Duality is fashionable in the phones sector, we see it almost daily with announcements and rumors about new devices, but most times (not to say all), this duality focus on the cameras. The trend of double cameras has spread rapidly by the mobile panorama and virtually all manufacturers have at least one terminal in its catalog that has this feature. The Chinese firm Meizu just released in this of duality, but not only in the camera, also on the screens.
The protagonist of these lines is the recently introduced Meizu PRO 7, a smartphone that we have been able to know today in Zhuhai, China and which crowns itself as the brand’s new flagship. Its arguments are an aluminum design that follows the dictates of the premium fashion, technical sheet to the level of the most outstanding Chinese androids, double camera (of course), but above all, it stands out for a second back screen that does not leave indifferent. After spending some time with the Meizu PRO 7, this is what we found.
Meizu Pro 7: Design
The Meizu PRO 7 is much more than its secondary display, but as it could not be otherwise, it is the first thing that I have focused on just to take the glove to the last of the Chinese firm. Meizu is not the first smartphone brand that boasts the second screen, others like LG with the V20 or HTC with the U Ultra had done before, but the concept was different from having a screen fragment located on the screen. front panel.
As seen in the picture, the terminal has a screen integrated into the rear, specifically adjusted to the left side, just under the camera. The proposal that brings us the Chinese firm is a screen completely independent of the front panel. Perhaps the idea of Meizu is more similar to that of Yotaphone, the Russian mobile that has a back screen of electronic ink only here does not occupy the whole back and the technology used is AMOLED in full color. If you look only at the technical part, we are facing a panel of 1.9 inches diagonally with resolution 240 x 536 pixels and a density of 307 dpi. But what interests us more than its specifications are its functions.
The rear screen of the Meizu PRO 7 reminds us of the concept of Always On Display mixed with the Yotaphone proposal: a stand-alone screen where you can check information such as notifications, the time, the time or the steps we have taken.
What is the use of this small rear screen? The idea of Meizu reminds us a little of the concept of Always On Display, that feature that allows us to always have important information such as time, notifications or time without having to touch the mobile, but here we have everything in one Separate screen and also in the back. This is perhaps one of the points that I find somewhat delicate from the point of view of functionality since you have to turn the mobile to switch between screens, while with Always On we have everything in it.
On the back screen of the Meizu PRO 7, we have the watch and the date. If we slide to one side we can also see the weather and we even have a pedometer that tells us how many steps we have taken that day. Of course, it also shows us the notifications when we receive one. In addition, in the Chinese version, there is also data about WeChat and we can access to countless wallpapers. Thanks to AMOLED technology, Meizu says that this panel does not impact the battery life, but at the moment we can not corroborate it.
Without a doubt, the most outstanding function of the rear screen is that it allows us to do a selfie bokeh effect with the rear camera, which of course is also double.
But the function that draws the attention of this second screen is the one that allows us to take a selfie with blur effect with the rear double camera, an option that without this screen is possible, but it is more complicated because we go blind.
Is it useful enough to justify the integration of this second screen? For the moment I reserve the answer to this question for in-depth analysis, but I can say that the idea is quite curious as well as risky, both for good and for bad. I do not know if it will be practical in the day to day or I will end up looking like a totally expendable element, this we will see it in the analysis in depth.
Meizu Pro 7: Display
Let’s talk about the other screen, also an AMOLED, but in this case a lot bigger. The model I tested is the Meizu PRO 7 normal, which is the one that carries a panel of 5.2 inches with FullHD resolution, and the truth is that the sensations have been very good.
The size makes the terminal very maneuverable and comfortable in the hand, while the high contrast and a high brightness make the content appear clear, with fairly faithful colors within that slight oversaturation that we usually provide AMOLED panels and a response Very smooth and smooth. Yes, it is true that I have been pending to use it in full sun, probably the most demanding scenario for any screen, but again this we will see in more detail in the analysis.
About design little to say. Except for the detail of the rear screen we are before a mobile quite traditional and consistent with the design style of Meizu. We have a unibody aluminum chassis with rounded corners and edges, a 2.5D glass-fronted front and oval fingerprint reader on the front.
