With the Meizu M6S, the manufacturer presents a promising mid-range smartphone that is a direct competitor to the new Xiaomi Redmi. MEIZU is the small dwarf among the Chinese giants and lags far behind Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo in sales figures. The smartphones still offer similarly much performance for the money. Most Meizu smartphones almost always score points in our reviews and deliver a very good overall result. With the Meizu M6 Note it failed then rather because of the availability, than because of the price/performance. Whether the global version of the Meizu M6S reaches us in Europe will determine success or failure. The same applies to the Meizu M63, which we will introduce to you below
Design and Display
Meizu is famous for the mTouch button, and that’s exactly what fell victim to the 18:9 rush. The mTouch button combined all commands and the fingerprint sensor in the home button. As an alternative, Meizu provides the “Super mBack” button in the M6S. This pressure-sensitive button is located in the display and continues to combine the back, home and multitasking commands. We will find out how well this works in the upcoming review. The fingerprint sensor is now integrated in the power button on the right. According to the manufacturer, unlocking takes only 0.2 seconds and the detection angle is 360°. The design is strongly reminiscent of the M6 note and, as usual with Meizu, it is also strongly inspired by Apple.
Meizu is particularly proud of the 18:9 display and praises it as an innovative innovation. The edge-to-edge display reduces the edges above and below the display and the 18:9 format keeps the M6S smaller than a 5.5 inch smartphone, even with a 5.7 inch diagonal. The exact dimensions are 152*72.5*8mm and the compact device weighs only 160g. The euphoria is reduced by the HD+ 1440 x 720 pixels resolution of the display. In practice, however, the display could still be convincing.
Performance and features
The brand-new Exynos 7872 processor from Samsung is supposed to provide sufficient performance in the Meizu M6S. Like the Snapdragon 625, the energy-efficient processor is manufactured in a 14nm process. In the Antutu 7 Benchmark it reaches almost 90000 points. However, the Snapdragon 636 from the grade 5 remains the clear winner with 120000 points. The Hexa-Core processor clocks with 2 x 2.0GHz in the power cluster (Cortex-A73 cores) and 4 x 1.6GHz (Cortex A53 cores) in the power saving cluster. The processor is supported by a Mali-G71 GPU and 3GB LPDDR3 RAM. The Meizu M6S is also suitable for current games and a fluid system should not be a problem. Like most manufacturers, Meizu relies on an adapted Android system called Flyme. Probably the customized system will still run on Android 7.
The Global version of the Meizu M6S supports all 2G, 3G and 4G (LTE) frequencies for worldwide use:
4G FDD-LTE: B1/3/5/7/8/20
4G TD-LTE: B40
3G WCDMA: B1/2/5/8
3G CDMA: Bc0
2G GSM: B2/3/5/8
WLAN transmits in the n-standard in both 2.4 and 5GHz networks. Bluetooth 4.2 and proximity, acceleration and brightness sensor are also available. On top there is also a gyroscope, pressure sensor and a compass. GPS is of course also supported.
Camera and battery life
Meizu does without the dual-camera trend, which we regard as positive with a fight price of 150€. The 16 megapixel main camera works with an f/2.0 lens and PDAF autofocus. An 8 megapixel sensor is supposed to provide for decent Selfies. Meizu often had a knack for good cameras in the past, whether this is also the case with the M6S, we will only find out in the detailed test report.
Considering the economical processor and the HD+ display, the 3000 mAh is enough to get through the day. Quick-Charge would be nice, but not obligatory in this price range. Flyme-OS could considerably improve the battery life again, this will be shown in the test report.
Meizu is the underdog among the big Chinese manufacturers and always good for a surprise. According to the specifications the device has no chance to compete with the big Redmi Note 5, but as an alternative for a Redmi 5 Plus the device passes. We will get a test device as soon as possible and then contact you with a detailed review. At the moment the little brother M6 is already in our test laboratory.