What’s the first word that comes to mind when you hear about Chinese-made smartphones? Clone? Knock-off? Cheap? All the above? Yet, believe it or not, there are plenty of high-end phones out there that could easily take on what us Westerners think of as “quality flagship devices”.

Huawei, Xiaomi and ZTE have all announced or teased quite the beasts lately and it’s now Meizu’s turn to be in the spotlight. In fact, Meizu has been in the center of attention for a couple of weeks already, ever since the first details about the MX2 phone have emerged.

Now the MX2 has been fully unveiled and detailed and… it’s quite a doozy. The 4.4-incher sports a 1,280 x 800 pix res “gapless display” with a 3.15 mm bezel and comes in three different flavors, with 16, 32 and 64 GB of on-board storage.

The design is definitely a strong point, but it’s not the only one. Under the hood there’s a fast and furious 1.6 GHz Samsung-made “MX5S” quad-core processor, a 30-percent “faster than before” GPU and 2 GB of RAM, which should combine for a pretty spectacular hardware and multimedia experience.

The 8 MP/2 MP dual cameras don’t sound equally as outstanding, though they shouldn’t be too bad either. Other small things that could count towards your buying decision are dual-mic noise cancellation, MHL video output, S/PDIF audio output, Bluetooth 4.0 and HSPA+ connectivity, all of which are pretty great, to be honest.

What’s not too great is that the MX2 only comes with a non-removable 1,800 mAh battery and that might be a bit too gaunt to handle the pressures of a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz. In terms of software, the phone technically runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, though you probably won’t recognize a lot of things, as the OS is heavily customized with Meizu’s own Flyme skin on top. The good news here is that, if you don’t dig Flyme 2.0 for some reason, you will be able to root the phone and flash custom ROMs.

The MX2 will be available starting mid-December in China, with prices falling in line with existing rumors. The base version, with 16 GB of storage, will go for ¥2,499 ($400), while the 32 and 64 GB models will be ¥500 and ¥1,500 extra (meaning ¥2,999 and ¥3,999, or $480 and $640). Any takers over in China? How about you Westerners, do you have your fingers crossed for this to enjoy a global release?

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