Meizu seems to have jumped back into the flagship smartphone race once again. The company today launched the new Meizu 17 Series of smartphones- Meizu 17 & Meizu 17 Pro. The Meizu 17 Series coincides with the company’s 17 years of business. Also, Meizu 17 Series phones are 5G enabled and have top-notch hardware, putting the phones directly in competition with a few other 5G flagships.
Meizu has a history of designing its phones symmetrically and the Meizu 17 series is no different. That’s why the camera sensors are placed horizontally on the back of the phones and the weight distribution is even at the top and bottom.
Both the Meizu 17 and Meizu 17 Pro come with a huge 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display panels made by Samsung. The company claims that Samsung has tuned the panel as per the needs of Meizu. There are thin bezels around the display and the bezels at the top and bottom are symmetrical, measuring just 3.3mm. The screen-to-body ratio is also quite great at 92.9%. There is a tiny punch-hole camera at the top right corner of the display measuring just 2.99 mm. The Meizu 17 offers a refresh rate of 90Hz, whereas the Meizu 17 Pro has a refresh rate of 120Hz, which is the highest right now in the industry. The display is HDR 10 certified as well.
In terms of hardware, both the phones are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB UDF3.1 super-fast flash storage. The Meizu 17 Pro also uses LPDDR5 RAM, offering a 20% performance boost over the last generation.
In terms of camera, the Meizu 17 & Meizu 17 Pro are a bit different. The Meizu 17 comes with a 64-megapixel primary camera. Along with that, there are three other lenses- a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera, and a 5-megapixel macro camera. The camera configuration is a bit different as the Meizu 17 Pro model comes with an 8-megapixel telephoto lens and a 32-megapixel ultrawide lens 129॰ field of vision. The primary camera on the Meizu 17 Pro is the same as that of Meizu 17. But, there is also a 3D ToF sensor for stunning bokeh and AR.
Both the phones run Android 10 out of the box with Meizu’s own Flyme 8.1 skin on top. The connectivity options, apart from 5G are pretty normal and there is no NFC. Both the phone pack a 4500mAh battery with fast charging at 30W (5V/3A or 10V/3A or 20V/1.8A), but sadly we don’t have got wireless charging. The Meizu 17 Pro comes in a ceramic body for added premium texture and so, there is no wireless charging for either of the devices.
In China, these two phones are already available at retail stores. The Meizu 17 starts at $ 522 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, whereas the variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at $ 564. The Meizu 17 Pro starts at $ 606 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, whereas the top variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at $663.