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Meizu would not be Meizu if it had not released a pair to its expensive flagship smartphone with the cunning name Meizu 16 th (read “Meizu Sixteenth”). This pair has become more affordable at the price, but also slightly simplified in terms of technical specifications, the Meizu 16 smartphone. without “th,” it is confusing for many. In China, this model is called Meizu 16x, and so it would be much clearer. Well, they figured out the name, but what can the simplified “sixteenth” boast of and whether it is so worse than the flagship, read in our new review.
Key Features of Meizu 16 (Model M872H)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC, 8 Kryo 360 cores (2 × Gold (Cortex-A75) @ 2.2 GHz 6 × Silver (Cortex-A55) @ 1.7 GHz)
- GPU Adreno 616
- Operating System Android 8.1, Flyme 7.1
- Touchscreen Super AMOLED 6 ″, 2160 × 1080 (18: 9), 401 ppi
- Random access memory (RAM) 6 GB, internal memory 64/128 GB
- No microSD support
- Support Nano-SIM (2 pcs.)
- GSM / WCDMA / TD-SCDMA / CDMA Networks
- Networks LTE Cat. 18 FDD-LTE (Band 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 20), TDD-LTE (Band 34, 38, 39, 40)
- Dual GPS / A-GPS, Glonass, BDS, Galileo
- Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 and 5 GHz)
- Bluetooth 5.0 BLE
- NFC is missing
- USB Type-C, USB OTG
- 3.5mm audio output
- The main camera is 12 megapixels, f / 1.8 20 megapixels, f / 2.6; 4K video
- Front camera 20 MP, f / 2.0
- Proximity and lighting sensors, pressure, magnetic field, infrared, gyroscope
- Fingerprint scanner below the screen
- 3100 mAh battery, fast charge mCharge
- Dimensions 151 × 74 × 7.5 mm
- Weight 155 g
Appearance and usability
Meizu 16 turned out to be not only beautiful, but also stylish: unlike the easily soiled Meizu 16 th with its glasses and mirror substrates shimmering in the light, like a Soviet Christmas tree toy (such “sparkles” are still an amateur), everything is extremely strict and succinctly, “in an adult way.” The metal of the case is covered with solid monophonic paint (in the case of the white case, the coating is ceramic) without any youth gradients, even cutouts for antennas are hidden, which makes the design look perfectly finished.
The smartphone is thin and light, in addition, its edges are slightly narrower, but not as pointed as in products, for example, Oppo, which literally crank in the hand. Everything is perfectly designed here, there is something to grab on. perhaps the Meizu 16 case is the most convenient mobile “format” for the average human palm in modern realities.
The smartphone has everything in moderation. and dimensions, and weight, and shape. Unfortunately, most Chinese manufacturers, from Huawei to Vivo, have a lack of understanding of this very “measure”. There are 16 complaints about the assembly and quality of Meizu materials, of course, no complaints either. everything is perfect. Fingerprints, even on a varnished glossy white version, are not visible at all, a high-quality oleophobic coating is resistant to their appearance.
The module with cameras at the back protrudes slightly beyond the surface, but the smartphone lying on the table does not sway when it touches the screen, it lies steadily. Under the lens block is a bright ring flash of 6 LEDs.
The frame of the front panel around the screen is thinned to the limit, because of this, the developers compromised by hiding the LED event indicator under the speaker grill to the very top. This is a minus, since the light of the indicator of the smartphone lying in front of you is not visible, it can be seen only by turning the device towards itself with the top end, and this is not a life case at all. Nevertheless, Meizu is very proud of such a find. this innovation went from a series of 15 models and migrated to the 16th.
There are no hardware buttons under the screen, nor is there a fingerprint scanner. it is moved under the glass of the screen. But this, unfortunately, does not mean at all that you can apply your finger anywhere on the display, as it would be most convenient. No, when you take the smartphone in your hands, an oval pictogram lights up on the display, and only in this particular place should you put your finger.
Given that these sub-screen sensors are still slower than usual, the meaning of this ingenious arrangement is lost, because to save space on the front panel, the touch pads have long been transferred to the “back” of the smartphone. Yes, this is not very and not always convenient, but a sub-screen fingerprint scanner is not less convenient in everyday use.
There are no complaints about the side keys, they are both located side by side on one side, convenient for groping blindly, have a clear and elastic response.
