Meizu MX4 costs from $449 to international customers


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Meizu have released the retail pricing details of their Meizu MX4 for international customers today. Keep reading and let us know what you think of the price.

After using the Meizu MX4 for almost a week now, there is no doubt in my mind that it is a fine device with some rather nice and unique features. The screen size and ratio make the large screen phone a joy to use, the octacore MT6595 processor is fast and responsive even for gaming, the 20.7 mega-pixel rear camera is a great feature and Flyme 4.0 is one of the nicer Chinese ROMs available.

All in all it is a great phone and for Chinese fans the device is a steal at only 1799 Yuan, but as we know Meizu have also allowed international customers pre-order the phone, so how much will it cost you through the official channels? Today that question was answerd as Meizu released details that customers who had pre-ordered the phone could now pay for the device. The official international retails price? $449.

Compared to the Chinese retail price that’s an increase of $150, a lot of money but compared to some of the high retail prices of the Mi4, and OnePlus One (when buying them through resellers) it isn’t as high as it could have been. Logistics and tax will be part of the reason for the higher cost, plus buying through an official store will mean an official warranty and back up should anything go wrong, but even still we expect there will be a fewer disheartened fans who hoped for a more competitive price.

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What do you make of the Meizu MX4’s price tag? Let us know in the comments below.

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88 Comments

  1. ufg
    September 9, 2014

    Seems like a fair price to me. At least it’s actually open to purchase for Australians. Weird that more Chinese companies don’t sell in Australia seeing as we’re so close and have such a high middle class population.

  2. Oli
    September 9, 2014

    Sorry Andy but I’m in the UK and been asked to pay 489usd, seems to differ where you are and not a flat price.

    • September 9, 2014

      Which model did you pre-order? The 16GB if $449, 32GB I guess is more

      • Girondinho
        September 9, 2014

        MX4 32Gb pre-ordered from France: $489.

      • Oli
        September 9, 2014

        That makes sense mine was the 32gb. Steep price considering what they were quoting to start with though eh. Thanks Andi great article as always 🙂

    • Honza Dvořák
      September 30, 2014

      Hi, does someone know how is it VAT? If the declaration is really made that we donť have to pay, or is it just a trick? Or should I go for Nubia z7 max?

  3. Don Rogers
    September 9, 2014

    Looking on Ali Express you can find the MX4 on pre-sale from $349 for a 16GB model with free shipping to the UK and other countries

    • Girondinho
      September 9, 2014

      Be carefull, I asked many sellers and they only have the M460 version…
      For France, I need (and bought from Meizumart) the M461 version which supports the 900mhz WCDMA band.
      Furthermore, Meizumart offers a 2-year waranty for EU customers which is more than most of Aliexpress sellers offer.

      • Jason45
        September 9, 2014

        Where can you see the 3G and 4G frequency bands of Meizu MX4? I can’t see them on meizumart and I don’t know how reliable the info is if you get the info from somewhere else.

        • Girondinho
          September 9, 2014

          I asked the Meizu customer service by email to know each supported bands by version.

          • Jason45
            September 9, 2014

            Can you post the 3G and 4G frequency bands, because I am curious about that also (I am living in Europe)?

            • Girondinho
              September 9, 2014

              Sorry, but as I just have 3G antenas where I live, I just asked for that: the M461 supports WCDMA 850/900/2100 bands.

            • Michal
              September 9, 2014

              so there are two versions? M460(which is for chinese operators??) and M461? thank you for info..

            • Jason45
              September 9, 2014

              There are 2 versions, but they are both for Chinese operators. China has different 3G and 4G frequency bands depending on the Chinese provider. M461 is most likely the China Unicom version that works with WCDMA and FDD LTE bands, so basically also outside China. M460 is a version for another Chinese provider.

              It could be that Meizu has a version for people outside China, only changing the 3G and 4G frequency bands, but I am not sure about that.

            • Michal
              September 9, 2014

              I see, basically if both versions works fine with wcdma, I´m fine with both versions because I wont be using 4G often with my 2GB of network..

