Meizu MX Review: Amaze U

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Introduction

This is easily a phone you can pretdiscontinue doesn't exist. And you don't have to try too hard either. The Meizu MX is something of a chimera. An iPhone body and a droid mind. It's not where you hold things from - it's where you hold them to. For a phone coming from China, the Meizu MX has no qualms with imitation. But it's not a characterless low-cost replica either.

Strictly speaking, the Meizu MX is an Android smartphone, but it goes to remarkable lengths to emulate the Apple iPhone in its strengths and even some of its failings. The result is a unique Android experience that differs from iOS as well - it's a very curious device, the Meizu MX.





Meizu MX official photos

It's hard to deny that the Chinese company went all out loading up the MX for a fight. The phone packs a 4.0" ASV Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) classy screen of 640 x 960 pixel resolution (the same res as the iPhone 4/4S) and an Exynos chipset straight from the Samsung Galaxy Note (a tad faster than the one in the Galaxy S II).

Impressive stuff for sure, at least when you read the features off the specs sheet. Here are the rest of them, plus the disadvantages we found:

Key features

  • Quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) and penta-band 3G support
  • 21.6 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 4.0" 16M-color ASV capacitive touchclassy screen with 640 x 960 pixels resolution; Gorilla glass
  • Heavily skinned Android Operating System (OS) v2.3.5 ("Flyme OS")
  • 1.4 Giga Hertz (GHz) dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos chipset, 1GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM)
  • 8 MegaPixel (MP) wide-angle autofocus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, face and smile detection; Wide Dynamic Mode
  • Up to 1080p video recording @ 30fps
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11 b, g and n support; Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) hotspot
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; Digital compass
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
  • Charging MHL microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port with Universal Serial Bus (USB) host, TV-out support (1080p via an optional adapter) and S/PDIF-out for dock connection
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo Bluetooth v2.1
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Video Graphics Array (VGA) secondary video-call capturing camera
  • Full Flash support
  • Document viewer
  • File manager comes preinstalled
  • Extremely rich audio and video format support
  • Beefy 1600 mAh battery

Main disadvantages

  • Looks too much like an iPhone knockoff
  • microSIM card support only
  • Sub-par viewing angles and sunlight legibility
  • Plastic finish of questionable quality
  • No dedicated capturing camera key (volume rocker doesn’t quite slit it)
  • Non-expandable internal storage
  • Battery not user replaceable
  • No Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

It's not all perfect, but the Meizu MX can certainly go against a lot of Android flagships and show them a thing or two. But can it match the highly polished iOS experience and the trend-setting iPhone hardware?

Tough question. After using the MX for a while, you acquire the feeling that Meizu went trough the distress of emulating even the downsides of the iPhone. But then you notice things that you wish iOS and vanilla Android had. The same goes for some areas of the hardware.






Meizu MX in our office

We're still not quite sure what to create of the Meizu MX, so this will be an fascinating journey. Just try to approach it with an open mind, if you dismiss it as yet another replica, you'll miss out on an impressive (if derivative) device.

Update, December 30: We updated the Meizu MX with the retail firmware, which runs the Central Processing Units (CPU) at 1.4Giga Hertz (GHz) (it used to be 1.2Giga Hertz (GHz) before) and re-ran the benchmarks. Check out the results on Page 3.


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