The SIM card tray does not require a memory card — only two Nano-SIMs. Hot swapping cards supported.
At the top there is nothing but an auxiliary microphone.
At the bottom there is a USB Type-C connector and a 3.5 mm headphone audio output. The speaker is brought out here, it does not work in stereo with the top one, like the older model Meizu 16 th.
Meizu 16 is available in several colors, but, as usual, not all options reached the official Russian market. At our place, only black, white and blue can be found here. Perhaps these are the best colors for this unit. The white ceramic-coated case is glossy and most attractive, while the other two have a matte finish, not so catchy, but also good in their own way. Protection from dust and moisture for the smartphone is not declared.
Meizu 16 is equipped with a Samsung Super AMOLED display with a diagonal of 6 inches and a resolution of 2160 × 1080, covered with 2.5D glass. The physical dimensions of the screen are 68 × 137 mm, the aspect ratio is 18: 9. The frame has a width of 2 mm from the sides and 6 mm above and below. The screen occupies 91.2% of the entire front surface. I am glad that the manufacturer managed to do without cutouts, “bangs” in the screen, placing almost all the usual elements in a thin segment of the frame above the screen.
A detailed examination using measuring instruments was carried out by the editor of the “Monitors” and “Projectors and TV” sections Alexey Kudryavtsev. We give his expert opinion on the screen of the test sample.
The front surface of the screen is made in the form of a glass plate with a mirror-smooth surface that is resistant to scratches. Judging by the reflection of objects, the anti-glare properties of the screen are slightly better than those of the Google Nexus 7 (2013) screen (hereinafter simply Nexus 7). For clarity, we present a photo on which a white surface is reflected in the turned off screens (on the left. Nexus 7, on the right. Meizu 16, then they can be distinguished by size):
The screen of Meizu 16 is a bit darker (brightness in photos 115 versus 117 for Nexus 7). The doubling of the reflected objects in the Meizu 16 screen is very weak, this indicates that there is no air gap between the layers of the screen. Due to the smaller number of boundaries (such as glass / air) with very different refractive indices, screens without an air gap look better in conditions of intense external illumination, but repairing them in the case of a cracked outer glass is much more expensive, since the entire screen has to be changed. On the outer surface of the Meizu 16 screen there is a special oleophobic (grease repellent) coating (effective, better than Nexus 7), so fingerprints are removed much more easily and appear at a lower speed than with ordinary glass.
When displaying a white field in full screen and with manual brightness control, its maximum value was 425 cd / m². You also need to consider that in this case, the smaller the white area on the screen, the brighter it is, that is, the actual maximum brightness of white areas will almost always be higher than the specified value. As a result, given the excellent anti-glare properties, daytime readability in the sun should be at an acceptable level. The minimum white brightness value is 1.7 cd / m², that is, a reduced brightness level without problems allows you to use the device even in complete darkness. On the other hand, the minimum level is too low, and in some cases it can lead to unpleasant consequences, making it difficult to determine what is displayed on the screen and whether it is turned on at all. Automatic brightness control by light sensor works (it is located to the right of the front camera). The operation of this function depends on the position of the brightness adjustment slider. If you leave it at 50% (default), then in total darkness the auto brightness function reduces the brightness to 3 cd / m² (very dark), in an office lit by artificial light (about 550 lux) it sets to 100 cd / m² (normal), and conditionally in direct sunlight increases up to 425 cd / m². The result did not suit us, so we moved the slider by about 60%, and finally got the following values for the three conditions mentioned above: 15, 160 and 425 cd / m² (perfect combination). It turns out that the auto-brightness function works adequately and allows the user to customize their work to individual requirements.
Video: Meizu 16th Sound When Recording Video
At any brightness level, there is significant modulation with a frequency of about 60 or 240 Hz. The figure below shows the dependence of brightness (vertical axis) on time (horizontal axis) for several brightness settings:
It can be seen that at maximum and medium brightness, the modulation amplitude is not very large, as a result, there is no visible flicker. However, with a strong decrease in brightness (below 25%), a modulation with a large relative amplitude appears, its presence can already be seen in the test for the presence of a stroboscopic effect or simply with rapid eye movement. Depending on the individual sensitivity, such flickering can cause increased fatigue. Note that the screen does not flicker synchronously over the entire area, but in zones, which slightly reduces the noticeability of flickering.
