Meizu Pro 7 Plus review: Two-Face

Two-Face

GSMArena team, 05 September 2017.

Telephony

By default the phonebook on the Meizu Pro 7 Plus lists all your contacts, but you can also filter by groups or source - phone contacts, email account contacts or Meizu account contacts, for instance.

The dialer features smart dialing, but only by numbers, not names, so hardly very useful.

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Phonebook The dialer A single contact

The Meizu Pro 7 Plus had excellent in-call quality with the dedicated mic for active noise cancellation doing a good job.

The phone supports dual-SIM with dual-standby. Managing the SIM cards is very easy, as is initiating calls and sending texts.

Loudspeaker

The Meizu Pro 7 Plus scored an Excellent mark in our loudspeaker test and turned out to be one of the loudest smartphones we've had to date. The speaker sound quality was also great, and even though we would have preferred stereo speakers, we appreciated the crisp sound - even at maximum volume.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Meizu Pro 6 Plus 60.6 69.5 70.3 Below Average
Meizu Pro 5 67.7 66.6 68.7 Average
OnePlus 3T 61.0 69.3 78.3 Good
Samsung Galaxy S8 66.2 70.5 72.5 Good
LG G6 66.8 68.8 74.5 Good
Huawei P10 Plus 64.8 69.8 82.5 Good
Huawei Mate 9 Pro 67.2 72.4 79.5 Very Good
Xiaomi Mi 6 66.1 69.0 84.1 Very Good
OnePlus 5 69.2 72.9 77.5 Very Good
Huawei P10 67.7 70.0 83.6 Very Good
Lenovo Moto Z2 Force 68.2 70.2 86.1 Very Good
Meizu Pro 6 64.0 71.5 89.1 Very Good
Huawei Mate 9 83.1 74.5 85.0 Excellent
Meizu Pro 7 Plus 87.3 72.8 90.8 Excellent

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 search through it, too.

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Gallery 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 with the stock gallery, so you would need to install a third-party gallery (like Google's Photos) in order to work with them.

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.

Music player - Meizu Pro 7 Plus review Browsing albums - Meizu Pro 7 Plus review Browsing an album - Meizu Pro 7 Plus review Now playing - Meizu Pro 7 Plus review Equalizers - Meizu Pro 7 Plus review
Music player Browsing albums Browsing an album 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.

Standalone video player

The Meizu Pro 7 Plus 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

Subtitles are supported, but it recognizes only Latin and Chinese characters.

Amazing audio output

The Meizu Pro 7 Plus was the loudest handset to go through our audio quality test in years. The handset simply blows its competitors away in that aspect, both with an active external amplifier and with headphones attached.

Better yet, the increase in volume doesn't come at the expense of accuracy of the output. The Meizu flagship did splendidly in the first part of the test and even headphones caused very minor degradation. An impressive showing indeed - truly among the best handsets we've seen in terms of audio output.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Meizu Pro 7 Plus+0.05, -0.01-92.192.10.00170.0074-92.8
Meizu Pro 7 Plus (headphones)+0.06, -0.11-93.092.90.0210.187-61.2
Nokia 8+0.01, -0.03-94.290.50.0600.087-88.5
Nokia 8 (headphones)+0.06, -0.18-93.890.30.1660.282-63.5
OnePlus 5+0.03, -0.01-94.194.10.00100.0070-94.2
OnePlus 5 (headphones)+0.15, -0.08-94.094.00.00330.139-59.9
HTC U11+0.05, -0.11-94.194.10.00170.0067-94.5
HTC U11 (headphones)+0.05, -0.02-93.793.80.00180.105-53.7
Samsung Galaxy S8+0.04, -0.00-92.592.50.00160.0072-92.8
Samsung Galaxy S8 (headphones)+0.03, -0.03-92.392.30.00560.060-77.2
Sony Xperia XZs+0.01, -0.02-93.593.30.00420.0092-92.7
Sony Xperia XZs (headphones)+0.12, -0.32-92.693.20.00720.219-67.0
LG G6+0.01, -0.02-93.393.30.00590.0095-94.4
LG G6 (headphones)+0.01, -0.02-93.493.40.00670.020-56.3
Huawei P10+0.01, -0.04-93.094.80.00190.0080-93.5
Huawei P10 (headphones)+0.25, -0.02-92.793.00.1920.175-59.5
Apple iPhone 7+0.06, -0.10-92.492.30.00150.0093-80.9
Apple iPhone 7 (headphones)+0.03, -0.11-92.392.30.00110.012-77.0

Meizu Pro 7 Plus frequency response
Meizu Pro 7 Plus frequency response

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

Reader comments

  • Albert

Face lock is yessssss

  • Anonymous

Where are the cpu tests?

  • Anonymous

It seem that only the Pro 7, not the Plus has Band 20 support, is that correct?