Yesterday, Meizu announced that it will release a special limited edition of the smaller model from this year’s flagship Meizu 18 series. Meizu 18 Chinese White Dolphin Rare Edition is both a gesture to fans of phones with white bezels and the sea world, on the occasion of today’s World Ocean Day. Both white panels and Chinese white dolphins are very valuable. Chinese white dolphins are a protected species and play a key role in marine ecology, but due to human activity only about 2,000 specimens remain, and their numbers are declining at a rate of 2.5% per year.
Only 88 units of the Meizu 18 Chinese White Dolphin Rare Edition have been produced. The edition will be available for sale tomorrow, only in version 12/256GB, at a price of 5888 yuan (about 920 dollars). The all-white set includes 5 commemorative badges from the PANDAER series with dolphins and the company’s mascot, and with the inscription OCEAN LOVER, which is also on the back cover of the phone. A white dolphin-shaped pillow is also included. The phone wallpaper, the case and the SIM card removal needle are also themed, and pictures with dolphins have been added to the Always On Display function.
Speaking of smartphones with a white panel, many first think of Meizu. The white panel is in the company’s genes. For the first time this year, white-bezel variants were not released.
Manufacturers are no longer inclined to produce white-panel mobile phones, as they are much more difficult to create and therefore more expensive. It is difficult to achieve the same white color on the back and front panel. They always have a different shade, yellowish or bluish. Also, more applications are made to achieve a thick white color. A balance must be found between the excessive accumulation of paint and the insufficient amount of paint. At the same time, when the white panel is baked at a high temperature, color distortion occurs. Compared to the black panel, the white one has a relatively low tolerance to dust particles.
The white panel of a mobile phone contrasts sharply with the black screen when it is turned off, while the black panel merges with the screen, which is more pleasing visually. And this year’s curved screens of the Meizu 18 series make it even more difficult to make white panels that look beautiful.
The white panel released for this version of Meizu 18 has been polished thousands of times and is the world’s only four-curved white panel in the industry. The company said that the product pass-through rate on this white front panel is only 1%, which increases costs to 1,033 yuan. It was previously announced that due to the very high panel’s cost, no spare parts will be produced. That is, those who buy the Meizu 18 Chinese White Dolphin Rare Edition will have to keep it from breaking, and if necessary, they will be able to replace it only with a black panel.
These days, another version was released for fans – Meizu 18 × Master Challenge Mini Racing in a co-branded gift box. The set also includes a themed case and car badges.