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All posts tagged "Meizu"

  • Mediatek taking ‘a bit of a break’ from flagship chips [Exclusive]

    When it comes to high-end smartphone processors, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, Apple's A11, Samsung's Exynos 8895, Huawei's Kirin 970 and Mediatek's Helio X30 are considered the top dogs. But if any processor failed to live up to expectations, it was Mediatek's chip. Far from seeing a ton of volume, the decacore Helio X30 only saw buy-in from Meizu (Pro 7 Plus) and Elephone (X8 Lite), coming nowhere near the success of the Helio X20 and rival brands. Now, Mediatek's general manager for international sales, Finbarr Moynihan, told Gearburn that the company is taking a break of sorts from flagship chips to focus on "new...

  • 5 mobile brands that could be doing a better job in SA

    Between Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi, there's no doubting that we've got a pretty healthy variety of smartphone brands in the country. From budget-minded devices to pricey superphones, almost all the bases are covered. In saying so, there are a few brands in the country (via distributors or directly in South Africa) that could do a better job of hawking their wares. Be it in terms of price or just actually bringing devices to the country, we'd like to see them step up. Xiaomi Local distributor MIA Group has done a good job of bringing well-priced Xiaomi phones to the country. In...

  • M6 Note: another dual-camera Note launched this week

    Samsung isn't the only company launching a Note device this week, as Meizu revealed the M6 Note budget phablet as well, ostensibly taking on the Redmi Note 4 (review). It makes for a rather important launch for the Chinese firm, as it's the company's first Snapdragon-toting handset, after years of relying on Samsung and MediaTek for chips. So how does it fare against Xiaomi's best then? For starters, both devices pack a power-efficient yet mid-range Snapdragon 625 processor and 5.5-inch full HD screen. Meizu's phone offers 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB/64GB of expandable storage. The Redmi Note 4 offers 2GB/3GB/4GB...

  • Meizu expands South African presence, what to expect?

    Chinese firm Meizu isn't quite as well-known as the likes of Huawei and Xiaomi, but it still produces some capable devices for the price. Late last year, we saw Meizu smartphones come to the country via local distributor 2C Telecoms, bringing the M3 Note (review) and the Pro 6 (review) to our shores. Now, it seems like the Chinese brand has opted to directly expand its presence in the country, opening a South African office, according to 2C Telecoms. The answer came after Gearburn enquired about local availability of the Meizu Pro 7. "The product road map has changed quite a bit and there...

  • Meizu Pro 7 now official, packs weird rear screen because reasons

    Earlier this month, we saw the Meizu Pro 7 leaking, but it wasn't the internals that had us intrigued. Nope, it was the fact that the leaks showed a smaller screen on the back. We've seen rear-mounted screens before, but all of these have been e-ink displays, such as the YotaPhone and Oukitel U6. Instead, the leaked images showed a phone with a small colour screen on the back. Now, the Meizu Pro 7 has officially been announced and those leaked images are indeed the real deal. Starting at RMB2880 (R5516 as a straight conversion), the Pro 7 features a 5.2-inch full HD...

  • Meizu Pro 7 leaks: why would you want a colour display on the back?

    Meizu has a reputation for building some capable yet visually appealing smartphones. Whether it's the budget M3 Note (review) or the higher end Pro 6 (review), the company is worth keeping an eye on. The past few weeks have seen the Meizu Pro 7 leak though, and this is shaping up to be one of the strangest smartphones in quite some time. This is solely due to the fact that leaks show a tiny secondary display on the back of the device. In fact, the latest Weibo leak (via Gizmochina) show that the secondary display is a colour screen rather than...

  • Meizu, Qualcomm buried hatchet – new phones on horizon?

    Chinese manufacturer Meizu has traditionally stuck to either using MediaTek or Samsung Exynos chips in its smartphones. In fact, the company, which saw its phones come to South Africa late last year, has never used Snapdragon chips due to a legal dispute. The dispute was settled in December though, with the two parties reaching a patent licensing agreement. Now, Digitimes has reported that Meizu will be acquiring Snapdragon chips at the expense of MediaTek orders. The publication reports that MediaTek chips currently account for 90% of Meizu's handset shipments. However, it cites "sources from the upstream supply chain" as saying that Snapdragon...

  • Did you know these smartphone brands are in SA?

    We've seen Apple and Samsung rule the roost for a while now, but emerging market brands have taken over the world. South Africa is no different, with Huawei taking the top throne and Xiaomi making in-roads as well. But did you know there are more emerging brands that are actually available or will be available in South Africa? We pick a few you should keep an eye on. OnePlus One of the more popular brands at the moment, OnePlus popularised the idea of a more affordable flagship smartphone. Currently available as a Takealot exclusive, the OnePlus 3 is a beast of note, packing a...

  • Meizu Pro 6 reviewed: will this Chinese flagship Ameizu?

    When it comes to Chinese smartphone brands, Huawei and Xiaomi are on the tip of most tongues these days. But Meizu is another respected brand in the country, slowly making its way around the world. South Africa is the latest launch nation for the company, in partnership with 2C Telecoms, and the Pro 6 is Meizu's flagship product. Well, technically there is the Pro 6 Plus, but in a local context, the Pro 6 is its top-flight device. At a prepaid price of R7999, the Pro 6 has the same price tag as the Xiaomi Mi 5 (review). But does it...

  • Meizu Pro 6: what to know about the latest flagship in SA

    Meizu is up there with Huawei and Xiaomi as being one of the more respected mobile brands in China. Between the Samsung-powered handsets and the cheaper Note range, the firm has garnered a loyal following as a result. Last month saw the brand launch in the country, bringing the high-end Pro 6 and the budget M3 Note. We're spending plenty of time with the former, and this is what we've found out so far. It really looks like an iPhone/HTC One A9 Unbox the Pro 6 and you're looking at a phone that bears more than a passing resemblance to the HTC One...