Meizu 16s Might Just be The Best Flagship Smartphone of 2019

Flagship killers aren’t very common these days with companies like OnePlus and Xiaomi dialing up the prices for their flagship phones. Pocophone F1 fit the bill but it made compromises in design, which wasn’t worthy of a flagship killer.

Meizu, a relatively unknown Chinese phone maker, has stepped up to the task and actually delivered. Meizu 16s comes with a top of the line Snapdragon 855 processor, massive RAM capacity, great camera chops, and comes at a lower price than your average flagship.

Let’s go into more detail.

Design and Display

The back of the phone has a glossy finish with 3D gradient colors and a dual sensor camera is vertically set up on the top left. Coming to the front, Meizu has gone slightly old school and has not ditched the bezels.

The experiment has certainly worked, the phone looks like a mash of older 18:9 aspect ratio phones and the newer notched phones with thinner bezels.

It has large radius corners due to the use of COF bonding. The phone comes in Carbon Black, Pearl white and Phantom blue colors.

Meizu 16s features a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ (1080 x 2232) resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The fingerprint sensor is present under the display.

Meizu has collaborated with Samsung to make this display, focusing on quality and safety. Meizu 16s manages to filter out 33 percent of the harmful blue light and also comes with DC dimming.

Internal and Storage

The Snapdragon 855 processor with Adreno 640 GPU is the star of the show here. The processor is combined with 6 or 8 GB RAM depending on the variant. The phone features 128 GB or 256 GB built-in memory.

It runs on Android 9.0 Pie topped with Flyme 7.3 UI. The device also caters to gamers with the addition of a hyper-gaming mode that provides better graphics and power efficiency. Meizu 16S also includes a mEngine 3.0 vibration motor for an immersive gaming experience.


This phone features a dual sensor rear camera with a 48 MP main sensor and a 20 MP ultra-wide sensor. The main sensor has a Quad Bayer filter for better quality shots. The rear camera has a super night mode which combines 8 pictures to create a single high-quality low light shot, quite like the night modes that various other phone makers offer.

The selfie camera lies in the top bezel and is a single sensor 20 MP camera with HDR+ support.

Battery and Pricing

The phone is packed with a 3,600 mAh battery that comes with a 24W fast charger. According to Meizu’s claims, the phone can go from 0 to 60% in only 30 minutes. The battery can provide 6 hours of uninterrupted gaming and 14 hours of video streaming.

The main variant with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB memory comes at a price tag of $475 while the second variant with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB built-in memory will be available at $520. The phone is available for pre-orders and will be up for sales on 28th April.

Meizu 16s Specifications

  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); Flyme 7.3
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE;
  • Display:
    • Super AMOLED, 6.2 inches, 1080 x 2232 pixels resolution, 18.5: 9 ratio,
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 6 GB/8 GB
    • Internal: 128 GB/256 GB
    • Card slot: No
  • Camera:
    • Primary: Dual: 48 MP + 20 MP
    • Secondary: 20 MP
  • Connectivity: LTE, USB Type-C, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, headphone jack
  • Fingerprint scanner: Yes (in-screen)
  • Battery: 3600 mAh, 24W fast charging
  • Price:
    • 6GB/128GB ~$475
    • 8GB/256GB ~$520

  • Unfortunately Meizu has poor software support… almost no updates. Great hardware but no updates.

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