News by Luke Jones on Wednesday December 17, 2014.
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There are a number of dazzling Chinese smartphones on the market at the moment, but for the most part they are only available in the country, or Southeast Asia. I thought that would almost be the same deal with Meizu's new and exceptional MX4 Pro, a dazzling flagship with amazing specs. However, I was wrong as the device is now available and it is shipping to anywhere in the world.It is available from OppoMart, which as the name suggests started selling Oppo smartphones but now offers other Chinese brands. The MX4 Pro will cost $549 for the 16GB version and $599 for the 32GB variant, both more expensive that the $430 cost of the entry level device in China. Still, with its specs and solid design it is still as good device and competitively priced, and one we appreciated as you can see below:
In terms of looks there is no surprise to see that the MX4 Pro bears a striking resemblance to its lesser sibling. That said, there are differences such as a new look capacitive home button (we'll get to that), while the Pro is thicker than the normal MX4 at 9mm. Weighing 158 grams, the device is 150.1mm tall and 77mm wide, and with a slimmed down bezel of 2.8mm through landscape the handset has a screen-to-body ratio of 76.5%. There is a 5.5-inch panel on the front with a resolution of 1536 x 2560 under Corning's Gorilla Glass 3, all offering a very good 546 pixels per inch. On paper at least the panel on the MX4 Pro is one of the best displays we have seen, while it is also one of the most pixel rich. Ensuring that Quad HD screen and blazing octa-core processor keep running is a solidly sized 3,350mAh juicer, which is more or less the standard at this point. Connectivity is pretty robust with dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz), LTE, and all the regular bells and whistles you'd normally expect - Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, etc. all supported. Camera are becoming increasingly important and the Meizu gets the 20.7 megapixel Sony IMX220 Exmor RS under sapphire glass. This is the same deal we get in Sony's high enders and come with a 5-element, 300 degree panoramic lens with an aperture of F/2.2. Of course, it is not just the rear shooter that is important these days, so the MX4 Pro appeals to the selfie crowd with a 5 megapixel effort as a front facer. The company's stellar designs and specs sometimes get cramped by software, so we hope that Meizu's own Flyme OS running atop Android 4.4.4 KitKat manages to deliver the goods in this instance. As this device is arriving during the shift to Android 5.0 Lollipop I would be shocked if the Pro did not get Google's latest and greatest and some point. I mentioned a redesigned home button right at the top of this piece, and that redesign was foe a reason. Meizu has gone all Apple on us and embedded a fingerprint sensor into the sapphire glass adorned home button. Names mTouch, the sensor can read and process a print in 0.5 seconds (according to the company) and the 508ppi means that even a dirty or wet finger can be read. Whether this will be as good as the iPhone Touch ID, remains to be seen, but it is certainly more intriguing than Samsun's rather lacklustre effort in this regard. If you are after a rich audio experience on your smartphone then Meizu thinks it has you covered. The company has place a ceramic film capacitor, precision low-temperature-drift resistor, TI OPA1612 amplification chip and a bunch of other audio oriented specs into the handset.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.