Meizu Pro 6 Review

Introduction


There's a certain contingent of smartphone users that, no matter which new handset you show them, will invariably comment, “Oh, that looks like an iPhone.” Sometimes that just reflects a narrow view of the smartphone market; it's only iPhone or iPhone wannabe, right? And sometimes there really are some pretty glaring similarities, as manufacturers try to take direction from moves where Apple has found success.

Meizu Pro 6 Review
But then there's Meizu with the new Pro 6, where even “imitation” feels like too weak of a word: from hardware design, to functionality, to the heavily modified Android-based platform, the Pro 6 is a smartphone that feels like it was created from a singular vision intent on capturing some of that iPhone magic by following as close in Apple's footsteps as humanly possible.

And wouldn't you know it, but the Meizu Pro 6 somewhat succeeds in doing just that.

In the box:

  • Meizu Pro 6
  • USB Type-C to standard A cable
  • Fast charging adapter
  • Warranty/safety cards
  • Quick start guide
  • SIM tool

Design

An iPhone by any other name...

Meizu Pro 6 Review
Meizu Pro 6 Review
Meizu Pro 6 Review

Back in March, much as we still are today, the smartphone community was speculating about the design of Apple's next iPhone. And when some imagery surfaced of a metal-backed handset with an interesting, curved antenna stripe, rumors quickly zeroed in on it being a possible iPhone 7 prototype. The next day, though, a Meizu exec burst our bubble by confirming that the image was actually of his company's own Pro 6. The initial leak didn't feel like a hoax, or an attempt by some jokester to pull one over on us; the Meizu Pro 6 really is that easy to mistake for an Apple device.

Meizu's Apple-parroting decisions include giving the Pro 6 a single hardware button up front: a fingerprint-scanning home button that may not be round like Apple's but it's similarly all alone up there – no extra capacitive Android buttons waiting in the wings. And while Meizu does side-button placement a little differently, the phone's bottom edge with headphone jack, mic, reversible USB Type-C connector, and speaker grille is one page pulled right from the iPhone playbook.


Meizu Pro 6

Meizu Pro 6

Dimensions

5.81 x 2.79 x 0.29 inches

147.7 x 70.8 x 7.25 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Xiaomi Mi 5

Xiaomi Mi 5

Dimensions

5.69 x 2.72 x 0.29 inches

144.55 x 69.2 x 7.25 mm

Weight

4.90 oz (139 g)

Meizu PRO 5

Meizu PRO 5

Dimensions

6.17 x 3.07 x 0.3 inches

156.7 x 78 x 7.5 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

Meizu M3 Note

Meizu M3 Note

Dimensions

6.05 x 2.97 x 0.32 inches

153.6 x 75.5 x 8.2 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

Meizu Pro 6

Meizu Pro 6

Dimensions

5.81 x 2.79 x 0.29 inches

147.7 x 70.8 x 7.25 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Xiaomi Mi 5

Xiaomi Mi 5

Dimensions

5.69 x 2.72 x 0.29 inches

144.55 x 69.2 x 7.25 mm

Weight

4.90 oz (139 g)

Meizu PRO 5

Meizu PRO 5

Dimensions

6.17 x 3.07 x 0.3 inches

156.7 x 78 x 7.5 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

Meizu M3 Note

Meizu M3 Note

Dimensions

6.05 x 2.97 x 0.32 inches

153.6 x 75.5 x 8.2 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 g)

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



Display

A solid AMOLED screen with pressure-sensitive input

Meizu Pro 6 Review
Meizu gives its phone a Samsung-made 5.2-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. That sounds pretty good: an OLED-based panel from a manufacturer we trust, and one that doesn't try to win any pixel-density-meausring contests for bragging rights. With multiple color-tweaking modes to push that panel to its limits, as well as software options for adjusting white balance, the phone's screen sure comes equipped to impress.

In our tests, though, it came up just a little short in terms of brightness, meaning you might be fighting to see this guy on a particularly sunny day.

Like the iPhone from which it borrows so many tricks, the Pro 6's screen implements its own version of 3D Touch, letting you hard-press certain icons to pull up shortcuts. Honestly, it works really well, and our only big problem with it is how limited its availability is; only a few key Meizu apps take full advantage of these interactions.



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13 Comments

1. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

MEIZU PRO 6 GOT 6 LOOOOOOOL

14. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

This pro 6 is trash compared to the 5 tho

2. Adsr14

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Sounds about right. Such a s**tty phone from a good company. I don't mind MTK chips but why not use a better GPU? Common sense but whatever. More of a mediatek problem than a meizu problem though.

3. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

How well put " Unparalleled Apple imitation job"

4. pagal

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Even 6 is a very high score for a phone using helio x25 with 2600 mah. Salute to their bravery.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right.. a freaking 10core with 2600mAh? seriously? I know multi core is for battery efficiency and 8 those core run power-efficient A53 core, but still.. 2600mAh? they should learn from xiaomi and put 4000mAh in that phone.. and change that processor to SD820.. that way they have chance to get 6.5/10 (lol)

5. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

"Unparalleled apple imitation job" is that really a positive distinction now?

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

why not? even iOS itself is a PROs on each iPhone review

6. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Meizu PRO 5 is better imo

7. Tronlol

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Worst phone eu

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 1923; Member since: May 04, 2015

"If you do happen to live somewhere where the Pro 6 can take full advantage of the local carriers, the phone supports dual-SIM operation." And if you don't it magically becomes single sim? Why is lack of US LTE support always a negative if it wasn't meant for the US market? That's like criticizing a US appliance for being 110V instead of 220V. Stupid. For once I actually agree with PA on their review of a Chinese phone though. I can't see why anyone would pay over $400 for it.

12. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

apple copied Meizu, it's true.

13. tyer205

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

beauty
Pro 6
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio X25, Deca-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2560 mAh

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