Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus receive 3C certification, are confirmed to launch on August 8
The Meizu 16 and the Meizu 16 Plus are scheduled to launch on August 8—a day before Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 event. Meizu’s CEO revealed earlier that at least one variant of the Meizu 16 (probably the Meizu 16 Plus) will be powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. This is interesting as it will make the phone the very first Meizu flagship to be powered by a flagship Snapdragon chipset. Up until now, Meizu has used either MediaTek SoCs or Samsung’s Exynos SoCs in its smartphones due to a patent lawsuit with Qualcomm. However, the lawsuit was resolved last year, as the two companies ended all outstanding patent disputes and signed a global mobile patent license deal. This meant that Meizu could now release Snapdragon-powered smartphones.
The Meizu M6s was the company’s very first smartphone with a Qualcomm chip (the Snapdragon 625). Then, the company released the Meizu 15 and the Meizu 15 Plus in April in China. The Meizu 15 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, while the Meizu 15 Plus is powered by the Exynos 8895 SoC, which powers the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
The Meizu 15 lineup was released only three months ago, but Meizu is already preparing to launch their successors in less than a month. The phones have now received certification from 3C, a Chinese certification authority. Their model numbers will be M882 and M892 respectively. Also, an official teaser from the company confirms the August 8 launch date.
Meizu’s CEO has himself revealed quite a bit of the information. It’s expected that the Meizu 16 Plus will be powered by the Snapdragon 845, and the company has revealed that it will have an in-display fingerprint sensor. The regular Meizu 16, on the other hand, is expected to be powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 710 SoC, which is used in the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. The lineup will also have small bezels without a display notch—choosing to stand out from other 2018 flagships.
We expect to learn more about Meizu’s next flagships in the time leading to their launch.