Introduction


Meizu is a brand name we rarely get to mention, even though the Chinese company has been in the smartphone business for a whole decade. That’s due to the fact that only recently its phones became officially available in Western markets – through retailers like Amazon and Meizu’s own online stores. And as the case is with many Chinese brands, Meizu handsets aim to stand out by offering decent specs and attractive design at a competitive price.

The Meizu Pro 6 Plus, in particular, is a high-end Android model that’s going to cost 499 euros (about $530) when it is released in France and Italy. In exchange you get a device with software and design that have been clearly inspired by Apple’s iPhone, while the specs place it in the premium tier, next to the Galaxy S7 and the likes. But ultimately, is the Meizu Pro 6 Plus a good buy? I used it for several weeks to find out!

In the box:

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus smartphone
  • USB C charging cable
  • Wall charger (with Quick Charge support)
  • Quick start guide (which you should definitely read!)
  • SIM ejector tool

Design

A phone built well, with attention paid to details.


When it comes to design, the iPhone influence over the Meizu Pro 6 Plus is undeniable. The color, the shape of the antenna bands, the feel of the phone’s metal exterior – all remind of Apple’s popular handset. One major difference: Meizu’s phone has a headphone jack. But another is that it isn’t water-resistant.

One should keep in mind that the Meizu Pro 6 Plus is a pretty large handset. Given its size, I don’t find it particularly heavy.

As a phone of this price point should, the Meizu Pro 6 Plus looks and feels like a high-quality product – one that could justify its price tag. And it has been built with attention to detail, judging by the accents matching the color of the phone’s body.

The home button, situated below the screen, has a fingerprint scanner built into it. Of course, it keeps the phone locked while it isn’t being used, but during operation, it also doubles as the back navigation key: a tap on the button takes you back one step, and a firm press takes you to the home screen – a unique approach that I find mostly convenient. My only complaint is that I sometimes tap it by accident when playing games.

As far as reliability goes, the fingerprint scanner does an okay job, but there’s a learning curve to it. I’ve noticed that my fingers tend to easily slide across its super-slippery surface, which sometimes results in inaccurate readings. Over time, I found out that the best way to use it is to press firmly for a second and then lift my thumb.

According to Meizu’s website, the scanner also doubles as a heart-rate monitor, although my review unit doesn’t have a pre-loaded app capable of taking advantage of this feature. I later found out that a pulse measurement app will be added through a software update.

Meizu PRO 6 Plus

Meizu PRO 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.13 x 3.04 x 0.29 inches

155.6 x 77.3 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.63 oz (188 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches

150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

Meizu PRO 6 Plus

Meizu PRO 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.13 x 3.04 x 0.29 inches

155.6 x 77.3 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.63 oz (188 g)

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Dimensions

5.94 x 2.86 x 0.3 inches

150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.54 oz (157 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

A screen that the great majority would be okay with. Extras like pressure sensitivity and the stand-by display are welcome.


Once again, I must mention the iPhone in this review, as the Pro 6 Plus borrows a key feature straight from it. Meizu’s phone has a pressure-sensitive touchscreen, which enables 3D-Touch-like interaction with various home screen icons. For example, hard-pressing the Phone app icon lets you access recent contacts. Hard-press a picture in the gallery, and a preview pop-up appears. It’s a feature with potential, although I didn’t really use it much. That’s maybe because I didn’t find the shortcuts useful enough in order to develop the habit. Also, the functionality is not supported by third-party apps in any way.

Deep in the Settings menu I also found a blue light filter called Eye-protection mode. Much like Apple’s Night Shift feature, it can be set to activate at a specific time, or you can trigger it manually with a toggle button in the notifications shade. Also in the settings menu I came across a very handy option to display the time on the screen during stand-by – a feature inspired by the Galaxy S7, clearly.

On the technical side of things, the Meizu Pro 6 Plus has a spacious, 5.7-inch display with high resolution: 1440 by 2560 pixels (515 ppi). It is ideal for viewing photos, browsing the web, playing games, and all the activities modern phones are typically used for.

The screen itself is of the AMOLED variety. Colors are vivid, but not overly so, and I’d say that their representation on the Pro 6 Plus would please the majority of users, despite the inaccuracies we measured during testing (evident in the charts below). The maximum brightness level – a factor directly affecting outdoor usability – is a tad below what other high-ends can achieve and lower than what Meizu advertises, but I never found this to be an issue throughout my use.



