Meizu 18X Review: First 10-Bit 120Hz Display With Snapdragon 870

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Meizu released the Meizu 18 series of mobile phones in March this year and fell into silence for a few months, and there was no new Meizu product in the lively mobile phone market.

Today, when other brands are vying to release new phones to seize the market, few Meizu sit on the Diaoyutai like this, giving people the feeling of holding a super big move. Even if the “kerosene” urged Meizu to add advertisements in Flyme OS, Meizu remained unmoved.

In the face of today’s “big and correct” market, Meizu, which pursues “small and beautiful”, is particularly conspicuous, but this is not a bad thing. There is a feature that can be instantly remembered by users, which is also difficult for many manufacturers to exhaust their thoughts. Things done.

For Meizu, it has long been successful in user recognition, and what it needs to do is to continue to carry it forward, and this requires more extreme products.

Finally, Meizu brought us a brand-new Meizu 18X sub-flagship mobile phone, which still focuses on “small and beautiful”, but it is not the same as the previous models.

As a sub-flagship mobile phone, Meizu 18X is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 with good performance and better heat control, plus Meizu 18X’s unique through-type heat dissipation copper tube + precision stack of graphite heat dissipation layer, which can give full play to power.

Meizu 18X is also Meizu’s first mobile phone to use a 10-bit screen. Compared with the traditional 8bit, the screen has increased from the common 16.7 million colors to 1.07 billion colors, plus 120Hz adaptive refresh rate and 360Hz game console high touch sampling rate. Supplemented by memc motion compensation technology, Meizu 18X has a qualitative leap in screen fluency and color reproduction compared to other products.

Taking pictures has always been Meizu’s unique skill. This time, Samsung GW3 64 million pixel CMOS is used on Meizu 18X, and the rainbow soft algorithm complements each other to bring users a better imaging experience.

Compared with other brands of mobile phones, the battery capacity of Meizu 18X is not exaggerated in terms of data. The 4300mAh looks quite satisfactory, and the 30W fast charge is not so conspicuous in the current mobile phone, but regardless of the actual use time or the charging speed, it must be Only after using it.

We Kuai Technology got this Meizu 18X mobile phone for the first time. Let’s look down on its specific performance.

Design & Appearance

As the latest flagship phone, Meizu 18X uses an uncompromising non-curved screen. The upper and lower borders are relatively obvious, but the left and right borders use 2.5D glass, which is much narrower from a visual point of view.

The opening is in the front of the screen, and a 13 Megapixel F/2.0 large aperture lens is built-in. The overall design on the back of the phone is still very simple, except for the logo in the lower-left corner and the camera module in the upper left corner, there is no fancy design. The frosted glass back shell feels very warm, so there is no need to worry about leaving fingerprints in daily use.

In the camera module, a 64-megapixel Samsung GW3 main camera lens, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens are built-in, and the flash is placed in the lower right corner of the module.

It should be noted that the 18X in the camera module does not mean that the mobile phone supports 18X optical zoom or 18X digital zoom, but only the model of the mobile phone. There are fewer physical buttons on the frame, all concentrated on the right frame of the phone, from top to bottom are the volume button and the power button.

There is only one noise reduction opening on the top of the phone, and the bottom is a SIM card slot, microphone opening, Type-c socket, and speaker. It should be noted that Meizu 18X comes with only the data cable, manual and SIM card pin, and no fast charging head.

Performance

The mobile phone market has developed to the point where it is today. Performance is no longer a shackle that limits the progress of mobile phones. How to solve the balance between heat dissipation and performance is the most concerned issue of each manufacturer in the current stage. The Snapdragon 870 seems to be a very good solution, and Meizu has also specifically optimized the Snapdragon 870 in Flyme OS. Let’s take a look at its specific performance.

GeekBench

In GeekBench, the Meizu 18X’s single-core run scored 989 points, and the multi-core run scored 3148 points, which is basically the normal data of the Snapdragon 870, and both surpassed MediaTek’s flagship Dimensity 1200.

AndroBench

In the AndroBench running score, the data of Meizu 18X is slightly unsatisfactory, but the reading speed is still maintained at about 1500MB/s, and the writing speed is maintained at about 700MB/s.

Antutu

In the Antutu test, the total score of Meizu 18X was 673,000, surpassing 63% of users. Among them, the sub-items of memory and UX experience performed better. It is worth noting that the temperature of the Snapdragon 870 is only 53.2°C after the completion of the two consecutive running sub-tests, and the battery temperature is only 41.2°C. The whole process only increases by 5.5°C, which is quite cool. Relative to high performance, perhaps this is what makes more users happy.

Game

As a mobile phone equipped with Snapdragon 870, the performance of Meizu 18X is indeed worthy of the title of the second flagship, so what is the game performance? Let’s take a look at the test results.

