Meizu 15 Plus
TL;DR
  • Meizu has unveiled the Meizu 15 Plus, Meizu 15, and Meizu M15.
  • Meizu 15 Plus pricing starts from 2,999 yuan (~$475).
  • The larger device packs the same chipset as the EMEA Galaxy S8.

Meizu has a habit of using Samsung’s Exynos chips for flagship phones, so is it any surprise to see the Meizu 15 Plus packing the same SoC Samsung used for the EMEA variant of the Galaxy S8?

The new phone, announced today, should be a great performer as a result of the Exynos 8895 chipset. We see four custom Mongoose M2 cores, four power-sipping Cortex-A53 cores and a Mali G71 MP20 GPU. Expect the phone to pack 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of fixed storage as well. In other words, it’s not the latest Exynos processor but it should handle pretty much any game you toss at it.

We also have a 5.95-inch 2560 x 1440 AMOLED screen (albeit with a 16:9 screen ratio here) and a 3500mAh battery, the latter putting it more in line with the S8 Plus.

Meizu 15 Plus

The Meizu 15 Plus certainly differs from Samsung’s 2017 flagship duo in the camera department, serving up a 20MP plus 12MP camera pairing (f/1.8 aperture and 1.55 micron pixels) with optical image stabilization on the main snapper. We also see 3x telephoto zoom on the second camera, while Meizu touts multi-frame noise reduction for better shots. Look at the front and you’ll find a 20MP shooter to handle all your selfies, complete with AI-enabled beauty features.

Interestingly, we also see the Chinese firm adopt an Apple-style vibration engine for the capacitive home key, simulating physical button presses. Unlike Apple, however, the headphone jack has remained intact.

The Plus model is also joined by a standard Meizu 15, offering a less capable Snapdragon 660 chipset instead of the Exynos 8895, a smaller 3000mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of fixed storage, and a 5.46-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen (16:9 as well).

Meizu 15 PlusMeizu 15Meizu M15
Display
Meizu 15 Plus:
5.95-inch Super AMOLED
2560 x 1440 (16:9)
Meizu 15:
5.46-inch Super AMOLED
1920 x 1080 (16:9)
Meizu M15:
5.46-inch LCD
1920 x 1080 (16:9)
Processor
Meizu 15 Plus:
Samsung Exynos 8895
ARM Mali G71 MP20
Meizu 15:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Adreno 512 GPU
Meizu M15:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
Adreno 506 GPU
RAM
Meizu 15 Plus:
6GB
Meizu 15:
4GB
Meizu M15:
4GB
Storage
Meizu 15 Plus:
64GB/128GB
Non-expandable
Meizu 15:
64GB/128GB
Non-expandable

Meizu M15:
64GB
Expandable
Rear camera
Meizu 15 Plus:
20MP+12MP 3x telephoto, f/1.9
OIS on main camera
Meizu 15:
20MP+12MP 3x telephoto, f/1.9
OIS on main camera
Meizu M15:
12MP f/1.9
Front camera
Meizu 15 Plus:
20MP f/2.0
Meizu 15:
20MP f/2.0
Meizu M15:
20MP f/2.0
Fingerprint scanner
Meizu 15 Plus:
Yes
Meizu 15:
Yes
Meizu M15:
Yes
Battery
Meizu 15 Plus:
3,500mAh
Meizu 15:
3,000mAh
Meizu M15:
3,000mAh
Software
Meizu 15 Plus:
Android plus Flyme 7
Meizu 15:
Android plus Flyme 7
Meizu M15:
Android plus Flyme 7
Dimensions
Meizu 15 Plus:
153.8 x 78.25 x 7.25mm
177g
Meizu 15:
143 x 72 x 7.25mm
152g
Meizu M15:
143.62 x 72.38 x 7.45mm
145g

The Meizu 15 Plus starts at 2,999 yuan (~$475) for the 6GB/64GB variant, while the standard Meizu 15 starts at 2,499 yuan (~$400) for the 4GB/64GB variant. If that’s still too expensive for you, the brand has also launched the Meizu M15, starting at 1,699 yuan (~$270).

Meizu M15
Meizu M15

Meizu

For that lower price, you get a mid-range Snapdragon 626 processor (eight Cortex-A53 cores), 4GB RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 3000mAh battery and a 5.46-inch full HD screen. Unlike the flagships, Meizu hasn’t disclosed the nature of the screen tech for the M15, but it seems likely that it’s an LCD screen instead of AMOLED.

Other notable details include a 12MP f/1.9 aperture main camera, and what appears to be the same 20MP selfie camera with AI beauty features as the flagship handsets. All three phones support facial unlocking as well, but don’t expect Apple-like levels of security here.

Probably the biggest downside for the trio is the lack of an 18:9 screen ratio, which would’ve allowed for a bigger screen in a similar-sized form factor. But hey, at least there’s no notch, right?

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