Video Reference:Meizu MX5 first look and hands on…
The Meizu MX5 follows the footsteps of last generation MX4 and comes more refine. The body is sculpted via All-Metal CNC which allows it to be only 7.6mm thick. The phone is also equipped with the latest Helio X10 Octa Core processor from Mediatek, a usual direction that Meizu takes. But it could be a deal breaker for some. The Soc is strong, but compared to other Flagship device, particularly the Huawei Honor 7, the GPU is not that competitive in terms of gaming. More so, the phone does come with 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM built in with 16 GB storage for the base model. Unfortunately, the lack of TF-Card support gives it a thumbs down. Considering the very low storage for the base mode, consumers will be forced to buy higher and more pricier models to get the needed storage space.
Other than that, performance will probably be the same with the Letv Le X600. Since it also used the same SOc. The phone runs the latest Flyme 4.5 OS, Meizu’s very own proprietary OS which the company has advertised that it will be more fluid, smooth and comes with no pre-loaded bloatware. Also another notable feature that Meizu added is the 20.7 megapixel SONY camera, also has a CMOS sensor, Laser guided Focusing and Dual Tone LED Flash. Although 2K video recording still remains to be seen.
The phone supports Dual 4G LTE, also Dual Nano Sim, the frequencies may vary from region. But since the phone is primarily market in China, more of the support is unfortunately geared on their Telcom.
Meizu also continues their mTouch me 2.0 feature, another name for Touch ID probably. The home button supports 360 degree Fingerprint recognition and improvement of security features.
At first glance, there is a clear distinction of Apple iPhone 6 design inspiration. But this nothing new to Meizu. Remember the Meizu M2 Note? with its iPhone 5C like body. But Meizu has maintained that the designs are all too different. Furthermore, underneath is a built-in 3150mAh battery, same capacity as last year and also includes mCharge technology or more appropriately Fast Charging.
Overall, the Meizu MX5 at first take is a good phone but is not perfect. Its more of a hit and miss. The lack of TF-Card support is the absolute disappointment. Also the CPU and GPU are not on par with other flagships currently in the market. Qualcomm still leads the race especially with their Adreno 430 GPU. On the good side, the build quality is worthy of the Flagship status, the upgraded camera may compete with other Smartphone Shooters and the price, which is close to the Huawei Honor 7.
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Highlights of Meizu MX5:
64 bit Helio X10 Processor
Price (competes head to head with the Huawei Honor 7)
20.7 MP Sony Camera with Laser guided Focus
CNC Crafted All metal Unibody
5.5 inch, 1080p, AMOLED Display
Dual SIM (Dual 4G LTE Support)
mTouch me 2.0 (supports Fingerprint ID)
Bluetooth 4.1, Dual Band WiFi
built-in 3150mAh with mCharge technology (fast Charging)
No Expandable Memory Support
GPU not so competitive compared to Qualcomm’s Adreno 430 chipset