The Meizu Pro 6 is the unlicensed offspring of the Galaxy and iPhone designs

Sometimes, in the vast sea of overseas manufacturing, international intellectual property law, and handset design, things can get a little bit confusing. Both Apple and Samsung, as well as their major competitors, put a lot of work into designing beautiful mobile devices we covet each year.

However, when that process gets a little too familiar, and the tech press starts to fret that perhaps innovation is dying in the smartphone industry, a company like Meizu can sneak in and move some real product overseas.

Screenshot 2016-04-13 19.39.32The new Meizu Pro 6, which isn’t available in Canada, and which I’ve never held or even seen in person, has a lot of interesting design and hardware features going for it. Unfortunately, while its features are interesting, they aren’t exactly unique.

To put it mildly, the specs for the Pro 6 look like the company made design decisions by cutting and pasting pieces of the recent Galaxy line and iPhone 6 line, choosing whichever fit its whims best.

The Pro 6 has a feature called 3D Press, allowing users to interact with the pressure sensitive screen to control the modified Android version called Flyme. This phone runs a version of Android that appears to be skinned as closely to iOS 9 as possible, and from further than 10 feet away, it would take a trained eye to tell the two devices apart.

Now, given all of that, the hardware in this phone is nevertheless impressive, sporting a 10-core Helio X25 processor from Mediatek and 4 GB of RAM. The phone comes with a 5.2 inch, 1080p display and a 21 MP rear camera with laser focus assist.

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The battery on the Pro 6 is also a fairly substantial 2560 mAh, and impressively, it only takes an hour to fully charge, via USB-C. That same USB connector also boasts a 1 GB transfer taking only 10 seconds, and the phone comes equipped with a dual nano-SIM tray.

The Pro 6 is a decent phone, and though you won’t be able to find this phone in North America, the 32 GB version will be available for only $386 USD, and the 64 GB variant is only $432 USD.

Screenshot 2016-04-13 19.08.41It’s possible that we’ll see a Meizu phone for sale in Canada at some point, but given last generation’s Pro 5 (also a jumble of iPhone and Galaxy designs), and the new Pro 6, it’s very unlikely.