Meizu 16 vs. Pocophone F1: why pay more?

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Meizu 16 vs. Pocophone F1: why pay more?

This year, Meizu released, perhaps, its best smartphone - Meizu 16. It has almost everything that a mobile user can wish for: powerful stuffing, a scanner in the screen, a cool camera with opto-tabs, decent sound and normal autonomy, but there is nothing that annoys many: it is without an eyebrow.


Xiaomi this year showed a whole scattering of flagships, including the Mi Mix 2S, Mi Mix 3, a couple of Black Shark and several modifications of the Mi 8. However, the Pocophone F1 was probably the most desirable. Because the cheapest. “Poko” was created following the patterns of the very first Xiaomi smartphones. It also saved a little bit on everything except the processor: the case is plastic, there is no optical stabilization in the camera, a faded IPS-screen was installed, but the battery is full, the memory is full and the Snapdragon 845. Hit?

Of course, it should be noted that the Meizu 16 and Pocophone F1 play in different leagues. The difference in price is almost 2 times, if we consider the Russian retail. Probably, the one who looks after the “meizuha” is unlikely to look towards Pocophone, as well as it is unlikely that a potential F1 buyer will want to pay the price of several Xiaomi Redmi for Meizu 16. But this is no reason to make a comparison, is it?

Let’s start with the look. Here, without question, the advantage on the Meizu 16 side: metal, glass, minimal frames and indents, small thickness, cut-out is absent. The Pocophone F1 case is entirely made of plastic, the frames and indents you can see what, the notorious monobrow, but in the hand it feels like a brick in shape, although there are no complaints about the weight. In general, the eyes and hands more pleasant smartphone “Meize”.

The screens are completely different both in characteristics and visually. The Pocophone F1 IPS screen will appeal to those who for some reason do not perceive AMOLED. However, F1 has retained such cons of a typical inexpensive IPS-matrix, as the slope in the cold side, which is not corrected by the settings, the inability to display black, low contrast and strong fading under the slopes. At the same time, the Pocophone screen is bright and saturated.

The display Meizu 16, you can present a little less clarity due to the structure of the matrix PenTile yes, perhaps that’s all. In general, in my opinion, the screen of the Meizu flagship is more pleasant than the one of Pocophon. Choosing AMOLED allowed Meizu to implement two things. The first thing: the function Always on Display. When the tap is turned off, the time, charge, missed events, music are shown. Graphics move back and forth across the screen, so there is a burnout protection. The second thing made possible by AMOLED is a fingerprint scanner on the screen.

In the Pocophone F1, the traditional fingerprinting is traditional; it is on the back; it is easy to grope through a deep notch. Face recognition is both there and there, however, in F1 it is slightly more advanced due to the IR sensor - it also functions in complete darkness. On Meizu in the dark unlock on the face can also happen, but only with a high brightness of the screen that will highlight the face.