The performance improvements over the “archaic” MX4 and MX4 Pro are marginal at best, but visually, the new flagship is certainly a standout.
How could up-and-coming Chinese device manufacturer Meizu revise its late 2014 high-end Android contenders to better keep up with Xiaomi, Huawei or ZTE’s remarkable strides? A gimmicky screen resolution bump was probably the easiest way out of this pickle, alongside perhaps an unnecessary leap to overkill RAM territory.
Ultimately, showing great restraint and a rare respect for the values the company has promoted in its relatively short history, Meizu’s shot callers decided against a Quad HD display or 4 GB memory. Instead, the MX5 actually sits beneath its predecessors on the ppi totem pole, ditching odd 2,560 x 1,536 or 1,920 x 1,152 counts in favor of a more conventional 1,920 x 1,080 pixel arrangement.
On 5.5 inches of AMOLED glass, that yields a 401 ppi, which is sharp, but obviously not record-breaking. A similar “compromise” sees the MX5 “settle” for 3 gigs of RAM, as well as adopt familiar 20.7 and 5 MP cams, with neat goodies like a dual-LED flash and laser autofocus attached to the former.
So far, so… decent, but not exactly groundbreaking, which is also valid for the home button-camouflaging fingerprint sensor, 16/32/64 GB storage options, and 3,150 mAh battery. Then again, the cell can reportedly go from 0 to 25 percent capacity in a measly ten minutes, and reach a half charge in half an hour.
Then you have MediaTek’s spanking new octa-core Helio X10 Turbo processor running the hardware show, and an Android 5.0 Lollipop-based Flyme OS iteration on the software side of things. Hands down the most paramount upgrades are easily noticeable as far as aesthetics go, with a premium aluminum construction in tow, wasp 7.6 mm waist and meek 149 grams “bulk”.
They say appearances can be deceiving, but in Meizu MX5’s case, they inspire, stun and help seal the deal, despite the striking non-visual similarities between the just-announced spearhead and its close relatives.
Speaking of deals, you’ll soon be asked to pay the equivalent of $290 for the 16 GB config in China, roughly $320 to get twice the storage space, and almost $390 for a 64 gig model. Bargain-hunting power users, rejoice!