This screen uses the Super AMOLED matrix. an active matrix with organic LEDs. A full-color image is created using sub-pixels of three colors. red (R), green (G) and blue (B), but the red and blue sub-pixels are half as much, which can be designated as RGBG. This is confirmed by a fragment of a micrograph:
For comparison, you can see the gallery of microphotographs of screens used in mobile technology.
On the fragment above, you can count 4 green subpixels, 2 red (4 halves) and 2 blue (1 whole and 4 quarters), while repeating these fragments, you can lay out the entire screen without tearing and overlapping. For such matrices, Samsung introduced the name PenTile RGBG. The manufacturer considers the screen resolution for green subpixels, for the other two it will be half as much. Of course, there are some uneven contrasting borders and other image artifacts. However, due to the high resolution of the screen, they only minimally affect the quality of the picture.
The screen is characterized by excellent viewing angles. True, the white color when deviated even by small angles acquires a barely noticeable blue-green or pinkish tint, but the black color remains just black at any angles. It is so black that the contrast parameter is not applicable in this case. For comparison, here are photos on which on the screens Meizu 16 (profile Standard mode) and the second participant in the comparison, identical images are displayed, while the brightness of the screens was initially set to approximately 200 cd / m², and the color balance on the camera was forcibly switched to 6500 K.
We note a good uniformity of brightness and color tone of the white field.
And a test picture (profile Standard mode):
Color reproduction is good, the colors are moderately saturated, the color balance of the screens varies slightly. Recall that the photograph can not serve as a reliable source of information about the color rendering quality and is provided only for conditional visual illustration. In particular, the pronounced reddish tint of the white and gray fields present in the Meizu 16 screen photographs is not visually absent at a perpendicular view, which is confirmed by hardware tests using a spectrophotometer. The reason is that the spectral sensitivity of the camera’s matrix does not exactly match this characteristic of human vision.
The photo above was taken after selecting a profile Standard mode in the screen settings, there are four in total:
When choosing any profile other than Standard mode, color saturation increased. for example, this is how the image looks after selecting a profile Adaptive mode:
Now at an angle of about 45 degrees to the plane and to the side of the screen (profile Standard mode) White field:
The brightness at an angle of both screens decreased markedly (to avoid strong dimming, the shutter speed was increased compared to previous photographs), but in the case of the tested smartphone, the brightness drop is much less pronounced. As a result, with formally the same brightness, the Meizu 16 screen visually looks much brighter (compared to LCD screens), since the screen of a mobile device often has to be viewed at least from a small angle.
And the test picture:
It can be seen that the colors have not changed much on both screens and the brightness of the Meizu 16 smartphone is much higher at an angle. Switching the state of the matrix elements is performed almost instantly, but a step with a width of about 17 ms (which corresponds to a screen refresh rate of 60 Hz) may be present at the inclusion front. For example, it looks like the dependence of brightness on time during the transition from black to white and vice versa:
In some conditions, the presence of such a step can lead to loops reaching for moving objects. However, dynamic scenes in films on OLED screens are distinguished by high definition and even some “twitching” of movements.
Constructed at 32 points with an equal interval in the numerical value of the shade of gray, the gamma curve showed that there is no significant obstruction in the highlights or in the shadows. The exponent of the approximating power function is 2.36, which is higher than the standard value of 2.2, so the image is slightly darkened. The real gamma curve deviates little from the power law:
Recall that in the case of OLED screens, the brightness of the image fragments dynamically changes in accordance with the nature of the displayed image. decreases for bright images in general. As a result, the obtained dependence of the brightness on the hue (gamma curve), most likely, slightly does not correspond to the gamma curve of a static image, since the measurements were carried out with the sequential display of shades of gray almost the entire screen.
Profile color gamut Full color mode very wide. wider in blue and green than DCI-P3:
In profile Adaptive mode the coverage is a little narrower, it gets closer to DCI-P3:
When choosing a profile A photo coverage is drawn to the borders of Adobe RGB:
When choosing a profile Standard mode coverage shrinks to sRGB boundaries:
Without correction, the spectra of the components are very well separated:
In case of profile Standard mode with maximum correction, the color components are already noticeably mixed together:
Note that on screens with a wide color gamut (without corresponding correction), the colors of ordinary images optimized for sRGB devices look unnaturally saturated. Hence the recommendation: in most cases, watching movies, photos and everything natural is better when choosing a profile Standard mode, and only if the photo was taken on the installation of Adobe RGB, it makes sense to switch the profile to A photo. Similarly, profile Adaptive mode appropriate for viewing video material with DCI-P3 coverage adopted in digital cinema.
