Today, Meizu held a launch event to announce the Meizu 18 series of flagship phones. As usual, the Meizu 18 and Meizu 18 Pro are packed with top-notch specs such as a 120Hz refresh rate display, Snapdragon 888, large-sized batteries, fast charging capabilities, and stellar front and rear cameras. In addition, the company also confirmed that starting with Meizu 18 series, there will be no ads built into the OS, zero push messages, and there will be no pre-installed third-party apps.
The Meizu 18 is equipped with a 6.2-inch S-AMOLED E4 display with quad-curved micro-arc edges. The 20:9 aspect ratio display offers a QHD+ resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels, a 120Hz refresh rate, a 240Hz touch sampling rate, 563ppi pixel density, 1300nits peak brightness, and HDR10+ support. The punch-hole screen is integrated with an ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint sensor, which makes it possible to unlock the device with wet hands and underwater. The handset measures 152.4 x 69.2 x 8.18mm and weighs 162 grams.
On the other side, the Meizu 18 Pro features a larger 6.7-inch edition of the S-AMOLED E4 punch-hole screen with quad-curved edges. The punch-hole display offers the same QHD+ resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, a 240Hz touch sampling rate, 526ppi pixel density, HDR10+ support, and the same peak brightness. It also features an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader. The Meizu 18 Pro has 162.5 x 73 x 8.1mm dimensions and it weighs 189 grams.Meizu 18 has a 4,000mAh battery, whereas the Pro model gets a larger 4,500mAh battery. The vanilla model supports 36W Super mCharge fast charging, while the Pro model is equipped with 40W charging and 40W Super Wireless mCharge technology.
The Meizu 18 has a front camera of 20-megapixel, whereas the Meizu 18 Pro has a 44-megapixel Samsung GH1 selfie camera. Both phones come with features like a 5-element lens, AI super clear portrait, backlight selfie HDR, super night view, screen flash, and face unlock for the front camera.
The Meizu 18 has a triple camera system on its back, which comprises a Sony IMX682 64-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.6 aperture, 7P lens, and OIS support. It is coupled with a 16-megapixel ultrawide/macro lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor and an LED flash unit. On the other side, the rear camera island of the Meizu 18 Pro has a Samsung GN1 50-megapixel primary snapper with f/1.9 aperture, 7P lens, OIS, EIS, and dual pixel autofocus, a 32-megapixel Sony IMX616 ultrawide lens with 130-degree FOV, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera, and a 3D ToF sensor. Both phones carry support for Dark Vision, a feature that allows users to capture brighter shots in extremely dark environments. The Pro model promises better focus in dim-light conditions. Both smartphones offer photography features such as Super Night View, AI dynamic tracking, and portrait blur. The Pro model is capable of shooting 8K videos.
The Meizu 18 and 18 Pro runs on Flyme 9 based Android 11 OS and comes with OneMind 5.0 system optimization. These phones are also equipped with other features such as dual SIM support, 5G, Wi-Fi 6 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, dual-frequency GPS, NFC, mEngine 4.0 tactile engine with large-sized linear motor, and USB-C port. The Meizu 18 Pro also comes with an IP68 rating for dust and water-resistance.
Here are the prices of the different variants of the Meizu 18 and 18 Pro handsets:
- 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage – 4,399 Yuan (~$680)
- 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage – 4,699 Yuan (~$711)
- 12 GB RAM + 256 GB storage – 4,999 Yuan (~$773)
Color variants: White, Blue, and Purple
Meizu 18 Pro
- 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage – 4,999 Yuan (~$773)
- 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage – 5,499 Yuan (~$850)
- 12 GB RAM + 256 GB storage – 5,999 Yuan (~$928)
Color variants: White, Blue, and Grey
The Meizu 18 series is now up for pre-orders in China through e-commerce sites. It will be available for purchase from March 8. THere is no word on the global availability of the Meizu 18 and 18 Pro handsets.
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