The Meizu MX3 that we first told you about over a month ago has just gotten its veil officially lifted, and there's no mistaking that the Chinese company's new flagship was designed to impress. One of the few contenders for the first-128GB-smartphone-to-market title, the Meizu MX3 has the whole package both in terms of hardware and software.
Make no mistake -- the Meizu MX3's 128GB option is far from the only strong selling point – the company's flagship flaunts some (still) impressive internals at an appealing price point. To put this into perspective, the 5.1-incher features a rather odd 1800x1080 415ppi IPS display and is powered by the same Exynos 5410 Octa SoC that is present with the i9500 version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Do keep in mind that although the Exynos 5410 does feature eight cores, the chipset can only make use of four of those at any one time – the chipset switches between the two sets of four 1.6GHz Cortex-A15/1.2GHz Cortex-A7 cores depending on the workload. Helping with graphic endeavors, we have a tri-core PowerVR SGX544 MP3 GPU taking the rains, alongside 2GB of RAM. For all the computing muscle the MX3 brings, it may leave some of the trigger-happy photography nuts among you disappointed – the rumored 13MP shooter at the back has been replaced by a more conservative 8MP Sony sensor and a 2MP front shooter. It's not all bad though – the sapphire glass-protected lens at the back features an f/2.0 aperture, along with a Fujitsu ISP on the software side. Powering the entire show? A 2400 mAh Sony-made battery on the hardware side, with Meizu's Flyme 3.0 custom flavored Android 4.2 making sense of it all.
Taking a step away from the usual check list, Meizu has also snugged a Wolfson audio chip, which offers a range of goodies like ambient noise cancellation and audio amplifiers, among others. Another notable internal is a patented antenna tech which the company touts is vastly superior to the one found on the iPhone 5, for example, providing a significantly improved reception. Speaking of antennas, the MX3 will, fortunately, work for western markets too – the device will also come in a WCDMA version.
It's worth noting that the device has undergone some cosmetic changes at the rear since we last saw the device, and now features a LED flash above the camera lens as opposed to under it. It's also slightly thicker than expected, at 139.9x71.9x9.1mm and 5.04 oz. (143g). Release date has been slated for sometime mid September, with pricing ranging from CNY2,499 (around $410) for the 16GB model, all the way up to CNY3,999 (or about $650) for the spacious 128GB version.
Meizu MX3 press photos and camera samples