In May last year, Meizu unveiled the Meizu 17 series with “Snapdragon 865 + UFS 3.1 storage + Super AMOLED display”. Recently, there have been reports on the Meizu 18 series and more information are hitting the web. According to information out of China, the Meizu 18 will come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor. This chip is still a 7nm chip but is more like a Snapdragon 865++. From the speculations so far, the Meizu 18 will likely come with a center punch-hole camera.
However, if the Meizu 18 really uses the Snapdragon 870, it will be a low-end flagship. Considering that the latest flagship all uses 5nm chips, the 7nm SD870 will be below par. From the leak, on the camera column, we have 64MP + 12MP + 5MP. This shows that this device will come with a triple rear camera setup. On the software end, we can see Flyme 8.3 on top of Android 11. This system should be the upcoming Flyme 9.
Today, Flyme’s official Weibo said: “Looking at the new posture of the “charm” friends, I think it is necessary to hold a separate conference for Flyme’s new system first, what do you think”. This also implies that Flyme 9 based on Android 11 will hold a separate conference.
However, Meizu Technology subsequently announced the latest warm-up poster on its official Weibo. See you at 10:00 in the morning on February 23 and called it a “good show”. This suggests that we may get the launch dates for Flyme 9 and Meizu 18 tomorrow.
Meizu 18 series to use Snapdragon 888, 120Hz Samsung E4 OLED screen & more
According to the information so far, the Meizu 18 series has a standard version and a Pro version. These models will come with 4000± and 4500± mAh batteries respectively. What is puzzling is that the standard version supports 30W charging while the Pro model supports 40W fast charging. Obviously, Meizu is some miles behind the competition. Presently, the charging power of mainstream Android flagships exceeds 50W. The likes of iQOO 7 even use 120W fast charging. The charging power of the Meizu 18 series is only a little faster than that of Apple and Samsung.
In addition to the Snapdragon 888, @DigitalChatStation report also states that this series will use a 120Hz Samsung E4 OLED display with FHD+ resolution. The phone will also come with a small punch-hole design. As for the price, it appears that this device will be affordable. There were initial reports that this phone will use the SD870 SoC.
In the past few years, mobile phone upgrades are mainly in three aspects: screen, processor, and camera. This year, the FHD+ 120Hz E4 screen will become mainstream. In addition, the Snapdragon 888 is also the standard configuration of the Android flagship. The shortcoming of Meizu mobile phones may be in the camera department. Many manufacturers now use custom sensors and outsole flagship sensors. Only Meizu still uses the public version flagship sensor IMX686. As of now, we do not know if Meizu will upgrade the camera.
At the beginning of December, Meizu technology said that the first batch of Meizu Snapdragon 888 devices will be available in the spring of 2021. Thus, if all goes according to plan, the Meizu 18 series should arrive in March.
In addition, to mobile phones, Meizu also recently exposed an ANC true wireless Bluetooth headset, Meizu’s first smartwatch, and other devices. The “Flyme For Watch” system is specifically for Meizu Watch. These products are also expected to be released with the Meizu 18 series in March this year.