Meizu 16th and 16th Plus Depth Review: The New Best Masterpiece of Huang Zhang


On August 8, the Meizu was officially released its new 16 series. This is a flagship Smartphone that is responsible for the rise of Meizu in 2018. Snapdragon 845, full-screen fingerprint recognition, copper tube cooling allows Meizu to catch up with the flagship team, plus the price of 2698 yuan (about $395), This time, Meizu, which kerosene expects, is finally back.

We have already got both Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus Smartphone in black and white color, Meizu 16 has a slightly smaller screen but feels great. Now, a comprehensive and detailed experience review is available for everyone to use as a reference before buying a one in both.

Appearance and Parameters

In terms of design, Meizu still maintains its flagship style – uncompromising, not following, and pursuing the ultimate. Meizu screen accounted for up to 91.18%, left and right borders are 1.43mm, chin is 5.74mm, 90% drop pass rate, behind the white front panel, large R angle cut, second-generation suspension dispensing technology and so on. The Meizu 16 and 16 Plus products are mainly different in screen size, pixel density, and battery capacity, and the rest are identical.

Specs Details

In 2018, when the all-in-one full-screen suddenly emerged, Meizu still relied on the industry and the trend. The Meizu 16 series chose its own ideas. On Meizu 16, you can still find Huang Zhang’s unique design concept and Meizu-style feelings – extremely narrow frame and simple front panel, axisymmetric design body makes it easy to think of Meizu dream series classic model. This is also the charm of Meizu brand, can do “do not follow”, which is a very remarkable thing in itself.

Meizu 16 series Smartphone body is as thin as 7.3mm, Meizu 16 weight is 152 grams, of which is lighter then Meizu 16 Plus which weight is 182 grams, this data is quite excellent in many comprehensive screen Smartphones.

Meizu 16 features a 6-inch display, but thanks to the sharp increase in screen ratio, Meizu 16 is just in the hand, no one pressure on the one-hand operation, the reason why the battery is slightly smaller, Meizu 16 as the main handset because of its outstanding grip. It can be said that this is also the best one of all the comprehensive screen phones that Meizu users touched in 2018.

Screen and Workmanship

Like the Meizu 15 series, Meizu once again collaborated with Samsung to customize the 18:9 6-inch and 6.5-inch AMOLED display. All components of this screen are new and custom-made for the 16 and 16 Plus, providing a large, narrow bezel structure. The ultimate pursuit, the Meizu 16 screen accounted for 90.97% while Meizu 16 Plus screen accounted for 91.18%.

Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus both Smartphones have Samsung AMOLED display with the resolution of 2160×1080, brightness is 450cd/m2, which is in the mainstream level of AMOLED in display effect. At the press conference, Meizu VP Li Nan said that the Meizu 16 screen customization cost reached $6 million.

As for the pixel density problem that everyone cares about, on the Meizu 16 Plus, the eye can be close to the screen to feel the subtle graininess, but we think this is not a problem. Before the Meizu 16, we had used the HTC U12+ with a resolution of 2K for a long time. After taking over the Meizu 16 Plus, it was not obvious that the difference in sharpness was felt. Simply put, the Meizu 16 series of screens are basically the same as the mainstream high-end domestically produced machines, and the starting price of 2698 yuan ($395) is really not picking up the fault.

In order to narrow the metal frame, Meizu boldly removed the plastic edge of the screen and restarted a screen technology on the MX4 – floating dispensing. The new generation of Suspended Dispensing 2.0 technology has been updated to a special L-type dispensing process on the basis of the original, and the glue is injected into the side of the frame and the micro step, which is one step closer than the MX4. Not only does it not see the glue, but it is also stronger than before. To ensure the reliability of the phone.

Meizu 16 also re-customized the front camera module to achieve the smallest 20MP lens, bringing more advanced linear speakers in the hidden earpiece. At the same time, in the case of thin body and narrow chin, Meizu also stuffed a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom of the Meizu 16, which is rare.

At the same time, the Meizu 16 series is also the first time that the company uses a 3D four-curved glass body. The back cover is repeatedly polished, and the nano-level 7-layer vacuum coating technology is applied to the glass so that both models can achieve a ceramic-like texture. It is especially important to explain the black version, whether it is the polished metal frame or the polished back panel glass, which is visually very close to the ceramic look.

Camera Experience

The camera specifications of Meizu 16t series are consistent with Meizu 15, the main camera is 12MP Sony IMX380 with f / 1.8 aperture, IMX380 is the same CMOS on Huawei P20, the size reached 1 / 2.3 inches. The Meizu 16 series is taken as the Sony IMX350. The parameters include 20MP, 5P lenses, and f/2.7 apertures.

