Early today in Beijing, Meizu launched their next generation smartphone and to much surprise it is running the latest Mediatek MT6592 processor!
It was long rumoured that Meizu would be adopting a Mediatek chipset in one of their Android smartphones, but we were surpriesed today to find that the standard MX4 would be the phone to receive the chip! The use of a Mediatek chip is interesting too as it marks the start of a new look Meizu, one which we can expect more devices from before the end of the year, up to 4 device according to CEO and founder Jack Wong.
Back to today though and the Meizu MX4 which was prestendted today represents a lot of R&D and evolution from the premium Chinese phone maker. Stand out points of the MX4 include an all new 6061 T6 Aircraft grade aluminium frame which a 5.36-inch display is bonded too. Meizu pointed out that alloy is used instead of stainless steel as it allows the comapny to offer anodized colour options, reduces weight and allows the interior of the phone to be opened up more. Machining that alloy block down to the MX4’s dimensions of 75.2 x 144 x 7.9mm has meant that Meizu have been able to produce a phone only slight larger, and slightly thinner than the MX3, but with a larger display and bigger 3100mAh battery.
As mentioned above the 5.36-inch display (FHD) is bonded to the alloy frame. Meizu say that their process is more advanced than previously used by other companies and they are currently applying to patent the technology. The bond actually adds a 0.3mm shock absorbing buffer between the Gorilla Glass 3 panel and the frame helping to disperse shocks should you manage to drop the phone. Clever stuff!
The Mediatek MT6595 processor in the MX4 runs at 2.2Ghz with a big.LITTLE architechtore based on 4 x A7 and 4 x A17 cores. Meizu are using Core Pilot technology to run these cores and allow the SoC to seamlessly switch between the big and little cores for better performance and longer battery life. The increase in battery life is a claimed 30% over the MX3 with a reported performance gain of 75%!
As rumoured Sony have supplied the main camera on the MX4 and it’s an impressive piece of kit. 20.7 mega-pixels with a focus speed of 0.3 seconds. 4K video recording, 720p slow motion and all the usual camera features are included too. There is also a new dual tone, dual LED flash for improved low light performance.
Flyme 4.0 was also announced at the event today and gets a clean new look and more features. We have a review phone already and will post details of the new Meizu UI very soon however we did get to see a new beauty mode in the front camera, there is also a voice assistant (however we don’t know if it supports English), built in shopping apps, security features and even up to 40TB of free cloud memory. The exciting news is that Flyme 4 will come on the MX4, MX3 and MX2.
LTE, WCDMA, GSM, TD-SCDMA are all covered by the MX3 across 13 different frequencies (although which frequencies and bands we are not sure of yet), and Meizu promise the phone should be compatible with European carriers, good news as the phone is already up for pre-order on the official Meizumart website!
We only managed to see the black and white versions of the MX4 during the launch today in Beijing, however more colour options will be released including a white model with gold highlights, which actually looks quite good (as far as the renders show anyway).
The Chinese retail price starts from 1799 Yuan for the 16GB version, 1999 Yuan for 32GB, 64GB 2399 Yuan, while pricing for the International market will be slightly more.
The Meizu MX4 is open for pre-order in China and internationally. International customers can order the phone through the official Meizumart.com website, and more specification and feature details can be found over on Meizu.com/en.