Meizu is hardly a known name, particularly in the western markets, but the company is still well known among certain circles for its aggressive pricing and Apple-esque looks. In particular, the company is best known for its MX and M Note product lines. The M2 Note was announced at the beginning of the month for just $130, and now Meizu has also formally taken the wraps off the Meizu MX5.
The new flagship packs a pretty solid punch thanks to its Helio X10 Turbo 8-core processor, PowerVR G6200 GPU, and 3GB RAM. Other specs include 16, 32, or 64GB storage, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 20MP camera with a Sony IMX220 sensor and dual-tone LED flash with laser autofocus, a 5MP front cam, a 3150 mAh battery with fast charging tech, and Meizu’s Flyme 4.5 which is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Turning to the aesthetics, the MX5 might not look substantially different from its predecessors but it does offer a more premium build thanks to a switch to a full metal jacket. This differs from the MX4, which had a metal mid-section and a plastic rear. Another change is in the physical key up front, which has been altered slightly to take on a more Samsung-style look. The MX5 is also just 7.6mm thin and weighs 149 grams.
Although many people aren’t so fond of MediaTek chips, most of the specs are quite good. Design is also solid, even if a little to iPhone-like for most of our tastes. What really makes the MX5 shine, however, is the price tag. The base 16GB model will be offered at 1800 yuan or about $290, with the 32GB model at roughly $322 and the 64GB at $387.
With support for many of the same high-end features you’d get from more expensive flagships — like cat 4 LTE, 4K recording, full metal builds, etc — we have to give Meizu credit here.
What do you think of Meizu’s latest flagship? Check the video below courtesy of our partner flosmall.com and let us know.
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