Meizu has shown that certain features which some manufacturers may term hardware limitations can be enabled via a software update. For example, last year’s Meizu 17 and Meizu 17 Pro got their refresh rate upgraded from 90Hz to 120Hz via a software update. Now, Meizu is about to pull a similar stunt with the Meizu 18 series.
The Meizu 18 and Meizu 18 Pro both have 2K displays with a 120Hz refresh rate but unfortunately, you can’t set the resolution to the highest (QHD+: 3200 x 1440) and also have the refresh set to 120Hz. That changes with an OTA update that Meizu is working on.
According to Meizu’s head of marketing, Wan Zhiqiang, its engineers have been working overtime on getting the feature available and they have finally cracked it. He even shared screenshots of the display set to maximum resolution and also the refresh rate set to 120Hz to prove that they have got it working. The poster above shows that the feature will be activated for all users via an OTA update which should roll out soon.
The Meizu 18 and Meizu 18 Pro launched early this month. The former has a 6.2-inch S-AMOLED display while the former has a 6.7-inch S-AMOLED display. Both screens have four curves, a 240Hz touch sampling rate, a punch hole for the selfie camera, and are HDR10+ certified.
Inside the two phones is the Snapdragon 888 processor with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. Apart from screen size, the two phones also differ in the camera department. You get a 32MP front-facing camera on the standard model along with a 64MP+16MP+8MP triple camera on the back while the pro model has a 44MP selfie camera and quad-rear cameras that consist of a 50MP main camera, a 32MP ultrawide angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, and a TOF camera.
You get a 4000mAh battery with the smaller model and it supports 36W fast wired charging. The Meizu 18 Pro supports 40W fast wired charging, 40W fast wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging. The two phones run Flyme 9 based on Android 11 out of the box. For now, they are exclusive to China with a starting price of ¥4,399 (~$676).
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