The Meizu 15 Plus is a cheap Android flagship that isn’t an iPhone X clone

Meizu 15 Plus, Meizu 15 Lite and Meizu 15 Series Phones: What you really need to know

Chinese outfit Meizu has revealed three new handsets – and the Meizu 15 Plus, Meizu 15 Lite and Meizu 15 all boast a killer design feature many Android users will be very, very excited about. Here’s everything you need to know, including the Meizu 15 Plus price, release date, and specs.

Meizu’s new flagship 15 series is comprised of a trio of smartphones, headlined by the 5.95-inch OLED Meizu 15 Plus. It sits atop the smaller, 5.46-inch Meizu 15, which also boasts an OLED screen.

Both comfortably trump the more affordable 5.46-inch Meizu 15 Lite, which trades OLED display tech for an LCD screen, and looks more like a Moto G6 rival as opposed to an iPhone X competitor.

And that’s not all.

The trio lack a feature that has unfortunately come to define aspirational Android phones in 2018 – and we couldn’t be happier.

We’re talking about the ‘notch’.

It’s a bold move by Meizu, which has opted not to flagrantly copy Apple’s latest premium phone design and instead follow in the footsteps of the excellent Galaxy S9.

It also, in all likelihood, will set it apart for forthcoming Android flagships like the LG G7 ThinQ and OnePlus 6, both of which are also expected to sport a botch…sorry, notch.

 

Under the hood, things are equally intriguing. The Meizu 15 Plus will pack a Samsung Exynos 8895 processor – which featured in last year’s Galaxy S8 – while the 15 gets a Snapdragon 660 and the 15 Lite features a Snapdragon 626.

None of these are going to trouble newer, more premium SoCs like the Snapdragon 845, but that’s probably fine at the Meizu 15 series isn’t priced to compete with devices that pack flashier internals. The 15 Lite and the 15 come with 4GB of RAM and 3000mAh battery cells, while the Plus looks more impressive with a 6GB/3500mAh combo.

Elsewhere, there’ll be a fingerprint-reading Home button at the bottom of the front of the screen across the range, while the devices will ship with Meizu’s Flyme 7 Android overlay  and all retain a physical 3.5mm headphone jack.

The two higher-end OLED models – the 15 Plus and 15 – both get a dual 20-megapixel/12-megapixel rear camera setup, while all three sport 20-megapixel selfie cameras.

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The Meizu 15 Plus is priced at 3000 yuan (~$475/£340) in China, where it will be initially released, while the 15 proper will sell for 2500 yuan (~$400/£285) and the Lite will set you back 1700 yuan (~$270/£195).

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