MEIZU 16th 

price₹ 19,990 onwards

launchApr, 2019

52.8

excellence score

72.0

value for money score

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2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 5 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • Premium, beautifully balanced design - you get a glossy metal frame with glass at the back, and the black color makes it look beautiful from all angles
  • Good build quality
  • In a world of smartphone screens stretching to the edges and notches galore, the Meizu 16th sticks to the classic design with a small forehead, and a small chin - if you dislike notches, you will like this design
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor works pretty well
  • There's also some quick face recognition, if you prefer that

Display

  • Very good, 6-inch full-HD+ AMOLED 18:9 display - it's crisp, has good brightness levels, and good level of color accuracy

Software

  • The Flyme OS UI powering the phone isn't particularly impressive, and runs on the previous version of Android, Android Oreo
  • It's buggy at places such as the bothersome search tool that is supposed to trigger when pulled up from the bottom of the screen - but rarely does so quickly
  • There are also bloatware apps that can’t be uninstalled like the TouchPal keyboard app or the separate app store that doesn’t offer anything special

Performance

  • Flagship grade performance with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC along with 8GB of RAM - the phone can handle anything you throw at it including graphics-intensive games such as PUBG Mobile and heavy multi-tasking - image editing is also a breeze on the device, and video editing is capably handled as well
  • It does tend to heat up a bit under load though

Camera

  • Decent set of dual rear cameras - a 12-megapixel primary camera and 20-megapixel secondary camera for depth-effect shots and 3X lossless zoom
  • Photos taken with the Meizu M16th generally have good detail, and the phone is quick to focus
  • The app's AI capability boosts colours, making them pop
  • Decent portrait mode, with the phone managing good edge detection (uses the second camera to gauge depth)
  • Macros are easy to take, as the phone manages sharp results with good separation between the subject and the background
  • The M16th is also quick to switch night mode on when it detects less-than-adequate lighting - low-light shots are good, though the phone does keep the shutter open for slightly too long, resulting in blurry photos if you aren't patient while shooting
  • Decent selfie camera too - selfies taken with the Meizu M16th in favourable lighting have good detail
  • The rear camera is prone to inconsistent color accuracy and white balance though, due to the sometimes over-aggressive AI fixes
  • The selfie camera lacks a selfie flash and surprisingly even a screen flash, which makes it hard to take good selfies in low light
  • Video recording quality is average, with no stabilization

Battery

  • Fast charging support with a 24W fast charger bundled in the box - you get a full charge in a little over an hour, with the initial burst of power giving you about 60 percent in 30 minutes
  • Average battery life with a 3010mAh battery - with heavier use you will need to recharge the phone again before night

Verdict

  • Overall, the 16th will find it very hard to compete in its segment, with the average software, sometimes inconsistent cameras, and a below average battery life holding it back - instead well-established phones like the OnePlus 6T and LG G7+ ThinQ will offer much superior experiences

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  3. Has a lot going for it...but the Meizu 16th will need to do more than just check the right boxes to rise to the top
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MEIZU 16th Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.5 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2160 pixels (~ 372 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • Super AMOLED
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.8 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 630
RAM8 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3010 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, mCharge 4.0, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight182 gm
Thickness7.3 mm
Camera
Primary Camera20MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.3" Sensor Size; 1.55um Pixel Size; 4-axis OIS; Dual Pixel PDAF & Laser AF
  • 20MP: F/2.6 Aperture; 1/2.6" Sensor Size; 1.0um Pixel Size
  • Six-LED Dual-tone Flash
  • Auto-HDR
  • Panorama
Secondary Camera20MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO + QZSS
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes

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