Meizu MX5 First Impression: Another Chinese Smartphone to Compete Against HIgh-en Flagships

appearance4Meizu, a year-old Chinese company has unveiled the flagship Meizu MX5, which it claims can compete against high-end flagships such as the iPhone6 and Samsung Galaxy S6. The smartphone launch is followed by its earlier two smartphone launches in affordable segment, which was Meizu m1 Note and Meizu m2 note. Meizu m1 note is priced at Rs. 11, 999 and was also a debut launch of the company in India, during May. In a short period of time, Meizu has launched Meizu m2 note and is priced relatively lower than its predecessor, Meizu m1 note.

Meizu MX5 was launched in India at a cost of Rs. 19, 999 loaded with a fingerprint scanner, full-HD display, and all metal body that looks impressive. At the launch event, we spent some time with the new Meizu MX5 and it took us by surprise. Here is our first impression.

Stereotypically, all the smartphone that has a metal body belonged to premium segment until recently few all metallic build smartphone launches in the mid-range segment have proven that it is unnecessary. Among breaking the stereotypes was Meizu, which looks good especially from the rear.

Similar to HTC One M8 metallic build, we felt that the handset would slip out of our hands. It weighs 149 grams which is lighter than OnePlus 1 (162 grams), a competing smartphone within the same price range.

Below the 5.5-inch screen on the front panel lies the home button which has a fingerprint sensor, it is considered to be as one of the highlights of the MX5. The device can make identification faster and will be “smooth and elegant” in use, and to our experience the fingerprint scanner functionality worked well. The company claims that the fingerprint scanner functionality could be used to encrypt apps and documents, however due to time constraints we couldn’t test this feature.

On the right panel of the handset has the volume rocker and power button and it gave the tangible feedback of both was good and responsive. While on the top, a 3.5mm audio jack is placed beside speaker grille.

The device gives a protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for 5.5-inch Super AMOLED full-HD display that offers a pixel density of 401ppi. The display looks bright and has a pleasing colour reproduction. The MX5 provides good viewing angles but under the direct artificial lights, the visibility was below par.

Meizu based on Android 5.0 Lollipop and with Flyme 4.5 UI on top. It has heavily skinned and there were no onscreen home or back buttons on it as the physical button also works as a home button and back button – you press as normal to go to the home screen, and you swipe on the button to go back, like that of blackberry. The phone contains 5 default home screen panels and the panel adds itself as you install more apps. The handset we used had the panes named as A, B, C, and D alongside the home screen. We tried to find an option to change it but all in vain.

The MX5 is preloaded with a number of apps such as Instagram, Snapdeal, Facebook, and Gaana, among others. It also has some games included as Shadow Gun and Asphalt 8. The OS proffers a lot of customisation options as users can opt to see Flyme-styled icons or can choose normal ones.

The new MX5 smartphone is powered by MediaTek’s 64-bit Helio X10 octa-core processor (Cortex-A53) clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM and PowerVR G6200 GPU. The device will be available in three storage variants – 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. The smartphone comes with dual SIM support and both the SIMs has 4G network. It includes connectivity options like 3G, EDGE/ GPRS, Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth, and Micro-USB.

A 20.7MP rear camera with Sony IMX220 Exmor RS BSI sensor, laser autofocus and dual-tone LED flash are included in the Meizu MX5, along with that it has a 5MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture. Our limited test resulted into a crisp image.

It camera gave impressive with a good amount of details in low-light. And the rear camera can also record videos at 4K resolution. The front camera performance in low light was average. One of the biggest drawbacks of MX5 is its limited storage as it doesn’t support microSD cards.

The company at the event stressed that it is working to improve the after sales service of its handsets in India. Li Nan, Vice President – Marketing, Meizu Technology, at the event confirmed that the company will be unveiling 40 customer service centres across 20 Indian cities as well and will offer a doorstep service facility as well.

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