This phone packs in a 10-core processor, 10-LED camera flash, 3D Touch clone and more

By , Apr 13, 2016

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With each passing day, Chinese handset vendors are getting better at their game, producing phones with great technical specifications that often outperform flagship devices from the likes of Samsung, but cost half as much. Take, for example, Meizu, a Chinese consumer electronics company, which has built a new phone with some impressive hardware specifications.

Their new Pro 6 smartphone was just announced this morning: it has the world’s first ten-core mobile processor, a 21-megapixel rear camera with a small ring two-tone flash consisting of 10 LEDs, a first for any smartphone, and a clone of Apple’s 3D Touch.

The phone’s ten-core processor is a three-cluster MediaTek Helio X20 series with four gigabytes of RAM. It consists of four 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 cores, an additional four cores of the same variety but clocked at two gigahertz each and a pair of 2.5GHz ARM Cortex-A72 cores. The graphics subsystem is ARM’s Mali-T880 image processor.

In addition to the speedy CPU and 4GB of RAM, the phone also utilizes modern eMMC 5.1 flash memory. For those wondering, that CPU recently scored 101757 points on the Antutu benchmark. The device itself measures 147.7mm tall, 70.8mm wide and 7.25mm deep, weighs in at 160 grams and has a 2,560 mAh battery.

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Meizu’s copy of Apple’s 3D Touch is called 3D Press and works just like 3D Touch. The phone registers the differences in force applied to the screen, which lets users invoke corresponding content previews and hotkey functions. To augment deep presses, users feel tactile vibration feedback in addition to visual changes.

According to Meizu, many popular Chinese such as like WeChat, Weibo, Youku and QQ will be supported at launch, with more apps gaining support for 3D Press in the future.

It packs in a 5.2-inch full HD 1,920-by-1,080 pixel resolution Samsung Super AMOLED screen with Corning’s 2.5 curved Gorilla III glass protection. The sharp on-cell 423 pixels per inch screen produces 350 nits or brightness and a contrast ratio of 10000:1.

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As mentioned, the phone packs in a 21.16-megapixel f/2.2 camera on the back (the mid-range Sony IMX230 sensor) with a Gorilla Glass 3 lens protection instead of the harder sapphire crystal. The camera sports an improved laser autofocus and has a 10-LED flash. The front camera is a 5-megapixel f/2.0 shooter.

The device is dual-SIM, charges from zero to 100 percent in one hour, has a fingerprint reader built into the Home button, LTE Cat 6 radio, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port (up to 5 Gbps; can transfer 1 GB within 10 seconds), a Cirrus Logic audio chip, a third-generation NXP Smart PA chip that acts as a smart amplifier that controls the vibration of the built-in loudspeaker, a gravity sensor and more.

The only thing missing is NFC for contactless payments.

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It’s available in Gold, Gray and Silver and starts from just 2,499 yuan for a 32-gigabyte version, or about $390 off-contract. A higher-priced 64GB model is available as well.

What do you think about Meizu’s new phone? Is it a good value for money and would you consider it if you were in the market for a non-Apple smartphone?

Source: Meizu

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  • Joaquim N.

    Will it blend?

    • Mark Swain

      A very good question, and one we will get an answer to no doubt.

  • hkgsulphate

    non-Apple smartphone? nah thats an iPhone

  • JayDee917

    The spec that stood out the most to me was it charges from zero to 100% in one hour. Bring this to the iPhone, Apple!!

    • Max Delsid

      I wonder if the USB-C is what is allowing such fast charging.

  • Noohar

    Their version of “3D Touch” seems like a crappy version of the real deal.

  • Eyal Rotem

    Without good software attached, amazing hardware will never be good by itself…

    So I believe it’s all down to their implementation of SW with the HW.

    • Merman123

      It’s probably not even good software either.

      • Eyal Rotem

        That’s my suspicion from this phone.
        Though I have no experience with their products..

