The old proverb says that they are met by clothes, but escorted by the mind. Designers coolly dressed up the new Meizu smartphone, but what it really is, you understand only after a close acquaintance with the device. Read about what we found out as a result of testing.
- Screen: 5.5``, IPS, 400ppi, 1920x1080, 2.5D glass;
- Operating System: Android 6.0 (Flyme 5.2.4);
- Processor: MediaTek Helio P10, Cortex-A53 4 x 1.8 GHz, Cortex-A53, 4 x 1.0 GHz;
- GPU: Mali T860;
- RAM: 2 GB (3 GB) LPDDR3;
- Built-in memory: 16 GB (32 GB) support for microSD memory cards up to 128 GB;
- Cameras: 13 MP (5 lenses, f / 2.2, PDAF auto focus, dual LED flash), 5 MP (4 lenses, f / 2.0);
- Battery: 3260 mAh, non-removable;
- Dimensions: 153 x 75.4 x 7.7 mm;
- Weight: 158 g;
- SIM slots: 2, nano-SIM, hybrid slot;
- Communication: FDD-LTE: 1800/2100/2600 MHz, WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz, GSM / GPRS / EDGE: 900/1800/1900 MHz, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE), Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n Dual-Band, GPS (A-GPS), GLONASS;
- Sensors: fingerprint sensor (mTouch 2.1), light sensor, gravity sensor, distance sensor, gyroscope, digital compass, Hall sensor;
- Cost at the time of testing: 17 990 r. - for the version 16 GB / 2 GB, 19 990 p. - for version 32 GB / 3 GB.
Boxes made of thick coated cardboard, in which Meizu distributes products, have become even more minimalistic. The sketchy image of the smartphone disappeared, giving way to the model number. But everything is still inside: a smartphone (one of four colors: black, silver, gold and pink), brochures in a special envelope, a “clip” for accessing SIM cards, a Micro-USB cable, and a charger (5V , 2A).
We wrote a review of the Meizu U20 using the example of a younger version of the smartphone (2 GB of RAM and 16 GB for storing personal data).
The updated design is what is going to win the hearts of buyers Meizu U20. This time, the electronic filling was placed in a sandwich consisting of 2.5D glass panels and a rigid metal frame. Whose tempered glass is installed here, Meizu does not report. However, during the testing of damage they did not appear, which gives hope for the use of high-quality material. In addition, both the front and rear panels have an excellent oleophobic coating.
Fashionable bend around the edge of the front panel, almost not felt. The point is the sharp edge of the metal frame adjacent to the glass. Due to this structural detail, the device noticeably loses in ergonomics. Chamfers made around the perimeter of the body cut into the palm of your hand, and tactilely the U20 is perceived as angular.
The layout of the controls and connectors of the device is almost standard. Customers unfamiliar with Meizu smartphones should pay attention to a single navigation key. The built-in fingerprint sensor mTouch 2.1 not only quickly recognizes the owner and supports gestures, but is also responsible for those standard actions, which usually require three keys.
To the right of the speaker is the LED notification indicator. Another feature that owners of wired headsets will appreciate is the location of the 3.5 mm jack - on the bottom of the device.
A 5.5 '' IPS matrix with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels is built into the case with dimensions of 153 x 75.4 x 7.7 mm. A thin black frame running along the perimeter is not visible against the background of the default wallpaper - a tricky move by the manufacturer.
In general, the Meizu U20 screen pleases with the picture quality. The color rendition is close to ideal, so the calibration tools built into the firmware are not useful. Engineers did not forget about the anti-glare filter, so even close to bright light sources it is comfortable to use the device.
Filling the screen with black and white looks evenly. There are no "highlights". The only pity is that black is unstable. When tilted, both in the vertical plane, and in the horizontal, it is very highlighted. The declared maximum brightness of the backlight is 400 cd / m2. To achieve this level, you will have to turn off adaptive adjustment and set the maximum manually. The touchscreen is sensitive, but recognizes only 5 simultaneous touches.
The quad-core MediaTek Helio P10 with the Mali T860 graphics core and 2 GB of RAM in our configuration demonstrates the smooth operation of the graphical interface and stable temperature conditions under high load.
Flyme's energy-saving options directly affect performance in synthetic tests. We will tell you more about this below. In the meantime, keep in mind that a productive diet is selected for the tests.
At medium graphics settings, the frame rate in some games from our test suite fluctuates, but subsidence is invisible, critical errors and strong "lags" are not found. The average FPS reaches 30, which makes the game comfortable. For a couple of hours of testing, the smartphone case only warmed up a little in the upper part, and the temperature inside did not exceed 38 degrees Celsius.
