Meizu MX4 Review: Alternadroid: Display, Battery Life, Connectivity

By 09:03 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments


Display

The display of the Meizu MX4 is a joy to see at. Its colors are nicely saturated and the viewing angles are top notch, which we expected given the IPS matrix of the LCD. Meizu have a few buzzwords about the display. It's assumed to have a 1100:1 contrast ratio, 85% tonal range and 500cd/m2 brightness. The panel itself is made by either Sharp or Japan Display.

The resolution isn't groundbreaking but is more than sufficient at 1080p. The 418ppi is sharp enough and you wouldn't really disclose the incompatibility to any QHD classy screen on the market unless you're looking at some really fine text.






The Meizu MX4 display

What's most notable here are the bezels. Last year's MX3 was impressive in this regard as well but this year's phone is even better. The Meizu MX4 bezels on the left and correct of the display are as minimal as they acquire (2.6mm to be exact), putting most HTCs and iPhones to shame. The bezels on the top and bottom are impressive too - giving you just enough space to hrecent onto the device in landscape and not much more.


The Meizu MX4 has a reasonably fine display. Its black levels are questionable at 100% brightness but not enough to see truly bad. The brightness itself is very impressive at a notch under 600 nits. The contrast is fine although not great.

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Meizu MX3 0.11 104 995 0.53 526 991

Meizu MX4 - - - 0.63 594 947

HTC One (M8) 0.2 245 1219 0.46 577 1256

Samsung Galaxy S5 0 274 ∞ 0 529 ∞

OnePlus One 0.39 317 805 0.75 598 799

Oppo Find 7a 0.33 280 842 0.68 580 852

Oppo Find 7 0.22 248 1135 0.4 448 1123

Xiaomi Mi 3 0.18 142 809 0.61 557 907

Xiaomi Mi 4 0.17 164 940 0.73 679 929



Outdoors, the Meizu MX4 is an average performer in terms of sunlight legibility. The glass on top of the display is quite reflective.

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Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView

    4.698

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    4.033

  • Apple iPhone 5

    3.997

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    3.997

  • Apple iPhone 6

    3.838

  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom

    3.675

  • Nokia Lumia 930

    3.567

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    3.565

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3.549

  • Alcatel Idol X+

    3.527

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    3.512

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    3.509

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    3.487

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    3.42

  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

    3.419

  • Nokia Lumia 925

    3.402

  • Gionee Elife S5.5

    3.386

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    3.352

  • Samsung Omnia W

    3.301

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    3.174

  • Samsung I9000 Galaxy S

    3.155

  • Samsung Ativ S

    3.129

  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

    3.127

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom

    3.118

  • Nokia N9

    3.069

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    3.023

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • Samsung Galaxy Premier

    2.958

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2.95

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express

    2.861

  • BlackBerry Q10

    2.856

  • Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II

    2.832

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

    2.801

  • BlackBerry Z30

    2.79

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    2.672

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P1

    2.655

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    2.618

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    2.616

  • Sony Xperia T3

    2.609

  • BlackBerry Passport

    2.595

  • Nokia Lumia 900

    2.562

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    2.546

  • HTC One Max

    2.537

  • Nokia Lumia 720

    2.512

  • HTC One

    2.504

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2.462

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    2.424

  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini

    2.422

  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

    2.416

  • LG G Flex

    2.407

  • HTC One (M8)

    2.371

  • Motorola RAZR i

    2.366

  • Meizu MX4

    2.366

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    2.352

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    2.307

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    2.291

  • Oppo Find 7a

    2.279

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Apple iPhone 4S

    2.269

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    2.262

  • Nokia Asha 311

    2.25

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Nokia Lumia 820

    2.193

  • HTC One (E8)

