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Meizu is the latest OEM rumored to ship 2021 flagship phones without chargers

An improbable Meizu 18-series render. (Source: Weibo)
An improbable Meizu 18-series render. (Source: Weibo)
The tipster Digital Chat Station claims to have found new premium phones from Meizu on the 3C regulatory website. One might be called the 18 and support 30-watt (W) charging, while the other might be a 40W 18 Pro. However, despite these specs, it is said that the company will follow Apple and Samsung's example in leaving the necessary power bricks out of their retail boxes.
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Meizu is expected to launch at least 1 flagship phone based on the Snapdragon 888 SoC at some point in 2021. They are likely to succeed the 17 and 17 Pro, devices that, while well-spec'd, were also the first to ditch the OEM's tradition of dodging the notch or punch-hole trends with ultra-minimal bezels instead.

Then again, the latest Meizu leak has nothing to do with the putative 18 series' displays. Instead, Digital Chat Station asserts that these devices - the M181Q and M191Q - have been registered on the 3C website, hinting that they might launch soon.

Then again, not much can be divined about these potential premium mobile devices, besides that they will have charging rates of between 30 and 40W - as with the 17 and 17 Pro. However, it seems some text in the OEM's new certifications can be interpreted to mean they will be sold without fast chargers for this purpose.

Other that this disappointing hint of Meizu's latest acquiescence to smartphone trends, it seems its first-gen smartwatch (simply known as its Watch, as with many other brands these days) will get a new version. According (again) to Digital Chat Station, it is a variant that supports eSIMs, and is, thus, a 4G/LTE model.

A translation of the leaker's comments on this new product may indicate that it will charge at up to 7.5W (which is relatively rapid for a wearable), but may also ship without the charger required for this feature. Then again, there is no word on when this alleged new device will launch.

Meizu's 90-degree fast-charging USB type C to A cable is now available on Amazon

Meizu's new certifications may mean the 18 and 18 Pro are ready for launch. (Source: Weibo)
Meizu's new certifications may mean the 18 and 18 Pro are ready for launch. (Source: Weibo)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-01-27 (Update: 2021-01-27)