Today Meizu launched the new M6s, successor to last year’s M5s. The new M6s brings significant upgrades for the entry-level smartphone as it upgrades the SoC, screen and camera.

The M6s is among one of the first smartphones in its price category to include a SoC with an ARM big core. The Exynos 5 (Mid-range series) 7872 is Samsung’s first SoC below the high-end to adopt Cortex A73 cores alongside the usual A53 cores. The new 2x A73 4x A53 configuration runs at respectively 2.0 and 1.6GHz, resulting in expected performance far ahead of the M5s’ MT6753 which only had A53 cores up to 1.3GHz. The GPU is a new Mali G71MP1 running up to a very high 1.2GHz, likely to compensate for the fact that it only has a single core. The SoC is also manufactured on a 14nm process so we should expect overall large efficiency and battery life gains.

Technical Specifications
  Meizu M6s Meizu M5s
SoC Exynos 5 7872

4x Cortex A53 @ 1.6GHz
2x Cortex A73 @ 2.0GHz

Mali G71MP1 @ 1.2GHz

14nm
MediaTek MT6753

4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.0GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.3GHz

Mali-T720MP2 @ 546MHz

28nm
RAM 3GB LPDDR3 3GB LPDDR3
NAND 32 / 64GB (eMMC 5.1)
+ microSD
16GB / 32GB (eMMC 5.1)
+ microSD
Display 5.7-inch 1440 x 720
IPS LCD (18:9)
5.2-inch 1280 x 720
IPS LCD
Dimensions 148.2 x 72.8 x 8.3 mm (TBC)
143 grams (TBC)
148.2 x 72.5 x 8.4 mm
143 grams
Modem Exynos (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 7)

FDD-LTE / TD-LTE / TD-SCDMA / WCDMA / CDMA / GSM
MediaTek (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE (Category 4)

FDD-LTE / TD-LTE / TD-SCDMA / WCDMA / CDMA / GSM
SIM Size 2x NanoSIM (dual standby) 2x NanoSIM (dual standby)
Front Camera 8MP 5MP, f/2.0
Rear Camera 16MP Samsung,
f/2.0

dual-tone LED flash
13MP, 1/3.06" OmniVision OV13853, 1.12µm pixels, f/2.2, PDAF,

dual-tone LED flash
Battery 3070 mAh 3000mAh
Connectivity 802.11b/g/n, BT 5.0,
GPS/GNSS, BeiDou, Galileo

microUSB 2.0
802.11b/g/n, BT 4.0 LE,
GPS/GNSS,

microUSB 2.0
Launch OS Meizu Flyme OS 6
Android 7.0
Meizu Flyme OS 5.1
Android 5.1
Launch Price
(No Contract)
¥999 / ¥1199 RMB
$155 / $189 USD
127€ / 152€ EUR
¥799 / ¥999 RMB
$120 / $150 USD
101€ / 127€ EUR

This is also the first time we’ve seen an Exynos SoC released with integrated CDMA capability, confirming the rumours that SLSI is finally transitioning towards a world-modem and properly competing against other SoC vendors in CDMA markets such as China and the US. The SoC is also a fully integrated connectivity platform as it also integrates WiFi up to 802.11n, Bluetooth 5 and FM radio without having to rely on external combo-chips.

The M6’s screen keeps the rather low-end 720p resolution of the M5s but transitions to a 18:9 aspect ratio, thus increasing the vertical resolution to 1440 pixels.

The cameras have seen an upgrade as the main shooter now includes a higher resolution 16MP Samsung sensor with an f/2.0 lens system as well as an unspecified 8MP front camera.

The transition to a edge-to-edge display and removal of the front-facing physical home button in the M6s has obliged Meizu to move the fingerprint sensor to the side of the device near the power button. To replace the lack of the multi-function home button that Meizu devices usually ship with, Meizu has reintroduced a software Halo button for navigation which is also pressure sensitive on the screen.

The M6s comes in black, blue, gold and silver in 32 and 64GB variants for respectively ¥999 / ¥1199 RMB or equivalent $155 / $189 USD, making the phone a very attractive proposition and value for money.

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  • gobaers - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - link

    The table says 4x A73 Reply
  • Andrei Frumusanu - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - link

    Corrected, thank you. Reply
  • Wardrive86 - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - link

    All that CPU and basically no gpu. The CPU is quite nice for the price Reply
  • lilmoe - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - link

    Yea, I noticed the same thing. The good news is that it should pretty darn efficient for UI navigation and light gaming workloads. Reply
  • naveensingh - Friday, January 19, 2018 - link

    It has best perormance in the category.
    For 150$, tell me a phone that gives 91k Antutu!!
    Reply
  • jjj - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - link

    The 720p display and the large bezels are its weak points. Price is ok considering memory prices but we had better value phones in 2016 already and that's rather annoying. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - link

    Did any of them have comparable prices (I'm not interested in 300+€ "value phones") and anything better than A53 cores? Back in 2015 Phones in the 100 - 150$ range had SD 212 or hardly anything better. Reply
  • jjj - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - link

    That's a typo, meant 2016 and in 2016 there were things like the Qiku N4 with 5.5 inch 1080p, Helio X20, $GB RAM, 32GB NAND at 899CNY. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - link

    Had never hear of that and it's not even listed in a big european price comparison portal. But a few other relatively similar Helio X20 phones are available in that price range. Impressive! Reply
  • ZolaIII - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - link

    When we argued how S650~52 are better offering... Reply

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