Speaking of the rear screen, the truth is that from the point of view of design is something strange to be located on the left side. But it is also a little uncomfortable to handle when we are holding the mobile in the hand if we are skilled. Perhaps the central part would have been a more suitable location for both visual balance and functionality.
That yes, the rear screen is very well integrated into the chassis and there is not the slightest step between the glass that covers it and the aluminum. The result, though as I say is a bit strange, is quite elegant in the black model, not so much in the silver and gold versions in which you can see a much coarser black rectangle.
Meizu Pro 7: Hardware and Performance
As we have already told our partners Android, the Meizu PRO 7 comes with a Plus version, which means that the normal model (which is the one that will reach Spain and more countries soon) has to make some concessions at a technical level.
The first and least I liked is that the processor that integrates is the Helio P25 and not the X30, which was the one we hoped we could try. It is an eight-core 2.5 GHz chip that has been manufactured with the 16nm process, while the Helio X30 benefits from the 10 nm, which should be noted especially in energy efficiency. Accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and a 64 GB capacity.
The Meizu PRO 7 that will leave China does not carry the expected Helio X30, but stays with the well known Helio P25 and does not carry the latest version of Meizu’s fast charge.
It is a configuration more than enough to obtain a good performance and experience of day-to-day use and, failing to spend more time with it, I have been able to verify that the Helio P25 does well in this section.
Meizu Pro 7: Cameras
It said at the beginning that duality is the novelty for Meizu, in addition to the screens also on the rear camera. The Chinese company releases its first double camera with the PRO 7 and the truth is that the first impression has been very good.
This is a pair of Sony IMX389 12-megapixel sensors with f / 2.0 lens. In this of the dual cameras, there are two schools, the zoom and the one that combines black and white with RGB, and Meizu has bet more for the second, although with some details of the first.
With artificial light Meizu PRO 7 does a good job of defocusing and, although not perfect, the cut is quite well achieved.
Although we do not have an optical zoom as we find in terminals such as the iPhone 7 Plus or the Xiaomi Mi 6, the Meizu PRO 7 has a portrait mode that defocuses the background, but here I reserve a verdict since I have not been able to prove it with Good light, although I have to say that I have not been disappointed in somewhat complex light conditions like the one in the picture above.
Taking a selfie bokeh effect with the rear camera is possible with other mobiles, but the assistance of the rear screen of the Meizu PRO 7 greatly facilitates the process.
Making a selfie with the rear camera is much easier thanks to the screen.
I have also tried the selfie function with blur with the help of the back screen and the truth is that it has been much easier to frame and shoot than if I did not have the assistance of this small ‘window’, but as I said before If it is practical beyond this use. By the way, it also carries a 16-megapixel front camera, although having this option with the rear camera is likely to be harmed.
Not the best in night scenes, but he defends himself well.
What I have been able to verify is that the camera does a quite acceptable work in nocturnal scenes, as it is seen in the image on these lines. Of course, the noise and chromatic aberrations are evident, of course, the scene was quite complicated.
During the short test that I have been able to carry out, it is not possible to give a final verdict on the camera, but it is true that I have been wanting to express it further to see how far it is able to reach. I am clear that it will not be the best camera on the scene, but a priori seems that Meizu has put special care in the photographic section, we will see how it is defended.
Meizu Pro 7: Battery
In the section of the battery obviously I have not been able to prove if the duration that Meizu promises (13.5 hours of use) correspond to reality, but with 3000mAh does not seem to stand out too much autonomy, but will stay inside Of the usual times of day or day and a half without going through the plug. Another point where the normal PRO 7 lags behind are in the fast load with version 3.0, while its older brother releases version 4.0, improved to avoid overheating.
Meizu Pro 7: Conclusions and Reviews
The best thing about PRO 7 is that Meizu has decided to differentiate, something complicated in an increasingly saturated and homogenous scenario.
The Meizu PRO 7 with Helio P25 will be the only model to leave the Chinese borders, so we can not test the capabilities of the new flagship MediaTek, certainly one of the most anticipated new features of this smartphone and a point which has been somewhat disappointing.
All in all, the Meizu PRO 7 is a strong bet to highlight in an increasingly saturated and, above all, homogeneous mobile panorama. Now it remains to check if the proposal of the double screen is useful or happens to the list of inventions that were forgotten.