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Meizu Pro 6 announced with pressure-sensitive display

Meizu has announced its latest flagship Android phone, the Meizu Pro 6.

We’ve grown accustomed to improbably good value, increasingly stylish phones from Chinese manufacturers now. Still, Meizu is hardly a household name in the West.

Last year’s Meizu Pro 5 was a strong phone that had the distinction of running on Samsung’s Exynos 7420 – the same chip that powers the Samsung Galaxy S6 – but for a significantly lower price.

Now that phone’s successor, the Meizu Pro 6, has been announced in Beijing.

The Meizu Pro 6 features a sharp 7.25mm-thick all-metal body and a 5.2-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display. That’s considerably smaller than the 5.7-inch Pro 5, but the Pro 6 screen also comes with the benefit of pressure-sensitivity for iPhone 6S 3D Touch-like tactile control. It’s called 3D Press here.

There’s no Samsung Exynos chip this time around, though. Instead, the Meizu Pro 6 is the first phone to utilise the 10-core MediaTek Helio X25, backed by 4GB of RAM. You get a choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage and two SIM slots.

As for the camera, you’re getting a 21-megapixel unit with a Sony IMX230 image sensor and 10-LED flash on the rear, and a 5-megapixel unit on the front.

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The Pro 6’s 2,560mAh battery might sound a little small for a 2016 flagship phone, but at least there’s no 2K display to power here. This is charged by a USB Type-C port on the bottom of the device, and Meizu’s mCharge 3.0 technology should bring a full charge in less than an hour.

There’s a fingerprint sensor build into the front-mounted home button, and Meizu is claiming a swift recognition time of 0.2-seconds.

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The Meizu Pro 6 will be hitting Chinese shops on April 23, and will cost 2,499 Yuan (£271) for the 32GB model and 2,799 Yuan (£304) for the 64GB.

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