22 April in the Chinese town Wujing Meizu held a presentation of new devices. The event is timed to the 15th anniversary of the company, so the new smartphone has received the appropriate name: Meizu 15, 15 and 15 Plus Lite. About the characteristics of each of them we wrote earlier, even one of the first in Russia has prepared a preliminary review.
A detailed overview of the devices we make in a month, just in time for the start of sales. By the way, sales this year will start almost at the same time with China, not in two months like it was before.
The most desirable of the three flagships, of course, Meizu 15 in white color casing with ceramic coating, about it we already talked. Now it is the turn of the flagship for those who like bigger phones — Meizu 15 Plus. Let’s start with the pros.
1. Big screen
Plus means the maximum version — the highest possible performance and a large screen. Unlike the younger versions of c 5,46-inch FullHD display, Plus got 5,95-inch with 2K resolution for fans of the highest quality. Matrix traditionally AMOLED made by Samsung. There is an analogue of the function Always On Display with display of hours and percentage charge. Aspect ratio 16:9, frame on the sides is minimal. The company did not succumb to the General trend of the stretching of the screen in height, I decided to finish well what you have. And the solution is correct — no problems with optimization software, ideal black color, ideal symmetry, and minimum borders on the sides.
Meizu 15 Lite (left) and 15 Plus (right)
2. Stereo speakers and mini-jack
After the aspect ratio, Meizu has left another traditional thing is the headphone Jack. He’s not here because I wanted to, but because the flagship instrument, the DAC and noise reduction, and stereo speakers!
Speakers are very loud. Not wheezing, the sound is clear. After them, everything else will seem childish prattle.
3. Technology vibration feedback mEngine
Surprisingly, no one still not tried even copy a nice feature called the Taptic Engine, which debuted in the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch. It’s not nasty vibrometric, and pleasant to the touch haptic feedback.
Responds to changes in the settings of the smartphone or by pressing a button mBack. You need to feel to understand.
4. Face scanner
Good news for many users of the devices Meizu — face scanner. He is not only in the flagship, but will also appear in older devices with the upgrade to Flyme 7.
First, we wanted to take this to cons, until I used it the scanner for a few days. Initially worked poorly, but there is a feeling that this is screwed artificial intelligence, as each time the trigger better.
5. One of the best (among the Chinese) shell Flyme
Seventh generation shell Flyme. Until now, the icons size are different, a little changed the style, added animations. Among the new features:
- Backup data to Google Drive.
- Dark theme for system and applications.
- Alphabetical search for apps on the desktop — just swipe up or down on the left side and displays the alphabet.
- Flash-effects — on notice sestdiena flash will glow and sparkle in different ways.
Alphabetical search for apps
Flash effects flash
The new design of the app «Weather»
The «Search» Section
Pros everything is clear, go to the part over which else to work on.
1. Soiled and slippery body
Case Meizu 15 Plus metal, like the one we saw in the Pro 7 Plus, but this time he is terribly soiled. So dirty that even a rag is not scrub, and cover are not included, and unlike the Meizu 15.
Also wildly glides on a flat surface a few times literally saved him from falling.
2. The lack of NFC
In 2018 to release a flagship without NFC unforgivable, because almost every third inhabitant of the big city have already forgotten what plastic card for all transactions like Google, Samsung or Apple Pay.
But residents of China, as manufacturers do not understand. There all transactions go through Ali Pay or messenger WeChat using QR codes. Generated code for the payment, the seller thought, that’s all. Not as convenient, but in the past year were conducted over a million transactions.
No matter how popular smartphones and Chinese manufacturers in Russia and Ukraine, the main market is China and only they they are primarily oriented.
3. The lack of wireless charging
Here bulk the battery is 3500 mAh with fast charging, 12 watts adapter is included. It’s all good, but the future for wireless charging and that it would be worth adding, but in this case I would have had to abandon the metal casing and to be like everyone else with glass.
4. Android 7.0 Nougat
In the plus version is an old Android 7.0. In may there will be a presentation already the ninth version. It turns out, the gap is significant, but for good reason.
The problem is stability. To work with Android 8.0 from Flyme there are glitches and unstable, because of what the update is delayed is.
PS And what about the camera?
Meizu 15 Plus has the same camera as in the Meizu 15. Let me remind you that there is optical stabilization and a basic 12-megapixel sensor is the same as the Google Pixel 2. But Google themselves have repeatedly proved that it is not the sensors and the software and fine-tuning.
The most interesting that at the presentation of the smartphone Meizu spent a lot of time, camera. Examples of images showed National Geographic photographer.
Examples of pictures on the Meizu 15 from a professional photographer
Of course, all of them are perfect, but what if you’re not friends with the light and the Golden section? (I) Two days testing the camera in different conditions and here are our examples.
Portrait mode in the daytime
Portrait mode in the daytime
Portrait mode indoors
Portrait mode in night time
Portrait mode in the night time in the rain
Good news is that any mistakes in photographs can be corrected by software, which in our test samples, not the final.
Well, if the arms are straight, you can make quite good shots, for example:
Photo By Ilya Kazakov
Let’s see how the phone will show up with longer use. In sale it will appear in may, the price in China starts from 30 thousand rubles, we expected the level of 40 thousand rubles.
December is a month of stress tests and final conclusion on the camera! In addition, we are giving away a Meizu 15 in the ceramic body among the subscribers of our group Vkontakte. Details at the link.