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Meizu MX4, Between East and West

January 19, 2015


I think that we can all agree that some of the most impressive and capable devices from the smartphone market are coming from China. We either hear about an innovative and amazing Oppo, cheap and feature-rich Xiaomi and so on. Today, I’m going to be reviewing the latest and the greatest from Meizu, the MX4. This fella offers a beautiful 5.4 inches display with extremely small bezels, an octa-core MediaTek chipset, 2 GB of RAM, an impressive 20.7 MP camera, a large 3,100 mAh battery and much more. The list of features is nothing short of rich, making the Meizu MX4 a really tempting handset and that’s not all! It also comes at an affordable price (for what it has to offer). Follow the next review and find out more about it!

The Meizu MX4 is definitely a looker. It measures 144 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm and has a weight of 147 grams, which is more than reasonable considering its large 5.36-inch display. It’s made from plastic, but a high-quality one, having a matte finish on its back that looks nice and is very efficient too, keeping fingerprints away and offering a good hand grip. A metallic frame surrounds the body, thus offering a touch of class and elegance to the overall appearance, which is simply beautiful. You’ll know what I’m talking about when taking a look at its pictures.

As I was previously saying, the Meizu MX4 holds a 5.36 inches display that has a resolution of 1920 x 1152 pixels, a pixel density of 418 ppi and features Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The image quality is excellent, with beautiful colors, very good contrast and wide viewing angles. Also impressive are its bezels, which are extremely thin compared to the ones you usually see on regular flagships.

In terms of user interface, the Meizu MX4 is loaded with the company’s proprietary Flyme OS 4.0, which is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Using it is pretty simple, as it’s friendly and intuitive; you can add multiple homescreens with icons and widgets, the notification area displays your notifications and a list of quick toggles which can be expanded. The app drawer is missing, but that’s nothing of importance. You can also choose between a lot of themes, wallpapers and so on.

At the hardware department, the Meizu MX4 holds support for a MediaTek MT6595 chipset, having a quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A17 and a quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU, PowerVR G6200 MP4 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and comes in three versions, with 16, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage. You can’t expand it due to the lack of a microSD card slot. In terms of performance, the handset does a great job and will offer a neat user experience, free of any lag issues, freezes and unpleasant things like that.

In its connectivity package, the Meizu MX4 offers support for quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, penta-band 3G, tri or quad-band LTE (depending on the area), dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and microUSB 2.0 MHL-enabled.

For taking pictures, the Meizu MX4 owns a 20.7 MP camera which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 5248 x 3936 pixels and is assisted by a dual-LED flash in low light conditions. The camera application is very rich in features and offers support for HDR, Panorama, manual settings for adjusting the ISO, shutter speed, focus and exposure compensation and more.

The photos delivered by the handset offer a beautiful image quality, with vibrant and accurate colors, good contrast and a great amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also very capable and produces some really nice 4K videos @30 fps.
A front-facing 2MP camera also joins the party for enabling you to make video calls or take “selfies”.

Some other things that might interest you are the handset’s media players, which are very capable and do a great job, an excellent and feature-rich browser, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, a file manager and more.

The Meizu MX4 holds inside a solid 3,100 mAh battery, which is non-removable, unfortunately. It will keep the phone alive for more than three days under a moderate usage or 16 and a half hours of calls, 14 hours of browsing or 9 and a half hours of video playback.

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