Hands-on with the Meizu MX3 at CES 2014

by: Bogdan PetrovanJanuary 6, 2014

Meizu is one of the up and coming Chinese companies that harbor international ambitions, even if still few in the Western markets are familiar with its name.

At CES Unveiled, a pre-show event held on Sunday, we had the opportunity to take Meizu’s latest flagship, the MX3, for a quick spin. The MX3 actually launched in September, but this was the first chance we had to give you our hands-on impressions of this interesting device.

The Meizu MX3 packs a 5.1-inch Full HD IPS LCD display with an excellent 412 ppi density and is powered by a Samsung Exynos 5410 octo-core processor and 2GB of RAM. The device stands out through its storage options, which include an unprecedented 128GB version. All that space will come to good use if you use the MX3 the way Meizu sells it, meaning for media consumption; the phone is supposed to have excellent sound quality, though the bustle of CES Unveiled prevented us from putting this claim to the test.

To some, the design of the Meizu MX3 may reminisce a little too much of the iPhone 3G, though it’s true that the phone is good looking, especially in the white version that we tested. Based on Android 4.2, its operating system is called Flyme OS, a stylish and distinctive interpretation of Android that we actually enjoyed very much.

The Meizu MX3 is a 3G-only phone, but Meizu revealed it plans to announce its first LTE device soon. The company is still largely confined to China and some neighboring markets, but, like other local rising stars, it’s only a matter of time until it takes the world by storm. For now, know that you can purchase the Meizu MX3 16GB for about HK$3,000, which translates to a very attractive $387. If you can get your hands on it in some way, we recommend you at least give it a try.

Stay tuned for more CES coverage, as the craziness has just started.

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  • MasterMuffin

    And the price of the 128GB model is?

    • JJ

      3799 RMB, about 628 US$

      • MasterMuffin

        Not bad!

  • Tuấn Ankh

    I prefer snapdragon…
    But anyway, this is one attractive phone!

  • najiy91

    good internal storage + octa core cpu.sony and samsung please learn from meizu.

    • Ivan Myring

      Its a Samsung CPU, as used in the 3G galaxy S4. It is also significantly worse than the snapdragon 800. Also, if you get a Samsung or a Sony you can add a 128 GB SD card, which are just appearing on the market.

      • afasf

        “significantly worse”?!

        i doubt that. give proof you post bold statements like that. i still remeber benchmarks for the galaxy s3 (same concept some with qualcom some with exynos) and results were extremly close together.

        roms seem to be more difficult on exynos soc, but that’s a totally different story.

        • silent-circuit

          Yes, significantly worse. Look up any solid set of benchmarks and you’ll see the Exynos SOCs (including the octa-cores) well behind the Snapdragon 800 quad core. Qualcomm just builds a better chip than Samsung — no point with all those cores when SMP is relatively rare in Android apps.

      • najiy91

        i agree your cpu point.but,do you play games?do you install normall apps?normal app is 100mb in size,game is 1gb in average.bloat apps in default are 4gb.and please remember,they all cannot be removed to sd card.peace(‘~’)

  • Don Gerry Angeles

    Yeah! Represent tol!!!

    I like the screen, ui, and the neon green back cover. Price point, meeeh. Is there a quad core version for it?

    • kr_metal

      <400 is a very low price point for a high end smartphone.

      • Don Gerry Angeles

        Yeah i understand, thats why I asked for a quad-core version. It can probably lower the price. Quad is enough for me. Specially if they will update that with 4.4.

        Plus the price rate difference between the suggested price differs in our country. A lot! I’m not sure with our customs. (^_^)

  • fredphoesh

    Meizu used to make some of the best MP3 players, besting ipod and Creative Labs for audio quality, but these days DA converters are a lot better than they were then, so who knows…