            • Jason45
              September 10, 2014

              No, only 1 version works fine with WCDMA, so you need to ask the seller if their version is the right one (WCDMA version).

      • Simon
        September 9, 2014

        So Meizumart are official sellers ?

  4. Flabby
    September 9, 2014

    Maybe I’ll wait for now, I believe the price would go down eventually. And by the way, I was a bit skeptical at first about the audio quality even with the integrated NXP amp, but then I just realized that MTK6595 supports 24/192 khz high fidelity audio 🙂

  5. Stefan
    September 9, 2014

    Sory ! With VAT and Duty of about 20 % the price is high.
    Maybe I will go for Xperia Z3 Compact.

  6. Adam Irvine
    September 9, 2014

    Yep stupid pricing… Yet again the OnePlus One proves to be good value for money… This news has just reinforced my decission back in July to buy an OPO, Happy Days Woop Woop! :-p

    • balcobomber25
      September 9, 2014

      The OPO is a great value, if you can actually buy one. The problem is unless you are on a secret list for an invite you can’t find the OPO for anything close to retail price.

      • Adam Irvine
        September 9, 2014

        God not this again… Go on, tell us all about your ZTE…

        • desponent
          September 9, 2014

          lol I could say the same thing to you, Is there anything false (false fact, not opinion) with what he said?

          Aside from the invite you also have to be on their exclusive list of “supported country” to get anything close to the price they listed. It’s good that you got one for that but not all people are so “lucky”.

        • balcobomber25
          September 9, 2014

          Tell us how great your OPO is and how the company can do no wrong…

          What did I say that was false? Can you go out and buy the OPO for $299 without an invite? You get very defensive anytime someone questions the great OPO. Are you an employee of theirs?

        • Barry
          September 9, 2014

          God, not you crowing about your OPO again!!!

      • bobo
        September 9, 2014

        I’ve had two unused invites. I posted here for anyone needing an invite to ask for it when I got the first one, but got no response. I only joined the opportunity forum 3 months ago, so I don’t think there’s any secret list. I didn’t use the invites because my profile clearly states that I don’t live in any of the countries that they ship to.

        • desponent
          September 10, 2014

          That’s a fgure of speech, and what you did show how effed up the whole invite system is. So people interested for the phone must diligently scourge the internet in hope that someone is kind enough to post it on some random site (I’m guessing that not a lot of people regularly go to gizchina in hope of sighting the elusive OPO invite).

          It’s good that they’re doing away with it but I don’t think the sour taste will vanish anytime soon, especially with all other “flagship killer” coming out.

        • balcobomber25
          September 10, 2014

          Your last line is the secret lists I was talking about. If you are not from one of their “preferred countries” you are SOL even if you get an invite. I shouldn’t have to troll a forum everyday to buy a cell phone. I got the hint from OPO early on, they didn’t want me as a customer. I went and spent my money elsewhere. I got an amazing phone from a company who was willing to sell to me.

    • Airyl
      September 9, 2014

      The Xiaomi Mi4 is a good value for money. The Nubia Z7 is a good value for money. The IUNI U3 is a good value for money. The Vivo Xshot is a good value for money. The Xiaomi Mi3 is a good value for money. Even the Xiaomi Mi2S is a good value for money.

      • Simon
        September 9, 2014

        I’m buying a Xiaomi Mi3 as soon as MIUI 6 is launched 🙂

  7. nick
    September 9, 2014

    risking to have to pay vat on such a high price i`d rather buy it from a website like fastcardtech for 350 $…

  8. desponent
    September 9, 2014

    For 16GB with no expansion. They’ve got to be kidding me, even marked up One Plus One 64GB is better then.

  9. Jason45
    September 9, 2014

    Where does it say that tax is included when buying on meizumart? I think you still have to pay tax and the chance is very high if you are using a premium shipment company like DHL.

    • Jason45
      September 9, 2014

      Also, I believe they will write the full value on the package, so you have to pay tax on the whole value (450 dollar) unlike most Chinese shops that put a very low value on the package.

  10. Simon
    September 9, 2014

    Who exactly are MeizuMart anyhow ?

