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Hot on the heels of the Huawei P9, the Meizu MX6 is the next Chinese-designed smartphone to land on our teardown table. At first glance, this iPhone look-alike is making us see double! The MX6 couldn’t be the long lost twin to the iPhone, could it? Let’s get this teardown started and find out.

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  1. On the outside, the MX6 walks the iPhone walk, but does it talk the talk? Here's what we know so far:
    • On the outside, the MX6 walks the iPhone walk, but does it talk the talk? Here's what we know so far:

      • MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core (a.k.a. 10 cores!) CPU w/ ARM Mali-T880 GPU

      • 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM and 32 GB of storage

      • 5.5-inch, 1080p high-precision display (~401 ppi)

      • 12 MP ƒ/2.0 main camera w/ 1.25 μm pixels and 5 MP front-facing camera

      • Flyme OS 5.2 over Android 6.0 Marshmallow

      • 3,060 mAh battery with 24 W fast charging

      • USB-C port, Dual SIM support, and Meizu mTouch fingerprint sensor

  2. It's a three-phone pile-up as we pull over to take a cursory look at how the MX6 compares to its iPhone idols.
    • It's a three-phone pile-up as we pull over to take a cursory look at how the MX6 compares to its iPhone idols.

    • A quick comparison reveals...not a whole lot. Apart from the USB-C connector and a slightly shifted microphone port, we're hard pressed to distinguish the MX6 from its Cupertino-based counterparts.

    • It's a similar story topside. Aside from the oval home button and different side button configuration, the MX6 fits right into the iPhone lineup—what with its metal unibody design and 2.5D glass panel.

    • The MX6 differentiates itself with a centered rear camera and dual flash assembly, but those subtle antenna bands are reminiscent of certain iPhone 7 rumors.

    • Like the Huawei P9, the MX6 seems inspired by the iPhone in more than just looks: two Pentalobe screws secure the MX6's display assembly to the chassis.

      • We're still baffled as to why manufacturers would copy Apple's screw design, when a regular ol' Phillips or Torx screw does the same job better with less hassle.

    • Ruh Roh, Raggy! We also find a fingerprint reader cable booby trap like in the iPhone 5s/SE!

      • Not to worry, Scooby Doo— Meizu cut us some slack (literally), so the cable is unlikely to rip when opening the phone.

      • The cable's connector lies under a screwed-down, tamper-evident bracket that's arguably simpler than Apple's awful spring clip.

    • Before diving in, we pause to disconnect the battery; its small connector releases with a flip of the spudger. Safety first.

    • With the MX6 safely de-electrified, we pop the display cable free and peer inside.

      • First observation: Phillips screws— everywhere! A small celebration breaks out around the teardown table.

      • Second observation: Looks like the iPhone mold is mostly skin-deep, look at that big ol' battery.!We just can't wait to dig in.

    • Interestingly, the display's perimeter is all plastic, including its clips and edges. This may be a durability concern, but there's no risk of display bracket separation.

    • Out comes the bracket securing the fingerprint sensor—followed by the sensor itself, with its long switchback cable in tow.

    • This display assembly is a much simpler affair than you'll find in a comparable iPhone (or Android phone!), thanks to some handy spring contacts and a motherboard-mounted front-facing camera.

      • That means a cheaper, simpler repair!

    • With the display assembly out of the way, we carefully excavate the MX6's stubbornly-adhered battery. Luckily, the battery features an iPhone 4-esque battery pull tab that makes the job a bit easier.

    • The MX6 packs a non-user-removable, 3.8 V, 11.63 Wh Li-poly battery.

      • This puts the MX6's battery ahead in the power struggle, topping the iPhone 6s Plus's 10.45 Wh battery, and just barely surpassing the Samsung Galaxy S7's 11.55 Wh battery.

    • Meizu claims that their mCharge 24 W (12 V at 2 A) fast charging technology will fully charge the MX6's battery in only 75 minutes, compared to 90 minutes for the Galaxy S7.

    • Next to come out? The speaker assembly, complete with spring contacts and what appears to be an antenna sticker of some kind.

    • Part of the assembly lines up with the lower microphone hole—but if you go looking for a mic here, you'll be disappointed!

    • This assembly has a tiny acoustic tube channel with a 90-degree bend, passing sound from the outside world to a mic located elsewhere...

    • "Elsewhere" turns out to be a combined USB-C, headphone jack, and microphone assembly—which we dutifully peel out of the chassis of the MX6.

      • A small amount of adhesive secures the cable to the chassis, but it presents no problem for our teardown engineer.

    • Upon inspection, we find antenna connections on the bottom of the cable, as well as on the bottom of the motherboard.

    • Manufacturers seem to be in competition to cram as much as they possibly can onto the charging port cable. (Which means a pricier repair when your port eventually gets loose.)

    • With tweezers in hand, we deftly pluck out several bits 'n pieces:

      • Antenna/vibrator bracket

      • Antenna/front-facing camera bracket

      • Dual SIM card tray

      • Turbo-encabulator

        • Just kidding ;)

    • With those bits out of the way, we lift the motherboard out and get a closer look at the cameras.

      • The rear-facing camera features Sony's 12 MP Exmor RS IMX386 CMOS image sensor along with a 6-element ƒ/2.0 lens, while the front-facing camera features a 5 MP sensor with a 4-element ƒ/2.0 lens.

    • With the motherboard plucked from the the rear case, we take a second to explore the MX6's silicon situation. Highlights include:

      • Micron D9TPL 32 Gb (4 GB) Mobile LPDDR3 SDRAM with MediaTek Helio X20 SoC layered underneath

      • MediaTek MT6631N Wi-Fi Module

      • Texas Instruments BQ25892 Fast Charging IC

      • NXP TFA9911 Audio Amplifier

      • MediaTek MT6351V PMIC

      • Skyworks SKY77673-11

      • MediaTek MT6300P (Possibly an iteration of the MT6302 dual SIM card controller)

    • The final few pickings come from the MX6's chassis.

    • We pry out the (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.

    • The chassis itself is peppered with spring contacts, which no doubt made our teardown journey that much easier.

  3. Laatste gedachten
    • The display assembly is the first component out, simplifying screen repairs.
    • Modular components with spring contacts, large screws, and thoughtful cabling all make repair cheaper and easier.
    • The battery is equipped with a pull-tab for removal, but tough adhesive means lots of force is needed to remove it.
    • The MX6 uses Pentalobe security screws on the exterior, requiring a specialty screwdriver to open the phone before any repair.
    Repareerbaarheid 7 op 10
    (10 is gemakkelijkst te repareren)

that phone looks like the OnePlus 3 and iPhone 6 had a child

Max Warsaw - Antwoord

The overall design is very smart. Rough guess about the antenna design can be seen at :

An10na - Antwoord


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