Meizu Announces the Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus With Secondary AMOLED Display and Dual Rear Cameras
The Western world sees little of the technological ‘experiments’ that Asian markets witness. OEMs from China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan attempt to carve out niches for themselves by trying out unconventional combinations of existing technology. The results can be considered by gimmicks most of the time, but often, we get smartphones that possess real potential. Enter the Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus.
The Meizu Pro 7 and the Meizu Pro 7 Plus belong to the latter set. Meizu smartphones usually do not stand out from the sea of Chinese smartphones released every year, but with the Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus, the West is bound to take notice. The Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus are identical smartphones on the outside, differentiated only by their sizes. The insides bear larger differences, and we’ll come to that in a bit.
The front of the Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus is dominated by their displays. The Pro 7 gets a 5.2″ FHD Super AMOLED display, while the Pro 7 Plus gets the larger 5.7″ QHD Super AMOLED display. The back of the devices is where it gets interesting, as both of these smartphones feature a 2″ Super AMOLED secondary display there. Because it is an AMOLED panel and not e-ink, the display can be used to display a wide variety of information in full color and control, such as for media controls, notifications and for using it as a viewfinder for the rear camera. Not all functionality would be useful or sensible, but having a proper display panel of considerable size opens up the possibilities of what you can do with it.
As for internal hardware, Meizu mentions it packs the deca-core MediaTek Helio X30, but does not specify if this is restricted to the Plus variant so we assume it to be present on both the devices. The ‘regular’ Pro 7 comes with 4GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB eMMC 5.1 storage, while the Pro 7 Plus comes with 6GB LPDDRX RAM and options of 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 storage. The battery on the smaller Pro 7 is 3000 mAh and comes with Meizu’s mCharge 3.0 charging standard, while the Pro 7 Plus comes with a bigger 3500 mAh and the newer version of mCharge, 4.0 (5V|5A). Both phones come with a USB Type-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack, and Meizu has also included a separate audio processing chip on both. The phones come pre-installed with Android 7.0 but with Meizu’s FlymeOS 6 UX on top.
For the cameras, the dual rear camera setup comprises of 12MP Sony IMX386 sensors with f/2.0 aperture, one for RGB and one for monochrome image capture. The front camera is a healthy 16MP sensor for selfies, but since the secondary display can also act as a viewfinder, you can comfortably use the rear cameras for that purpose as well.
Meizu’s official Twitter does not feature any information on pricing and availability, but PhoneArena mentions that the devices will be available from 5th August 2017. The Pro 7 will begin at ~$430, while the Pro 7 Plus will begin at ~$530. The price difference seems better justified if the Pro 7 comes with the Helio P25 instead of the flagship Helio X30 SoC, but Meizu has not yet mentioned and confirmed the same. The phones are likely to be restricted to China and other Asian countries when they become available.
The Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus are definitely phones that stand out from the crowd. But despite their USP making them the talk of the town, the Western world cannot have them yet. Meizu’s devices do not have a strong presence outside of China, so it will be a while before the company decides to bring these to the US.
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