22 Sep Meizu MX5 Just Made Mid-Range Interesting
In the last year or so the mid-range of smartphones has become increasingly more important for many manufacturers. More and more smartphone producing entities have decided to pursue strong and very good devices in the mid-range pricing of smartphones with some outings clearly touching within the top level smartphone range, at least with some of the specs and features. It probably has something to do with the price drop flagship phones experience after only one or two years have passed. Former top level smartphones still pack tremendous heat, but cost less, are readily available and clearly outperform other smartphones in the same price range. The true breakthrough actually came by once the company MediaTek started manufacturing top level SoC chipsets with a much lower price tag, but still with top level performance.
Meizu is one of the less known smartphone manufacturers who only started in the business when everybody else was already competing to the max. The Zhuhai, Guangdong, China based company, which employs around ten thousand people, was founded in 2003 and started out as a mp3 and mp4 player manufacturer. In 2008 Meizu started expanding into the smartphone marketplace, releasing their first smartphone, the Meizu M8, early in 2009. It ran an operating system which was based on Microsoft Windows CE 6.0 and was praised, yet failed to hit it big. It was not until 2011 that Meizu started releasing smartphones with an Operating System that was based on Android, the Meizu Flyme, when the first recognition by the broad public came into place. In the first half of 2015 Meizu managed to sell almost nine million devices and officially became a player in the smartphone marketplace.
The Meizu MX5 is very close to the MX4 Pro model, only the Samsung Exynos processor has been swapped for the Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 chipset with eight cores, tact frequency at 2.2 GHz, GPU is a PowerVR, G6200. It has a 5.5 inch AMOLED display screen with a 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution at a pixel density of 401 ppi. The integrated Flyme 4.5 OS is based on Android 5.1, but is requiring some adaptation nevertheless. All Android Apps, including the Google Play Store work and can be installed, only, peculiarly enough, you need to folder most apps, because there is no app list. Perhaps using a different loader may help there.
Internal storage varies with the selected version, 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions are available, all with 3 GB RAM. The integrated primary camera is truly wonderful, 20.7 megapixels, resolution 5248 x 3936 pixels, 6P lens, laser autofocus, dual-LED and dual tone flash, HDR, panorama and all other top features are there. The secondary camera still manages 5 MP and 1080p video @ 30 fps. Battery is non-removable Li-Ion, but has 3150 mAh. It has 4G LTE and dual SIM.
When looking at the specs, it appears that the Meizu MX5 has much better specs than the forthcoming Apple iPhone 6S, which should mean something. Furthermore, the Meizu MX5 will cost approximately a third of the iPhone 6S variant that would correspond in terms of storage. Honestly speaking, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4, but also Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5, the HTC One M7, M8, the LG G3 pro and a couple of other such former flagships are still better than the Meizu MX5, but they come staggeringly close. This fight for the mid-range is escalating and the Meizu MX5 is worth a glance, heck, if you are looking for a less complicated, simple, yet very powerful phone, the Meizu MX5 may currently be the best bet for the money it costs. Definitely an interesting smartphone and a company that can already demand attention it deserves.