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Better Than Xiaomi Mi 9: The Best Budget Smartphone with Snapdragon 855+ SoC, 160Hz Display, Triple Camera

There is no doubt that you are impressed smartphones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with exceptional benchmark results and AI performance. The chipset is widely used in flagship smartphones. 

The competitive advantage of Snapdragon 855 is its outstanding gaming performance. For example, with Snapdragon 855, the Redmi K20 Pro is reputed, selling like hotcakes. 

Currently, Snapdragon 855 has an upgraded version, Snapdragon 855 Plus. Smartphones equipped with this chipset are termed the king of gaming phones, such as the well-known ASUS ROG, and well-received Black Shark 2 Pro. 

Recently, the best budget smartphone with Snapdragon 855 Plus has been released, namely, the MEIZU 16s Pro! 


The smartphone is only at 2698 yuan (about $377.13), more affordable than MEIZU 16 whose debut price was over 3000 yuan last year. Indeed, the current pricing strategy is not sensible. In comparison, with higher configuration, the cost of MEIZU 16s Pro is even lower. Thus, the new smartphone has attracted wide attention. 

As for the configuration, MEIZU 16s Pro uses a 6.25-inch 1080P Samsung AMOLED display. Without a notch, it looks better than smartphones with a notch display. The top and bottom are narrow and symmetrical.


Its screen-to-body ratio is up to 91.53%. The sampling rate is 160Hz, much higher than that of MEIZU 16, i.e., 100Hz. The display of MEIZU 16s Pro is excellent since it supports DC dimming and DCI-P3 color gamut. 

Different from phones with sliders and pop-up cameras, the latest MEIZU smartphone is only 7.65mm thick, 166g in weight. Because of its lightness, MEIZU 16s Pro feels as good as the top-notch Samsung S10, much better than Honor 9X, iPhone XS MAX and so on which are over 200g. 


MEIZU 16s Pro has the most advanced UFS 3.0 flash memory for the high read/write speed. Owing to Snapdragon 855 Plus, its performance is stunning. Additionally, the camera setup has been dramatically improved. 

MEIZU 16s Pro has a 20MP selfie camera with Beauty Mode. Although it is not as good as the 32MP front camera of Huawei flagships, taking the selfie doesn’t require such high resolution. 

The primary camera of MEIZU 16s Pro incorporates the 48MP Sony IMX586 image sensor, with F1.7 aperture. Meanwhile, it supports optical image stabilization. In addition to the other two rear cameras (20MP and 16MP), camera performance is more than satisfying!


Apart from the improvements above, MEIZU 16s Pro is integrated with more functions, including 2.5cm super macro lens, 4K 60fps UHD video recording. In general, it is highly acclaimed, in spite of some details - no wireless charging, IR blaster, 3.5mm headphone jack. 

Nevertheless, the pros outweigh the cons, as at about $377, you can’t get a smartphone powered by Snapdragon 855 Plus elsewhere. 
There is no denying that MEIZU 16s Pro is an unrivaled high-performance flagship.


At nearly the same price, Xiaomi Mi 9 seems inferior to MEIZU 16s Pro, because the latter looks prettier, has a 160Hz display, much better tactile experience, and longer battery life. Which one do you like? 











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