Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition Review: Cute Clumsy Penguin: Display, Battery Life, Connectivity

By 04:55 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Comments


Display

As you could have probably guessed it, 5.7-inch AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) panel on the Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition is also identical to the one in its Android sibling. This means a resolution of 1080p, which might not sound all that impressive, now that QHD is quickly gaining popularity, but in reality, 386ppi is plenty for crystal clear, sharp images even on this diagonal.


While the contrast is as fine as an AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) classy screen can offer, the brightness isn't on par with what the Galaxy Note series offers for instance. AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) units aren't known to be very colorful to start with, but the Pro 5 is around average.

Display test

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Meizu MX4 Pro 0.69 775 1127

Meizu MX5 0 346.00 ∞

Meizu Pro 5 0 321

LG G Flex2 0.00 398 ∞

OnePlus Two 0.30 399 1334

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ - 410 ∞

Apple iPhone 6s Plus 0.43 590 1382



The sunlight legibility is remarkable though and you'll have no problem seeing what's happening on the classy screen even under colorful sunlight.

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Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView

    4.698

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    4.615

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    4.485

  • HTC One A9

    4.274

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    4.241

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy S6

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    4.09

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    4.033

  • Apple iPhone 5

    3.997

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    3.997

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    3.895

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor

    3.879

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    3.859

  • Apple iPhone 6

    3.838

  • Motorola Moto X (2014)

    3.816

  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

    3.799

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    3.783

  • Meizu Pro 5

    3.781

  • Vivo X5Pro

    3.706

  • Samsung Galaxy A7

    3.679

  • Oppo R5

    3.678

  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom

    3.675

  • Nokia Lumia 930

    3.567

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    3.565

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3.549

  • Nokia Lumia 735

    3.547

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    3.543

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    3.53

  • Alcatel Idol X+

    3.527

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    3.512

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    3.509

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    3.499

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    3.487

  • vivo X5Max

    3.472

  • LG G Flex2

    3.465

  • YotaPhone 2

    3.453

  • Samsung Galaxy J7

    3.422

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    3.42

  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

    3.419

  • Meizu MX5

    3.416

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

    3.406

  • Nokia Lumia 925

    3.402

  • Gionee Elife S5.5

    3.386

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    3.352

  • Oppo R7

    3.32

  • Samsung Omnia W

    3.301

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    3.222

  • 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

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    3.065

  • 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

  • Lenovo S90 Sisley

    2.892

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    2.876

  • Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express

    2.861

  • BlackBerry Q10

    2.856

  • Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II

    2.832

  • Sony Xperia Z3+

    2.824

  • HTC Desire Eye

    2.815

  • Gionee Elife S5.1

    2.812

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

    2.801

  • BlackBerry Z30

    2.79

  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact

    2.784

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    2.765

  • LG V10

    2.744

  • Sony Xperia M5

    2.69

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    2.672

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P1

    2.655

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2.641

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    2.618

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    2.616

  • Sony Xperia T3

    2.609

  • BlackBerry Passport

    2.595

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    2.574

  • Microsoft Lumia 640

    2.563

  • 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

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2.503

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • vivo Xshot

    2.465

  • 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

  • Huawei Honor 7

    2.406

  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo

    2.382

  • HTC Desire 820

    2.372

  • HTC One (M8)

    2.371

  • Motorola RAZR i

    2.366

  • Meizu MX4

    2.366

  • Meizu m1 note

    2.362

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    2.352

  • HTC One M9

    2.334

  • LG G4

    2.317

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    2.307

  • HTC One E9+

    2.305

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    2.291

  • Oppo R1x

    2.281

  • Oppo Find 7a

    2.279

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Apple iPhone 4S

    2.269

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    2.262

  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

    2.253

  • Nokia Asha 311

    2.25

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    2.235

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    2.234

  • Motorola Moto G (2014)

    2.233

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Huawei P8

    2.196

  • Nokia Lumia 820

    2.193

  • HTC One (E8)

