With Meizu M6 and the faster brother M6S, the manufacturer finally wants to conquer the rest of the world outside of china. Our test device comes from Gearbest and there you can buy the device for about 100$. M6 features an MT6750 Octa-Core processor, 2/16GB or 3/32GB storage, a 13-megapixel main camera, a plastic casing and a 5.2-inch HD display. Direct competitors to Meizu M6 are Redmi 5a or the normal Redmi 5. Within 2 weeks, we found out if Meizu can keep up with Xiaomi with its Meizu M6.
Design and build quality
Meizu M6 is 8.5mm thick, 73mm wide, 148mm long and 147g light. This makes it clearly one of the compact, “small” smartphones in 2018. Left and right to the 5.2-inch display, there are only 3mm bezels and also above and below the display, there is not much space wasted with 16mm. Nevertheless, a current 18:9 format smartphone like a Redmi 5 is much more economical in the display-to-case ratio. The Uni-Body of Meizu M6 is made of plastic and feels unusually good in the hand. You can mistake the plastic for metal and the smartphone lies wonderfully in the hand. The design is very discreet. On the rear, you find the MEIZU logo, the dual-LED flash, the rear camera and two antenna lines. These are superfluous because of the a plastic casing, but fit well to the appearance of the low-budget device. The camera is perfectly integrated into the rear and also looks good. In the lower part, the rear can be pressed in minimally, but this hardly reduces the overall impression of the high-quality casing.
On the front, there is a white notification LED that pulsates at a pleasant pace. Also the typical Meizu mTouch button is still there and is as much fun as ever. The physical home button combines the fingerprint sensor, the back button and the home button in one and is therefore sufficient for complete navigation. Press and hold the button to activate Google Language Assistant and double-tap it to get directly to the camera. Further individual adjustments are not really possible, but some of the functions can be deactivated. You can access the open apps in the background under Flyme (Meizu’s own system) by wiping up to the left or right of the home button. The fingerprint sensor performs nice work and unlocks Meizu M6 within one second. The home button must really be pressed to activate the fingerprint scanner.
In the SIM card slot on the right, you can insert 2 Nano-SIMs or one Nano and one Micro-SD for storage extension (up to 128GB). A good old jack connector is available at the top and an equally old Micro-USB port at the bottom, along with the speaker. Power button and volume control are made of plastic and sit firmly in the casing. For a 100$ smartphone, the Meizu device has perfect build quality. Design and value in the hand are absolutely coherent.
Does it really always have to be an FHD display? I would answer this question with a clear “no”. In the low budget range, especially a display with only 1280×720 pixels makes a lot of sense. The performance during games is still good despite the weaker processor and the battery is also spared. If a good panel is installed, the difference to an FHD display is barely perceptible up to 5.5-inches. Like Xiaomi does with Redmi 5, Meizu does well to place a 5.2-inch HD display on the front. The display also delivers excellent colours, high contrast, and stable viewing angles for an IPS displays. MEIZU indicates 450 cd/m² of brightness, but the readability outdoors is only on average.
A responsive and accurate 10-point touch ensures smooth inputs. A good haptic impression and clean transition to the casing is guaranteed by the slightly rounded 2.5D glass. There is no trace of brand names such as Gorilla Glas, but that can be coped with in the low budget range. After 2 weeks of use, there are no visible scratches on the display and even with a screwdriver, we could not cause any damage. The options menu offers a variety of display gestures, including the popular Double-Tap-to-Wake-Up feature. With the exception of outdoor readability, Meizu supplies a top display in the M6 that meets all requirements in the low-budget range.
System and performance
The in-house Flyme operating system of Meizu M6 is accelerated to a pleasant speed by a MediaTek MT6750 Octa-Core. The processor is a little older and once belonged to the middle class. Meanwhile, the 8 Cortex-A53 cores with 4 x 1.5 and 4 x 1.0GHz are only suitable for the low budget range. In Meizu M6, the processor provides a pleasant performance and the Mali-T860 GPU can also handle one or the other game. 3D games like Asphalt 8 or Nova 3 no longer run smoothly, but can still be played at a low level of detail. Gamers are definitely in the wrong price range. The heat development is kept within limits and the plastic casing never exceeds 38°C.Antutu Result Geekbench Multi Result Geekbench Single Result
For multitasking, there is a choice between 2 or 3GB of RAM. Our 2GB version has only 400MB free for apps in the cache. However, Flyme is very aggressive and keeps a maximum of 5 processes in RAM. All others are always reloaded, whereby the RAM with a speed of 4GB/s is very fast for the price range. The same applies to the 16 or 32GB internal storage, which, in our case, had a reading/writing speed of 134/121 MB/s. The internal storage can also be extended by up to 128GB with a Micro-SD card (200GB + cards probably work too, unfortunately, we don’t have any for testing), if you go without the Dual-SIM function.
