In a world of comically large smartphone announcement ceremonies held behind closed doors for journos, there’s something refreshingly humble about the way Meizu announced the previously leaked M6s – they took to live streaming platforms.

There, they broke the news of their latest mid-range heavy hitter, the M6s, a handsome (if not slightly familiar looking *cough* iPhone) unit with a 5.7″ 18:9 display with a resolution of 720 x 1440 resolution, side mounted fingerprint reader, a 16MP camera and, perhaps most interestingly of all, a Samsung Exynos processor.

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It’s that last element which is raising the most eyebrows as it indicates a tighter relationship between Meizu and Samsung. Specifically, we’re talking about a 2.0GHz Samsung Exynos 7872 hexa-core processor with ARM Cortex-A73 architecture, a first for any smartphone as the chip makes its debut bow. Backing that is 3GB of RAM to keep things moving briskly under load.

Keeping the Samsung link alive is the aforementioned 16MP rear camera, which is actually a Samsung made CMOS sensor with a f/2.0 aperture. Around the front there’s also an unnamed 8MP unit with ‘Beauty mode’ a Chinese favourite which turns you into the adorable anime-lite girl you’ve¬†always¬†wanted to be.

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Finally, they’ve integrated a pressure sensor at the bottom of the screen to access their ‘mBack’ software, their virtual assistant.

Externally, you’re looking at a design which mimics the iPhone 7 closely, with a curved glass front and an aluminium rear which has been”sandblasted” using zircon sand for a matte effect that’s available in black, blue, gold and silver.

Meizu are keeping their cards close to their chest in regards to pricing and availability, but we’ll be sure to update this article when we know.

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