Why (I think) the Meizu 15 Plus is the perfect cheap flagship
It was a long wait filled with wild speculation but the latest Meizu Trinity is a fact. Availabilty is not huge so there is a certain amount of patience needed to obtain the lastest flagship of Meizu. But hey, at least they took the time and the effort to create something original. Nothing is what one would expect of a 2018 flagship. And funny enough that’s exactly what I expected from Meizu. In this article I want to take you over some of those features. Let me explain why I think the Meizu 15 Plus is the perfect cheap flagship.
No to the Notch
What? They actually dared to build a flagship without the notch? All jokes aside, it’s really worth noticing that Meizu is one of the very few companies that actually was able to create full screen phones without making holes in your screens! Just look at the gorgeous Meizu E3 or the Meizu M6S. But the Meizu 15 took a different road all together. So no notch and no 18:9 screen ratio on the Meizu 15. The standard for photography and video 4:3 and 16:9 have been kept in tact to ensure optimal usage of the screen. And to deliver pictures that are nice to watch on any device after. And I’m pretty certain most photography buffs and shutter bugs much like myself appreciate that choice. I for one do.
But that’s not all another thing that has returned is the physical home button. Again, even though Meizu has experimented with an on-screen mBack button (and very succesfully too!) they have chosen a physical home button. Considering the Meizu 15 Plus is an anniversary model, a physical mBack button just had to be present. And even though nay-sayers and Apple fanboys went bonkers because Meizu has chosen a round shaped home button I think it looks gorgeous. Besides the fact that Apple has not trademarked circles (yet). And it is in harmony with the frontcamera that’s also placed in the middle of the upper bezel. The middle. I can’t help to think thats the most logical place to put it. Design-wise it just makes a lot of sense, Okay, maybe the innovation of the Meizu 15 is in keeping it real, keeping it practical rather than being “out there”.
Then, let’s talk about specs. I was shocked to see reviewers complaining about the chipset. I even read some one saying: You’re buying a Samsung S8 in a different body. Wait a minute… Are we talking about that same S8 that was hailed to be a fanstastic device with a great processor just a couple of weeks ago? The Meizu 15 Plus does indeed come with the fast and powerful Samsung Exynos 8895 Processor also found in Samsungs S8 series. I think that’s to prefer over a Meditek chipset any day. So I fail to see the point.
You get a Super AMOLED screen, a 20 & 12 Megapixel rear camera with 3x optical zoom and a f/1.9 aperture and a 20MP(!!!) front camera with a f/2.0 aperture. And not to forget 6GB of RAM and (optional) 64 or 128GB internal storage. All in a premium built device, running on the fresh Flyme 7 OS. Maybe the price tag is slightly on the high side, but having reviewed many Meizu devices I can guarantee you it will be worth it. If you want to save some pennies and aren’t in a hurry I suggest to wait for the price drop that will probably occur by the time the Meizu 16 will be lauching this summer.