Meizu’s MX6: China’s $300 Smartphone

Meizu’s climb to the top of the Chinese phone market continues with their new MX6 phone. It’s crisp and clean and—well, it looks like an iPhone. A lot like an iPhone actually. You might even have trouble telling it apart:

Meizu MX6 comparison with iPhones
It’s in the middle, if you’re wondering

Meizu drew a lot of design inspiration from Apple for the outside of the MX6 (right down to the two Pentalobe screws at the bottom), but is it the same story on the inside? Surprisingly, no. The MX6 sports several features and components that set it apart from any phone designed in Cupertino. The display assembly uses built-in plastic clips rather than a metal frame, the logic board motherboard is housed at the top of the phone, and the large square battery is one of the heftiest on the market.

Meizu MX6 teardown highlights:

  • This phone comes with a 3.8 V, 11.63 Wh Li-poly battery. It’s not easily removed or replaced but it is bigger than the iPhone 6s Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S7.
  • The MX6 also joins the trendy single cable game with a combined USB-C, headphone jack, and microphone assembly.
  • The phone packs a tiny rotational vibrator motor. It’s different from the linear oscillating motors and “Taptic Engines” used in many (not all) iPhone models, but also takes less space.
Meizu MX6 smartphone teardown

The good news is this: Once you get past the MX6’s pesky pentalobes, it’s pretty much built for repair. Modular components with spring contacts, large screws, and thoughtful cabling all make repair cheaper and easier. The Meizu MX6 scored a solid 7 out of 10 on our repairability scale.

Be sure to check out the full teardown on iFixit.com.