Dual screens on smartphones aren’t anything new. The Yota Phone started the concept with a secondary E-ink display on its back, and more recently the LG V20 featured a tiny ticker-style screen on top of its main display panel.
Whether its a novel idea or a cool gimmick, some phone makers are still hoping that this concept would finally take off and be as hot as dual cameras, water-resistant bodies and borderless screens.
Meizu is the latest to tinker with dual screens. It’s newest flagship phones, the Meizu Pro 7 and the Pro 7 Plus (announced yesterday), feature tiny 2-inch AMOLED touchscreens at the back of the handsets.
These swipeable displays are located just under the cameras, and they serve as secondary screens that show notifications, broadcast time and weather forecast, and provide music playback controls.
Being able to glance at the time, weather updates and important notifications when the phone is faced down might just be some of the benefits of having this second screen.
These tiny screens also double as a viewfinder for taking selfies with the phones’ rear 12-megapixel cameras, in cases when you need to take higher-quality selfie photos.
Speaking of cameras, Meizu uses a dual-lens module on both variants, with a colour and monochrome configuration similar to the Leica-engineered Huawei P10. On the front are 16-megapixel selfie shooters.
Both the Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus differ in size. The regular Pro 7 uses a 5.2-inch Full HD AMOLED screen, while the Plus version carries a larger 5.7-inch panel with Quad HD resolution.
The Plus version also has better specs internally. It uses MediaTek’s latest deca-core (10-core) chipset, the helio X30, coupled with 6GB of RAM and two storage configuration options of 64GB or 128GB.
Being able to glance at the time, weather updates and important notifications when the phone is faced down might just be some of the benefits.
Meanwhile, the smaller Pro 7 uses MediaTek’s mid-range chipset, the helio P25 SoC, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. But Meizu will also offer a helio X30 variant to the Pro 7 with 128GB of storage.
And of course, the Pro 7 Plus carries a bigger battery than the regular Pro 7 (3,500mAh vs 3,000mAh). Both phones run on Android 7.0.
The Meizu Pro 7 and Pro 7 Plus is expected to go on sale globally in September.