Meizu has officially announced its flagship Android smartphones for 2017. After the numerous leaks, the Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus have made their debut in China flaunting their unique feature: a second display on the back.
We’ve seen the leaks and tease of Meizu for its new devices that lead us to think they’ll use E Ink for their secondary display, but as it turns out, they opted for something better — AMOLED.
Meizu has shown off the 1.9-inch second screen for displaying the usuals like notifications, weather, time, and a music player. The small display also serves as a screen for taking selfies with the rear cameras. It’s been a while since we took a selfie using rear shooters, but Meizu wants to prove it could still be a thing.
Both phones have dual rear cameras (this feature is starting to become a staple) with two 12-megapixel sensors: one for capturing color and another for monochrome. As for its front-facing shooter, it’s got 16 megapixels of digital goodness with beautification mode, of course.
Moving on to other aspects of the phones: Both phones are the first Android devices to sport MediaTek’s latest 10nm processor with 10 cores — the Helio X30. The Pro 7 is the base package among the two (obviously) with its 5.2-inch 1080p AMOLED display, 4GB of memory, and 64GB or 128GB of storage. The Pro 7 Plus is beefier (and bigger) with its 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, 6GB of memory, and 64GB or 128GB of storage.
Battery capacity is at 3000mAh for the Pro 7 and slightly bigger at 3500mAh for the Pro 7 Plus. Both phones support Meizu’s fast-charging tech called mCharge. The 3.5mm headphone jack is present along with a USB-C port.
There are four price points for the new Meizu phones:
The Pro 7 starts at CNY 2,880 (US$ 425) with a midrange Helio P25 processor option and 64GB of storage, while the Helio X30 variant with 128GB is priced at CNY 3,380 (US$ 500). Color choices include black, gold, and red.
The Pro 7 Plus’ storage options of 64GB and 128GB are priced at CNY 3,580 (US$ 530) and CNY 4,080 (US$ 605), respectively. You get to choose between matte black, space black, amber gold, and crystal silver.
All four variants will be available on August 5 in China.
Update (08/09/17 8PM): Only the Helio P25 variant of the Meizu Pro 7 will be sold globally. The Meizu Pro 7 Plus with the Helio X30 processor is heading to the international market.