Chinese smartphone maker Meizu has a reputation for regular smartphone releases, at least last year. The company seems set to continue the trend this year, with the launch of its first smartphone for the year dubbed as the Meizu M5S.
If the M5S sounds familiar, it is because Meizu launched the M5 late last year and so this is more like a touched up version of the M5. The Meizu M5S, though, only comes with slight but meaningful modifications from the M5. It adopts the same design language as featured on previous Meizu smartphones. However, it comes with an aluminum body which gives it a premium look and an edge over its M5 sibling.
On the specs angle, the Meizu M5S sports a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The display has a 2.5D curved glass protecting it from scratch. Powering the smartphone is an octa-core 64-bits MediaTek MT6753 processor which is slightly higher than the MT6570 SoC featured on the M5. The processor is supported by 3GB of RAM, while there are two storage variants of 16GB and 32GB capacity respectively. Both storages can be expanded further via microSD.
Talking about the camera, there is a 13-megapixel Sony rear sensor with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF while taking charge of selfies is an ample 5-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture. The phone also features the company’s custom mBack home button which also functions as a fingerprint scanner and is touted as capable of unlocking the phone in just 0.2 seconds.
One spectacular feature of the Meizu M5S is the 18W fast charge technology which would ensure that the 3000mAh battery it packs never go flat. The fast charge delivers 56% of charge in just 30 minutes. Not bad for a budget smartphone.
The Meizu M5S comes with a reasonably cheap $115 price tag for the 16GB storage variant, while the 32GB variants goes up for $145. The M5S runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Flyme 5 and is available in four attractive colors.