen also supports DC dimming – no stroboscopic light at low brightness, even if it is used at night, it will not produce a bad look.

As shown in the above figure, the left side of a model that does not use DC dimming will show up under the lens at low brightness. Even if it is not visible to the naked eye, it is sensitive to the visual. It is very painful.

For graphics applications such as Weibo, the advantages of no bangs full screen can be more obvious: the entire screen space can be effectively utilized, without the interference of non-display areas such as bangs, water droplets, pearls, etc., the entire space can It is used effectively. It is worth noting that Meizu’s iconic Super mBack (closed) is also present in a variety of application interfaces in a hidden design.

Meizu 16s’ 18.6:9 screen ratio, just able to adapt to the proportion of mainstream video resources. On the other hand, by comparing it with another model that uses the bangs screen, you can also feel the immersion of the narrower black screen and the non-display area.

Super mBack

Therefore, even if the Meizu mobile phone went to the full-screen era, the Meizu 16s still retains the interactive experience of tapping back and pressing the HOME button. Then the question comes, how to restore the original taste of the physical HOME button?

In the position of the old oval HOME button (now the short horizontal line in the above picture), Meizu placed a mEngine 3.0 horizontal linear motor, which is equipped with a high-voltage motor driver chip. Let the old charm friends who are familiar with Meizu still feel the thrill of the HOME button on the waist.

NFC returns

NFC finally returned to Meizu in Meizu 16s. Meizu 16s is Meizu’s first mobile phone with a full-featured NFC chip. The last time I talked about NFC in Meizu, I still need to go back to the Meizu Pro 6 Plus.

In addition to the full-featured NFC chip, Meizu also adapts MEIZU Pay in the software section, and now it can support bank cards, bus cards, access cards, and many other functions. For the charm friends, the long wait has finally waited until today.

The full-featured NFC chip + MEIZU Pay’s Meizu 16s will bring a lot of convenience in daily life. The bus card supports the national transportation alliance and the bus credit card of more than 200 cities. Bank cards are currently supported by the Bank of China and the Bank of China.

Verdict & Buy

When I am different from the world, it makes me different. I insist on it just for me. If you compromise on yourself, if you lie to yourself, even if others forgive me, I can’t forgive. The most beautiful wishes must be the most insane. I am my own god, in the place where I live. Continue to adhere to the independent personality, and based on this, based on the Meizu 16th steady and comprehensive upgrade is the biggest intuitive impression of Meizu 16s.

Said the appearance, it inherits the contours left by Meizu 16th, in the bangs, water droplets, punching, and other special-shaped screens and mechanical institutions short-lived today, Meizu has become one of the few manufacturers to continue the symmetrical design until today. The 91.53% screen ratio is undoubtedly a naked face for the whole mainstream.

Meizu 16s is an old-fashioned person. In addition to sticking to the symmetrical screen design, you can even see the real simulation of the classic waist-winding HOME button tactile feedback from the mEngine 3.0 horizontal linear motor. It is the only one in the era of a full screen.

Qualcomm’s top flagship platform is no longer lacking, performance is no longer the constraints of Meizu’s flagship mobile phone, full of Huang Zhang’s personal preferences and design plot, excellent ID design and body feel is still the biggest advantage of Meizu 16s.

In the global mobile phone market, it is weak and weak, and many manufacturers are struggling to survive. It can be seen that Meizu 16S is not disturbed by the rapidly deteriorating market environment. Meizu 16s reflects “the pursuit of love”, then can the world be small and beautiful and gentle? I look forward to giving us the answer after Meizu 16s is fully listed and sold. Meizu 16S is now available on Geekbuying for just at $559.99 using a Coupon Code: MEIZU16S.


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