While Xiaomi was holding its launch today, Meizu was also announcing a slate of new products. First, it took the wraps off the Meizu 16X which boasts an in-display fingerprint scanner and a Snapdragon 710 processor. It has now unveiled the Meizu V8 and Meizu V8 Pro which fall into the lower mid-range to mid-range categories.
The Meizu V8 is a lower mid-range phone and the specs and material confirm that. It has a 2.5D glass covering the entire length of the front but there is no mention of any protection, while the back is polycarbonate.
The display is 5.7-inches with a 1440 x 720 resolution. Meizu says the screen offers up to 450 nits of brightness and has great outdoor visibility. The 18:9 aspect ratio of the display means this should have a smaller footprint. Based on the dimensions (148 x 73 x 8.4mm) the Meizu V8 is smaller than the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 which has a 5.5-inch 16:9 screen.
The Meizu V8 is powered by a MediaTek MT6739 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and has a PowerVR GE8100 GPU. It has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage which can be expanded by up to an additional 128GB via a MicroSD card slot.
There is a single 13MP f/2.2 sensor on the back of the device with a 5P lens and dual LED flash. Right beneath the rear camera setup sits a fingerprint scanner that supports Alipay and WeChat payments. The front camera is a 5MP f/1.9 sensor with AI beauty mode which takes decent pictures based on the sample photos provided.
The Meizu V8 packs a 3200mAh battery, has a MicroUSB port, Bluetooth 4.2, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Meizu has released the phone in just one color variant – black.
Meizu V8 Pro
The Meizu V8 Pro has the same screen and resolution as the Meizu V8 but a more sophisticated body. It ditches the polycarbonate body for full-metal with nano-injection molded antennas at the top and bottom of the phone.
It also comes with the more powerful Helio P22 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. Unlike the V8, the Pro model has dual cameras on the back – a 12MP f/2.2 sensor paired with a 5MP f/2.2 secondary sensor for capturing depth of field details. The front camera is a 5MP f/1.9 sensor with AI beauty mode and support for AI face unlock. A fingerprint scanner is also positioned below the dual rear cameras.
It has a 3200mAh battery, a MicroUSB port, Bluetooth 5.0, an audio jack and dual-band Wi-Fi. It also comes in Black and Gold.
Price and Availability
The Meizu V8 is priced at ¥799 (~$117) while the Meizu V8 Pro has a ¥1098 (~$160) price tag. It will go on sale on JD.com, Suning, Tmall, the official Meizu website, and physical Meizu stores on September 20 at 10 AM. However, registration begins today on online platforms.