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Meizu Pro 6 Plus Review

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NewsHubOf all the products I’ve used from Chinese OEMs, those from Meizu always struck me as the most polished. While Meizu largely focuses on their home market, their smartphones are typically quite usable in Western territories, with near-perfect English localization. Better yet, Meizu employs a Xiaomi-like pricing structure such that most of their phones are aggressively priced for the hardware you get.
The Pro 6 Plus is the highest-end smartphone currently sold by Meizu. It’s a true flagship, featuring the same Exynos SoC as seen in the Samsung Galaxy S7 , a large 5.7-inch 1440p AMOLED display, and a beautiful aluminium unibody chassis. Even the camera, a 12-megapixel sensor with OIS and laser autofocus, is similar to what we see in high-end devices from Samsung, Google and Huawei.
Despite packing top-end specifications, the Meizu Pro 6 Plus is an affordable handset in China, retailing for just CNY 2,999 (approximately US$430). It may cost a bit more than this to import the Pro 6 Plus into North America, but the handset should be available across Europe and Asia shortly. At this price, the Pro 6 Plus undercuts most of its competition, and directly competes with the OnePlus 3T.
The Pro 6 Plus features one of the most beautiful smartphone designs I’ve seen. Meizu often nails the design of their entry-level products, but they’ve really hit it out of the park with their flagship offering. At the top of the table there’s a lot of tough competition, and throughout 2016 I saw fantastic designs from OnePlus, Samsung, Apple and HTC (to name a few). The Pro 6 Plus packs a design just as good as these ‘name brand’ handsets, and even beats it in some circumstances.
Most of the Pro 6 Plus’ chassis is a single piece of metal, which encompasses the entire back panel and curves around the edges. The only parts of this rear panel that aren’t metal are the neat antenna lines at the top and bottom, along with the camera lens and flash array. The quality of metal used here is top notch: its matte finish looks exquisite and feels fantastic.

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