The Meizu Pro 7 Plus is very easy to like. Meizu did an excellent job in designing a proper flagship, and the Fenetre display adds just enough in terms of both looks and functionality to help it stand out. The second screen is your notifications window, your selfie viewfinder, and your music player. Simple, yet useful and comfy.
The 5.7" QHD Super AMOLED sounded great on paper and our tests confirmed it's a superb unit in real life too. The Helio X30 was the unknown, but after seeing it perform we are confident it has a flagship vibe and won't let anybody down.
The dual-camera faces tough competition on the market and it didn't impress us as much as some of its competitors. Sure, the daylight quality is great, the monochrome images turned out excellent, but the soft low-light images and average video quality mean it can't quite reach for the cameraphone crown. But if it's all about those selfies, then you are definitely on the right track.
If it wasn't for the lack of water-proofing and expandable storage we would find it hard to fault the Meizu Pro 7 Plus. Meizu has done an amazing job with what it did include - a super-loud speaker and a DAC tweaked for an amazing audio quality came as nice surprises. Now, Meizu doesn't enjoy very wide availability, and its after-sales support record is spotty at best. But, it's working to improve on both fronts, so hopefully the future will be brighter.
The Meizu Pro 7 Plus is very reasonably priced at around €450 in China, but in Europe you can get it at about €550, while the US import reaches $700. It surely isn't as attractive at those price points, but it still manages to undercut all competitors from tier-one brands.
If the screen size is of utmost importance, then the Samsung Galaxy S8, the LG V20, or the even cheaper LG G6 would do a great job. The Galaxy is surely class-leading when it comes to design and screen, while the LGs offer a different take on the dual camera setup with an ultra-wide secondary shooter.
Xiaomi Mi 6 and the Nokia 8 are two more threats to the Meizu Pro 7 Plus. The Mi 6 is at about the price, yet a performance beast. It has a smaller and lower-res screen, but makes up for that with attractive design, great camera, and very popular Mi launcher. The Nokia 8 on the other hand proved to be one of the snappiest smartphones around, with the best LCD screen available today, and very good dual-camera.
The OnePlus 5 is another one to watch out for as it matches the Meizu pricing. Its dual-camera focuses on other things and offers zoom and better bokeh shots. The AMOLED screen is smaller and of a lower resolution, but its launcher is as light as Flyme.
And finally, a perfect match for the Meizu Pro 7 Plus is the Honor 8 Pro. An eastern bestseller with great design, screen, dual-camera, and chipset. It focuses on cheap VR and comes with a DIY VR cardboard in the retail box. The Honor 8 Pro isn't as good at selfies as it lacks a viewfinder on the back and its front camera is somewhat unimpressive, but the main camera will make up for this as Huawei has a lot of experience.
The Meizu Pro 7 Plus ticks all the right boxes for a flagship, there is no doubt. And it brings innovation not just for the sake of it, but something that's actually useful. The second screen is no excuse for the lack of an AOD at front, but being a viewfinder is enough to make it worth every cent. Meizu is popular enough in Asia, and the Pro 7 Plus would probably sell well there. But if it keeps up pumping out solid devices like this one, western markets might start to develop fondness for the brand as well.