China’s Meizu is getting prepared to launch the flagship Meizu MX2 tomorrow in Beijing, but if you can’t wait that long for the full rundown, we have all the details right here!
When some people think of Chinese phones they can’t help but imagine the various clones which unscrupulous manufacturers try to fob off as the real thing! But don’t fall into the trap of taring each Chinese brand with the same brush, as some companies, such as Meizu, pride themselves on innovation.
Meizu’s latest release, their 3rd (4th if you count the dual and quad core MX phones separately) Android based phone, will be launched at a grand ceremony in Beijing on November 27 at the Olympic Watercube. Here’s a roundup of all the juicy Meizu MX2 details!
Have you seen the current Meizu MX? No? Maybe? Ok, don’t worry, here’s a picture of it.
Now imagine that phone with a 4.4 inch screen, a über-thin 2.2mm bezel along the edges, and no physical “home” button. Got that image in your mind? Great! You now have a pretty good idea of how the flagship MX2 will look! Those of you with a less active imagination can feast your eyes on the leaked image below!
With no physical or traditional capacitive buttons on the front of the phone, Meizu’s engineers have added something a little bit special. According to a leaked patent, the MX2 could be the first phone to offer a touch sensitive body, which would allow the phone to be unlocked by swiping along the “chin” of the phone rather than on screen!
It is also suggested that the touch area on the body might be used in other ways, from navigating menus, zooming in on pages, or even controlling games.
Meizu seem to be pretty excited about the MX2’s screen — they have leaked short videos of the display, and even printed the invitations for the launch on 4.4 inch clear plastic!
However, other than the fact that the screen will likely have a resolution of 1280 x 800, be supplied by Sharp, and will be skirted either side by a 2.2mm bezel, we really don’t know much more about it!
The MX2 is of course an Android phone but the OS will feature Meizu’s own Flyme skin, which I personally have a love-hate relationship with.
On one hand, Flyme offers one of the best looking Android experiences I have ever come across. On the other, I’ve found it to be buggy, incomplete, offering poor battery performance, and suffering from frequent system crashes.
Another concern with Flyme is the mixture of Google’s and Meizu’s ecosystems, which often leads to Google features not fully working and strange compatibility issues.
I’ll keep my fingers crossed Meizu has finally put these concerns behind, and that we will see a powerful, stable release of Flyme based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (or above) at launch.
Hardware and performance
Most sources are suggesting that the MX2 will make use of a quad-core Samsung Exynos 1.6Ghz CPU and 2GB RAM, which would make for an impressive phone! But these leaked benchmarks suggest a much more interesting choice in specifications.
Apparently, Meizu has been working on a prototype phone named the M040 which briefly appeared in benchmarks scoring an impressive 14122 on Antutu, with a CPU clocked at just 1GHz! As it turns out, the M040 was the internal name for the MX2 and the new phone could be powered by a dual-core Samsung Orion chip (similar to those found in Chromebooks) which could be a first!
Other hardware highlights include an 8MP rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture and LED flash, 2 mega-pixel front facing camera, a 1900mAh battery, and up to 32Gb of built in storage along with all the usual Android features.
Pricing and availability
Although the MX2 will be launched tomorrow (November 27), we won’t be able to buy the phone until the 1st of January 2013 (in time for the Chinese New Year Holiday).
Unlike many other Chinese phone makers (such as Xiaomi, Newman, etc.), Meizu won’t be offering the phone on a pre-sale basis and customers will be expected to line up outside Meizu stores for the chance to buy one.
As for pricing, the MX2 isn’t going to be the cheapest phone on the market, with an expected price tag of 2499 Yuan ($401) for the 16GB model and 2999 Yuan ($481) for the 32GB version. Prices are likely to be much higher for international buyers hoping to purchase an MX2 online.
I’m personally pretty excited to see the Meizu MX2, especially if Meizu makes the phone to the same standards as the current quad-core MX. As long as they have all the bugs and overheating problems solved, I’m sure they’ll be on to a winner!