    2.185

  • Nokia Lumia 920

    2.17

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • Nokia N8

    2.144

  • Nokia Lumia 620

    2.142

  • Nokia 515

    2.134

  • HTC Desire 500

    2.129

  • Sony Xperia acro S

    2.119

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    2.103

  • Oppo Find 5

    2.088

  • Sony Xperia SL

    2.078

  • Nokia Lumia 630

    2.056

  • BlackBerry Z10

    2.051

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    2.024

  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active

    2.022

  • Apple iPhone 4

    2.016

  • HTC One mini

    2.003

  • Xiaomi Mi 3

    2.001

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    1.992

  • LG G2

    1.976

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Oppo R819

    1.957

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

    1.955

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    1.944

  • Sony Xperia E3

    1.943

  • Nokia Lumia 1320

    1.941

  • HTC One mini 2

    1.94

  • Samsung Galaxy Camera

    1.938

  • Sony Xperia J

    1.932

  • Acer CloudMobile S500

    1.931

  • LG Nexus 4

    1.926

  • LG G Pro 2

    1.922

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

    1.913

  • Nokia Asha 308

    1.911

  • HTC Butterfly 2

    1.905

  • Sony Xperia T

    1.894

  • HTC Desire X

    1.878

  • HTC Windows Phone 8X

    1.873

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • HTC Butterfly S

    1.867

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6

    1.865

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate

    1.845

  • LG G2 mini

    1.838

  • LG G3

    1.82

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    1.813

  • HTC Desire 616 dual sim

    1.797

  • Sony Xperia V

    1.792

  • HTC Desire 816

    1.783

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    1.772

  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim

    1.769

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Meizu MX3

    1.754

  • LG Optimus G

    1.753

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    1.74

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    1.735

  • Sony Xperia SP

    1.733

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    1.691

  • Oppo Find 7

    1.691

  • HTC One V

    1.685

  • BlackBerry Q5

    1.682

  • LG Optimus Vu

    1.68

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    1.672

  • LG Optimus GJ

    1.666

  • LG Optimus 3D Max

    1.658

  • HTC Desire V

    1.646

  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

    1.632

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

    1.622

  • Jolla Jolla

    1.605

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    1.578

  • Sony Xperia go

    1.577

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160

    1.566

  • Samsung Galaxy Core

    1.563

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    1.552

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • LG Optimus 3D

    1.542

  • Nokia Asha 302

    1.537

  • BlackBerry Curve 9320

    1.488

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Oppo N1

    1.47

  • Meizu MX 4-core

    1.462

  • Nokia Lumia 610

    1.432

  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos

    1.4

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

    1.393

  • Sony Xperia M2

    1.393

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

    1.38

  • Sony Xperia E1

    1.372

  • Nokia Lumia 625

    1.371

  • Gigabyte GSmart G1355

    1.361

  • Sony Xperia L

    1.351

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

    1.35

  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S

    1.35

  • HTC Desire 510

    1.34

  • Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

    1.331

  • Sony Xperia miro

    1.324

  • Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand

    1.321

  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam

    1.315

  • HTC Desire C

    1.3

  • Nokia X

    1.291

  • Sony Xperia C

    1.283

  • Nokia Asha 503

    1.281

  • Nokia Asha 501

    1.27

  • LG Optimus L7

    1.269

  • Nokia Lumia 510

    1.268

  • Samsung Galaxy Fame

    1.245

  • LG Optimus L9

    1.227

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

  • Samsung Galaxy Young

    1.22

  • Sony Xperia E

    1.215

  • Nokia XL

    1.204

  • Sony Xperia E dual

    1.203

  • Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176C

    1.198

  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket

    1.18

  • Nokia Asha 305

    1.178

  • Nokia Asha 306

    1.175

  • Sony Xperia neo L

    1.169

  • Sony Xperia tipo

    1.166

  • Nokia Lumia 520

    1.161

  • Samsung S6802 Galaxy Ace Duos

    1.148

  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2

    1.114

Battery life test

The Meizu MX4 uses a Sony-made 3,100mAh battery unit that's tasked with powering the entire system.

The battery isn't removable, which is a shame as there is direct access to it.



Battery

In our test, the Meizu MX4 managed to score a very high 89 hours of battery life. It posted very solid numbers in all three tests with the highlights being call time and browsing. The MX4 offers three battery modes - power-saving, balance and performance. We tested it at balance mode.

Stand-by numbers were also impressive - some 520 hours of it.


You can find a more detailed see at the battery performance of the Meizu MX4 here.

Our battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it.

Connectivity

The Meizu MX4 comes with quad-band 2G/GPRS/EDGE, penta-band 3G with HSDPA and HSUPA, as well as either tri-band LTE or quad-band LTE and CDirect Memory Access (DMA) option for China Mobile.

Local connectivity is covered by dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac with DLNA, so you can easily play media (photos, videos, music) from DLNA-enabled storage devices or push content from your phone to a DLNA-compatible TV or music player.

Bluetooth 4.0 is also on board with A2DP. The microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 port supports Universal Serial Bus (USB) host so you can attach Universal Serial Bus (USB) flash drives or connect peripherals. You can also stream your display via the Wireless Display feature (Miracast).

GPS and GLONASS support is enabled. There's no Frequency Modulation (FM) Radio, IR port or NFC on the Meizu MX4, there is no wired TV-out option either.


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