Meizu Pro 6 review: Changing lanes

Changing lanes

GSMArena team, 23 May, 2016.

Telephony

At its core, the phonebook on the Meizu Pro 6 is a list of all contacts but you can view only a specific group or filter where contracts come from - phone contacts, email account or a Meizu account.

The dialer features smart dialing, which is nice. Otherwise it doesn't differ from any other in functionality. Both the dialer and phonebook tabs does not support 3D Press.

Phonebook - Meizu Pro 6 review The dialer - Meizu Pro 6 review Smart dial - Meizu Pro 6 review
Phonebook • The dialer • Smart dial

The Meizu Pro 6 has all reception bars full and held onto signal great even in tighter spots. Call quality is very good. A dedicated mic for active noise cancellation makes sure the other party hears you loud and clear.

The phone supports dual-SIM with dual-standby. The second SIM supports GSM networks only, while the primary works on 3G and LTE. Managing the SIM cards is very easy as is initiating calls and sending texts.

The Meizu Pro 6 scored a Very Good mark at our loudspeaker test. The speaker sound quality is very good for a single-speaker setup with deep sound.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 65.8 65.1 64.6 Below Average
Meizu Pro 5 67.7 66.6 68.7 Average
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 69.5 69.3/td> 71.1 Good
Xiaomi Mi 5 66.9 67.2 74.0 Good
LG G5 68.7 66.2 73.2 Good
Huawei Nexus 6P 74.7 77.8 72.1 Very Good
Meizu Pro 6 64.0 71.5 89.1 Very Good
Meizu MX5 75.7 73.5 79.5 Excellent
Meizu MX4 Pro 76.9 73.6 82.7 Excellent

Messaging

The messaging department is quite straightforward: there are no folders here, just New message, Search and Settings buttons. Above is a list of all your messages organized into threads.

Messenger - Meizu Pro 6 review A message - Meizu Pro 6 review Email app - Meizu Pro 6 review Browsing emails - Meizu Pro 6 review Menus - Meizu Pro 6 review
Messenger • A message • Email app • Browsing emails • Menus

Meizu has tweaked the generic email client. It supports multiple Exchange, POP or IMAP inboxes and you have access to the original folders that are created online, side by side with the standard local ones such as inbox, drafts and sent items.

The gallery

The Flyme gallery has two viewing modes - photo and gallery. The photo stacks images into months while the gallery puts them into folders. You can add or remove folders from the gallery and also search through it. 3D Press preview for pictures is available.

Gallery - Meizu Pro 6 review 3D Press - Meizu Pro 6 review Albums - Meizu Pro 6 review Viewing an image - Meizu Pro 6 review Editing an image - Meizu Pro 6 review
Gallery • 3D Press • Albums • Viewing an image • Editing an image

There's also a built-in editor that offers filters and all the basic controls for contrast, brightness and you can even add blur or vignette. You cannot use different editors from the stock gallery and would need to install a third-party gallery (like Google's Photos) to have different editors.

Music player

The music player can only find tracks located in the Music folder. You can browse your collection the traditional way or you can select to have it filtered by folders.

In the first case tracks are sorted into several playlists like All songs, Recently added, Folders and you have the option to create custom playlists. When viewing All songs you can choose between three types of sorting in a tabbed layout: song name, artist and album.

Streaming homepage - Meizu Pro 6 review Music player - Meizu Pro 6 review Browsing albums - Meizu Pro 6 review Now playing - Meizu Pro 6 review Equalizers - Meizu Pro 6 review
Streaming homepage • Music player • Browsing albums • Now playing • Equalizers

You can access the equalizer from the advanced menu. It features several presets, which you can edit manually - but you need to insert the headphones first.

Great video player

The Meizu Pro 6 comes with a dedicated Video app, but it expects videos to be placed in the video folder. You can use the file browser or gallery to get videos to play from elsewhere - it offers thumbnails and everything so we ended up using it more often than the Video app itself.

There's a pop-out option that allows you to view the video as an overlay to the OS.

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Video player

The Meizu Pro 6 played everything we threw at it - Xvid, DivX, MP4, MOV, WMV and it supports the AC3 audio codec, too. Subtitles are supported, but it recognizes only Latin and Chinese characters.

Solid audio output

The Meizu Pro 6 delivered excellent output when used with an active external amplifier, getting top marks for clarity and garnishing them with above average volume levels.

Degradation caused by headphones is minimal too with a moderate hike in stereo crosstalk being the only notable change. Volume remained higher than the majority of competitors putting the Pro 6 in a great position here.

And now here go the results so you can do your comparison.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Meizu Pro 6 +0.07, -0.09-93.593.40.0012 0.066-92.3
Meizu Pro 6 (headphones) +0.07, -0.08-93.493.30.0010 0.021-60.7
LG G5 +0.01, -0.04-92.692.60.0051 0.0096-93.3
LG G5 (headphones) +0.05, -0.01-92.292.30.0029 0.037-50.7
Xiaomi Mi 5 +0.01, -0.03-95.395.10.0034 0.0065-95.1
Xiaomi Mi 5 (headphones)+0.01, -0.03-95.295.10.0027 0.013-71.5
Samsung Galaxy S7 +0.01, -0.04-92.592.60.0027 0.0078-92.7
Samsung Galaxy S7 (headphones)+0.05, -0.05-91.992.10.0044 0.063-73.4
Sony Xperia Z5+0.01, -0.04-95.589.50.00330.012-94.8
Sony Xperia Z5 (headphones attached)+0.22, -0.24-95.189.50.00570.212-59.8
Apple iPhone 6s+0.03, -0.04-93.593.50.00160.0075-73.2
Apple iPhone 6s (headphones attached)+0.10, -0.06-93.893.90.00300.101-68.2
Nokia Lumia 950+0.01, -0.03-91.391.20.00360.012-91.6
Nokia Lumia 950 (headphones attached)+0.59, -0.03-92.091.90.0110.316-63.9

Meizu Pro 6 frequency response
HTC 10 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Yang
  • 16 Feb 2020
  • uZa

I have meizu 6T but i face a problem in video recording.. When i click on video option it suddenly blurred.. How can i fix it

Editors, can you add the SOC info for the performance charts please. This would greatly help when we view the charts, giving more perspective/depth to the analysis. Not all of us remember by heart the SOC used for each phone.

  • AnonD-578232
  • 30 Aug 2016
  • 6k9

So, would you recommended this device for buying or not ? Is the mobile which can keep you 2-3 years , and to avoid display problems ?