Meizu MX6 review: Six of a kind

Six of a kind

Vlad Bobleanta, 21 November 2016.

Introduction

Meizu MX6 hit the shelves in July and has been spicing up the rich Android lineup the company has built over the past year. The MX6 is a sequel to the highly popular MX5 and offers some long-awaited upgrades to the series - a better processor with high-speed cores and faster LTE connectivity.

Meizu MX6 review

Naturally, the MX6 inherits a lot from its predecessor, like the aluminum unibody, but it also takes inspiration from its newer siblings such as the Pro 6 and its new subtle antenna bands. The iconic mTouch key sits right below the 5.5" phablet-friendly screen, which is now covered with a trendy 2.5D polished glass.

Indeed, the MX6 has a lot going on, and we want to accent on the new Sony IMX386 12MP camera with wide-aperture f/2.0 and phase-detection autofocus. While it downgrades the camera resolution, the bigger pixels and newer sensor should boost the overall image quality.

Here comes the full list of features:

Key features

  • 5.5" 1080p Sharp-made TDDI display of 403ppi
  • Heavily customized Flyme OS 5.2.2 on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • MediaTek Helio X20 chipset: deca-core processor (2x A72 at 2.3GHz, 4x A53 at 1.9GHz, 4x A53 at 1.4GHz), Mali-T880MP4 GPU, 4GB of RAM
  • 12MP Sony sensor camera, f/2.0, phase-detect AF, two-tone LED flash; 2160p @30fps
  • 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.0, 1080p@30fps
  • 32GB of built-in storage
  • Cat. 6 LTE (300/50Mbps); Dual SIM; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.1; GPS/GLONASS; USB Type-C port
  • mTouch v2.1 Home button with a fingerprint scanner
  • Active noise cancellation via a dedicated mic
  • 3,060 mAh battery, fast charging (100% in 75 minutes)

Main shortcomings

  • LCD unit and no Gorilla Glass unlike the Meizu MX5, which had an AMOLED screen
  • Lower-res camera and the lack of laser AF compared to the MX5
  • No microSD card slot

Meizu MX6 has a few holdups, but we've seen those being forgiven in some even pricier smartphones already. And while it seems like a champ, there is a whole different picture when you put the MX6 next to its MX5 sibling.

Meizu MX6 review

Instead of the upgrade MX6 name implies, the new model is actually a step down from the MX5. Or at least that's the first impression an MX5 fan get from the new specs sheet. Is this really the case? Or is there more than meets the eye? Let's find out, shall we?

Reader comments

  • mi

cameras are way beter than the mx5

  • obiective

Wow, I have this phone, nice cameras. Do you have something with meizu company ? Because I don't think this is a fair reviewm Cheers.

  • Mr N

Maybe the Pro 6 Plus will change your opinion..