The display of the Meizu MX6 employs a Sharp-made 5.5" TDDI LCD panel of 1080p resolution. The colors are nicely saturated and the viewing angles are quite good. The 403ppi density is sharp enough and you wouldn't really tell the difference to any QHD screen on the market unless you're looking at some really small fonts. The MX6's display matrix is a standard RGB arrangement.
We were a bit disappointed Meizu ditched the AMOLED we saw on the MX5 for an LCD panel, but we are happy to report the screen turned out great. The screen offers a very good maximum brightness of 457 nits, deep blacks, and a high contrast ratio of 1344:1.
The color calibration turned out very good, too, with an average DeltaE of 4.4 and a peak at the white color of 8.9 (towards blue). You can get a more accurate color rendition and bring down the average DeltaE to 3.5 if you use the Warm(est) end of the color calibration slider, but you may not like the yellowish tint you'll get all over the white menus.
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Outdoors, the Meizu MX6 is an above average performer regarding sunlight legibility. The glass on top of the display is reflective, but most of the time you'll have no problem seeing what's happening on the screen.
Meizu MX6 is powered by a 3,060 mAh battery, about 100mAh shorter than the MX5 power block. The phone supports fast charging via a 24W plug and our tests show it fills the batter from 0% up to 56% in 30 mins, 95% in 75 minutes, and 100% in 90 minutes. The new TDDI screen that replaces the AMOLED and the Helio X20 chipset weren't looking promising, so we didn't actually have any particular expectations for the MX6's battery life.
And before we continue to the results and draw any parallels with the MX5, let's just be clear that we tested the MX5 last year at 117nits of display brightness, which surely affected its browser and video scores.
We ran our battery test and it outed mixed-bag results. The smartphone's performance is average across all of our tests, including the single-SIM and dual-SIM standby.
The rating of 68 hours isn't bad at all - it means you can use the MX6 for two and a half days if you are to make an hour of 3G talks, web browsing and video playback each day. Putting a second SIM card drops the rating by only an hour. Such usage pattern is of course entirely artificial, but we've established it so our battery results are comparable across devices.
The MX6 (68 hours) is a healthy improvement over its MX5 predecessor (55 hours) in terms of battery life, especially if we account the higher 200nits of brightness, the MX5 was tested at half that. So even though the MX5 also gets 9 hours for web and video, the MX6 will easily outlast it at equal screen brightness.
The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.
The Meizu MX6 supports LTE Cat.6 connectivity and you can tap into an LTE network on either SIM, but the other will default to a 3G or GSM network. You can have both cards connected to a 3G network, too. Dual SIM telephony is also supported, but the slot isn't hybrid and you can't put a microSD card inside.
The rest of the wireless connectivity features include dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac support and Wi-Fi Direct. There is also support for Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, and GPS and GLONASS. Wireless screen mirroring is available via the Miracast protocol.
The MX6 supports USB Type-C and fast charging (56% in 30 minutes). If you have a proper USB OTG adapter, you can attach peripherals and thumb drives. You should be able to charge other devices, but you'd need to get a special adapter as Meizu hasn't included one in the package.
There is no FM radio or IR blaster on the Meizu MX6.