    • September 9, 2014

      Official Meizu store for international buyers

  11. Stefan
    September 9, 2014

    After Meizu have released the retail pricing details of their Meizu MX4 for international customers of 450 USD I think again OPO is better choice. Having in mind additional 22-24 % for VAT and customs Duty the price is far from OPO and close to Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. And Sony has support in every town in the world, OPO has already support in Europe (www.oneplus.eu). Sorry Meizu !

    • balcobomber25
      September 9, 2014

      That’s assuming you can get an invite to buy an OPO…. If you buy it on the reseller market you will pay anywhere from 375-600 for it depending on the website.

      • Allanitomwesh
        September 9, 2014

        I’ve found it as low as $350 for 16GB and $400 for 64GB but that is besides the point. Invites are much easier to get these days,and the system ends in October.

        • Chico Migraña
          September 9, 2014

          yelow tint was already fixed?

          • Allanitomwesh
            September 11, 2014

            Yes,mostly. Very few cases of late.

        • balcobomber25
          September 9, 2014

          That system ends and the new “pre order” system starts. We still have no clue what exactly that means, knowing how shady OPO is it will be more of the same smoke and mirrors.

          • Allanitomwesh
            September 11, 2014

            pessimist much?

  12. Hellvetta
    September 9, 2014

    So pitty, Meizu. I’m one step closer to OPO.

  13. chloe pebbles
    September 9, 2014

    Way Way overpriced for overseas customers, there is a few better phones out there already and some about to be released, hold on to your cash! The Chinese must think we don’t already pay enough tax in the uk, if this lot could tax the air you breath they would.

    • Simon
      September 9, 2014

      Which phones are about to be released, if I may ask ?

      • desponent
        September 9, 2014

        Iuni U3?

        • Simon
          September 9, 2014

          When is the English rom being released ?

          • chloe pebbles
            September 9, 2014

            How are you getting along in the uk with your oneplus one, with 4G, heard it only works on EE?

          • desponent
            September 9, 2014

            Let’s ask Andi to ask Iuni 😉

    • Adam Irvine
      September 9, 2014

      Yep, I’m a proud owner of a OnePlus One, that cost me just £269.99 for the official international 64gb version and it’s a hell of a spec! (Love it!!! :-))

      I was expecting these MTK6595 phones to be cheap, I had my eye on the MX4 for a christmas present for my girlfriend and I was expecting it to be around the £200 mark, but WOA, Not a chance! is all I can say at this price…

      Maybe the IUNI U3 will be more sensibly priced..?

      • balcobomber25
        September 9, 2014

        God not this again…

      • Dickhead
        September 10, 2014

        Shut the fuck up.

        • Adam Irvine
          September 10, 2014

          WOW… theres soo much hate out there for the OnePlus One… I find it so strange to be honest, fine they f*cked up big time with the invite stuff and maybe their business practice wasn’t particularly there from day one but if you strip it all back to basics, they came in with 1 phone, a SINGLE phone with mega high specs and a really low price… They did it all super fast with a slow manufacturing process (unlike all the top brands who have access to big big factories to pump their sh*t out…) That should have changed the way the not only the Chinese phone world worked but the phone world in general… The idea for me was that I wouldn’t have to pay Sony or Samsung prices (or any of the top manufacturers for that matter) stupidly high prices!

          I can understand that a lot of people are upset that they can’t get one and therefore they’re properly throwing all their toys out the pram and slagging off OnePlus big time! (I know because I wasn’t happy for quite a while before I got my invite…) But at the end of the day, if you really wanted one, and I mean truly wanted one, you’d find a reseller on Aliexpress or the like and just get one in your hands and not regret it…

          Because at the end of the day, that’s how you buy most of the phones from China isn’t it, via a reseller…

          Job done…

          • njren
            September 10, 2014

            It’s great you love your OnePlus, but let’s be real…the company spun off from Oppo. Their core staff at start-up came from Oppo. The phone shares DNA with the Oppo / Vivo family. The phone was manufactured -in all likelihood- in the same facilities Oppo and Vivo use. The CyanogenMod tie-up came because of Oppo. They’re selling the phone at a very low margin to make a splash + build brand identity. That’s all fine and dandy, but OnePlus isn’t some revolutionary startup; they’ve leaned hard on their heritage all the way. They’ve got a rich uncle, but do not have the bottomless VC funding that Xiaomi used to get rolling. The OPO was a great start, but let’s see how the company evolves as market reality sets in. If they continue to use scarcity marketing and maintain the opaque connection with Oppo / Vivo, then they might be able to keep prices shockingly low for a premium product. But if they truly are a boutique, independent company, something’s got to give.