Flyme OS belongs to the optically and contentwise strongly adapted Android-based operating systems. Meizu does not attach any importance to the supply with Google security patches and also the basis for Flyme always lags quite far back. For example, Meizu M6 currently runs with Android 7.0. Since Android is hardly recognizable under Flyme, this should not play a decisive role. The system runs rather predominantly smoothly and bug-free. Occasional short lags in the system, however, cannot be avoided. You first have to get used to the restructured options menu and find your way around. The Global Version (code name: M711H) also regularly receives OTA updates. Flyme OS also does without an app drawer (overview page with all apps). All apps are placed on the home screens and can then be organized in folders. Basically, Flyme OS is a clear system in a modern design.
Meizu is not using a dual camera, which is very positive for this price range. The 13-megapixel sensor has an f/2.2 aperture and is supported by a dual-tone LED flash in the dark. An 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture is used on the front. The camera app is strongly reminiscent of IOS and has been revised in the new Flyme 6. It takes 2-3 seconds to get the app up and running, but the shutter release time and autofocus are really fast. In addition to a Pro mode (adjustment of aperture, ISO, brightness, etc.), HDR, Beauty Mode, GIF and Panorama are available. QR codes can also be recognized directly from the camera app. Videos can be recorded with Meizu M6 in 1080p at maximum and without stabilization. There is also a slow-motion and a time-lapse mode. Slow motion as usual only uses 720p. The front camera can also record videos at 1080p, but with less light, FPS drops to 15-20 frames per second and the image begins to jerk strongly.
Rear and front camera can convince with normal pictures and even surpass a Redmi 5a. In normal outdoor lighting conditions, the images from the rear camera of Meizu M6 are detailed, well matched in colour and have sufficient dynamic contrast. The HDR mode can further increase the quality of the images depending on the scenario. Even in poor light conditions, the Meizu device still cuts a useful figure outdoors, only in the dark and indoors strong image noise occurs and the pictures get blurred. The selfie camera delivers results far above the average of the low-budget range. The pictures are very sharp and detailed and an intelligent beauty mode provides the necessary alien effect. If you don’t like the beauty mode, you have to deactivate the mode again and again after switching to the selfie camera.
Meizu M6 surprises with its cameras and we are already looking forward to the M6S, which should clearly top the pictures shown here again. If you are looking for a usable main camera and an excellent selfie camera in the price range around 100€, you will hardly miss Meizu M6 from now on.
Connectivity and communication
4G: LTE: B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20
3G: UMTS: B1/B2/B5/B8
2G: GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8
and is therefore well equipped for the market in Asia and Europe. The call quality is high but the auricle is not the loudest, you should know that before buying. The speakerphone can be used, but generates an echo for your interlocutor in case of ambient noise. The reception was at a good level throughout.
Bluetooth 4.1 (LE) and WIFI with n-standard are the standards in the low-budget range. Both work without any problems, especially the Bluetooth reception had no problems. The WIFI even transmits in the 2.4 and 5GHz network, although the data throughput was temporarily quite low and did not exceed 10-15 Mbit. With my 50000 line, not a perfect value, but sufficient for all tasks. However, the range of the WIFI was good.
Headphones can be used via the jack connector, which is not always available, especially with expensive smartphones. The sound quality is superior with mid-range headphones connected. The internal speaker is rather quiet, but the sound does hardly oversteer and is sufficiently detailed. Of course, you have to do without bass.
GPS reception is excellent and navigation is fun both in the car and as a pedestrian. The position is determined within a few seconds to an accuracy of 2-3 metres and a compass provides the necessary support as a pedestrian. In addition to the minimum sensors with accelerometer, proximity and light sensors, there is also a gyroscope.
BatteryBattery lifetime Result Unit: hours
A 3000 mAh battery in Meizu M6 provides a good but not exceptional battery life. The Flyme system ensures very low standby consumption through aggressive app management. In the PCMark battery test, the device lasted for a good 8 hours and 12 minutes, a Redmi 5 manages 12 hours with the same battery size. Nevertheless, M6 makes it through the day with a DOT (time with the display switched on) of 4-5 hours without any problems. Normal users will get 1.5/2 days of run time. Quick-Charge is not supported, but Meizu charges from 0 to 100 in 2 hours. Those who like to recharge 30 minutes between 20 and 80%, gets 30% of the battery power in 30 minutes.
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