While many big-time Western-based smartphone manufacturers are simply struggling to survive, the smaller Chinese companies are growing and growing. And not just in the low-range budget-friendly niche, but also in the high-end sector, where Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi have made quite the splashes lately.
Now another Chinese manufacturer by the name of Meizu is trying to make it big, prepping a launch event that will take place tomorrow, on November 13. You might remember Meizu for its MX quad-core handheld from last summer, and if you do, you should be excited to know that all rumors are pointing at an MX2 being unveiled tomorrow.
Even if you’ve never heard of Meizu, there are definitely reasons to be intrigued by the MX2, starting with the processor thought to be powering the new phone. That’s Samsung’s Exynos 4412 CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz, which is the same ticker as the one under the Galaxy Note 2’s hood.
This will be paired with 2 gigs of RAM and up to 64 GB of on-board storage, so up to this point the MX2 is as cool as smartphones nowadays get. Unfortunately, the display might be a bit of a downer for some, measuring 4.4-inches in diagonal and sporting a 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.
It’s true, that’s still a significant upgrade over the original MX’s 4-incher with 960 x 540 pix res, but with 1080p panels being ready to take over the mobile world it’s definitely far from impressive. And that’s despite the fact that it’s supposed to be of the new low-power IGZO variation.
Other rumored specs include a bittersweet 8 MP rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, a rather meager 1,930 mAh battery, and the running of a new iteration of the FlyMe OS, this time based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
All the info above should be taken with a nice big pinch of salt, as it should the MX2’s speculated off contract price – 2,999 Yuan, or $475 – and the big guy’s release date – January 1, 2013.
What you should not hesitate to do however is tune in on our website tomorrow, when Meizu is expected to detail this new beast of a phone. We don’t think we’ll be seeing it make it outside Asia, but who knows?
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Not bad at all…
What’s disappointing about that screen? That is a ton of pixels in that small of space. 343 PPI is even better than the iPhone and the 4.7″ 720p phones. Then 800px width is a bit odd, and might make the phone wider than I would really like.
I am not excited about the 1080p 5+ phablets. I want a phone, not a phablet. 4.7″ like the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and GS3 are pushing the limit of one-handed use. I’d really prefer a smaller option with high-end specs like this. 1080p or better screens in 7″ tablets sound great, not so much in 5″ phablets.
There is still room in the market for *phones* in addition to 5″ phablets (or as they were originally called, MIDs), 7″ tablets, etc.
I’m personally excited about a 5″ phone. Too each’s own I guess. I love the 4.8″ screen on my GS3. With Samsung wanting to do a hardware makeover on the GS4 I am guessing it will be the same size as my GS3 or a tad bit smaller. Thinner bezels and such.
That’s exactly why I tried to point out that there is room in the market for “smaller” phones in addition to the 5″ MIDs. Samsung’s Galaxy Note sales numbers clearly show a latent demand for a well-executed 5″ internet device, but the continued success of the iPhone even at the now quaint 4″ size shows the market appeal of regular-sized phone devices.
All these 5″ phablets and their buzz really takes me back to the day of MIDs and UMPCs. I think it’s funny that for them to really be successful they had to “grow out of” smartphones, which started out at 3″ and have slowly evolved into their natural form:
Everything is good. But do these companies upgrade Android? I have a China phone with 2.3.4 they don’t update. So will they upgrade to Android 5 or 6 when they come out?
They will! Meizu really do their work with heart and the OS is also their service. So there is no doubt this OS will keep upgrading.