Meizu Pro 6 Review
Adequate, but could stand for better noise cancellation
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.
What it lacks in stamina it makes up for in charging speed
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 (Average)
Meizu PRO 5 9h 54 min (Good)
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
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.
- Unparalleled Apple imitation job
- Deca-core SoC has a lot of potential
- Very fast recharge times
- Speedy fingerprint scanner
- Difficult-to-navigate Android interface
- Really uneven performance
- Questionable multitasking from a 4GB RAM phone
- Limited LTE band support
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