Today, we had the first official look at the upcoming Meizu 18 and 18 Pro. The company released the first official render of these devices and we can’t help but notice some features. Firstly, these smartphones will come with a curved-screen. Furthermore, it will use a punch-hole display but the hole will be at the center. Also, we can see that this device will use an on-screen fingerprint sensor. Of course, the curved-screen gives room for completely bezel-less edges and the bezels on the top and bottom are ultra-thin. In another Weibo post, the company announced that this series has commenced appointment.
According to Meizu, the appointment is active on Meizu Mall, Meizu Stores, Tmall, JD.com, Suning.com, etc. The company will release the Meizu 18 series 5G dual flagships at 14:30 on March 3 at Zhuhai Grand Theater. The official teaser reads
“Lightweight to the left, extreme to the right. Meizu 18, light and subtle, control the audience. Meizu 18 Pro, pure and ultimate.”
This somewhat implies that the Meizu 18 is lighter than the 18 Pro. However, the Meizu 18 Pro is stronger in other aspects such as performance. Also, we can see from the render that the Meizu 18 / 18 Pro both use a metal middle frame.
From the latest report, Meizu 18 will come with the Snapdragon 870 SoC. There is also news that the device will have a built-in 4000mAh battery + 36W fast charge (3C confirms). Furthermore, the Meizu 18 Pro will use the Snapdragon 888 SoC. On the front, it will have a 20MP camera. The rear quad-cameras will include 48MP + 48MP + 8MP + ToF. Under the hood, it will have a built-in 4500 mAh battery that supports 40W fast charge (3C confirms).
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 / 870 SoCs, 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.
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. 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.