Meizu has officially unveiled the Meizu M6, the latest device in its low-cost range of handsets. The device maintains the ultra-competitive price tag of last year’s Meizu M5, but delivers only a handful of minor improvements.

The handset comes with a 5.2-inch HD display, octa-core MediaTek MT6750 SoC @1.5 GHz, 2 GB / 3 GB of RAM (depending on the model) and 16 GB / 32 GB of internal storage space, plus microSD card support up to 256 GB.

Though the above specs are exactly the same as on the M5, the M6 has received a front camera upgrade, which now comes in at 8 MP with an f/2.0 aperture compared the 5 MP sensor last year. The rear camera, meanwhile, comes in at 13 MP with an RGBW color sensor. Meizu is said to have once again worked with imaging technology company ArcSoft improve the noise reduction and HDR photography capabilities of its cameras.

Other specs include a 3,070 mAh battery (with micro-USB connectivity), fingerprint scanner and Flyme 6 software — based on Android Nougat — running out of the box.

 Meizu M6
Display5.2-inch HD display
1280x720 resolution
282 ppi
ProcessorOcta-core Mediatek MT6750 (4 x Cortex-A53 @1.5Ghz, 4 x Cortex-A53 @1.0Ghz)
GPUARM Mali-T860
RAM2/3 GB
Storage16/32 GB
microSD (via second SIM slot)
CamerasRear: 13 MP, f/2.2
Front: 8 MP f/2.0
Battery3,070 mAh
Non-removable
PortsUSB Type-C,
3.5 mm headphone jack
Fingerprint scannerYes (front)
Water resistanceNo
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band,
Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS, GLONASS
SoftwareAndroid 7.0 Nougat
Flyme 6.0 UI
Dimensions and weight148.2 x 72.8 x 8.3mm
143g
ColorsSilver, Gold, Black, Blue
Price(2/16 GB) CNY 699 (~$105)
(3/32 GB) CNY 899 (~$135)

The Meizu M6 has gone through a redesign and will launch in four color options: Matte Black, Champagne Gold, Electric Light Blue and Moonlight Silver. Though the press materials might lead you to believe you’re looking at a metal handset this year, the M6 actually makes use of a fancy polycarbonate treatment process which makes its plastic body only look like metal — something which seems like a good way to keep costs low and while ensuring that the device looks the part.

As far as pricing is concerned, the 2 GB RAM + 16 GB ROM variant will go on sale for ¥699 (~$105), while the 3 GB RAM + 32 GB ROM version comes in at ¥899 (~$135). This represents a good deal on paper, but as we saw with last year’s Meizu M5, the software experience could let it down — and perhaps there hasn’t been enough of an upgrade for fans to consider this device rather than the M5.

The Meizu M6 will be released on September 25 in China, but there’s no word yet on a release in other territories. We’ll let you know when we learn more.

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