    2.185

  • Oppo N3

    2.181

  • Nokia Lumia 920

    2.17

  • Huawei Honor 6

    2.169

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    2.166

  • OnePlus Two

    2.165

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML

    2.149

  • LG Aka

    2.145

  • Nokia N8

    2.144

  • Nokia Lumia 620

    2.142

  • Archos 50 Diamond

    2.134

  • Nokia 515

    2.134

  • HTC Desire 500

    2.129

  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual

    2.12

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Sony Xperia acro S

    2.119

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    2.103

  • Oppo Find 5

    2.088

  • Sony Xperia SL

    2.078

  • Huawei P8lite

    2.078

  • Nokia Lumia 630

    2.056

  • BlackBerry Z10

    2.051

  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual

    2.026

  • 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

  • Sony Xperia E4g

    1.972

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Oppo R819

    1.957

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

    1.955

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    1.952

  • 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

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

    1.935

  • Sony Xperia J

    1.932

  • Acer CloudMobile S500

    1.931

  • ZTE Blade S6

    1.927

  • 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

  • Meizu m2 note

    1.892

  • BlackBerry Leap

    1.892

  • Nokia Lumia 830

    1.887

  • HTC Desire X

    1.878

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • HTC Windows Phone 8X

    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

  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini

    1.759

  • 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

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    1.734

  • Sony Xperia SP

    1.733

  • Oppo Find 7

    1.691

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    1.691

  • HTC One V

    1.685

  • BlackBerry Q5

    1.682

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie

    1.68

  • LG Optimus Vu

    1.68

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)

    1.675

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    1.672

  • LG Optimus GJ

    1.666

  • ZTE Nubia Z9

    1.659

  • LG Optimus 3D Max

    1.658

  • HTC Desire V

    1.646

  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

    1.632

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

    1.622

  • Microsoft Lumia 532

    1.615

  • Jolla Jolla

    1.605

  • Microsoft Lumia 435

    1.598

  • 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

  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime

    1.507

  • BlackBerry Curve 9320

    1.488

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Oppo N1

    1.47

  • Sony Xperia E4

    1.467

  • 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

  • Microsoft Lumia 535

    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

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    1.311

  • 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

Connectivity

The Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition supports LTE Cat.6 connectivity and you can tap to an LTE network on either SIM, but the other will default to a Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) band.

The second SIM slot can be used for a microSD memory card instead of a SIM card, just like on the regular Pro 5.

The rest of the wireless connectivity features include dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac support and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct. There is also support for Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, and GPS and GLONASS.

The Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition utilizes a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C connector, on top of Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.1. The cable supplied with the phone ends on a Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 reversible plug though. Dealing with Type-C connections is still a bit of a hustle and in order for everything to work theoretically, a Type-C connector needs to sit on either discontinue of the connection. However, there are also software requirements for things like reversible host connections to work that we can't imagine Ubuntu is going to meet any time soon.

Universal Serial Bus (USB) host does work out of the box on the Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition. All you need to acquire is a third party adapter for a couple of bucks and you can easily mount a thumb drive or a SD card.

Battery life

Just like its Android counterpart, the Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition is equipped with a 3,050 mAh battery. Also, considering both utilize the same Exynos 7420 SoC, one could only expect that the pair will excel equally in the battery department. Sadly, that is not the case.


Whereas the original Pro 5 scored a very respectable 95 hours of endurance rating in our tests, the Ubuntu-powered variant managed only 43 hours and even less with two active SIM cards installed. This is definitely one of many areas in which the still young mobile Operating System (OS) falls short in terms of optimization. This is especially accurate when it comes to standby battery draw. Our unit drained a whopping 24% over a period of just 17 hours, doing nothing more than sitting around with its display off and connected to the cell network and office the wireless access point.

The rest of the tests, including browser, call and video playback all proved more draining on Ubuntu Touch than Flyme OS, but the incompatibility wasn't quite as severe. Hopefully, this can be patched in future Operating System (OS) updates and through app optimization, as we know for a fact that the Meizu Pro 5 is capable of a lot longer endurance times.

The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.


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