1.55μm single-pixel ruler, 1/2.3-inch large photosensitive element, providing “bottom level 1 dead man” picture quality, with four-axis optical anti-shake, custom closed-loop motor, laser/phase focus dual focus, triple lossless zoom In terms of hardware specifications, Meizu 16 has a fundamental guarantee. Meizu revealed that the cost of the IMX380 is very high. Compared with the IMX363, which is commonly used by the flagship phones, the cost of the MX380 has increased by more than 50 yuan (equal to $7.32).

Let’s Take A Look At the Real Shots

Under the conditions of sun daylight, Meizu 16 samples are good, the daytime samples are close to the eye-catching, and the details and color reproduction are excellent.

In the trend style of hair color, Meizu 16 overall picture is gray and bright, and occasionally the photos will appear whitening phenomenon. Interestingly, the Meizu Pro 6S that i used has encountered similar situations. This may be related to Meizu’s imaging style.

Under most of the samples, the Meizu 16 performance is still very satisfactory, whether it is resolution or color reproduction.

The Meizu 16’s backlighting and large-light ratio scenes are quite excellent. For example, the following photos can be accurately restored in both highlights and shadows.

Meizu 16 also supports AI photography, which can recognize hundreds of scenes such as landscapes, plants, characters, animals, etc. Just open the camera to see the recognition result of the preview interface. For different scenes, the camera will automatically match the good algorithm, but Meizu AI is not as violent as the Huawei P20 series, but it is based on a slight modification of the scene, but this is a style orientation, and it doesn’t matter whether it is right or wrong.

Portrait Mode Samples
Photographed at around 5 PM

In portrait mode, Meizu 16 will bring the picture closer. As for the sample, the portrait mode of Meizu 16 is quite natural, but occasionally there will be a phenomenon of blurring failure (below), and the portrait mode is sampled, zoomed in. The details of the photo can still feel some noise and smearing. I hope that the optimization of Meizu 16 later can solve these two problems.

Meizu 16 supports 3x optical zoom, the specific imaging samples are as follows:

From left to right: original image, double, triple

Excellent performance in terms of resolution

Meizu 16 Front Camera Samples

According to the official statement, Meizu 16 uses a 20MP front module, which will narrow the upper border of the screen to 0.7mm. The Meizu 16 series accurately recognize the edges of the person and make the background blur. Together with the AI smart beauty that matches face engineering, it automatically recognizes facial areas, optimizes facials based on different areas, and more.

Nowadays, mobile phone manufacturers are making photos pictures of the flagship mobile phones are not systematically compared, it is difficult to distinguish which one is stronger, but the night shooting is different. The night scene is the best battlefield for the flagship phones.

Meizu 16 night shot performance is more eye-catching than during the day. The night scene sample picture is very pure, the multi-frame noise reduction algorithm reduces the noise of the picture. Under the support of IMX 380, Meizu 16 night shot sample picture brightness, color, detail, etc. have been improved qualitatively, and also has excellent control in the high light area. force.

Night Samples:
More Samples

(Note: no watermark for Meizu 16 shooting, Meizu 16 and 16 Plus imaging effect is almost the same)

Performance Experience

At the 2014 Meizu MX4 conference, Laobai’s phrase “No Hu (Service) Run a Point” left a deep impression on many people. The high score of 46124 points of Meizu MX4 that made Bai Yongxiang very proud, and even thanked friends for developing this benchmark software for them.

However, in the following years, the processor became the biggest weakness of Meizu, especially the flagship Smartphone, which has not kept pace with the mainstream configuration, and even the phenomenon of configuration regression, using MediaTek from 2016 to 2017. Also, let Meizu crowned the title of “Dianming MediaTek”.

Fortunately, Meizu has finally survived the toughest years. On Meizu 16, it finally carries the flagship processor of Qualcomm. This processor is of great significance to Meizu and kerosene. This is the establishment of Meizu. For the first time in 15 years, Qualcomm’s flagship processor was adopted.

A little bit of hard work, today’s Meizu also acquired the flagship skills that can polish all the processors of Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Samsung Exynos. The Meizu 16 is equipped with the Snapdragon 845 processor, standard UFS 2.1 storage, and LPDDR4X memory. Antutu points is 290,000, and Meizu came back 4 years ago.

With its new Kryo 385 processor architecture, the Snapdragon 845 is Qualcomm’s most energy efficient architecture to date. The 4 performance cores are up to 2.8GHz, and the 4 energy-efficient cores are up to 1.8GHz, which is equivalent to the previous generation, with performance improvements of 25-30%; the performance of the energy-efficient core is 15%. Upgrade.

