The launch cadence for Meizu smartphones has been rather speedy as of late. Already this year we’ve seen the introduction of the m3, the m3 Note, the Pro 6, and at the tail-end of last year we had the Pro 5 as well. This week sees the launch of the MX6, an update to the MX5, using MediaTek’s 10-core Helio X20 (MT6797) SoC.

Alongside the SoC, the MX6 uses a Full HD (1920x1080) display measuring 5.5 inches, 4GB of LPDDR3 memory with 32GB of storage, a 3060 mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor, a USB Type-C connector and Android 6.0 with Meizu’s Flyme UI. While there is no microSD card slot, the MX6 will offer Dual-SIM capabilities and uses a reported ‘24W’ peak charging mode to fully charge in 75 minutes or a 10 minute charge should give a half day of battery (though Meizu doesn’t specify if that’s a half ‘working day’ or actually 12 hours, probably the former given that the device is rated at 9 working hours on the website).

Meizu MX Series
  Meizu MX6 Meizu MX5 Meizu MX4
SoC MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797)

2 x Cortex-A72 @ 2.3 GHz
4 x Cortex-A53 @ 1.9 GHz
4 x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4 GHz
MediaTek Helio X10

8x Cortex-A53 @ 2.2GHz
PowerVR G6200
MediaTek custom

4 x Cortex-A17 @ 2.2 GHz
4 x Cortex-A7 @ 1.7 GHz
PowerVR G6200
NAND 32GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB (eMMC 5)     16GB / 32GB / 64GB (eMMC 5)
Display 5.5-inch
Dimensions 153.6 x 75.2 x 7.25 mm
155 grams
149.9 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm
149 grams
144.0 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm
147 grans
Modem MediaTek (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 6)
MediaTek (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4)
MediaTek (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4)
Bands FDD-LTE / TD-LTE /

(Chinese Bands)
SIM Size 2x NanoSIM (dual standby) 2x NanoSIM (dual standby) Micro-SIM
5MP, f/2.0 5MP, f/2.0 2MP Sony IMX208
12 MP, 1/2.9" Sony IMX398, 1.25 µm pixels, f/2.0, PDAF, 6-element lens, dual-tone flash 20.7MP, 1/2.3” Sony IMX220
Exmor RS, 1.2µm pixels,
f/2.2, Laser AF, HDR,
dual-tone LED flash
Battery 3060 mAh
3150 mAh (11.97 Wh)
3100 mAh
Connectivity 802.11b/g/n/ac,
BT 4.1 LE,
USB Type-C
BT 4.1 LE,
microUSB 2.0
BT 4.0 LE,
microUSB 2.0
Launch OS Android 6.0 with Meizu FlymeOS 5.0 Android 5.0 with Meizu FlymeOS 4.5 Andoid 4.4.4 with Meizu FlymeOS 4.0
¥1799 / ¥1999 / ¥2399
$290 / $320 / $386 USD

The rear camera is a 12MP Sony IMX386, with 1.25-micron pixels, phase-detection auto focus (PDAF), an f/2.0 lens and dual tone flash. While the MP count seems to have dropped from the MX5, the use of larger pixels to increase image clarity in low light, combined with PDAF, has its own advantages. The 5.5-inch TDDI display according to the spec sheets is good for 1500:1 contrast ratio, 85% NTSC and a peak brightness of 500 nits – it’s worth noting that Meizu’s landing page states ‘500 cd/m2 Peak’ but the specification sheet says ‘450 cd/m2 typical’. The Cat 6 modem is supported by dual-band 802.11ac and BT 4.1, while the fingerprint sensor has a rated response time of 0.2 seconds. The 7.25mm unibody design features the microphone port on the bottom next to the USB Type-C, and dual microphones (one each end) with additional noise cancelling software filters.

The MX6 will launch in China for 1,999 yuan (~$298.51), with pre-orders taken from today for a shipping date of July 30th. Gray, silver, gold and rose gold colors will be available. There is no indication yet if the MX6 will be sold outside China or in capacities other than 32GB.

Related Reading:

July 2016: The Meizu m3 Note Review (with Redmi Note 3 for comparison)
June 2016: The Meizu PRO 5 Review
Feb 2015: The Meizu MX4 Pro Review

Source: Meizu

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  • webdoctors - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - link

    I don't understand the draw of this phone. The Huawei Honor 5X is only $199 (I snagged one on prime day for just 125) and has similar specs (slightly weaker CPU, less RAM). The Zenfone 2 came out a year ago and has similar specs and also just $199.

    Shouldn't stuff releasing more than a year later after its competitors have some redeeming quality? The display, battery, GPU power, modem, camera seem same?
  • Amandtec - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - link

    Aluminium chassis. Latest ARM cores. Fast charging. But you are right, we are entering the era when this years Toyota Corolla is not much different from last year's Toyota Corolla. If I was Apple I would 'double their efforts' on the iCar/iDeathstar or whatever is next.
  • bananaforscale - Monday, July 25, 2016 - link

    What, "I find your lack of faith... disturbing"? :D
  • Taracta - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - link

    I am counting just 8 cores in the specification that was given in this article for the X20.
  • ingwe - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - link

    I noticed that too. I assumed it was 4xA72 but have no idea.
  • nandnandnand - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - link

    Should be "4 x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4 GHz" I think. The two cores are the beefiest ones.
  • Matt Humrick - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - link

    Good eye. Fixed
  • BedfordTim - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - link

    Does it have QI charging?
  • fanofanand - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - link

    I couldn't find that info anywhere (Mediatek has the IP to do it, but with this phone being aluminum I highly doubt it. If you can get 4-5 hours of SOT with a 10 minute charge, I'm not entirely sure that Qi charging even makes sense.
  • Amandtec - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - link

    The day has finally arrived when budget phones have more ram, higher resolution display, longer battery life and better chassis materials than budget laptops - and for a lower price.

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