Meizu Pro 6 Plus review: imPROved

GSMArena team, 18 January 2017.

Display

Meizu Pro 6 Plus returns to the Pro series roots and brings back the big 5.7" screen estate. But there is more - the Samsung-made AMOLED screen is now of Quad HD resolution, this combination is a first for Meizu. The screen is also 3D Press-enabled and it will show context menu when you long press on app icons.

The pixel arrangement is Diamond PenTile, but nobody will be able to tell that because of the high 515ppi density.

Meizu Pro 6 Plus review

The color rendition provided by the Meizu Pro 6 Plus is good, but not perfect, just like it was with the Pro 5. The base colors (red, green, blue), especially the red one, are oversaturated and thus make for an average DeltaE of 6.2 and a peak of 13.6 of the red channel. Playing with the color temperature slider in Settings doesn't improve the color accuracy, but you can get less-bluish whites by going towards an overall Warmer rendering. Still, an average of 6.2 is not bad at all, and we know many users will appreciate the punchy colors.

Meizu promises 430nits of typical brightness for the Pro 6 Plus and our measurements confirm that. We actually measured a maximum brightness of 450nits. Oddly, the AMOLED backlight doesn't turn off completely even when it shows black content unlike Samsung displays. The contrast ratio is still insanely high but it's not infinite.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Meizu Pro 6 Plus 0.007 450 64,286
Meizu MX4 Pro 0.69 775 1127
Meizu Pro 5 0 321
Meizu PRO 6 0.01 360 40000
Meizu MX6 0.34 457 1344
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 0.41 573 1398
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 0.00 392
OnePlus 3T 0 447
LG V20 0.43 475 1097
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus 0.44 637 1448

The sunlight legibility is great, and you'll have no problem seeing what's happening on the screen even under bright sunlight.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Sony Xperia X Compact
    3.694
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
    3.228
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Meizu MX4 Pro
    2.765
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    2.735
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)
    2.582
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
    2.582
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • Oppo F1s
    2.481
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    2.378
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Huawei Honor 6
    2.169
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    2.166
  • OnePlus Two
    2.165
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Meizu m3 note
    1.923
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • BlackBerry Leap
    1.892
  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
    1.759
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    1.659
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Sony Xperia C
    1.283
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215

Battery life

The Meizu Pro 6 Plus has 840mAh higher battery capacity compared to the Pro 6 - for a total of 3,400 mAh. It supports QuickCharge 2.0 (50% in 30 mins) and the Pro 6 Plus comes with a bundled 24W fast charging plug.

We ran our battery test, and it posted very good results owing to the generous battery capacity and the energy efficient 14nm chipset.

The smartphone did great across all of our tests, including standby. The 3G talk time could have been better, but 16 hours is still enough by our books.

Meizu Pro 6 Plus review

The rating of 96 hours is excellent - it means you can use the Pro 6 Plus for four full days if you are to make an hour of 3G talks, web browsing and video playback each day. The usage pattern we use to calculate the Endurance rating may not apply to your own use of the device, but it ensures that our battery results are comparable across devices.

The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Connectivity

The Meizu Pro 6 Plus supports LTE Cat.6 connectivity, and you can tap to an LTE network on either SIM, but the other will default to a GSM band. The supported LTE bands by our review unit include LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500). Unfortunately, VoLTE is available only on the Chinese model and won't make it to the intentional one. This means VoLTE for India is a no-go.

The rest of the wireless connectivity features include dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac support and Wi-Fi Direct. There is also support for Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS and GLONASS. Wireless screen mirroring is available via the Miracast protocol.

Oddly, NFC isn't available yet on the international model, but Meizu promises to enable it via an upcoming firmware update. It seems that's the same case as the heart-rate sensor - its support is also coming with an update.

The Pro 6 Plus supports USB Type-C and fast charging. If you have a proper USB OTG adapter, you can attach peripherals and thumb drives.

There is no FM radio.