Meizu uses the New Year to tease its upcoming flagship phone

Meizu's New Year gift box. (Source: MyDrivers)
Meizu's New Year gift box. (Source: MyDrivers)
Meizu is a smartphone OEM that posted a "New Year gift box" at the start of 2020. It consists of rather unique desk organizers and accessories, including a clock. On closer inspection, this object may be present to hint at an upcoming flagship, the 17.
Deirdre O Donnell,

Meizu makes phones that tend to eschew prevailing trends such as punch-holes, notches or retracting modules. Its 2019 series was called "16", leading to speculation that its successor's flagship will be called the 17. The OEM may have hinted that it is in fact on the way.

This possibility has arisen in the form of a "2020 New Year Gift Box", a package containing accessories to potentially enhance a desk set-up. They are shown arranged in such a setting alongside what is most likely a 16-series phone. It includes an analog clock, which shows only 2 numbers on its face: 1 and 7. This may suggest the existence of something called the 17.

This putative Meizu 17 may rock the Snapdragon 865 processor. There are few leaks out there that may point to further specs for this phone, although a 2019 rumor stated that it might have a completely portless and buttonless design. However, the latest image associated with this phone shows a front panel with conventional inputs.

Like the Meizu 16 before it, this "17" is also depicted as having markedly minimal bezels rather than any other kind of screen-to-body-ratio-enhancing technology. This leak has a low trust rating on SlashLeaks, although this may be connected to the relatively emerging status of the tipster in question.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-01-16 (Update: 2020-01-16)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.