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Meizu 16Xs: 6.2-inch smartphone with Infinity Display, triple primary camera for just $245

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Meizu 16Xs is the latest smartphone to join in the triple primary camera bandwagon, is there more than meets the eye (or camera) in this case?

Just over a year ago, the Meizu 15 made quite an impact and here’s the reason why:

  • 5.46-inch Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~403 ppi density
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) processor, Adreno 512 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP (f/1.8, aperture 1/2.3", 1.55 µm) + 20MP primary camera (1/2.8", 1.0 µm) with 4-axis OIS, 2x optical zoom, dual pixel phase and laser detection autofocus, six-LED dual-tone flash
  • 20MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (54% in just 30 minutes)
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • April 2018 release date
  • 2,499 Chinese Yuan or ~ USD 390 price tag

Back then, Meizu 15 dishes out great value with its 5.46-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, good mid-range performance with the Snapdragon 660 chipset and 4GB RAM, a superb 12MP+20MP primary camera with lots of excellent features and functions, and a great 20MP selfie camera to cement its position as a great camera smartphone.

But fast forward to one year later, and it feels like a long time in the smartphone industry. Let’s check out the lowdown on the Meizu 16Xs as per below:

  • 6.2-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2232 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio or ~403 PPI density
  • Infinity Display
  • Fingerprint sensor (under display)
  • Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 (11 nm) chipset, Octa-core (2x2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver) processor, Adreno 612 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • Triple primary camera: 48MP with f/1.7 aperture, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF + 8MP with f/2.2 aperture + 5MP with f/1.9 aperture, depth sensor, LED flash, HDR and panorama
  • 16MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture and HDR
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage with no expansion slot
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2018 release date
  • $1,698 Chinese Yuan or ~$265 USD for 64GB internal storage + 6GB RAM and $1,998 Chinese Yuan or ~$290 USD for 128GB internal storage + 6GB RAM

Just a glance through it, and you can see how much the 16Xs has improved over the past year. Starting with a larger 6.2-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen with Infinity Display, you can now see more things on-screen.

We all know that continued usage of screens can damage the eyes. In combination with Samsung’s AMOLED display, they have come out with an exclusive blue-light protection filter that can reduce harmful blue-light and eyestrain by up to 33%. A small change can have a big impact on our lives!

With a fingerprint sensor under the display, the Super mTouch fingerprint recognition system allows the 16Xs to be unlocked in under 0.2seconds; it is that safe and simple. There’s also face recognition with the face-unlock feature. Just raise your phone, and the screen will automatically light up, unlock in a single move and enter a realm with no limits.

Under the hood of the 16Xs is more of a mid-range. The 11nm processing technology behind the 675 Snapdragon chipset brings an advanced eight core architecture to Qualcomm’s latest mobile platform. Equipped with the Kryo 460 CPU, it supports and excels in an outstanding range of on-device activities, with enhanced efficiency and speed. Thrown into the mix is the 6GB of high-speed LPDDR4X RAM, and supplemented with the Adreno 612 GPU, this is a phone that excels at gaming.

Perhaps the best part of all is on its 48MP+8MP+5MP triple primary camera setup. With 48 million ultra-high definition pixels, you can capture any moment of your life with just a light press of a button in the colour and detail it deserves. The 118.8° super wide-angle lens, in combination with the f1.7 aperture primary lens and the Super Night Scene lens gives the 16Xs a considerable leap in terms of photography capabilities. Regardless of the subject or time of day, you will always shoot a masterpiece that you would be proud to showcase. That’s not all, the 16MP selfie camera is a master of light and in shadows. Plus, the AI software ensures you have the perfect selfies, no matter the condition.

Last but not least, the 4,000 mAh battery allows the 16Xs to achieve an incredibly long battery life. And thanks to mCharge’s fast charging capabilities, it won’t take long before it gets fully charged and ready to take on the world.

One word of caution, though, the 16Xs does not come with an expansion slot. So you have to make do with either 64GB or 128GB of storage, depending on your budget. Of course, there’s always the cloud storage that you can turn to.

Conclusion:

Meizu 16Xs has all the characteristics to make it great. It has improved by leaps and bounds compared to its predecessor, and the large 6.2-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen with Infinity Display, mid-range hardware, triple primary camera and a large 4000 mAh battery speaks volume of it.

Meizu 16Xs had just been released in China for 1,698 Chinese Yuan or ~$265 USD for the 64GB internal storage + 6GB RAM variant and $1,998 Chinese Yuan or ~$290 USD for the 128GB internal storage + 6GB RAM variant. Three beautiful colours for you to choose from: Carbon Black, Pearl White and Phantom Blue.

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