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27 July 2017

This is Meizu’s crazy phone with an extra display on the back

After teasing it in mid-July, Meizu has now officially launched its Meizu Pro 7 and Meizu Pro 7 Plus phones, both of which have a highly unusual feature: A secondary display on the back of the phone. 

The rear display is a 2-inch AMOLED screen that will show you the time, weather info, notifications, info on the tracks you’re currently listening, or help you take a selfie with the 12-megapixel rear dual cameras. 

You can also customize the rear display with live wallpapers, and yes, you can touch it; swiping up and down will perform different actions, like taking a photo with the rear cameras. 

It’s hard to say how useful all of this is in real life usages but it’s definitely a unique feature, and that’s commendable in today’s world of copycat smartphones. 

The rest of the specs on these phones are top-notch as well. The Meizu Pro 7 Plus is a 5.7-inch device with MediaTek’s new Helio X30 10-core processor, 6GB of RAM, 64/128GB of storage, and a 3,500mAh battery. 

Selfie with the rear cameras? Why not.

Selfie with the rear cameras? Why not.

The Pro 7 has a 5.2-inch screen and is based on an older MediaTek chip, the Helio X25, has only 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. 

Both phones have Sony’s dual 12-megapixel cameras with an f/2.0 aperture on the back, and a 16-megapixel selfie cam on the front. They’re also equipped with a Cirrus Logic CS43130 Hi-Fi chip that should provide great sound — and yes, they both have headphone jacks. 

On the far right you'll see a feature that's often missing from today's phones -- a headphone jack.

On the far right you’ll see a feature that’s often missing from today’s phones — a headphone jack.

The Meizu Pro 7 Plus will come in four colors: black, shiny black, silver and gold. Its smaller cousin will be available in black, gold and red. 

The Meizu Pro 7 has a full HD screen, while the Pro 7 Plus has a WQHD screen.

The Meizu Pro 7 has a full HD screen, while the Pro 7 Plus has a WQHD screen.

Meizu told Mashable both variants of the phone will be available internationally in September, with some of the markets being Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, France, Indonesia. The price has not yet been announced. 

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