Meizu Pro 6 Review

Call Quality

Adequate, but could stand for better noise cancellation

Meizu Pro 6 Review

Voice call quality is OK, but not great. Callers reported excessive amounts of background noise, and while conversations were intelligible, voices occasionally got a bit muddled.

Battery Life

What it lacks in stamina it makes up for in charging speed

Meizu Pro 6 Review
The Pro 6's 2560mAh battery doesn't sound particularly impressive on paper, but it still managed to show some respectable endurance, coming in with just under seven hours of screen-on time during our usage tests.

But pure battery life is overshadowed by the phone's exceptional recharge times. Using the packaged fast-charging adapter (which you'll need an adapter to use in the US, as at least the unit in our box featured a Europlug connector), the Pro 6 went from fully depleted to 100% charge in a mere 77 minutes.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Meizu Pro 6 6h 43 min (Average)
Xiaomi Mi 5 7h 27 min (Good)
Meizu PRO 5 9h 54 min (Excellent)
Meizu M3 Note 11h 6 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Meizu Pro 6 77
Xiaomi Mi 5 139
Meizu PRO 5 83
Meizu M3 Note 150

Conclusion


Meizu Pro 6 Review

The Meizu Pro 6 is one weird, weird phone, and it's not immediately clear who it's designed for. Ex-Apple users who can't resist the call of Android but still crave a familiar interface? Ardent Android fans who appreciate phones that break from the back and experiment with doing things a little differently (even if that means outright copying another platform)?

While the Pro 6 does several things pretty well, it's just so shamelessly an iPhone copy that it's impossible to recommend the handset unless you have strong feelings about what that means. Should we reward Meizu for giving smartphone users exactly what they seem to want – at least based on Apple's continued success? Or do we harshly judge the handset for a design that – while it may be quite nice – is utterly uninspired, failing to create an identity of its own?

If this were some cheap knock-off, those decisions might be a lot easier to reach, but as it stands the Meizu Pro 6 has a price tag that's on the higher end of the south-of-mainstream-flagship price range: a little over $400 for the 32GB model, or about $460 for 64GB.

For that kind of money we'd prefer a phone that was based around an original idea or two, one that managed to impress us with its own unique design. Managing to support popular LTE bands and being able to handle the latest games without choking would be pluses, too. As it stands, though, the Meizu Pro 6 is just not quite the right fit for your average smartphone user.

Software version of the review unit: Android 6.0; Build Number: Flyme OS 5.2.0.0G



Pros

  • Unparalleled Apple imitation job
  • Deca-core SoC has a lot of potential
  • Very fast recharge times
  • Speedy fingerprint scanner

Cons

  • Difficult-to-navigate Android interface
  • Really uneven performance
  • Questionable multitasking from a 4GB RAM phone
  • Limited LTE band support

PhoneArena Rating:

6.0

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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: 2031; 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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