The Meizu M6s was officially announced yesterday as the latest addition to the company’s M lineup of smartphones. It’s Meizu’s first smartphone with one of those 18:9 displays that have taken over the smartphone industry but is otherwise just a traditional mid-range phone. Or is it? While the spec sheet is nothing to write home about, there are a couple of features on the M6s that stand out, and we’ll be looking at exactly what those are in this post.
Large 18:9 display, small form factor
Naturally, the 5.7-inch 18:9 display is the biggest highlight, as it is the first time Meizu has opted to use one. As with any other such phone, the narrow bezels around the screen allow for a larger canvas for watching movies, gaming, or browsing the internet, without the footprint that a device with a 5.7-inch display would carry. On the blue and black models, the front of the phone is all black, which means the content on-screen takes center stage while everything else fades away. Yes, the screen’s resolution of 720×1440 pixels leaves something to be desired, but most users are unlikely to complain about it in everyday usage.
Halo button makes a comeback
Since the screen takes up most of the real estate up front, the logical step is to opt for software navigation keys, right? Well, yes, but Meizu didn’t just stop there and has brought back the Halo button from the MX2 as a virtual and more functional take on the mTouch button from its previous phones. The Halo button is pressure sensitive and has all the mBack gestures built into it. You can tap to go back, press to go to the home screen, long press to turn off the display, swipe left and right to switch between apps, and swipe up to see a list of all running apps.
All that may sound confusing, but you’d be surprised at how easy it can be to adapt to such gestures. But, if you don’t want to go through the pain of getting used to the Halo button, Meizu has built in the option to switch to Android’s default software navigation keys. Pretty nifty, right?
Exynos 7872 SoC with Cortex-A73 cores
Software performance is of utmost importance on a smartphone, and the M6s is well equipped in that regard. It’s the first phone from Meizu to be powered by Cortex-A73 cores, which means tasks like gaming or browsing through media-heavy websites should be handled with aplomb. The Exynos 7872 also has four power-efficient Cortex-A53 cores, so battery life shouldn’t take a hit with regular, everyday usage.
Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Like the Halo button, Meizu has taken a different route for the fingerprint sensor. Instead of putting it at the back of the phone, the company has placed the fingerprint sensor below the power button on the right side. You just need to register the thumb from one hand and the index finger from the other, which would make the fingerprint sensor quickly accessible no matter what hand you pick it up with. Oh, and the sensor’s implementation also adds a visual flair to the unibody design, so that’s another advantage.
That’s our pick of the top features of the Meizu M6s, but we’re interested in what your opinion is, so don’t forget to leave a comment and get a discussion going!