We have learned Meizu is going to launch a new wallet-friendly smartphone on September 20 long ago. It is not difficult to guess that device would belong to the much-popular Blue Charm family. The aforementioned date has come and the company unveiled a new smartphone dubbed as the Meizu M6. This is the smaller and lightened variant of the Meizu M6 Note we reviewed recently. But we are more interested in the key features of THIS device because it’s priced at 699 yuan ($105) only. However, people are not concerned about the price. They want to see improvements in comparison to the previous model, Meizu M5.
This statement is due to the fact cheap smartphones are sold the most. Looking at the statistics provided by Taobao, we can say the smartphones priced 500-1000 yuan ($75-150) are demanded more than any smartphone from another price range. The devices costing 1000 – 1500 yuan ($150-226) have a high demand like the phones at 2000 – 3000 yuan ($301-451). But it’s another topic of conversation. Well, let’s see what features a smartphone from this price range should come with to provide high sell numbers. Finally, we should understand whether the Meizu M6 has any chances against the Xiaomi Redmi 5A.
There are two memory combinations and four color options of the Meizu M6. Thus you should choose from 8 models. We have already taken a glance at two variants of blue and black, but there are also a gold and silver versions. In this review, we will use the higher variant of the blue model.
The packaging is identical to other Blue Charm series phones.
It includes the phone itself, a charger, USB cable, charging head, warranty card, and a user manual.
In front, you can find a 5.2-inch LCD screen using the GFF (Glass Film Film) technology. The display is also covered with a 2.5D arc glass. The provided brightness is 450nit, while the same feature was 380nit at the M5. By the way, the aforementioned technology is used in the Meizu M5S as well.
Above the screen, we can find the proximity sensor, front camera, and the speaker. Those color options that use a black front panel hide the sensors and the camera. However, they are clearly seen on the white-panel versions.
The mTouch button is placed below the screen. It works properly at the highest speed of 0.2 seconds. This is the time it unlocks the phone. Moreover, it supports fingerprint payment.
Do not forget we are dealing with a cheap phone. This means its housing should be made of plastic instead of metal. This is not Xiaomi. However, it comes at the highest quality, and a regular user won’t differentiate it from a metal.
Even the antenna ribbons are colored with silver to provide a feeling of a metal.
There is also a 13MP Sony IMX278 sensor paired with a dual-color warm flash. The 3D laser carved Meizu logo below the camera makes us think we are dealing with a metal body.
The 3.5mm audio jack is on the top. The USB port, speakers, and a microphone hole are on the bottom.
The volume rocker and the power button are on the right hand-side. The left side carries on the SIM card slot. It supports dual SIM cards (dual-standby).
In terms of hardware, there are no changes in generations. The Meizu M6 sports the same MediaTek MT6750 processor found on the previous model. This is the same processor seen on the Meizu M3 and M3S. So we shouldn’t expect more from it. But many low-end smartphones are packed with it. So the manufacturer decided to use it in this model as well. Say, the Huawei Honor V9 Play launched recently also comes with it. By the way, Meizu thinks this phone is the closest rival to its representative.
To understand how this chip behaves in a real life, we tested it via several benchmarks.
AnTuTu benchmark has been used to understand the overall performance level of the phone. The Meizu M6 scores 39.625. In comparison to other models, this one yields in some aspects. Say the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A provides better performance than our hero and the Honor V9 Play. But we should also remember it comes with a Snapdragon 435 chip.
We have used the GeekBench test to understand how the CPU cores behave at different conditions. As for results, the phone scored 609 points at a single-core test, and 2394 points at a multi-core test. Though the number of two other phones differ, we can state they have almost the same performance.
GFXBench is used for testing the phone’s 3D performance. Thus we use it when we want to know how the GPU works. The benchmark tests it for different scenarios to learn the specifications of the OpenGL ES graphics performance. In this sense, the Honor V9 Play provides performance identical to the Meizu M6.
PCMark is another great tool for testing the phone’s overall performance. The results show the Meizu M6 is at the same level with the Xiaomi Mi 4.
We use Androbench to test the phone’s storage performance referring to both external and internal storage. The test shows a reading speed of 260MB/s.
As for gaming, the Meizu M6 can play the ‘King of Glory’ at a 30fps or so.
The phone sports an 8MP camera on the front. It comes with a large aperture of f/2.0. As this aperture gets more light, the dark conditions shooting is enhanced. The selfies are clearer as well due to the rainbow Beauty algorithm.
As for the back camera, it uses a 13MP Sony IMX278 sensor (RGBW). The latter comes with a single pixel size of 1.12?m and aperture of f/2.2. In addition to the usual red, green, and blue-filtered pixels the RGBW sensor has an unfiltered pixel element that will accept any wavelength of light. It is not used to determine color, but it will add sensitivity and brightness. This is good, much more accurate than taking the average from the RGB elements, and makes low-light photography significantly better. Sony proves this enhances the capturing performance by 17.5%.
(Before the algorithm is ON and after it)
In comparison to the Meizu M5, there are no changes on battery and charging. The phone still comes with a 3070mAh battery and uses a 5V / 1.5A charging head. The only improvement may be considered the addition of OneMind acceleration.
We used PCMark to test the battery life. The screen brightness was set at 50%, sound at 20%, and the WiFi was ON.
The test shows 7 hours and 40 minutes. You may think it’s not satisfactory, but this is the same result as the 4000mAh-battery-packed Meizu M5 Note showed.
We also tested the device for video playback. When we started the test there was remaining a power of 53%. After on hour, the electricity was at 37%. Thus the Meizu M6 provides up to 6 hours of video playback.
When we started testing the phone for playing games, there was remaining a power of 37%. After 30 minutes of playing ‘King of Glory’, it showed 25% of remaining power. Thus it can provide up to 5 hours of playing heavy games.
At last, we tested the charging to understand how long it will take from the phone to get charged fully. It took 125 minutes.
As we see, under-1000 yuan smartphones have become very powerful. The latest term we use carefully. But when looking at the Meizu M6, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A, Huawei Honor V9 Play, and other models from the niche, we understand the performance they provide is enough for a regular user. Of course, if you want more from a smartphone, you should look for a more expensive device. But if you need a smartphone for daily tasks such as calling, texting, surfing the net, or listening to music, the Meizu M6 should be one of the best offers.