Meizu MX Review: Amaze U: Unboxing, 360-degree Spin, Design And Build Quality

By 03:17 Wed, 11 Aug 2021 Comments

Unboxing an engineering sample box

What we have in our office is an engineering sample, which means that this isn't the retail box. Still, it should contain the same things, so here we go.

There were no surprises here really. There's a compact charger with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port, which is where the provided microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable plugs in to charge the phone. There's also a microSIM adapter, so you can utilize your card from the Meizu MX in other phones easily.

A charger, Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable and a microSIM adapter came in the box

We're not sure if there's going to be a headset in the retail box. No one seems to have one yet, so we'll have to wait for the respond of this mystery.

360-degree spin

The Meizu MX measures 121.1 x 63.3 x 10.3 mm, which is roughly the same as the Samsung Galaxy S and slightly bigger than an iPhone 4/4S. The MX weighs 139 g.

Hardware and build quality

The Meizu MX has a strong, undeniable resemblance to the iPhone - at least when you view it head on. Whether or not that resemblance was intentional doesn’t matter as differences become apparent as soon as you turn the phone over.

The MX's outer shell is mostly made of plastic and we have to say we're not gigantic fans of it. The classy screen is a fingerprint magnet, while the white battery cover is much better. Still, the glossy plastic there isn't particularly pleasant to the touch.

The Meizu MX is styled to see like an iPhone, or at least its front is

The beveled edges of the back are an instant giveaway that you're dealing with something other than an iPhone 4 or 4S. There's small chance of mistaking it for a 3G/3GS either - the capturing camera placement is very different and there's no Apple logo, of course.

The front of the device is rather iPhone-like as we said, but the 4" classy screen is noticeably bigger than the Retina display even if you don't have the two side by side for direct comparison.

The display is protected by Gorilla glass to ward off scratches. Its 640x960 pixel resolution is slightly higher than most competing droids (save for the ones with 720p screens) and with a pixel density of 288ppi it's really sharp-looking.

The classy screen is fine on paper, but viewing angles could have been better

It's an ASV Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) unit, which in theory should provide remarkable viewing angles, although the reality is different. Contrast loss becomes very noticeable as soon as you start turning the screen. Depending on the angle you tilt it, there's even a prominent color shift - grey turns to yellow pretty quickly.

Colors are nothing to write home about and the maximum colorful ness of the classy screen left us wanting. Here are the brightness and contrast measurements for the display.

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

HTC Salsa

0.26 167 653 0.52 309 593

Meizu MX

0.17 123 740 0.56396 708

HTC Sensation

0.21 173 809 0.61 438 720

HTC Sensation XE

0.23 172 761 0.64 484 752

Samsung Galaxy W I8150

0.29 243 853 0.50423 853

HTC Titan

0.26 233 891 0.56567 1007

Motorola RAZR XT910

0 215 ∞ 0 361 ∞

Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II

0 231 ∞ 0 362 ∞

Apple iPhone 4S

0.14 205 1463 0.52 654 1261

There's a very thin strip of metal running around the screen, which seems to comprise the antennas of the phone.

Moving on to the other fascinating features on the front, we have a narrow slit for the earpiece and a tiny, tiny video-call capturing camera next to it, both sitting above the screen. Ambient light and proximity sensors are also here.

Earpiece and video-call capturing camera along with the proximity and ambient light sensors

Below the classy screen is where it gets fascinating - the central Home key is small and rounded, protruding from the surface. That makes it easy to find by touch and it's fairly comfortable to hit, despite its small size.

On either side of it are the two capacitive soft keys. They are rather special - a patent by Meizu actually. The context aware keys change appearance and function depending on what's happening on the screen.

The left one is typically a Back key and shows a

The situation-aware capacitive keys are patented by Meizu

The correct one spends most of the time as a Menu key (displaying ...) but turns into a single dot when there's no context menu available. Here it gets slightly confusing - this dot won't lock the phone if you press and hrecent it. Instead, it launches a heavily customized task switcher. That also works when there's a context menu - again, you press and hrecent to activate the task switcher.

That's not all for the soft key tricks though - the capacitive controls are haptic enabled and they actually rotate their icons to match the orientation of the screen. Also, you can adjust the brightness of their backlighting individually from the classy screen and when you tap a key, it pulses brighter (even if they're at the brightest setting).

Now, such keys may not seem like much, but Meizu's implementation is really cool (and one of the highlights of the MX), so we wanted to cover them in detail. You can see them on video in the User interface section of this review.

The rest of the tour will go pretty quick. The left side houses the volume keys while the correct side is bare. The volume rocker is really uncomfortable - thin and quite flat.

At the top are the Power/Lock key, the 3.5mm audio jack and the secondary microphone for noise-cancellation.

Power/Lock key, 3.5mm audio jack and the secondary microphone

The bottom is home to the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port and primary microphone along with two connectors that are most likely for the dock. The microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port serves many duties - data connection to a computer, charging, HD TV-Out over a MHL link and S/PDIF.

The microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port has a lot of duties

The dock sounds interesting, but there's not much info on it at the time of writing. S/PDIF is a common way to stream multi-channel digital audio, commonly found in home theater systems. If it can coexist with MHL, the Meizu MX combined with the dock can be an excellent media player option. We'll know more once details about the dock become available.

The back of the Meizu MX features the 8MP capturing camera lens with an Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash correct next to it. The loudspeaker is also here, located at the sloping edge of the back. The loudspeaker doesn’t acquire muffled, but you should be careful with the capturing camera - it can acquire scratched and is usually covered in fingerprints.

The back features the 8MP capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash along with the loudspeaker

The back cover can be popped open to reveal the microSIM card slot, which uses a metal tray to acquire the card in and out easier. You can also see the battery, but it's not user replaceable (not easily anyway), as it's wired. The battery is a 1600mAh Li-Po unit.

The non-removable battery • The microSIM card tray

The Meizu MX is comfortable to hrecent in the hand - it's not too big, too heavy or too thick. We wish the exterior was made of better looking plastic, but if you can acquire over that (or are going to utilize a case/pouch) there are no complaints about the build quality.

Meizu MX in the hand

While it has its flaws, the hardware of the MX has a few tricks that can acquire the attention of serious buyers. Let's see if the software holds up this well - on to the interface section of this review, followed by some Exynos 4210 benchmarking.



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