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Meizu 16s phone with Samsung AMOLED display and ultra-tiny selfie camera launches for $475

It also runs on a Snapdragon 855 processor and has a Men's Beauty mode -- finally!


The Meizu 16s launched with premium specs and a price of $475.


The Samsung Galaxy S10 family were the first phones to include the Snapdragon 855 processor, but that comes at a price. The Galaxy S10E, the cheapest S-device, starts at $750, which is still quite high when compared to midrange and budget phones like the Motorola Moto G7. On Tuesday, Meizu launched a flagship phone called the Meizu 16s, which costs 3,198 RMB (that converts roughly to $475) and packs high-end specs like a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB to 8GB of RAM, in-screen fingerprint reader and dual rear cameras capable of taking 48-megapixel photos.

While the insides of the Meizu are no doubt cutting-edge, the exterior avoids the trendy trappings of notches, hole-punch displays and selfie cameras that pop out of the phone. Instead of making a groove in the screen to accommodate a front-facing camera, Meizu opted to use a super-tiny 20-megapixel selfie camera made by Samsung that can fit within the boundaries of the display's bezel.

The Meizu 16s has a 6.2-inch Samsung AMOLED display, and its body is made out of aluminum. The phone is available for purchase on Meizu's website.


The Meizu 16s avoids a notch for the selfie camera by using an ultra-tiny front-facing camera made by Samsung.


Other specs include:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • 6.2-inch AMOLED display
  • 6GB or 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB of storage
  • In-screen fingerprint sensor
  • Dual SIM cards
  • USB-C port
  • Colors: Black, white or blue
  • 3,600mAh battery
  • Runs Flyme 7.3 (based on Android 9 Pie)
  • 48-megapixel and 20-megapixel dual rear camera with optical image stabilization
  • 20-megapixel front-facing camera 
  • AI scene recognition
  • Night Scene mode
  • ArcSoft beauty mode
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Originally published April 23 at 1:21 p.m. PT