Meizu Pro 6 Review
Interface and Functionality
You can make Android look like iOS, but navigation becomes a headache
It's not like we've been avoiding the elephant in the room, but it's impossible to talk about the Meizu Pro 6's UI without drawing some lengthy comparisons to Apple's iOS.
Like other Meizu phones, the Pro 6 runs the company's custom Flyme OS, an Android fork that claims to place an emphasis on reliability, intuitive design, and performance.
Evaluating the interface on its own merits, Flyme 5 on the Pro 6 really does look nice. It's a break from the Android norm, with a default launcher that eschews the typical app drawer in favor of a very iOS-like everything-on-the-home-screen arrangement. That's just the start of the Apple emulation, and everything from the notification shade with its out-of-focus app icons in the background, to the lockscreen layout, to the swipe-from-the-bottom mechanic used (in Flyme OS, anyway) to do multi-tasking has a distinct iOS feel.
Maybe the biggest adjustment that takes getting used to is Meizu's single hardware button for controlling everything. A firm, clicky press brings you to the phone's home screen, while a lighter tap effectively acts as the handset's back button. And as we just mentioned, multi-tasking is pulled off without a dedicated key at all, and is instead accessed by swiping up from the screen's bottom edge. Given enough practice, you can get used to the new way of interacting with the system; probably the weakest link is the multi-tasking, but the dual back/home button is usable enough.
It's also worth noting that as a consequence of Meizu's Flyme-ification of Android, the Pro 6 ships without all your familiar Google apps on board. Luckily, the company makes it a breeze to manually install the Play Store and Google Services, and you're just a couple taps away from having a full spread of Google software.
Processor and Memory
Raw speed to spare, but graphics leave something to be desired
The companies making mobile processors have largely put clock-speed and core-count battles behind them, looking to deliver real performance gains instead of just easily digestible figures (because if quad-core is good, a MILLION cores must be great, right?). MediaTek never quite got that message, and last year came out with its first deca-core (that's 10 processing cores) chips. One of those models, the Helio X25, finds itself at the heart of the Meizu Pro 6.
Unsurprisingly, benchmarks confirm some of the best raw multi-core performance we've ever seen. Unfortunately, that trend doesn't hold up everywhere. Several tests singled out web performance as a real weakness, and graphics also proved to be a particularly sore point for the Pro 6, with the embedded Mali-T880 GPU delivering some underwhelming frame rates. And keep in mind, this is only a 1080p display; we're hardly pushing resolution limits.
That's a real shame, because elsewhere performance really shines. We end up with a disconnect where it feels like there's all this power just waiting to be tapped into, but 3D graphics find themselves unable to take full advantage of it. In real-world gaming tests, the Meizu Pro 6 fared quite a bit better than benchmarks, and while frame rates were generally higher, regular stutters reminded us that we were already pushing the phone to its breaking point.
Meizu gives the Pro 6 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM, which seems like it should be more than adequate. But even with all that memory, task-switching wasn't silky smooth, and we frequently found apps re-loading when bringing them back up.
AnTuTu Higher is better
Meizu Pro 6 100328
Xiaomi Mi 5 122037
Meizu PRO 5 60090.33
Meizu M3 Note 41906.66
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Meizu Pro 6 3138
Xiaomi Mi 5 3517.33
Meizu PRO 5 2005.6
Meizu M3 Note 1114.66
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Meizu Pro 6 5819
Xiaomi Mi 5 5651
Meizu PRO 5 3310.66
Meizu M3 Note 2455.33
JetStream Higher is better
Meizu Pro 6 27.101
Xiaomi Mi 5 55.364
Meizu M3 Note 27.747
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Meizu Pro 6 36
Xiaomi Mi 5 60
Meizu PRO 5 52
Meizu M3 Note 13
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Meizu Pro 6 11
Xiaomi Mi 5 26
Meizu PRO 5 15
Meizu M3 Note 2.5
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Meizu Pro 6 477
Xiaomi Mi 5 1970
Meizu PRO 5 1681.6
Meizu M3 Note 864.33
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Meizu Pro 6 1922
Xiaomi Mi 5 2269.66
Meizu PRO 5 1165.3
Meizu M3 Note 796.66
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Meizu Pro 6 6623
Xiaomi Mi 5 5457.33
Meizu PRO 5 3679
Meizu M3 Note 2907.66
Not the most international-friendly radio
This is not a phone designed primarily for the US market, and it shows. While the Pro 6 is cable of taking advantage of high-speed LTE Cat6 data, its band support includes none of the LTE frequencies used by T-Mobile nor AT&T. As a result, you can look forward to finding your usage constrained to 3G data.
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.
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- Hardware MediaTek Helio X25, 4GB RAM
- Storage 64GB, microSDXC
- Battery 2560 mAh
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