Meizu MX5 comes with metal housing, bigger 5.5″ screen, improved front camera
And finally, after several months of anticipation when we were kept busy by rumors and leaks, Meizu’s 2015 flagship has arrived. Welcome the Meizu MX5, a premium aluminum-coated phablet that virtually combines the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6 in looks.
Housing a 5.5-inch 1080p display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection, the Meizu MX5 is slightly larger than last year’s MX4 which came with a 5.3″ screen. The touchscreen on the new handset has a PPI of 401 while the device itself measures 149.9 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm and tips the scale at 149 grams.
Just like last year’s MX4, the MX5 rocks a 64-bit MT6795T SoC by MediaTek with an octa-core CPU (2.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A17 and 1.7GHz quad-core Cortex-A7), however, the RAM has gone up to 3GB, while the storage configuration still comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options.
The Meizu MX5 sports a fingerprint sensor which is embedded under the home key. There’s support for LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS. The smartphone comes with a 20.7-megapixel Sony-made main camera and a 5MP secondary snapper, all backed by a slightly improved 3,150mAh battery for electricity. The software side is powered by an Android 5.0 Lollipop OS-based Flyme OS developed by Meizu.
Availability and pricing
Since the smartphone doesn’t come with a microSD card, the pricing is dependent on the storage capacity of each variant. The 16GB model is priced CNY 1,800 ($290), the 32GB at CNY 1,999 ($322) while the 64GB variant goes for CNY2,399 ($390). The smartphone will hit the shelves in China this month in grey, silver, and champagne gold color flavors.
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