Meizu M6S vs Redmi 5 Plus: Who Would You Pick?

by Michele Ingelido 6

With the newly-announced Meizu M6s, another one of the mainstream Chinese smartphone manufacturers has finally joined the bezel-less club. The company has decided to release a phone which has a great quality-price ratio, but at the same time offers innovation and good mid-range performance. That is why we think it is time to compare it with one of the most wanted Chinese midranges: Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. First of all, let’s see their specs: Meizu M6S vs Redmi 5 Plus.

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Meizu M6S vs Redmi 5 Plus

Meizu M6s Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT N/D 158.5 x 75.5 x 8.1 mm, 180 grams
DISPLAY 5.7 inches, 720 x 1440p (HD+), 282 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD 5.99 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD
PROCESSOR Samsung Exynos 7872, hexa-core 2 GHz  Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, octa-core 2.0 GHz
MEMORY 3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 3 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD slot 3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB, micro SD slot
SOFTWARE Android 7.0 Nougat, Flyme UI 6.2 Android 7.1.2 Nougat, MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
CAMERA 16 MP f/2.0
8 MP front camera
12 MP f/2.2
5 MP front camera
BATTERY 3000 mAh 18W fast charging  4000 mAh
Fast charging 5V / 2A
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Hybrid Dual SIM slot Hybrid Dual SIM slot

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus offers a slightly bigger display which is also more detailed due to the higher resolution. Aesthetically, we define the Meizu M6s more refined and comfortable to use, due to its smaller dimensions and the side-mounted fingerprint reader. Further, the pressure sensor together with the Super mBack technology enables very comfortable gestures to navigate into the UI. According to Geekbench, Meizu M6s has a much better SoC than the Snapdragon 625 found on the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus: the hexa-core Samsung Exynos 7872 scored better points. But we will have to test it personally to see how it behaves in every scenario.

We did not find the 13 MP camera on the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus so exciting, so there’s a good chance that the 16 MP sensor of the M6s developed by Samsung will do a better job at shooting photos. On the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus will probably have a much longer battery life thanks to its 4000 mAh lithium unit and the power-efficient Snapdragon 625 SoC. The software sides are both very good, MIUI and Flyme are two of the best UIs in the smartphones market, even though both the versions found on these two phones are still based on Android Nougat. But in general, MIUI has been the more popular one among the two. The prices are almost equivalent, Meizu M6s has just been launched in China with a price tag of about $186/€152 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus can actually be found at the same price, more or less.

Display and battery are the two areas where Redmi 5 Plus does well. However, the Meizu M6S has an edge with the innovative halo button (Super mBack) and a side mounted fingerprint sensor, that could be more convenient to use on a daily basis. Even Exynos 7872 can be called as one of the highlights of the phone.



Meizu M6S vs Redmi 5 Plus: PRO and CONS

Meizu M6s


  • Potentially better SoC
  • Affordable price
  • Potentially better camera
  • More compact


  • HD display


Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus


  • Wide and hi-res display
  • Big battery
  • Affordable price
  • Good hardware


  • Unimpressive camera