Anonymous, 05 Aug 2019Would buy this phone, but the lack of a 3.5mm jack and an sd card expansion is holding me back... moreThere are few reasons as of why our ever so convenient & loving 3.5 mm audio jack is missing on Meizu 16s:
1) Meizu's economic condition had been gloomy for the fast few years and hence they are looking at other options to cash in more money. One very effective way as proven by Apple is to remove the 3.5 mm headphone jack and force their smartphone owners to buy an additional USB Type-C to 3.5 mm audio dongle. Hence, Meizu had made their own audio dongle and wants 16s owners to cash in extra money along with the phone for this dongle. Also no cheap after market dongles will do as 16s outputs pure digital signal through its USB port. You need to buy an expensive dongle like the one made available by by Meizu which will have the audio DAC chip built in.
2) The latest trend in the smartphone industry is to add some kind a splash proof & dust resistance in the phone. Their is a huge marketing side of this feature. Meizu knows they do not have the budget to go the whole way for expensive water resistance certifications like IP68 which are generally performed by smartphone leaders. For Meizu removing the 3.5 audio jack reduces the engineering & development cost a whole lot to easily achieve P2i splash & dust resistance standards. Mind you my LG V30+ has a 3.5 mm audio jack, and still comes with much higher IP68 water resistance standards. The difference is LG have the development budget to achieve IP68 on its flagship phone, Meizu simply doesn't have that amount of cash.
3) One of the main reasons why people buy Meizu phones are aesthetics. And the core design aesthetic of any Meizu phone is symmetrical design philosophy. However their phones are also known to be very compact and slim. While on the positive side all these greatly contribute to the in-hand feel and look of the device, the negative side is it leaves and very small place inside the phone for the battery. Hence their previous Meizu flagships like Meizu 16th (Meizu 16 in China) always have smaller battery in comparison to their direct competitors like OnePlus 6T. So what Meizu did with 16th latest successor, the 16s is to create a main PCB board which is very compact. The best way to do so is to put the back camera sensors on a upper left or right corner of the phone like in 16s rather than in the middle like in 16th, and also reduce the sub-PCB board area by eliminating the 3.5 mm audio jack while keeping the mandatory USB port & bottom firing speakers. All this modifications compounded with a millimeter of additional height & width of 16s & also increase in thickness compared to 16th resulted in a much bigger battery space inside the phone. Meizu 16th battery of 3,010 mAh soared to 3,600 mAh in 16s. While this are all good for the battery backup perspective, on 16s we loose the very important & loved 3.5 mm audio jack and of-course the long held and revered Meizu symmetrical design due to different rear camera placement.
I have seen both 16th & 16s and 16th is undoubtedly aesthetically more pleasing. Period.
Also the glaring omission of 3.5 mm audio jack by Meizu finally forced me to buy the heavily discounted Meizu 16th over the newer 16s. I must admit I am very satisfied with my 16th.
I asked flyme 8 for 16S, the answer "Sorry that we don't have confirmed information about new update by now. Please wait patiently and visit our official website for further information"
sincereye, 20 Sep 2019Beautiful Flyme ui and great phone. I have been using 16s for a year.Bruh you've traveled through time or something because that ain't how it works.
sincereye, 20 Sep 2019Beautiful Flyme ui and great phone. I have been using 16s for a year.How could be? It was launch at april this year...???
sincereye, 20 Sep 2019Beautiful Flyme ui and great phone. I have been using 16s for a year.The phone was launched on April this year....
Beautiful Flyme ui and great phone. I have been using 16s for a year.
Impressive design... without notch, punch hole and any other intrusive design. With 87% screen to body ratio ...wow. S10 have 88% screen to body ratio but have punch hole notch.
CompactPhones5ever, 28 Aug 2019Not sure about the Flyme OS and other aspects of the phone, but hot damn the design of the fro... moreI honk people have managed to unlock this phoneÂ’s bootloader, so if youÂ’re into stuff like that, you can install a custom rom!
Not sure about the Flyme OS and other aspects of the phone, but hot damn the design of the front is beautiful, if only more phones adapted this design instead of all these notches and pop-up cams.
Horrible device. Meizu Flyme OS is extremely limited and doesn't allow any kind of modifications, not even changing permissions - it literally resembles Apple iOS. A true device made for sheeple. Pretty much every other Android device I had or tested had much more options to change permissions and to some extent modify the OS, but not Meizu. This phone also doesn't have 3.5 mm jack. This is literally the worst device I've ever had and the last time I bought Meizu, mostly thanks to extremely limited Meizu Flyme OS.
Meizu should install stock Android OS or Xiaomi MIUI if possible rather than their limited and spying Flyme OS.
Would buy this phone, but the lack of a 3.5mm jack and an sd card expansion is holding me back and waiting for something never and better.
Madhan, 26 Jul 2019Will Meizu launch it in India? If so, by which date?It is most likely to launch on 25th August, around Rs 35k in Amazon or Flipkart