In the shadow of the beast that is Meizu’s new flagship the Pro 7, Meizu released the next iteration in its budget category, the Meizu M6. The main question being, will it be a worthy upgrade over last year’s M5 and whether it can justify itself in the popular budget segment.
Display and body
Featuring a 5.2-inch 720 x 1280 pixels screen with a pixel density of 282, sunlight readability will be slightly difficult but this is a resolution we are used to seeing in the budget segment. The only difference in design is the more pronounced antenna lines around the back of the M6 whereas the M5 does not have these pronounced antenna lines on its own polycarbonate body. The front remains the same with a similarly placed fingerprint sensor, which is always a pleasure to see on such a phone.
Powered by an eight-core MTK 6750 with 4 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and the other 4 at 1.0 GHz, the Meizu M6 is no powerhouse but just like its identically specced predecessor it should get the job done without any major setbacks on a daily basis for the regular tasks.
Coming in two different variants, 2 GB RAM with 16 GB ROM and 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM variants with the option to further expand storage by up to 256 GB, the M6 makes up for the small internal memory the phone holds by using the second sim slot to add an additional SD card.
With its 720p screen and low-powered processor, it’s 3070 MAh battery should be able to go a full day with regular usage on a single charge. The M5 which featured the same battery, screen and processor could survive a full day on one charge with moderate usage so depending on software optimizations on Flyme UI 6 based on Android 7.0 (Nougat) compared to Flyme 5.2 based on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) which the M5 shipped with, the battery life could easily be slightly improved since the last iteration.
Featuring a 13-megapixel f/2.2 camera and dual-tone flash, the Meizu M6 matches the M5 when it comes to camera hardware and it was clear from the M5 that the particular sensor was only decent at best and can capture 1080p videos at 30 fps which are again not great but still decent for the price paid. The only upgrade in the camera department comes in the selfie camera being bumped up to an 8 MP f/2.0 shooter compared to the M5’s 5 MP f/2.0 camera. The difference is minimal but should allow for slightly better-looking selfies.
It is evident Meizu played it safe releasing the new M6 and there simply aren’t enough factors to call this an upgrade with a starting price of $105 for the lowest variant, there are clearly better options in the $100- $200 sector that will offer more bang for your buck.