Meizu M6S redefines "affordable": 18:9 display, Samsung hardware, and a notch on the side
Chinese manufacturer Meizu has a new mid-range device in the portfolio and it ticks a trove of important boxes - it's affordable, it's boasting that trendy fullscreen all-metal design, and most importanly, has a neat a set of hardware inside.
But Meizu seems really proud of one particular M6S feature, and that's its Halo on-screen button, which has a pressure-sensitive display area beneath itself and allows you to interact with your phone via numerous gestures. That's right, there are no other software buttons except for the Halo one, and it allows you to do the following stuff: a single tap acts as a back button, a hard press will get you to the home screen, swiping left and right from the Halo button switches between open apps, swiping up to access multitasking, and more. Overall, not that innovative, but we guess it grinds Meizu's gears. In case you don't dig Meizu's way of doing things, you can switch to a traditional nav bar.
As far as design and hardware goes, the M6S features a fingerprint scanner at the side of the phone, which rests in a subtle notch in the body, though we'd have preferred for the power button to be actually embedded in the fingerprint sensor - currently, both are separated from one another which is not a superbly great idea, but we probably shouldn't expect so much from such an affordable device.
Inside, a 2.0 GHz, 14nm FinFET Samsung Exynos 7872 hexa-core processor with ARM Cortex-A73 architecture tick and clicks, joined by 3GB of RAM and either 32 or 64GB of native storage. There's a 5.7-inch 18:9 display at the front, which has the lowly resolution of 720 by 1440 pixels. A 3,000mAh battery sporting 18W fast-charging is powering the whole shebang. Finally, a main 16MP Samsung-made sensor with an ƒ/2.0 aperture and a 8MP Samsung-made front camera.
The phone will most certainly be available in Meizu's currently supported markets: China, India, South-east Asia, Western & Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. The device will cost CNY 999 (~$155) for the 32GB model and CNY 1,199 (roughly $186) for the 64GB one n China, though it's certain that the phone will be a bit pricier in other markets. You can have it in four colors: black, blue, silver, and gold.