China-based Meizu is blasting after prospective iPhone 6s buyers with the release of its brand new Pro 6, a 5.2-inch Android smartphone with a 1080p Super AMOLED display and 3D Press technology that sounds just like Apple’s proprietary 3D Touch.
On the surface, the Meizu Pro 6 is slim and handsome, measuring just 7.25mm thick (which is thinner than the iPhone 6s Plus) with a metallic unibody available in gold, silver, and black. A single mTouch button located on the front of the device enables fingerprint recognition with what Meizu calls a new-generation algorithm that offers improved recognition speed. The smartphone’s two antenna bands are situated on the back and are integrated into its sleek design.
3D Press technology imbues the screen with pressure sensitivity, allowing the user to access a shortcut menu or preview content (photos, email, SMS messages) based on the level of pressure placed on the screen. It supports tactile vibration and visual effects. The screen is protected with Gorilla Glass 3.
Below the surface, it’s equipped with everything to make the Pro 6 a viable challenger to the various high-profile Android flagships flooding the market. First and foremost is its 10-core Helio X25 processor, which makes it among the first “deca-core” smartphone to hit market. It carries 4GB RAM and is equipped with eMMC 5.1 flash memory. Internal storage options are 32GB or 64GB.
The smartphone’s main camera is equally impressive, with a 21-megapixel Sony IMX320 processor that’s been customized to fit the Pro 6’s slender profile to eliminate the obtrusive bulge that sometimes accompanies high-performing shooters. The camera flash is 10-LED (which is a reported first), and updated processing algorithms work with phase-detect autofocus to achieve focus speeds as fast as 0.7 seconds. The rear camera is 5-megapixels and brings along the typical beautification filters you’d expect from today’s selfie-cams.
The Pro 6 has two nano-SIM card slots, dual 4G, and a USB-C cable that Meizu says will deliver rapid, 60-minute charge-up times for the 2560mAh battery from a zero charge. Audio is delivered by way of a Cirrus Logic CS43L36 chip.
Stateside availability for the Meizu Pro 6 hasn’t been announced yet, but the smartphone is available for preorder in China at the rough estimate of $390 US dollars for the 32GB version. The 64GB variant will cost the approximate equivalent of $430 US dollars. It comes on the heels of other high-end smartphones with mid-range prices, primarily from Huawei and Xiaomi.