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Meizu MX4 Unboxing: Is It Truly A Monster Phone Or Just A Benchmark Leader?

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We unbox the Meizu MX4!

We first glimpsed Meizu MX 4 when we visited Novo7 Tech’s Binondo office a few weeks back, and boy did it make an impression. The phone managed to grab everybody’s attention because of its monster AnTuTu score and relatively affordable pricetag. Now, we finally have a review device in our hands, and today we’ll be unboxing it to show you what to expect from this smartphone.

Meizu MX4 specs

  • MediaTek MT6595 processor with big.LITTLE architecture, 2.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A17 processor, 1.7GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor
  • PowerVR H6200MP4
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5.36-inch full HD IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • 16/32/64 GB of storage
  • 20.7-megapixel rear camera, Sony sensor with image stabilization
  • 2-megapixel front camera
  • WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3G, LTE
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • 3100mAh battery
  • 144 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm

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Packaging and contents:

The MX4 comes in a nice little box that has a very Apple-ish vibe. In the box is the phone, a USB cable and the MX4’s charger.

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The unit itself actually resides in a small hollowed out booklet of sorts, whose pages tell you more about the device and custom OS, Flyme, that powers it. Unfortunately, there’s no headphones included in the package.

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Initial impressions: Still as beautiful when we last saw it

The Meizu MX4 is one of those phones that instantly sticks with you when you see it. To be honest, the MX4 has a strong resemblance to Apple’s iPad when you look at it dead-on from the front. Unlike most other Android smartphones, the MX4 has a single capacitive button on the bottom of the rather uniquely sized 5.36-inch display. Even the chamfered aluminum sides of the MX4 remind us alot of Apple’s product offerings, which isn’t a bad thing.

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The display of the MX4 is a bit unique. Instead of going with a typical 5.5- or 5-inch display, Meizu has opted to go with a 5.36-inch display. Technically it’s full HD, but it has a bit more pixels compared to a typical full HD panel – 1920 x 1152 – with a screen ration of 5:3 which is quite different compared to the normal 16:9 aspect ratio on most phones. Colors are vibrant, and viewing angles are generous, but we’re concerned that the weird aspect ratio may cause problems with apps later on, since apps are usually formatted to the typical aspect ratios we mentioned earlier.

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The MX4 uses Meizu’s Flyme OS, which, to be honest takes a lot of getting used to. Much like the other customized efforts by other companies, Flyme completely takes away the app drawer and lays everything out in the open. Flyme also removes some capacitive keys on the bottom, making do with just the back software back key. It’s quite a different experience for sure, one that we’re still trying to figure out as we go forward with the review.

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As far as hardware goes, the Meizu MX4 uses MediaTek’s newest and fastest octa-core processor, the MT6595. While on paper the MT6595 looks to be a beast – because of its insanely high AnTuTu score – that’s not always the entire story. Things like heat management and real-time performance matters, and it’s going to be something we’ll be looking at in the next few days.

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That’s it. We’ll be using the Meizu MX4 in the next few days, stand-by for our full write-up.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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12 Comments

  1. Di naman bago yung 5:3 na aspect ratio, actually maraming device ang aspect ratio is 5:3, WVGA (800×480) is 5:3

    1. “quite different compared to the normal 16:9 aspect ratio on most phones” – QUITE DIFFERENT and NOT UNIQUE! I don’t get the logic that an unorthodox FHD (1920×1152) is compared to WVGA (800×480)?

      1. Kasi ang app kadalasan ang dinedesign sa aspect ratio hindi sa resolution mismo, kaya ang conflict sa taas kung paano daw magiging itsura ng app dahil iba ang aspect ratio. Kaya valid lang ang logic ko nasa aspect ratio kasi. Gumagawa kasi kami app for android at aspect ratio ang mahalaga hindi yung resolution mismo. Ok po?

        1. Boom panes! Oh here it comes Mr Adrian Lim again to defend the MX 4. Come on this is his job as an IT Director of Bobo7Tech. Bayad eh kaya kailangan niya i-market yung device niya just to give an argument to sell their products para magka bonus. lol. MX 4 is the beast on paper but let’s all wait on real world performance. Hopefully, Unbox.ph is not biased here. Looking for pros and cons of this device if it’s really worth the bucks

          1. I don’t get the hate. Why do you have to resort to name calling? Minolestiya ka ba ni Adrian Lim? Don’t be a douche, share your opinions like any other normal civilized person.

          2. Gamer obviously doesn’t have a job that is why he gives thoughtless comments that kills all of his brain cells making gamer the ultimate “Bobo”. One cannot experience the realworld performance when one such as Gamer cant even afford one.

      2. Quite simple actually, aspect ratios of FHD (1920×1152) and WVGA (800×480) are exactly the same (5:3), see the logic? 🙂

        I would also like to see actual performance of MX4 (planning to upgrade from THL t100s to either MX4 or Mi4) as my current THL T100s heats like a furnace while playing online games resulting to restart of game and even of the device.

        If these new phones can solve that problem, imma buy one.

  2. The front and back are just little improvements from MX3. Now we know kung san kinuha ng iPhone 6 ang current design nila. Even the 128gb option was first introduced in MX3.

    1. Hi archie, yes not much of a difference on looks. But design and build quality has alot more to offer compared to the MX3. like the new CNC machines aircraft grade aluminum body that is similar to the iphone body process but material is harder than that if the iphone5 (no bending!=) Personally i prefer the matte like look compared to the glossy piono tile like of the MX3 and the font orientation make a lot of diff, no more bar of soap look. hehe.

      Good research sir, the the MX3 is the first phone to offer 128GB built in storage. But regarding who copied who, i prefer to just say everyone have their own reasons why it should look that way. Its the challenge of automotive industrial engineers face every year, to come out with a new design. How to create new designs for a car, chassy, engine and 4 wheels like a phone, screen, chassy, camera, battery.

      if law will be too strict on copyright infringements, and question how come the wheels are at the bottom, the engine up front or at the back and etc… its a pointless battle for me. That is why for me, the Software now also plays an integral role to make smartphone brands standout.

    1. true sir, and that also goes for all the rest of the devices out there soon. But the real question is are you willing to wait that long for the price to go down and find out that as you wait in vain another new technology with better specs and features emerges and make you wanna wait again… Sad but true, the only constant in technology is change.

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