Meizu unveils PRO 6 Plus powered by Samsung Exynos 8890 SoC
Earlier today, Meizu announced the PRO 6 Plus, a larger and more powerful iteration of the PRO 6 released earlier this year. The device looks to be quite capable and a worthy rival to other 2016 powerhouses. The PRO 6 Plus measures 155.6 x 77.3 x 7.3 mm (6.12 x 3.04 x 0.29 in) and weighs in at 158 g (0.35 lbs). The flagship phablet packs a serious punch, as it is equipped with:
- Samsung Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core processor
- Mali-T880 MP12 graphics
- 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM
- 64 or 128 GB UFS 2.0 internal storage
- 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED touch display with "3D Press"
- 12 MP rear-facing camera with OIS (Sony IMX386 sensor, f/2.0 aperature, laser AF, 10 LED flash)
- 5 MP front-facing camera
- 3,400 mAh battery
- 4G TD-LTE and FDD-LTE support
The Exynos 8890 is actually the same SoC that powers Samsung’s current flagships, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, as well as the ill-fated Note 7. In fact, many of the specs are same as the ones found in the Note 7, which could make the Meizu PRO 6 Plus a suitable replacement for previous users of the now-recalled Samsung phablet. Even the physical home button, which doubles as a fingerprint reader, is similar in appearance and placement to that of the Note 7's.
The PRO 6 Plus will run Meizu’s own Flyme 6 OS (based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow), which the company says adds over 400 new features. The standout feature is an artificial intelligence system that Meizu calls “One Mind.” The AI is meant to analyze how PRO 6 Plus owners use their phones, including which apps are commonly accessed, and allocate system resources accordingly.
Other new features include a 32-bit audio DAC (which is just below the LG V20’s lauded Quad-DAC) for Hi-Fi audio and a USB 3.1 Type-C connection for fast charging (via a 24 Watt charger) and quick data transfer at speeds up to 5 Gb/s.
The Meizu PRO 6 Plus is currently available in China in three colors: Champagne Gold, Silver, and Gray. It retails for RMB 2,999 (~US $435) for the 64 GB model and RMB 3,299 (~US $480) for the 128 GB model. Meizu has stated that the phone is expected to come to other markets, although availability outside of China has not been announced at this time.