By default, the color temperature is a bit high, about 7300 K. However, in the settings it is possible to adjust the color balance with the color temperature slider.
After a small correction, the balance of shades on the gray scale is already good: the color temperature is close to 6500 K, and the deviation from the black body spectrum (ΔE) on most of the gray scale remains below 10 units, which is considered a good indicator for a consumer device. At the same time, on a significant part of the gray scale, the color temperature and ΔE do not change very much, which improves the visual perception of color balance.
(In most cases, the darkest areas of the gray scale can be ignored, since there the color balance does not matter much, and the error in measuring color characteristics at low brightness is large.)
There is now a function that is now fashionable for reducing the intensity of the blue component, for which the settings even contain a whiter or less correct description (regarding sleep improvement):
Why such a correction can be useful is described in an article about iPad Pro 9.7. In any case, when entertaining with a tablet or smartphone at night, it is better to lower the screen brightness to a minimum, but still comfortable level. Yellow screen setting Eye protection mode there is no point.
To summarize. The screen has a fairly high maximum brightness and has excellent anti-glare properties, so the device can be used outdoors even on a sunny summer day. In complete darkness, the brightness can be lowered to a comfortable value. It is acceptable to use a mode with automatic brightness adjustment that works adequately. The advantages of the screen include an effective oleophobic coating, as well as close to sRGB color gamut (when choosing the right profile) and good (after a little correction) color balance. At the same time, we recall the general advantages of OLED screens: the true black color (if nothing is reflected in the screen), noticeably less than the LCD, a drop in image brightness when viewed at an angle. The disadvantages include the modulation of the brightness of the screen, leading to flicker at a very low brightness. Users who are especially sensitive to flicker may experience increased fatigue due to this. However, overall the screen quality is high.
The Meizu 16 front camera received a Samsung 3T1 sensor with a resolution of 20 megapixels and a five-lens lens with f / 2.0 aperture. The shooting quality is excellent: the image is bright, highly detailed, with the correct color reproduction and good sharpness. Naturally, a portrait mode with blurring the background is implemented, which the camera manages very well. The object is separated from the background quite neatly, the quality of detail does not drop much even in room lighting.
The back of the camera has two modules. with a resolution of 12 and 20 megapixels. The main module uses a Sony IMX380 12-megapixel sensor (1.55 μm pixel size) and an f / 1.8 aperture lens with optical stabilization. The additional module has a Sony IMX350 sensor with a resolution of 20 megapixels and a lens with aperture of f / 2.6, it is used for zoom and to create a bokeh effect. The camera offers a triple hybrid zoom, autofocus combines phase and laser focusing technologies.
There is a manual settings mode, a special portrait mode with background blur and auto mode: in it, with ArcSoft algorithms, the camera automatically adjusts the settings for scene shooting. There is no native ability to save pictures in RAW even in manual mode.
During the day, the main camera shoots well, the detail of the picture is high, there are almost no noise. The picture from the second module is less impressive, the noise is clearly visible on it, although the benefit of a double zoom, of course, outweighs if you need to capture something distant. Hybrid triple zoom, as expected, exacerbates the shortcomings of the picture from the second module, and to be honest, we don’t understand the meaning of a separate mode with digital zoom: if we need it, we’ll spread the picture with our fingers so that we can frame it at our discretion, and if we don’t need it, they will just be embarrassed by the extra position of the switch. However, the presence of it is not clear why the necessary hybrid zoom is nonsense. Much more serious is that the second module constantly smears with focus, and almost under ideal conditions: on a clear (albeit winter) day and with a contrasting object in the center of the frame. And saying “constantly”, we are not exaggerating: the number of marriage is off the charts, the series below is almost the only one in which the second and third pictures were sharp. In this situation, we are inclined to believe that we got a defective copy for the test: it is extremely difficult to imagine that even a budget smartphone with such a camera will pass the output quality control, and here it is far from a budget model.