Physical home keys with embedded fingerprint readers were the preferred authentication method by many users before borderless displays became one of the main trends in the smartphones world. On several phones, these Home key were also multi-functional, such as the ones found on Meizu devices at that time. The physical Home keys on Meizu smartphones were among the most innovative as they integrated the mBack technology allowing the users to navigate through the user interface and perform quick actions by using gestures on the key.
With borderless display, there is no space for physical Home keys on the front panel, but Meizu will not ditch the mBack technology. That is what the company‘s CEO Jack Wong has just revealed to Meizu community. It looks like the Meizu 16 will come with a very advanced version of the mBack technology, but it will not be a Home key. In case you do not know, in the latest version of Flyme the company has already implemented the Super mBack technology which consists of in-display gestures. Thanks to this feature, it is possible to navigate through the user interface quickly by using taps, long presses, and swipes. So, given the declarations from Jack Wong, expect something innovative regarding the mBack technology about the upcoming Meizu 16 series.
The new line-up will be officially unveiled in August in at least two variants. One will be equipped with the new upper-midrange SoC Snapdragon 710 by Qualcomm, while the most powerful variant will have the octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset running at a max frequency of 2.8 GHz. Unlike most of the other important companies, Meizu will not embrace the notched design in favor of an 18:9 display, but the bezels will remain very narrow, probably even narrower than the Samsung Galaxy S9 series. There will also be an in-display fingerprint reader on board.