18 January 2017
The Chinese Smartphone manufacturer Meizu recently held a media interview session in which President and VP of the company were the guests. As expected at the event, both the heads wrap off the cover from a number of details including company progress in last year as well as their future plans.
According to Meizu heads, the company sold 22 million handsets which are a record for the company as in 2015 their total sales were 20 million. So during 2016, the company managed a good growth rate of 10% despite smartphone market growth is declining.
In June 2016, the company faced a blow off when American chip manufacturer Qualcomm filed a patent case against the company. However, both companies settled the matter and signed the agreement. As far as 2017 flagship smartphones is a concern, the company didn't confirm there will be a Qualcomm-powered flagship smartphone despite both companies settled down the patent issues.
However this year Meizu’s flagships will have MediaTek top of the line Soc. Earlier we have reports that Meizu decided to announce a handset powered by Qualcomm Soc in Q4 2017 but it seems like company changed their plans and will stick to MediaTek instead. One thing which is new for many Meizu fans is currently 50 million smartphone users are running Flyme OS.
The settlement of patent infringement is quite important for Meizu as this year company sold nearly 0.2 million smartphones outside of China. These figures can be further enhanced in 2017. The company for sure won’t like to have the patent case against them during expansion for more markets. Also, an important aspect which the company officials hinted is the gradual increase in price tags of smartphones. Meizu is currently one of those smartphone manufacturing companies who is known for releasing smartphones with affordable price tags but it seems like the company wants to expand the price ratio a bit further.