While waiting for Huawei and ZTE’s high-end phones, considered by many as possible game changers for the global smartphone market, another Chinese manufacturer is making its own push in the mobile technology world.
Meizu, an almost completely unknown manufacturer in Europe and the US, unveiled the MX Quad-core a couple of months back and now the phone is already set to start selling. As you might imagine, Chinese tech users will be the first to enjoy the new handheld’s release, but it might not be long until we’ll be seeing the MX Quad hit other parts of the world as well.
Sporting a 4-inch ASV (Advanced Super View) capacitive touchscreen with 960 x 540 pixels resolution, the MX Quad might not strike you as a high-end phone from the get-go. And while it’s true the display’s resolution could have been better, as far as performance goes, things are as good as they could get.
The MX Quad is powered by a 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos processor and features the Mali-400MP GPU, as well as 1 GB of RAM to provide smooth gaming, multimedia playing and browsing. In terms of software, Meizu has taken a decision that might not delight Western tech users, “forking” Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to come up with the Flyme 1.0 custom skin.
We don’t know exactly what kind of customizations and OS tweaks this skin will bring to the table, so we shouldn’t jump to conclusions until after playing with the phone for a bit.
The MX Quad-core will come in two different versions, with 32 or 64 GB of internal memory (that’s right, no 16 GB model) and will feature an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing webcam, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, GPS, and a 1,700 mAh battery. There’s no microSD card slot, but then again the on-board storage should be more than enough for any “normal” user.
In terms of design, Meizu’s MX Quad is not exactly the most elegant fellow around. Weighing in at 139 grams (4.9 ounces), the 4-incher looks a bit bulky, although it’s fairly thin (it only measures 0.41 inches in depth). The phone will, however, come in five different color schemes, ranging from the traditional, classic-looking black to a more playful pink or hip purple.
The Meizu MX Quad-core will start selling in China and Hong Kong this Saturday, on June 30, and, while the pricing hasn’t been confirmed this time around, we’ve had previous reports indicating what to expect from the 4-incher. It’s therefore likely to see the MX Quad selling for ¥2,999 (the 32 GB model), and for ¥3,999 (the 64 GB version). That would translate into around $475 and $633 at today’s conversion rates, but if and when the phone will go to the US, we’re expecting it to start at a significantly lower price point.
Do you think Meizu's MX Quad has what it takes to become a challenger for high-end phones from more “recognizable” manufacturers? Would you US tech lovers be willing to pay around $400 for the Exynos-powered 4-incher? Drop us a comment and let us know.