Of 16 GB of internal memory, 10 GB is allocated for the needs of the owner. The space available for file storage is expanded with a memory card, which is installed in the hybrid microSD / nano-SIM slot.
The Chinese version of the device comes with a certain YunOS, but we will not tell you anything about it, since the U20 gets to the international market with different firmware.
Flyme 5.2.4 is still based on Android 6.0 and represents a large-scale rethinking of the usual Google operating system. In comparison, Flyme acquired additional features without losing the minimalistic approach to design. The graphical interface here is a cross between Android and iOS. Navigation on it is carried out using swipe and a single central key, which, surprisingly, is convenient.
Interestingly, Meizu abandoned the pre-installed Google services on its smartphones. However, there was nothing to worry about, the company did not impose its own application catalog on users - it simply provided a choice: automatically install Google Play and related services during initial setup or try to do without them.
A customizable quick access panel, a pre-installed browser with an ad blocker, themes (including a special simplified one), gestures on the off screen, used for quick access to applications, SmartTouch, scheduled power on, blocking unwanted contacts, antivirus - all sorted two dozen convenient menus. Not enough is perhaps the advanced notification indicator settings. Despite the mass of built-in features, Flyme works quickly and smoothly.
Support for the three most relevant LTE frequency bands in the post-Soviet space provides high-speed data transmission over a mobile network. There are no problems with the classic cellular connection. During operation, you notice that the automatic switching between the 4G / 3G ranges is a bit late, but it does not bring any real inconvenience.
Conversational and ringing speakers are standard in sound quality and do not stand out for anything special. Provided that a good headset is used, the Meizu U20 will also perform well as a music player. Meizu U20 supports 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi frequencies, an energy-saving version of Bluetooth 4.0. USB OTG is also supported.
The navigation capabilities of the smartphone are limited to two geolocation systems: GPS (A-GPS) and GLONASS. As often happens, until you connect the device to the Internet, the navigation module will unsuccessfully search for satellites rotating in orbit, somewhere far above the factory from which the smartphone came off the conveyor. After automatically receiving information about the satellite constellation over Russia, the situation is radically changing for the better. Meizu U20 acts as a satellite navigator "perfectly".
We are talking about a non-removable battery with a capacity of 3260 mAh, which the manufacturer suggests charging with an adapter for 5V, 2A. The charging process lasts a little less than three hours.
Flyme OS offers advanced features for the flexible adjustment of the energy consumption of a smartphone. It provides detailed statistics, separate for hardware power consumption and software, customizable presets, used to quickly turn off wireless interfaces. The main thing that you will use is three diet modes.
It is strange at first glance, but in the test for autonomy, they all showed the same result - 10 hours 7 minutes.
Apparently, these presets are designed to optimize more energy-intensive tasks than the test method poses for the smartphone. In complex synthetic tests and three-dimensional games, the difference between the performance in the three modes is pronounced. As an example, here are the results that Meizu U20 demonstrates in AnTuTu Benchmark with efficient, balanced and energy-saving installations.
Meizu U20 comes preloaded with the standard camera application for Flyme OS. Simple in appearance, like the rest of the system, and just as functional. There is a manual shooting mode with the adjustment of its basic parameters, HDR, color filters, panoramic shooting and much more.
13 MP main and 5 MP front camera sensors are typical for this price category. Four-time digital zoom, f / 2.2 and 2.0 aperture, dual flash. In fact, they do not differ from those that were previously installed in the Meizu M3 Note. With good lighting, such cameras allow you to easily take clear shots with the right color balance and a small amount of noise.
In difficult conditions, at dusk, errors of the focusing algorithm manifest themselves, causing slight blurring of the entire frame or its individual areas. In such cases, it is better not to rely on automation and experiment with the available parameters yourself. To achieve a better result in this way is quite real.
The challenge facing the development of the U20 was mainly to transfer the Meizu M3 Note operating hours to the latest fashion. Was the upgrade successful? Partially.
Compared to its predecessor, the new smartphone not only acquired a stylish glass case, but also slightly lost in battery capacity, got a slightly lower-quality screen that recognizes 5 simultaneous touches, instead of 10. However, by and large, these are trifles. Meizu U20, regardless of the modification, remains a profitable balanced proposal, created for those who find the appearance of the M3 Note boring.
- Natural color display;
- Battery life;
- Effective oleophobic coating.
- The cameras are still weak;
- Black fading when you look at the display at an angle.
May not like:
- Easy downgrade compared to Meizu M3 Note.
Final rating: 6 out of 10.