    • Marly Marl

      Crappy Hardware can also bottleneck good software and cripple its potential

      • Eyal Rotem

        But as it seems by the specs that’s clearly not the case.
        Your argument is good but irrelevant..

  • leart

    looks like iphone, samsung and all the copies had sex together

  • BlackSheep_dsg

    Chinese knock offs at there best

  • tariq

    I don’t have an iPhone. But just for voting purposes, who uses the 3D touch?

    • Erick Reyes

      I do. It helps me do things quicker

    • Digitalfeind

      I do. It can be useful for me.

    • Jose Rivera

      I do as well. I really love being able to move the cursor on the keyboard when I type. It’s one thing I missed about the iPad Air 2 when I had it. Peek & pop also come in handy, as do the quick action menus.

    • Noohar

      I use it & find if very useful as well.

    • isoulhack3r3born

      Guess everyone uses it including me but not u hence the question !! It’s actually useful and haters call it gimic !!

    • Kaptivator

      Use it daily…Was helping my mom with her 5s and I felt a lack of efficiency without 3d touch.

    • Jayy

      I actually do! Being able to use 3D Touch on the keyboard to convert it into a trackpad and being able to highlight words precisely. Although I’m Jailbroken so a lot more of my app icons have it, now in app not so much aside from like the photos app.

    • using it on shortcuts on telephone, instagram an settings apps. Most of all its very useful on multitasking – just hardly swiping between apps

  • So interesting that a couple of these new iphone design clones are using USB C. One would assume then that Apple would follow suit with iPhone 7, guess we shall see soon enough.

    • Jayy

      Honestly I’m cool with using my lighting cable, I see no need to switch to USB C

  • Charlie

    I just don’t understand why they are allowed to keep making their products so similar to the iPhone

    • Digitalfeind

      China has very lax laws about copyright.

      • it is lack no lax lol samsung don’t care about copyright why should chinese care off?

      • Digitalfeind

        Either way you understood what I meant. Don’t be an a-hole. No one likes a-holes.

  • jgethro

    Every copycats wanna make an iPhone but no copycats can make an iPhone

  • makedonii

    iPhone 7 is that you? o_0

  • Kenneth Delgado

    Total ripoff!

    • Bill

      Please explain?

  • rockdude094

    Wow, its like a Samsung fused with an iPhone

    • This is very inssulting, i might remind that your country usa has debt $1triliion to pay to chinese and that’s make china better than you and apple also enjoy the money from usa goverment

      • rockdude094

        I couldn’t careless I’m Canadian …

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      • lars

        don’t take everything so seryously on the internet, we make fun of everybody one here. even our own folks;)

  • 919263

    To all the DUMF F_cks on here who have responded to this article…Stop Calling it a clone, and also NO one here has actually seen or Used Meizu’s products… so your “IMO” does not matter.I have used as a daily Runner the very 2nd phone this company produced the “M8”, that was about 9 yrs ago… it was pretty good for even that time…and before all this jailbreaking and anything from Android, it was so much fun customizing it.. It used Windows Mobile as a base… so you can imagine if it was still good, this company must have worked really hard on it…

    • Bill

      IMO, you may be right, and you may not be. LOL 😉 But the phone looks very nice from the pictures and specs. Price wise, it seems like a steal if built well.

  • Garry

    The only BIG problem i see with this phone is why isnt there nfc on it

  • Jayy

    Not even going to lie, I like it! The front at least! And lol even Meizu’s website looks Apple inspired.

  • Max Delsid

    Imagine if you could hack this phone to run iOS…

    • and? the hardware on iPhone is more pwerfull, than this meizu

  • This Phone is awesome and will compete with apple and samsung

    • Digitalfeind

      While in practicality it’s far superior, sales say otherwise to the public. Imagine this power in an iPhone.

  • embet

    All I just want to know is the music in the background.What is the title of that music?Shazam gave me 3 different titles,all were wrong.