Meizu M16th vs OnePlus 6T vs Poco F1 vs ZenFone 5Z: Here's how the budget flagships compare

Based on the specs and pricing the Meizu M16th offers tough competition to the OnePlus 6T.

Meizu has announced three new smartphones in India after a period of almost three years. The main attraction amongst the three is the Meizu M16th which is the company's flagship offering. The device has the right specs to call itself a powerhouse and has been priced at Rs 39,999. This makes it a direct competitor to the OnePlus 6T and several other budget flagship phones.

The Meizu 16th was launched in China back in August. Image: Meizu

The Meizu 16th was launched in China back in August. Image: Meizu

The M16th packs in Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC inside along with a water-cooling system for heat dissipation. The highlight of the M16th is its super slim design that also manages to squeeze in an in-display fingerprint reader and a dual speaker system. It comes in the 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage variant for India.

In terms of display, the phone has a 6-inch FullHD Super AMOLED panel with an 18:9 display aspect ratio that skips on the display notch.

At the back sits dual camera setup which features Sony-made 12 MP (f/1.8) + 20 MP (f/2.4) cameras. The main camera features OIS while the secondary 20 MP unit is accompanied by a 3x telephoto lens. There's also a laser autofocus system to accompany the OIS system. The front-facing camera is a 20 MP unit with a f/2.0 aperture.

Connectivity options include dual-SIM 4G VoLTE support, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2 × 2 MIMO), GPS. The phone also includes a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a USB Type-C port at the bottom end.

So does the phone stand up against competition such as the OnePlus 6T, Asus ZenFone 5Z, Poco F1 and the also the Honor 10? We can't say for sure as we have not tested the device yet, but a spec comparison below should shed some light. Do stay tuned for our full review of the device which should be coming out soon.

Smartphone Meizu M16th OnePlus 6T Poco F1 Honor 10 Asus ZenFone 5Z
Display Size (inch) 6 6.4 6.1 6.1 6.2
Resolution (pixels) 1080 x 2340 1080 x 2240 1080 x 2246 1080 x 2240 1080 x 2246
Pixel Density (PPI) 409 402 403 408 402
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED IPS LCD IPS LCD IPS LCD
Dimensions (mm) 157 x 74 x 7.3 155.7 x 75.4 x 8.2 155.5 x 75.2 x 8.8 162 x 77 x 8 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5
Weight (g) 152 177 180 153 155
Dual SIM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
Connectivity Types GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / WCDMA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 HiSilicon Kirin 970 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
CPU Cores Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core
CPU Clock Speed (GHz) 4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver 4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver 4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver 4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 630 Adreno 630 Mali-G72 MP12 Adreno 630
RAM 8 GB 6, 8 GB 6,8 GB 4/6 GB 6,8 GB
Ruggedness Splashproof
On-Board Memory 128 GB 64, 128, 256 GB 64, 128, 256 GB 64,128 GB 64, 128, 256 GB
Expandable Memory Yes, up to 256 GB No Yes, up to 512 GB No Yes, up to 256 GB
Sensors Face unlock, In-display fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Face unlock, In-display fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Face unlock, Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass Face unlock, Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Face unlock, Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass,
Rear Camera 12 MP f/1.8;
20 MP f/2.4
16 MP f/1.7; 20 MP (16 MP effective) f/1.7 12MP f/1.9, 5 MP f/2.0 16 MP f/1.8 B/W, 24 MP B/W f/1.8, 12 MP f/1.8, 8 MP f/2.0
Optical Image Stabilization Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Camera Array Dual Camera Dual Camera Dual Camera Dual Camera Dual Camera
Autofocus System Phase detection autofocus Phase detection autofocus Phase detection autofocus Phase detection autofocus Phase detection autofocus
Front Camera 25 MP, f/2.0 16 MP f/2.0 20 MP f/1.7 24 MP f/2.0 8MP f/1.7
Video Capture 2160p@30 fps 1080p@30/60 fps 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@480fps 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 1080p@240fps 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS) 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60/120fps 720p @ 240 fps
Flash LED Dual-LED LED LED Dual-LED
OS Version Android Oreo 8.1 Android Oreo 8.1 Android 8.1 Oreo Android Oreo 8.1 Android Oreo 8.1
AI (Smart Assistant) Google Assistant Google Assistant Google Assistant Google Assistant Google Assistant
GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0, A2DP, LE v5.0, A2DP, LE v5.0, A2DP, LE v5.0, A2DP, LE v5.0, A2DP, LE
NFC No Yes No Yes No
Infrared Yes Yes No No No
Fingerprint Scanner In-display In-display Yes, Rear button Yes Yes, Rear button
3.5 mm jack Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Radio No No Yes No No
USB Type Type-C Type-C Type-C Type-C Type-C
USB Standard USB v2.0 USB v2.0 USB v2.0 USB v2.0 USB v2.0
Battery (mAh) 3,100 3,700 4,000 3,400 3,000
Fast charging Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Colors Moonlight White, Midnight Black Midnight Black, Mirror Black, Thunder Purple Rosso Red, Steel Blue, Graphite Black, Kevlar Phantom Blue, Phantom Green, Midnight Black, Glacier Grey, Lily White New Platinum Gray, New Aurora Black, New Moroccan Blue, Raspberry Rose
Prices in India Rs 39,999 Starting Rs 37,999 Starting Rs 19,990 Starting Rs 32,999 Starting Rs 29,999

Conclusion

As mentioned earlier, real-world testing has to be done before we can determine who is the winner here. However, based on the specs and pricing of the Meizu M16th, we can say that it offers tough competition to the OnePlus 6T, but it lags the Asus ZenFone 5Z and Poco F1 as both these smartphones pretty much offer similar features at a comparitively lower price point. We shall see what happens when we do a full review of the device.

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