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January 13, 2013

Meizu MX 4-Core Review

At first glance, it looks very similar to an iPhone – but run through it a little longer, you’ll find yourself exploring through a very powerful rendition of Android. What is it really, to hold something like the Meizu MX in your hands? Is it the perfect convergence of all the good things? Find out in our full review after the break.

There are actually two versions of the the first generation MX. One has a dual-core chip and the other has a quad-core chip, which is the one we have not. At first, we were actually confused if it was just dual-core just because of the unbelievably low retail price.

Design and Construction

Almost everyone I know mistook the design of the Meizu MX as an iPhone at their first look. This is caused by the single home button, which has a weird feel to it, found below the display. On top of the 4-inch display you’ll find the earpiece and the front-facing VGA camera.

meizu mx

Few details that we’d like to emphasize was the capacitive buttons, which was composed of dots. Every time you change the orientation, the back & menu keys change orientation as well – which was a very nice yet simple addition.

On the left, you’ll find the volume rocker. On top you’ll find the 3.5 mm audio jack and the power button. Below is the micro-USB port and the microphone while on the right, there is nothing for you to see. On the back is the 8 megapixel camera, Meizu’s branding and the speakers.

combined

All-in-all, the device feels solid, even if it’s made out of plastic. In fact, up to a certain extent – we can even say it’s premium.

Display

The Meizu MX features a 4-inch qHD display which gives out a resolution of 640×960 (same resolution as the iPhone 4s).  The display is sharp, vibrant and responsive. Viewing angles were beyond acceptable. We were very impressed with the screen.

display

4-inches could be perfect for some people, but if you’re a multimedia lover – it may lack in size. And surely, these days, people look at the screen and decide which category it should belong. For the most part, 4 inchers are relegated to the entry to mid-range levels.

OS, Apps and UI

The device runs Android, though not perfectly. It lacks Google apps out of the box and will need some downloads from the Play Store. It runs on what Meizu calls Flyme OS.

There is no app drawer. Like iOS, all you have is a homescreen of apps, a notification bar and that’s it. However, with this one, there is the availability of widgets, live wallpapers and more – the openness of Android. Bloatware is available too – which was very bugging. We just had them stuffed away in a folder to hide it.

screenshot

Meizu exerted a lot of effort in making their own apps (they replaced Google apps with their own version). We’re happy to say that they did a better job than most manufacturers with their own skins. It feels more polished and functional – although there are a few bugs with the keyboard and some elements.

Multimedia & Camera

The speakers delivered clear audio, but it was somewhat weak in volume. On the other hand, video playback was smooth and pleasant – but the screen size might be too small for some.

camera

The 8 megapixel delivered sharp shots, but can be quite lacking in saturation. On the other hand, video recording lacked in sharpness and clarity in audio, and panning was a bit shaky. It handled light well however, and auto-focus was acceptable.

sample shot

Performance & Battery Life

The Meizu MX is nothing but speedy. It rages through the benchmarks and delivers significant amounts of agility through the 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos processor and 1 GB of RAM.

benchmarks

Benchmark results were very good. The quad-core chip performed well on our standard benchmarks — 12,949 on Antutu, 4,046 on Quadrant and 56.9 fps on NenaMark 2.

battery

While the back cover is removable (and it’s a bit of a challenge the pry it open), the battery isn’t – so don’t attempt to yank it off (as it is strictly stated in fine print not to). For the most part, the 1,700mAh battery did a pretty decent job — especially on standby. When you run it through heavy tasks, that’s when it will deplete quite fast. It manages to get through a day and more, depending on the usage.

Conclusion

There is a lot to like about the Meizu MX. It symbolizes a nearly-perfect convergence of all the good stuff – but it needs more polishing and modernizing. The software is functional and fluid, but there are some bugs to come with it. Also, the device itself is a multimedia powerhouse – only held back by the small display.

mx

Meizu MX might look small because of the display but it could slug it out fairly well with other flagship handset. Other than that, it’s a great all-around device spare for a few software bugs and bloatware here and there. And, for a retail price of Php13,790, you can not go wrong with it.

Meizu MX 4-core specs:
4.0-inch display @ 960×640 pixels, 292ppi
Samsung Exynos MX5Q 1.4GHz quad-core
Mali-400 MP
1GB RAM
32GB internal storage
HSPA+ 21Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
GPS w/ aGPS support
8MP f/2.2 rear camera
1080p video recording
VGA front-facing camera
FM Radio Tuner
Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0
Li-Ion battery 1700mAh
139 grams (weight)
121.3 x 63.3 x 10.3mm (dimensions)

What we liked about it:

  • fast & fluid performance
  • sharp display
  • solid construction

What we didn’t like about it:

  • software bugs & bloatware
  • 4-inches doesn’t compliment the phone’s capabilities

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15 Responses to “Meizu MX 4-Core Review”

  1. Kel says:

    This 2013, its going to be a battle of the specs and prices between the brands! Nice!

  2. mig says:

    Camera performance in lowlight conditions? With flash?

    Install heavy apps like perhaps gta: vice city or others?

    Accessory/ case options?

    Real world usage/ battery life drain?

    Good review sir yuga but wish it were more in-depth

  3. Paulo says:

    Meron bang nakabili ng phone ng Meizu? Wala bang good at bad comment dyan na pwedeng share. Ganda ng specs but quality is questionable sa unknown brand eh. Share naman po!!! Cheers!!

  4. Yuja
    Twitter: yujatakeo
    says:

    Ang masasabi ko lang ai… CHINA! well, i like it. :)

  5. Luigi Olivares says:

    Hey nice review!

    But I want to comment that the Meizu MX 4-core has a CPU level switcher in Accessibility Settings. I think you left your test model in Normal which locks it to 1GHz.
    My Meizu MX 4-core is running at High which lets it go to maximum power, 1.4GHz.
    I hit 15909 with Antutu and 5285 with Quadrant on this baby. Super nice phone for the price!

  6. Mikko says:

    I’m using it over a month now and i’m very impressed with it. The only downside for me is that you cannot find any accessories(screen protector, case, etc for it locally.

  7. china-loser says:

    booo shame on china!

  8. Zo says:

    i was seriously considering to get this phone.

    biggest concerns were:
    1. accessory availability – i want to protect my phone as much as possible since i’m a bit of a (self-confessed) klutz.
    2. Meizu support – i have no idea (and admittedly) have not researched how fast/diligently Meizu rolls out software updates. Anyone out there know about Meizu’s track record on this? I could opt to mod my way through this but there’s still something nice knowing that your own phone manufacturer will give future updates to your phone; no feeling of the phone just being a marketing tool so they get more market attention (ie LG Optimus 2x).

    • Luigi Olivares says:

      I just recently updated my MX 4-core to Flyme 1.1.7 (released Jan 09, 2013). I bought it with Flyme 1.0 installed just this Saturday.

      I’ve read in the official Meizu forums that a Flyme 2.0 (Android 4.1 Jellybean) update is on the works for the MX 4-core. Prediction date by end of January 2013.

    • Zo says:

      That’s nice to hear. I will start keeping myself posted on Meizu’s activities regarding updates.

      I really think this phone’s a steal, I just need a little more convincing :p

  9. Ronn says:

    I am interested to buy this phone. But I have a question in mind. How long does the battery last and also, where can I buy it?

  10. Raldge says:

    scratch resistant ang display nito mag sir?

  11. xpd777 says:

    Is this a dual sim phone?

  12. Gudrun says:

    Magnificent site. A lot of helpful info here. I’m sending it to several pals ans also sharing in delicious.
    And of course, thanks to your effort!

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