          • balcobomber25
            September 10, 2014

            “hey did it all super fast with a slow manufacturing process (unlike all the top brands who have access to big big factories to pump their sh*t out…) ”

            One Plus One is a subsidiary of BBK, who also owns Oppo and Vivo. They have access to the those same factories than can “pump their sh*t out”. They aren’t the small startup with limited resources that they make themselves out to be.

  14. Simon
    September 9, 2014

    I got to be honest, the new Moto X looks good, but its battery is only 2300 mAh 🙁

  15. OPOaftermeizufails
    September 9, 2014

    Serious…. Meizu likes fails like this?!… They are $159 more expensive(291-450). Why would you even think of buying this crap.. How expensive is the pro version of their phone(November launch) $500 and $650 for international? I’ve today received a invite for the OPO and I use it immediately.

    • JDUB
      September 12, 2014

      I totally agree with you man.
      I was watching it to buy next round of pre-order but what the hell is that pricing.
      I forget it. Could you give invite to me please, if you don’t mind.

  16. balcobomber25
    September 9, 2014

    That’s what I paid for my Nubia Z7, which is an amazing phone. If I didn’t have that I would buy the MX4.

  17. Black Hole
    September 9, 2014

    No doubt, it’s toooooooooo costly. Tell me one reason, Why the hell I’ll buy this for $449 and why not OnePlusOne for $299 ??? Is the extra $150 really worth?

    Note that: Again you have to pay extra customes for your country !!!!

    I’m sure Meizu will fail badly.

    • balcobomber25
      September 9, 2014

      One reason: If you don’t have an invite to buy the OPO you can’t find it for 299.

    • desponent
      September 9, 2014

      Another: If you’re not on their “exclusive” country then you’re forced to buy it from marked up seller anyway. Even though the phone will be sent internationally either way.

  18. Ryan
    September 9, 2014

    Whats the price of the 64GB model?

  19. Allanitomwesh
    September 9, 2014

    Haha,suddenly the Oneplus One is a good deal again for all Europeans. That is stupid move by Meizu,i wonder how many people dropped their orders?

    • Ramsey
      September 11, 2014

      I wanted to pre-order it but didn’t because I didn’t know the price and saw that it didn’t have the bands I needed. Now I’m really happy I opted for the Find 7a US version and I paid 380 USD since I bought it used.
      $449 is a bit too much though it’s a great phone.

  20. Dro
    September 9, 2014

    Seriously price is a bargain.. Forget ugly opo and ugly xiaomi, they just too ugly compare to mx4.

  21. realjjj
    September 9, 2014

    I understand that in Italy it’s 339 euros but not from Italy so can’t check to confirm.

  22. BHazard
    September 9, 2014

    Here is how you get customers from the US to buy Chinese phones exclusively from now on. I would love to own these new flagships, but no US LTE support kills it.

    -Price under $400.
    -Unlocked Bootloader, release source/kernel for dev support.
    -All International bands. Release an International version if needed.
    -SD Card, removable battery if possible
    -High quality audio DAC
    -English text option

    Oneplus One is the only phone that does (most) of this now, and I love mine. I had the Vivo Xplay 3S, but couldn’t take not having LTE.

    • balcobomber25
      September 9, 2014

      I agree with everything except the “under $400” and here is why:

      The problem isn’t the price, the problem is most Americans have no clue what Meizu is even is (or any other top brand). America is still an untapped market for Chinese phones. Considering most new phone sold in the US are priced over $500 unlocked (most these days are $650-800) anything under this is fine. To many Americans Chinese phones are still nothing more than the cheap knockoffs of the old days. They don’t realize how amazing they are. More US advertising is needed at some point.

