All roads have led to this, or at least the last 15 years for Meizu have. The company has announced the Meizu 15 and Meizu 15 Plus today to celebrate its 15th anniversary. The Meizu 15 and 15 Plus have been leaked to death in the last couple of months, and Meizu has certainly taken its time to make these phones official. But now they’re here, so what do they bring to the table? As expected, the 15 Plus is the flagship offering here, but at least the camera features are common across both handsets: 12-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors forming the dual rear camera and a 20-megapixel camera for selfies.
Meizu 15 and 15 Plus finally official
The rear camera setup comes with large 1.55 micron pixels, f/1.8 aperture, and optical image stabilization, all of which should combine for excellent low-light imaging. There’s an enhanced night mode for shooting images, and when that doesn’t work, the 6-LED flash should come to the rescue. There’s also 3x lossless zoom with the wide-angle 12 MP rear camera. The 20-megapixel front camera, meanwhile, comes with ArcSoft algorithms for enhanced selfies, and the front camera will also be used for facial recognition for unlocking the device.
The Meizu 15 and 15 Plus come with 5.5-inch and 6-inch Full HD and Quad HD Super AMOLED displays custom-made by Samsung, with minimal bezels on the left right. The Meizu 15 gets the octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery with mCharge 4.0 fast charging. The 15 Plus gets the octa-core Exynos 8895 processor (the one that powered the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8 last year), 6GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage options, and a 3,500 mAh battery, also with mCharge 4.0 fast charging.
Both phones get Meizu’s mTouch button at the front for navigation. The mTouch button now has a pressure sensor to simulate the feeling of a real button the mTouch button uses the same vibration unit as the iPhone to simulate a press), and it also has a fingerprint sensor built-in that unlocks the device in 0.08 seconds. The Meizu 15 and 15 Plus also get stereo speakers that offer up to an 80 percent increase in maximum volume over previous devices. On the software front, the 15 and 15 Plus run Android 7.0 Nougat with version 7 of the Flyme UX. Flyme 7 brings a refreshed interface and also version 2.0 of Meizu’s One Mind AI system.
Meizu will be selling the 15 and 15 Plus in four color options: blue, black, white, and gold. The 64GB and 128GB models of both phones will be called Standard and Deluxe for simpler differentiation. The Meizu 15 Standard and Deluxe will be priced at 2499 Yuan ($400/€325) and 2799 Yuan ($445/€360), while the 15 Plus Standard and Deluxe models will be priced at 2999 Yuan ($475/€385) and 3299 Yuan ($525/€427).
Release dates for these handsets aren’t yet known, but we’ll update this story when we get that information.