After tons of rumors, leaks, and teasers from the company itself, the Meizu M6s has been made official in China today. As expected, this is Meizu’s first smartphone with an 18:9 “edge-to-edge” display, but more importantly, it brings back the Halo button that the company introduced with the MX2, as a replacement for the physical mTouch button.
Meizu M6s goes official
The Halo button isn’t just a software version of mTouch. Instead, it adds a variety of gestures to allow for quick access to various functionality. It’s pressure sensitive, so you can apply various levels of force for different actions. Like the physical mTouch button, basic navigation is also performed using the Halo button – a tap for going back, a press for going to the home screen, and left or right swipes for switching between apps. Since it’s all software, Meizu has built in an option to switch to Android’s standard navigation keys for old-school users.
The 18:9 display up front is a 5.7-inch panel of HD+ (1440×720) resolution, surrounded by a sandblasted metal body. Meizu says the new aspect ratio allows for 15 percent more text to be display on-screen and enhances the gaming experience. Standard fare for such a display, and Meizu’s implementation seems to be no different. The fingerprint sensor, meanwhile, has been relocated to just below the power button. It can unlock the device in 0.2 seconds, and Meizu says it’s easy to access with both the right and left hand.
Meizu is also touting the M6s’ horsepower. The phone is powered by the 14 nm Exynos 7872 hexa-core chipset from Samsung. As the company had already teased, the 7872 has two Cortex-A73 cores for increased performance on the new Flyme OS 6.2 (based on Android Nougat). There’s 3GB of RAM for multitasking, coupled with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. Powering the handset is a 3,000 mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.
For imaging, the M6s is equipped with a 16-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture at the back and an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture at the front. The front camera comes with real-time beautification so you can see exactly how the photo will come out. Like the processor, the sensors for both cameras come from Samsung. It remains to be seen how these cameras perform, but going by specs alone, there’s nothing that particularly stands out.
The Meizu M6s will come in black, blue, gold, and silver, and we’re guessing the blue version will be in high demand. The phone will go on sale on January 19th in China, with the 32GB variant priced at CNY 999 (roughly $155) and the 64GB variant priced at CNY 1199 (roughly $190).