      • BHazard
        September 9, 2014

        No way, let the uninformed masses pay more for less. The buyers who do their research like myself who know just how amazing many Chinese products are and appreciate them should get to enjoy these great phones instead.

        • balcobomber25
          September 10, 2014

          As a consumer I 100% agree with you but my comment was more from a business standpoint.

      • desponent
        September 9, 2014

        Let this happen and before you know it those chinese companies will start charging the same rate as those established brands.

  23. September 10, 2014

    Lets hope that iuni don’t pull the same bullcrap when they release their new handset internationally! I could understand if meizu had international service centres and retail presence that they have to pay for (that shit costs more money over here in blighty etc), but they have not! they are selling for $150 more than the third party resellers are! so they are actually making even more money per handset than just the $150 they are also making the profit that the reseller would have been making selling the non international phone.
    They must be making nearly double the money that they would on selling one to a chinese retailer!… perhaps they should also start making kidney dialysis machines… after all they are now in the business of taking the piss! Rant over lets hope that IUNI show us some international love x

  24. Ruby
    September 10, 2014

    Too bad Meizu decided to use a MediaTek SoC. Penny wise, pound foolish on their part.
    Xiaomi on the other hand realized that it just wasn’t worth the trouble and recently stopped using MediaTek altogether in favor of Qualcomm/Snapdragon SoCs. (The RedMi Note was the last device to use the MTK6592. The new LTE version uses a Snapdragon SoC instead).

    While MediaTek thought they would undercut Qualcomm’s 801-805 SoCs with their new ‘6595,
    at these ‘International Prices’, it just won’t happen. MediaTek also forgot that Qualcomm can play the same game and undercut the low-end market. The new Snapdragon 210 for example will include LTE and run circles around the MTK quadcore chips – for less money.

    In layman’s terms, Qualcomm is the Rolls-Royce of Cell phone chips while Mediatek is somewhere between FIAT and TATA. You really do get what you pay for.

    Read more about it here:

    http://www.androidcentral.com/qualcomm-targets-entry-level-segment-lte-enabled-snapdragon-210

    • njren
      September 10, 2014

      The one flaw in your argument is that Meizu isn’t a faceless OEM churning out budget phones built on MTK-provided reference solutions and loaded with a cross-your-fingers Android build. They introduce phones once a year, so they’ve done their homework and decided that a heavily Meizu-tweaked MTK platform with a premium build was the best option. You’re getting a pretty compelling package of hardware along with Flyme 4 at $100 less than last year’s introductory price for the MX3. Yes, the flaw in my argument is that price is for China, but that’s where Meizu has to compete and that’s where they make the vast majority of their sales. Also, Meizu doesn’t play the Xiaomi Game. They introduce a phone and sell the bejeezus out of it. MTK was probably able to guarantee supply of all the SoCs they needed. How often does Xiaomi whine about “supply problems”? So yes, Meizu is trying to crack the international market, but “trying” is the operative word. Still a long way to go, but they’ll eventually figure out how they need to structure their pricing to strike a better balance between domestic and international. In the meantime they have to fight it out where the vast majority of their sales come from.

      • Ruby
        September 10, 2014

        Good points – you’re right, Meizu is a reputable company and I’m sure they did do their homework before deciding on the MediaTek SoC. But if I were a betting man, I would put my money on Xioami who also did their own design reviews and decided (albeit, after getting burnt by MediaTek) that Qualcomm was a better product for their business. The numbers speak for themselves. Xiaomi wasn’t even on the radar a year ago. Now they have a 14% market share in China. Meizu isn’t even on the chart.
        http://www.businessinsider.com/xiaomi-passes-samsung-in-china-2014-8

    • Chico Migraña
      September 11, 2014

      Ey! Fiat is expensive here hahaha

  25. September 10, 2014

    The prices are already down to 379$!!!

  26. fedor
    September 10, 2014

    you can get it on aliexpress for $350 or even less…