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18 Comments

1. NoAllegiance unregistered

So majority of those cons can be solved when it gets Nougat...

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

nougat could fix this 2 problems - UI still needs work and bug fixes. - Poor stand-by power efficiency. Detached from Google’s ecosystem: thats because this phone designed for chinese market, and google-less android is normal thing on that part of this planet Aggressively kills background apps: some simple changes in dev options can help that, this phone have 4GB of RAM afterall :-/ Wouldn’t recommend it for heavy gaming: but why? this phone use E8890... even midranger phone with SD650/652 won't have any trouble running "heavy game" there must be something wrong with that unit :-/ (but this phone isn't that great actually, xiaomi and oneplus is better options)

10. Nick_T

Posts: 184; Member since: May 27, 2011

Hey, thanks for the comment. To clarify, there are several reasons why I wouldn't recommend the phone for gaming: accidental touching of the back button, choppiness in some games, and the fact that some popular games refused to run at all. Also, I must mention that the 64GB model that I reviewed has slower CPU and GPU. About your previous remark, Meizu phones are officially sold in some European countries with international software. The unit I reviewed was a global, not a Chinese one.

15. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Why u reviewed down locked one, just to show lower score from Meizu?

2. soranerr0r

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

it's fake review , shame on you! Exynos 8899 73k on antutu ahahaha lol

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

*8890 even with terrible optimization, it should get at least 100k :-/

7. Nick_T

Posts: 184; Member since: May 27, 2011

Actually the phone runs in "Balanced mode" by default, and that's the actual score it gets. If you switch to "Performance mode", you'll get 112K. And more power draw, of course.

3. elvis_17

Posts: 32; Member since: May 26, 2016

Hmm it deserves at least 7.5-8.

11. raky_b

Posts: 383; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Compared to Op3 and Galaxy, HTC 10, LG g5.... Not a chanse, especially not at that price. This is first time that i agree with PA ratings.

16. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I agree totally with your rating. I can't see a rating of only 6.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

dear PA.. please fix the numbering athttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Affordable-not-cheap-10-best-low-cost-smartphones-2017-edition_id58696 the writer apparently have some trouble at counting down from 10 (he skip 9 and 6) but the title already correct "8 best low-cost smartphones" even if the url said "10-best-low-cost-smartphones-2017-edition_id58696​" (I write here because PA disabled comment in that article)

8. Nick_T

Posts: 184; Member since: May 27, 2011

Will be fixed, thanks.

9. tontolou

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

"When it comes to design, the iPhone influence over the Meizu Pro 6 Plus is undeniable. The color, the shape of the antenna bands, the feel of the phone’s metal exterior – all remind of Apple’s popular handset" yes?

12. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I strongly disagree, I'm not a Meizu boi but I saw these bands and leaks before iPhone 7 rumors so no, Meizu was here first. It's inline with it's design since 2013 when it copied the M7.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

13. Joms_US

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

To Meizu, you need to release Meizu PRO 9 immediately so you will get 9.0 score. The reviewer is so fond of giving score base on version number or at least with worthless Cr@pple logo.

14. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I haven't seen many positive reviews of Chinese phones on this site. Yes, you can quote performance stats, but the rating given to any phone is mainly subjective. It is common knowledge that we have opinions which we then seek to justify by finding evidence to 'prove' that we are right while overlooking or downplaying counter evidence. Even scientists can be guilty of this bias. I used the Meizu Pro 5 for about 6 months a year ago - a fairly long time for me for any phone - and I don't play any games more graphic intensive than solitaire. The Pro 5 was one of the best phones I ever owned and would highly recommend the Pro 6 Plus. I am into smaller phones at the moment, preferably only 5 inch ones but if I were looking for a 5.7 inch phone, this one would be in my top 5. You get a very high end phone for much less money than a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. I love the one-button navigation and the UI was never an issue for me.

18. Beskyd

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 09, 2017

UI still needs work and bug fixes Flyme 6 is on its way. Detached from Google’s ecosystem All Google apps can be installed. Aggressively kills background apps Solved through settings Wouldn’t recommend it for heavy gaming You should have switched into Performance mode. After that AnTuTu will give 112 000. Poor stand-by power efficiency Solved through settings. All other reviewers got better battery score that iPhone 7Plus but not phonearena. Headphones output power should be measured when "Headphones" not "plugs" are activated. The score should at the level of Meizu Pro 5. Overall not the best review.
PRO 6 Plus
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 8 Octa, Octa-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3400 mAh

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