Meizu formally announces PRO lineup of high-end phones; PRO 5 coming this month


Meizu finally announced the much talked about PRO lineup of phones earlier today. As expected, the series will consist of high-end phones from the Chinese phone maker.

Meizu’s next-in-line, the PRO 5 also gets a launch date; the phone will launch 25th September, which is about two weeks from now. Rumours point to two versions of the Meizu PRO 5; one powered with the Samsung Exynos 7420 (i.e., the chip that sails the boat for the S6 and S6 edge) along with another deca-core MediaTek MT6797 powered one.

Meizu’s Li Nan is known to be vocal, a bit too much sometimes. The company exec didn’t mince words today when he commented on the PRO series launch.

“A lot of consumer high-end smartphone OEM’s are blindly following the trend, rather than to really solve the fundamental problems. Many of the domestic flagship devices are using Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, but the user experience sucks, consumers are often being fooled, sadly, no one in the industry is ready to tell the truth, but Meizu hopes that by publishing this sub-brand ‘PRO’ they change this status” he said.

The PRO 5 has suffered innumerable leaks now. A 5.5-inch 1080p display (because Meizu thinks 2K is illogical), 21 mega-pixel rear camera, and 3/4GB RAM options are what we expect to see on the new PRO 5 phones.

The current-gen MX5 is a fairly impressive phone, especially when you take into consideration the starting price of 1799 Yuan. The PRO 5 series will, however, be more expensive with reports suggesting a starting price of 3000 Yuan.

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32 Comments

  1. balcobomber25
    September 11, 2015

    So its basically an MX5 with a faster chip for a lot more money. Not sure I get the point of this phone at all.

    • MaxPower
      September 11, 2015

      they did in the past too.
      the MX4 PRO was discontinued while the mediatek version is still on sale (Ubuntu version).

      so yes, i don’t get the point either.

    • Pandhéga Palibaya
      September 13, 2015

      With an dedicated DAC chip of course. Because MX5 is lack of dedicated audio chipset.

      • balcobomber25
        September 13, 2015

        The audio in the MX5 is good, it’s not on Vivo level but its not horrible either.

        • xi7
          September 14, 2015

          oneplus2 not have good audio and cant make 60fps 1080p shame performance, but mX5 can make 60fps ?

          • balcobomber25
            September 14, 2015

            no clue don’t use it for that.

        • Pandhéga Palibaya
          September 14, 2015

          but MX5 is not for audiophile, not like MX4 pro or MX3.

          • balcobomber25
            September 14, 2015

            Yea but audophiles make up a very very small percentage of smartphone buyers. For most people that look at phones it doesn’t even register as one of their top needs.

          • September 14, 2015

            MX4 Pro had dreadful Audio for an ‘audio centric’ device.

  2. POISON
    September 11, 2015

    Same old boring stuff from them…
    Even when they try a new idea, they manage to screw it…
    Looks like an other person s idea to use Samsung soc but badly executed

  3. E8hffff
    September 11, 2015

    Definitely needs a 8MP+ front camera.

    • balcobomber25
      September 14, 2015

      The 5mp on the MX5 is better than 8+mp front sensors on many other phones I have used. Especially since it has a 2.0 aperture. 5mp is plenty for selfies, what is needed is better front optics.

      • E8hffff
        September 14, 2015

        Man we aren’t talking about vastly different branded components, many are the same series but a higher model with better resolution and features. Example Sony.

        • balcobomber25
          September 14, 2015

          A Sony IMX 168 (5 MP) and a Sony IMX 179 (8 MP) won’t give you the major difference you seem to think. Especially on a front facing camera. On a front facing camera the aperture is much more important because of the lack of flash and the optics not being that big to begin with. More light will do a lot more than more MP’s. MP’s are a very very small part of great photos.

          • E8hffff
            September 14, 2015

            You’re making it sound like these component manufactures never need to release another camera matrix. Man just go for the best next release.

            • balcobomber25
              September 15, 2015

              These component manufacturers need to spend less time with MP’s, which at this point are mostly advertising. Sensor sizes will have a much greater impact on your photos than 3 more MP’s.

            • E8hffff
              September 15, 2015

              I’m more interested in MP than colour trickery.

            • balcobomber25
              September 17, 2015

              Colour trickery?? You have so little clue of what your talking about.

  4. MaxPower
    September 11, 2015

    thumb up to Meizu to bring Samsung SoC to this market, the more choices the better it is.

    Thus their boss omit an important aspect:
    Software!

    i agree with him when he mentions how user experience sucks with a specific hardware
    but that’s the same with software as well.

    not a surprise since their software has been object of complaints (same about TW) and the lack of documentation with a locked bootloader does the rest.

    that’s one reason why some people, especially in the west, prefers a crippled snapdragon with the possibility of putting their fav software, rather than having the best hardware loaded of gimmick.

    you guys sell internationally, no excuses here, unlock the bootloader, release documentation and let people have the user experience they want otherwise you are simply a cheaper version of Samsung, nothing more.

    • The Calm Critic
      September 12, 2015

      finally someone who tells it like it is thank you.

    • balcobomber25
      September 14, 2015

      After using a Meizu for about 2 months now my biggest complaint is with the software. If you can’t read Chinese you most of Flyme is useless to you, including the customization options. I use Nova Launcher anyways so it’s not much of a bother to me, but the average user would be completely lost trying to use it. It’s a shame to because other than that (and lack of bands) it is a great phone.

      • MaxPower
        September 14, 2015

        it is indeed retarded especially if you consider that they sell internationally.

        it happens with MIUI too, when you try their online services.
        Chinese only!

        • balcobomber25
          September 14, 2015

          Yea that was the one thing I was hoping Meizu would do better than Xiaomi. But its even worse than on MIUI. The only three complaints I have with the MX5:

          1. Language
          2. Center button feels very cheap, feels like its going to come loose at any moment. It always works flawlessly though.
          3. I’m back in the US now so I am stuck with only 3G. It’s not bad in Boston, I get very good speeds. But when I am outside the city it can be a pain.

          • MaxPower
            September 14, 2015

            I’m not a fan of the button in general. my wish would be a phone completely without the lower bezel with some on-screen buttons.

            i prefer the fingerprint scanner on the back.

            I’m starting getting tight with 3G too, I’m paying for a service that I’m not getting.

            I’m going to abandon Chinese phones until they provide LTE for the US too.

            trying to drag my MI4(broken 1 month ago, replaced the screen but now i have few dead pixels) till winter and probably get the new Nexus or Moto.

            • balcobomber25
              September 15, 2015

              I like a physical button and some bezels. Just not a fan of this one. Although I do love its multiple uses from fingeprint to home to back button all in one.

            • MaxPower
              September 15, 2015

              my next phone has to have the fingerprint scanner and nfc.
              I want the Google Pay feature.

  5. xi7
    September 11, 2015

    nothing pro….. i cant see.

  6. Muhammad Yasir
    September 12, 2015

    yeah… NOT interested in a bank breaking phone!