The Adreno 630 graphics processor delivers powerful graphics performance with a 30% improvement in performance and a 30% improvement in energy efficiency over the previous generation, and a 33% improvement in performance over the Meizu 15 Plus.

Here I use GeekBench, Androbench and other software to run the sub-data test, as follows:

In fact, for the Snapdragon 845 flagship Smartphone, running 10,000 or 10,000 less in the actual experience, you can hardly feel the specific difference, more is the phone’s battery life, heat and system differences. In theory, Meizu 16 does not have to worry about performance, as long as other Snapdragon 845 phones can play, So Meizu 16 also can play.

Here is the example of “Stimulus Battlefield”. The quality of the painting is adjusted to “HDR HD” and “Super High Frame Number”. The Meizu 16 test is kept at 40 frames, and no problem is encountered.

After the high frame rate mode is enabled, “King of the King” can maintain a frame rate of 55 or more. In addition, Meizu also provides game mode 3.0, which is the first time to join the “firepower full open” mode. After starting high performance, the system resources are upgraded and guaranteed game experience. In the game, WeChat, QQ and other messages will be displayed on the screen in the form of a barrage

In Game Mode 3.0, Meizu also optimizes the quality of voice calls, improves the speed and clarity of the transmission, reduces noise, howling and echo, and communicates more smoothly with the team; automatically detects stronger networks and prompts for switching, limiting the network occupancy of other system applications. Guarantee the game as a high priority for the network.

The game assistant supports weakened and semi-hidden icons, optimizes small window logic and adapts to more applications, reducing gameplay, adding power, and more.

In terms of game fever, Meizu 16 used a copper tube heat dissipation design. In the interior of the fuselage, a 0.4mm thick heat-dissipating copper tube was added. When the phone is above the critical temperature, the water vapor in the cooling copper tube will carry the heat away from the main board along the capillary structure. When the water vapor is cooled and liquefied, it will start to circulate again.

Since the thickness of the Meizu 16 is only 7.3 mm, the use of copper tube cooling is a very clear choice. In the indoor 22 °C air-conditioned room, the Meizu 16 Plus the game is 30 minutes, the back of the fuselage is 37.4 ° C, Meizu 16 because the fuselage is slightly smaller, the temperature when playing the game will be slightly higher than the Meizu 16 Plus.

Note: The upper right corner is the body temperature after 30 minutes of Meizu 16 game.

In the game, although the temperature of the fuselage can be felt, but compared with the flagship devices with a temperature of 40 °C, the Meizu 16 series has been very good.

mEngine Touch Engine

On the Meizu 16, this state-of-the-art horizontal linear motor has a quiet, powerful vibration effect, and the fast start and stop can simulate rich tactile feedback. The Meizu 16 horizontal linear motor is the best one in the Android camp that i have used. It is better than the one on the HTC U12+. The vibration touch is infinitely close to the iPhone.

On the Meizu 16, the company further upgraded the haptic feedback system, added dozens of scene support, and equipped the mEngine touch engine with a high-voltage motor driver chip. The instantaneous acceleration emergency stop is more powerful. The new Music Link function separately adjusts the vibration effect for each ringtone in the phone, which will rhythm with the rhythm of the music.

In cooperation with the Flyme system, you can feel the different amplitudes and strengths of the mEngine inside the Meizu 16. Meizu 16 can be said to be a model of human-computer interaction, soft and hard adaptation in a domestic device. then it is “used to never go back”.

Under-screen Fingerprint

Compared with Meizu 15 series fingerprint recognition, Meizu 16 series fingerprint recognition cost is increased by 3 times. Meizu 16 uses the optical fingerprint sensor to draw fingerprint image by sensing the different reflection of light on the surface of the finger.

The 16 and 16 Plus use Samsung’s custom AMOLED display. The OLED display is a separate pixel on the substrate. The gap between the pixels provides convenience for fingerprint recognition.

The light emitted by the display hits the finger in the recognition area and then is reflected back to the fingerprint recognition sensor through the gap between the pixels of the screen. The sensor recognizes the different reflection of the fingerprint grease and the fingerprint on the screen by a special algorithm and draws out Fingerprint image for identification.

Meizu 16’s under-screen fingerprint is still relatively quick to unlock, no need to press the screen hard, put your finger on it to unlock. Compared with the physically mounted fingerprint scanner, Meizu screen unlocking has an obvious unlocking process, and the recognition rate is also slightly reduced. Of course, all screen fingerprint Smartphones are facing similar problems, but the screen fingerprint is also the development trend of future phones. With the cost reduction and the improvement of precision, we will see more and more screen fingerprint phones in the future.

