Meizu officially released its new generation flagship phone, the Meizu 16s, on April 23. The 16s inherits the 16th notch-less symmetrical full-screen display, has a 6.2-inch AMOLED screen, narrow bezels all around, 3600mAh battery, and an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Featuring the new generation flagship SoC Snapdragon 855, 48MP OIS camera, and full-featured NFC support, overpassing the 16th.So you must have seen its reviews a lot, today let us take a deeper look at the charging performance of the Meizu 16s.


I Unboxing

The Meizu 16s comes with an all black tray & lid box. UV-coated “16s” letter in the middle, with Meizu logo on the left corner.

On the back of the box is a sticker with product information, and a reflective anti-counterfeit sticker on the lower right corner. The actual model of the phone is: M971Q, this unit we have is made on April 13, 2019.

There are instructions on the 16s box states that only the original charger can be used. We guess that its charging protocol support is as limited as the 16th.

Opening the box, we have a two-layer structure with the phone on the upper and accessories underneath.

Package contents: Meizu 16s, UP0830S charger, USB-A to USB-C data cable (USB-C to 3.5mm cable optional), SIM ejector tool, Meizu VIP card, and user manual.

One of the best looking notch-less phones, to our eyes.

The Meizu 16s is the world’s first to use the Samsung 3T2 20MP CMOS sensor.

COF technology enables extremely narrow chin.

3D cover glass back with carbon fiber pattern underneath.

No headphone jack(USB-C to 3.5mm cable optional).

There is only one noise reduction microphone hole at the top.

USB-A to USB-C data cable, TPE material.

USB-C connector.

USB-A connector.

The included charger. Model: UP0830S. Input: 100-240V~ 50-60Hz 0.7A. Output: 5V/3A, 8V/3A, 12V/2A. Made by Dongguan Aohai Technology Co., LTD.

Classic Meizu industrial design.

USB-A port.

With POWER-Z FL001S USB power monitor, we know that its USB-A port only supports MTK PE charging protocol.


II. Test
1. Compatibility TestThe main reason for our compatibility test is to figure out the fast charging protocols the Meizu 16s supports, and its compatibility with the other charging devices.
Chargers:

Use the PD-only Apple 30W PD charger (A1882) to charge the Meizu 16s, we are getting 5.14V 1.85A 9.55W, under normal charging speed. The Meizu 16s does not support PD fast charging.

Use the Xiaomi 18W charger which only supports QC fast charging to charge the Meizu 16s, we are getting 5.1V 1.29A 6.61W, under normal charging speed. The Meizu 16s does not support QC fast charging.

Use the included UP0830S charger which supports PE fast charging to charge the Meizu 16s, we are getting 8.53V 2.5A 21.33W, under PE fast charging.

Use the UP1220 charger which comes with the Meizu MX6 and supports PE fast charging to charge the Meizu 16s, we are getting 9.16V 1.28A 11.75W, under PE fast charging with relatively low power.

Use the UP1220S charger which comes with the Meizu 16th Plus and supports PE fast charging to charge the Meizu 16s, we are getting 8.36V 2.53A 21.17W, under PE fast charging.

Use the UP0830 charger which comes with the Meizu PRO6 and supports PE/QC fast charging to charge the Meizu 16s, we are getting 8.47V 2.55A 21.68W, under PE fast charging.


Power banks:

Use the Meizu M10 power bank to charge the Meizu 16s, we are getting 8.89V 1.84A 16.39W, under PE fast charging.

Use the HAME M10 power bank to charge the Meizu 16s, we are getting 7.71V 2.78A 21.52W, under PE fast charging.
Car charger:

Use the Baseus BS-C15C car charger to charge the Meizu 16s, we are getting 8.15V 2.47A 20.22W, under PE fast charging.

As can be seen from the chart, devices with the PE fast charging protocol can offer the Meizu 16s with fast charging, which is the only fast charging protocol it supports.
0%~100% Charging TestWe tested the consumption time of charging the Meizu 16s from battery level 0% to 100%, using the included UP0830S charger. With the ChargerLAB Power-Z KM001C, we monitor and record the power data, and sort it into the following table:

The above picture shows the Meizu 16s charging power curve. It can be seen from the figure that the power will rise straight to 21.99W and maintain a 20W phase for 22 minutes. After that, the power platform dropped to about 11W, and finally the power entered a gradual decline during the last 57 minutes of charging. The total charging time was 1 hour and 56 minutes. This max charging power is 21.99W.

Taking a look at the changes in the charging power of Meizu’s 16s. Charging 49% takes half an hour, 81% takes 1 hour, and 1 hour and 56 minutes from 0% to 100%.


III ChargerLAB conclusion

The Meizu 16s comes with a UP0830S USB-A charger which has a maximum power of 24W. The charger does not support any other fast charging protocols other than the PE fast charging protocol. It does not support QC and PD.

The Meizu 16s, like its previous generation 16th Plus, only supports PE fast charging, which means no PD fast charging or QC fast charging for the phone.

Fortunately, the performance of the PE fast charge protocol is still relatively strong. The peak power of the whole process can reach up to 21.99W, and the charge can be charged to 49% in half an hour. The full process takes 1 hour and 56 minutes which is acceptable.

Lastly, a reminder for buying charging accessories for the Meizu 16s: make sure it supports PE fast charging protocol to enable fast charging for your Meizu 16s.

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