“King of Glory”

After opening “King of Glory”, the system automatically adjusted the picture quality to the highest ultimate picture quality. It seems that Tencent still knows the SoC of Snapdragon 870 very well. In the course of the game, even the number of frames in a group has never been lower than 58. Such fluctuations are acceptable for the ultimate picture quality of “Glory of the King”.

“Peace Elite”

Unlike “King of Glory”, “Peace Elite” does not automatically match the picture quality to UHD picture quality. After downloading the UHD picture quality package, the entire game is extremely smooth, with no stuttering or frame dropping.

“Running Kart Mobile Game Edition”

Like “King of Glory”, in “Running Kart Mobile Game Edition”, the picture quality and frame rate are still automatically recognized to be the highest, and the whole game is also very smooth.

“One Piece: The Great Route”

It is still the more delicious configuration of “One Piece: Great Route”, the system directly recommends top quality by default, and there is no lag in the picture during the game. In general, the Snapdragon 870, as the current sub-flagship SoC, has no problems in playing current mobile game masterpieces.

Cameras

The main camera of Meizu 18X uses Samsung GW3 CMOS 64 Megapixel wide-angle lens, aperture F/1.79, the wide-angle direct main camera is also the mainstream practice of mobile phone manufacturers in recent times. The secondary camera of Meizu 18X is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel portrait lens.

Let’s take a look at the actual shooting effect.

The imaging effect of the main camera is very delicate. In the case of sufficient light, the details of the dark parts of the picture are fully preserved, and the bright parts are not overexposed. A good balance is achieved between color reproduction and light sensitivity.

The same is the main camera, the GW3 can show the advantages of 4-in-1 pixels in the performance of details. Although the dark details created by the interlacing of light and shadow are somewhat imperfect, the lighting part is still very brilliant. On the whole, the layering of the picture is still in place, and there is no big problem with snapping.

Although the performance is not perfect in low-light environments, the Meizu 18X camera still has many interesting designs, such as this hidden corner filter.

In the night shooting environment, the performance of the Meizu 18X is slightly surprising. In the case of weak light conditions during the day, the color reproduction ability of the night shooting is surprisingly good, and the lighting, bright and dark control are all easy to do. The color of leaves under different lights can still be retained. In scenes with more lighting levels, the overall picture performance is still remarkable.

Battery

The battery capacity of Meizu 18X is 4300mAh, the charging power is 30W, and it is not equipped with a charging head. Let’s take a look at the battery life of the phone first.

The test program used is the battery dog, which is an APP produced by Kuai Technology to test battery life. The test content includes high-intensity operations such as browsing videos and baking machines. Let’s take a look at the results.

The test time is 1 hour, 52 minutes, 28 seconds, and the power consumption is 23%. It is also said that about 10 hours of high-intensity use is not a big problem, and the daily intermittent use can be used easily for a whole day. Since Meizu did not send a charging head, we used a charging head that supports up to 36W QC3.0 to test charging.

In the first 10 minutes or so, the charging speed was very fast, easily reaching 27%, but then the charging speed slowed down slightly, reaching 47% in 30 minutes, 60% in 40 minutes, and power in 50 minutes. To 79%, 60 minutes of electricity can easily reach more than 90%.

Read Also: Meizu 18X Released: Snapdragon 870, Starting at $399

Verdict

As a brand new sub-flagship phone, Meizu 18X did not use the Snapdragon 888 Plus with the mainstream but instead used the Snapdragon 870 boldly in consideration of the balance of power consumption and performance.

Facts have proved that this SoC is completely sufficient for daily use. Excellent performance and game tuning have allowed the Snapdragon 870 to perform its due performance on the Meizu 18X.

Moreover, during the entire test experience, regardless of running sub-tests or frequently taking pictures, the Meizu 18X’s body is very cool, and at most it is warm. The Snapdragon 870 is really good for those who pursue high performance but don’t want to experience body heat. The best choice.

For Meizu 18X, in the case of sufficient light, taking pictures can be ranked at the forefront of high-end mobile phones, whether it is color reproduction or detailed performance, the performance of Meizu 18X is impressive.

Night shots are also quite pleasant. Under the main lens, the light and shadow and level performance of the picture are remarkable, but the effect of the 2x lens needs to be improved.

In low-light environments, the performance of Meizu 18X is not so brilliant. Of course, the algorithm is working hard to make up for the lack of hardware, but there is still a lot of room for improvement under a closer look. This may be used as a future image for Meizu. Focus on adjusting the direction.

In terms of battery life, Meizu’s good battery tuning is still continued, and it is not a problem to use it for a day in a high-intensity environment. Although it is not equipped with a charging head, as long as the QC3.0 protocol is used, it can quickly charge the Meizu 18X. Thinking about it, it is indeed environmentally friendly.

In general, Meizu 18X is a sub-flagship phone with a very high level in all aspects. If you need a comprehensive high-end mobile phone that does not have to worry about heat dissipation, battery life, and photography, then Meizu 18X will be a very good choice.

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