It is worth mentioning that under the strong light, you can also see the internal fingerprint recognition module through the Meizu 16 screen panel, which is very interesting.

Endurance Experience

Meizu 16 has a 3010mAh battery and Meizu 16 Plus uses a 3640mAh, both support 24W fast charge Super mCharge.

We belong to the mobile phone using moderate users. As far as the actual experience is concerned, Meizu 16 can barely adhere to its own day of use (ten hours, including QQ/WeChat and other commonly used APP’s normally open push, automatic brightness, listening to songs 30 Minutes, Bluetooth/WIFI/data is fully open), and Meizu 16 Plus is further enhanced by the advantage of the large battery, which can fully meet the use of one day.

In the game, Meizu 16 game test for 20 minutes, power down 11%, while Meizu 16 Plus game test for 20 minutes and loses 8%.

Because i rarely used to play games, Meizu 16 is just good for me, but if you are a mobile game enthusiast, then Meizu 16’s battery life will not satisfy you. Obviously, the Meizu 16 Plus with a bigger battery is your better choice.


Meizu 16 can be charged from 0 to 44% for half an hour, while Meizu 16 Plus is obviously more efficient, charging 61% for half an hour, but it should be noted that the full time of the two models is almost close. They are all around 95-100 minutes.

A Small Surprise For Flyme 7

About Flyme 7 is not highlighted here, and like Xiaomi MIUI, Flyme has developed into today’s hearts.

How to describe the design of Flyme 7? I thought for a long time and found that it is most appropriate to describe it as “pleasing to the eye”.

Flyme 7 brings a new set of optimizations that increase game read speed with more reasonable memory allocation. Based on One Mind’s intelligent analysis capabilities, Flyme 7 also added a smart service module “personal assistant”, including to-do items, commute traffic, sports step, scene service, parking navigation, takeaway order, stock quotes, express news, etc. Features.

In addition, Flyme 7 has added a small window reply function. If you receive chat messages such as WeChat, QQ, etc., users can open a small window to view and reply, which is quite convenient.

Flyme 7’s night mode is “global”, which means that when you turn it on, whether it’s the system comes with an app or a 3rd-party app, the system automatically helps you add night mode through relevant technical algorithms, and the match is quite perfect.

In the Meizu 16 series, based on the Android O system kernel, combined with its own mBcack interaction, customized a set of interactive solutions for the full screen. Meizu chooses to keep all of them, providing two sets of full-screen interactions for users to choose.

mBack Scheme

Gesture navigation scheme: short press the screen edge to return, long press to return to the desktop, long press to pause to start multitasking; at the same time, you can open the “side gesture navigation bar” to allow the left and right sides of the screen to support the same gesture interaction. In addition to the above two options, if you are not used to full-screen gestures, you can also choose the traditional “Android navigation bar” program.

Game Mode and Full-Screen Gestures

The Meizu 16 and 16 Plus bring a new generation of Bass-class stereo speakers. Under the condition that the appearance is not affected, Meizu placed 2 new-generation super-linear speakers on the top and bottom of the device. Through special diaphragm material and speaker structure, the speaker amplitude can be broken, get more volume without losing sound quality. This time, with the new tuning of audio engineers, the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus has a more balanced immersive surround sound field.


Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus have been officially launched on August 20th. Before the press conference, the series of Smartphones alone had more than 1 million reservations on the JD platform. On the morning of the 20th, the “seconds” was taken for granted. In the Meizu official website, the delivery time of Meizu 16 has reached 4 weeks or 8 weeks.

For Meizu, this is a “sorrow and joy”, hi because, from the point of view of the number of reservations, Meizu 16 has been half successful; “sad” is because Meizu may encounter insufficient supply in the early 16, this It may affect the final sales. In addition, Huang Zhang himself also said that “Meizu 16 really does not make money”, compared to the price of the Xiaomi Mi 8 with a profit rate of less than 5% is even cheaper, He said that “making a friend” is not a fake.

On the 16 Meizu as a stepping stone to return to the mainstream vision, we have already seen the determination of Meizu to reinvigorate the high-end, the high-cost performance and the insistence on “Meizu Design” also let us see the sincerity of Meizu 16. In the Meizu 16 series, I can truly feel the persistence of Huang Zhang’s “pursuit of love”, and the Meizu, my heart, finally came back!

Update on 11.2, 2018

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