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It's not an iPhone: Meizu executive debunks iPhone body leaks, says it's a Meizu phone

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Yesterday, we spotted a photo of what appeared to be the metal back side of a smartphone. The picture was claimed to be a leak of an iPhone 7 prototype and was meant to show us an evolution of the infamous plastic antenna strips, which many deem unsightly.

Alleged iPhone 7

Alleged iPhone 7

Meizu PRO 6

Meizu PRO 6

However, it seems that this is not the case. Meizu's VP of science and tech Li Nan took to Weibo (Chinese social media website) to reveal that the phone in the picture is actually a Meizu PRO 6 – the company's upcoming flagship. He proceeded to post an actual photo of the lower back side of the PRO 6, revealing that it looks exactly like the phone that was on the earlier “leak”, and expressed regret that the surprise is spoiled for Meizu fans.

That's not to say that the upcoming iPhone 7 may not have very similar antenna strips, as we've seen this design choice on various iPhone-related leaks from different sources for a while now.

We're still left with a couple of unknowns, however. First, since the Meizu PRO 6 photo doesn't reveal the camera of the smartphone, we still don't know if other leaks, which showed an alleged iPhone 7 Plus having a noticeable bump around its dual camera module, are legitimate. Also, we are kind of curious whether the leak, which Mr. Li Nan debunked, was meant to be a Meizu leak, which got lost in translation, or an actual prank. In any case – here's why one should always take rumors with a grain of salt.

soruce: Weibo via Ubergizmo

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posted on 17 Mar 2016, 07:42 3

1. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)

iMeizu PRO 6.

That's what the leaked image is!

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 08:41 1

6. sintruder (Posts: 127; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)

I don't remember any iPhone flaunting such antenna lines, so I don't get it why your calling in 'iMeizu'

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:07 1

17. zeeBomb (Posts: 2304; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

The meizu needs to come to the west...the phones too good to underestimate.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 08:00 23

2. Finalflash (Posts: 3536; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Now watch all the iFans call it ugly and boring instead of refined and elegant.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 09:52

14. nctx77 (Posts: 2411; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

No, what the robots look stupid for thinking this was the iPhone 7.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 08:22 1

3. carlemillward (unregistered)

I like what LG did with their antennae lines. Is it got to do with the aluminium alloy bend that LG has no antennae lines?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 08:47 2

7. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)

The material used on the G5 is not pure metal. It's some kind of compound with some metal in it. That's why it doesn't exhibit Faraday's cage that well and allows signal. I guess that's a pretty great approach.

The downside is that it doesn't feel cool to touch like metal. It feels more like plastic in hand. But it's definitely metal.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 09:05 1

9. carlemillward (unregistered)

So similar to that of Meizu's "crystal metal" Magnesium Aluminium alloy used in the Meizu Metal?

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 09:26

11. Macready (Posts: 1496; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)

Correct, magnesium alloy usually feels a bit like plastic too (not so cold). My old Sony MD player was that way too and the fact that the material is so light, doesn't help with the perception of it being metal.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:01

15. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)

And the LG V10 is made with high-quality 316L stainless steel.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:33

18. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)

Not exactly. Only the sides are made of stainless steel.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 08:22 7

4. Johnnokia (Posts: 1147; Member since: 27 May 2012)

No... This was the least ugly iPhone 7 leaked image!

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:04

16. nctx77 (Posts: 2411; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

It was also the only so called real one. The rest are terrible photoshop jobs. Actually the cad drawing was also somewhat believable, but it was just that and not an actual part leak.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 08:24

5. Guaire (Posts: 741; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

One successful year and they lost the right direction again.

That is a backward move IMO, hence their budget phone Metal had been successfully hiding antenna lines on a full metal body.


Second thing is seems like they are gonna released Pro 6 with Helio X25 which is poor choice for Pro's price range. Also seems like there won't be a MX6. Brand new Pro line supposed to be higher end than MX line not other way around. They probably will lost both MX5 and Pro 5 users.

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 09:01

8. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 1023; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)

Not liking the SoC choice, here. Why not Samsung's non Mongoose version of the Exynos 8? Why not the 820? Let's see if anyone jumps on the SD625, as I think this thing will be a battery life boss

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 09:05 1

10. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)

I think they released it intentionally as to have some publicity

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