Meizu Pro 7 Plus is the brightest and most unusual smartphone from Meizu, which features a unique additional display on the rear panel. Its predecessor, Meizu Pro 6 Plus, boasted excellent software and hardware. Does this apply to the upgraded Pro 7 Plus, or is it worth to buy the smartphone just for the sake of its unusual appearance? Let's find out.
With the exception of the additional display, the Meizu Pro 7 Plus design is very similar to its predecessor. The build quality of the smartphone is high, built with high-quality materials.
The solid aluminum body is soft to the touch and pleasantly lies in the hand, although the Meizu Pro 7 Plus slips out of it, despite the flat edges, which simplify the retention. The kit includes a plastic cover for protection, which is less slippery.
There are several color options available: Matte Black, Space Black, Silver, and Gold. The curved antenna lines on the top and bottom of the body are barely visible. This round-edged smartphone is felt as a monolithic block. The silver inscription Meizu, which protrudes in the lower right corner, spoils the whole view, but the design is minimalistic.
The new Pro 7 Plus only has protection against ingress of water, dust (do not think about bathing), as well as the physical mTouch key, which when pressed, returns you to the home screen, and with a light touch – you go back to the previous screen. To open the multitasking menu, swipe your finger up from the bottom of the screen.
Built-in button mTouch fingerprint scanner for speed is comparable with sensors on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6. The software adds features such as App Lock, allowing protection for each app from access through additional fingerprint scanning. You can also make individual contacts, applications, or files available for only one selected finger.
Like its predecessor, Meizu Pro 7 Plus has a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display - one of the best in this price category. Color rendition is accurate, colors are saturated, while the image remains readable even in bright sunlight.
Meizu gives buyers a choice between a compact Pro 7 with a 5.2-inch screen and a large 5.7-inch Pro 7 Plus. To watch videos and frequent Internet visits, the latter fits perfectly.
The new model got rid of the almost useless 3D Press technology, which was on the Pro 6 Plus. There's also no Always On Display function - instead of it, there is now a second screen.
The second 1.9-inch AMOLED display Meizu Pro 7 Plus with a resolution of 536 × 240, located in the upper left area on the back of the smartphone is the main feature of the device.
There are three main types of information panels, which indicate the time, the number of steps passed and the weather forecast. Colorful animated icons are added for the pedometer and weather panel. The pedometer is accurate, but only when walking with the phone in hand, but not in your pocket. The weather forecast here is the same as in the Weather application, which receives data from Accuweather.
If you drag your finger up or down in any of the Pro 7 Plus information panels, you will enter the viewfinder mode. This allows you to take a selfie with the back camera with a quality much higher than of the front camera. There is also no need to waste time unlocking the smartphone and entering the camera application.
The second smartphone display is not always active - you need to hold the Pro 7 Plus main screen up, rotate the smartphone towards you. You can also unlock the screen with a double tap.
On the technical side, the second screen Pro 7 Plus is implemented perfectly, but there is not enough software development. Notifications should be displayed in their entirety, third-party applications are supported for listening to music.
Meizu Pro 7 Plus is the only smartphone at an affordable price, which has a 10-core MediaTek Helio X30 high-end processor. Performance is provided by 6 GB of RAM, it's built-in UFS 2.1 memory, all software is optimized. When compared with the Galaxy S8, it is noticeable that Pro 7 Plus loads applications and menus a little faster.
You can install up to two nano SIM-cards with LTE support. MicroSD memory cards are not available due to UFS 2.1 interface. Built-in 64GB should be enough for most users, although there are models with 128 GB. Meizu has removed NFC, which will upset users who are actively using this technology for contactless payments.
Located below, the speaker produces a very loud sound with minimal distortion - this is a rarity for a smartphone of the middle class. 3.5-mm headphone jack transmits 32-bit Hi-Fi sound quality. DAC Cirrus Logic CS43130 DAC + is the same as the flagship Galaxy S8.
The battery capacity has increased from 3400 mAh from 6 Plus to 3500 mAh in the Pro 7 Plus. The smartphone will work for about 5.5 hours with the screen permanently on and about 24 hours for moderate use, which is not bad. Fast charging with mCharge 4 allows you to charge the battery up to 65% in just 30 minutes - it's 12% faster than even Dash Charge from OnePlus 5.
12-megapixel rear camera Sony IMX386 12 MP f / 2.0 is the same as that of the predecessor. However, laser autofocus and optical stabilization are not available here, and the 10-flash diode ring is replaced by two LEDs.
Meizu Pro 7 Plus adds a second camera that captures monochrome images - it would be more useful to use a wide-angle or telephoto lens. The color reproduction is good, the contrast level is high, and the image is quite detailed. Quality corresponds to the price.
The front is a 16-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture. The maximum video quality for the front camera is 1080p / 30fps, for the rear, it is 4K/30 fps. When shooting on the main camera, the videos are obtained with lots of details and vivid colors.
Flyme 6 from Meizu is one of the best user interfaces based on the Android operating system. Those who want to get new impressions from the OS will enjoy the amusing animations, additional functions, and clean shell design. Here everything works very responsive and intuitively clear - from the menu to the system applications.
Meizu Pro 7 Plus costs about $530 and this is one of the most unusual smartphones in 2017. Meizu provided it with not only an original interface, but also an excellent additional display. For those looking for a truly unique smartphone, Pro 7 Plus will be an excellent choice, and future software updates will make it even better.