Meizu 20 and 20 Pro launch with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-driven OLED displays and up to 80W charging
Meizu has marked its 20th anniversary as a mobile device brand with an appropriately-named new line of Android flagships. They can now be pre-ordered on the Chinese market in the form of Pro and non-Pro variants, both of which have OLED displays.
Oddly, the vanilla 20's 6.55-inch screen is the one with the higher refresh rate: 144Hz, compared to 120Hz in the Pro. Then again, the latter's 6.81-inch panel is the only one with a 2K resolution and LTPO technology. Both displays show a Flyme 10-based UI driven by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, which supports Wi-Fi 7 across the new premium smartphone line.
Meizu has equipped the 20 with its 67W "mCharge" wired charging, which increases to 80W, augmented with wireless charging of a 50W speed not seen in many other smartphones, in the Pro. These charging specs act on batteries of 4,700mAh and 5,000mAh respectively.
The 20 series' high-end components are, of course, found in an iPhone-esque metallic housing just 7.8mm thick in the Pro model. However, their rear shooters look most like that of the Galaxy S23 or S23+, awash with 50MP cameras.
Then again, only the 20 Pro has 3 of them, for main, ultra-wide and zoom purposes, whereas the 20 makes do with 1 as a main camera, along with 16+5MP backup lenses, one of which shares its raised lens bump with a ring-flash.
Oddly, the 20 Pro does not get this treatment, leaving it looking more like an S23+ with 1 extra camera ring. Nevertheless, the series is clearly gunning for Samsung's new flagships as well as those from Xiaomi or OnePlus - however, whether Meizu can succeed this time remains to be seen.
Its new top-end offerings' pricing might help with that, especially at 2,999 yuan (~US$436) for a base model 20 - with 12GB rather than 8GB of RAM no less, or 3,999 yuan (~US$582) for a 20 Pro of the same configuration.