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Meizu PRO 5 goes official: stylish metal phone with the top Exynos 7 Octa chip

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Meizu PRO 5 goes official: stylish metal phone with the top Exynos 7 Octa chip

The Meizu PRO 5 has just gone official, and it’s the company’s most expensive and most advanced handset to date.

A large, 5.7-inch phone, the Meizu PRO 5 is a phone destined first and foremost for China. It lives up to the ‘pro’ name with its hardware: it features the Exynos 7420 system chip that powers the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note5, one of the best performing chips out there.

Meizu has also made a big jump in the quality of its design: many would be quick to notice that the Pro 5 looks a lot like an iPhone, but we would not go as far as to call it a direct clone. The materials used in the Pro 5 are sturdy metal for the body, with cutouts for the antennas, an overall design style that we’ve already seen on the Meizu MX5.

First, let’s take a quick look at the spec highlights of the Meizu Pro 5:

Platform: Android 5.1 Lollipop with Flyme 5
Display: 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 2.5D screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels
SoC: Samsung Exynos 7420 (14nm FinFET) with Mali T760 MP8
RAM: 3GB/4GB LPDDR4
Cameras: 21-megapixel main cam, 5-megapixel front camera
Internal storage: 32GB, UFS 2.0


In terms of connectivity, the Pro 5 features a new baseband for ‘4G+’ connectivity (300Mbps) and it also brings Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support. Do keep in mind that we’re yet to examine the support for bands, and whether these connectivity options will apply to countries outside of Meizu’s main market, China.

Quite impressively, the Meizu Pro 5 scores over 75,000 on AnTuTu, and the company showed that it is the fastest to load apps when compared with Xiaomi’s Note, Sony’s Xperia Z3+, and a few other top-shelf devices.

It’s also notable, that the Pro 5 comes with USB Type C connector with fast charge support -- the phone charges to 65% in just 30 mins (the charger supports up to 12V).

Camera and photography


Meizu PRO 5 goes official: stylish metal phone with the top Exynos 7 Octa chip

Meizu has made the jump to the popualr Sony IMX230 sensor for the main camera, and it’s a 21-megapixel 1/2.4” sensor with 1.12-micron pixels, while for the actual image capture Meizu uses a brand new image signal processor (ISP).

The camera is capable of ultra-fast 0.17-second focusing speed thanks to phase-detection pixels baked in the sensor. These are truly break-neck speeds: compare this with contrast AF that takes 0.3 seconds on average, 0.2 seconds averages for the laser focus tech, while Meizu claims this is even faster.

Meizu flashed a slide at the presentation claiming that the camera is capable of recording 4K at both 120fps and 30fps, with the former being a first for any phone (if it’s indeed true).

Hi-Fi sound


The Meizu Pro 5 is the first Meizu phone after the MX4 Pro of last year to feature what the company calls ‘high-fidelity’ audio. To be specific, Meizu speaks about Hi-Fi 2.0 sound with ES9018 signal processor and OPA1612 headphone amplifier, and we’re yet to hear how this results in an improved sound.

Alongside the Pro 5, Meizu also introduced a brand new pair of in-ear headphones, the EP31, sold separately for 199 yuan ($32).

Flyme 5


The new Meizu Pro 5 also serves as the release platform for Flyme 5, the newest version of Meizu’s custom Android skin.

Flyme 5 is a user interface with no app drawer and it features its own distinct style with large, well-drawn icons, and in this newest version it also features many new animations within the menus that make navigation appear smoother, as well as a performance boost.


There are some significant changes to core functionality: the convenient swipe from the bottom gestures to bring multitasking is now gone in favor of the Lollipop-style card multitasking view. Many of the first party apps have also been redesigned, and this includes the camera.

Meizu is proud to have made Flyme 5 noticeably faster to load apps and navigate around and to illustrate that, the company showed a giant slide with tens of apps loading times compared against its biggest rival in China, Xiaomi with its MIUI skin. Naturally, this boost in loading times means that Flyme 5 is also much faster than its predecessor, Flyme 4.5.

Flyme 5 will be released on November 12th, while the beta version will go live a month earlier, on October 12th (at least for users in China). The Meizu Pro 5 will arrive with the new version of Flyme on November 15th.

Meizu Pro 5 price and release date



The Meizu Pro 5 release date is set for October 12th. Here are the prices for the two available versions:

  • 2800 yuan ($439) for 32GB of internal storage/3GB of RAM version
  • 3100 yuan ($486) for 64GB of internal storage/4GB of RAM model
How do you like the Meizu Pro 5?

source: Meizu (translated)

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posted on 23 Sep 2015, 03:41

1. Ordinary (Posts: 2318; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Cant wait for benchmarks :)

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 04:04 13

9. neela_akaash (Posts: 1193; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Atleast those antenna lines looks far better than iPhones...

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 05:54 10

22. dimas (Posts: 2146; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Those antenna lines have been always around meizus and htc since mx3. iphone just copy it and made it ugly.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 11:01 3

45. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


This is a beast for th price it commands! The same price tag is there for the Galaxy A8 and the PRO 5 trumps it handds down in all aspects.
China Fantastic!

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 14:19

49. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


this is really nice its like apple and samsung had a baby and took the baby to see uncle htc, and aunt usb-c
think i may pick up one

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 03:42

2. carlemillward (unregistered)


Is storage expandable?
Battery capacity?

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 04:54

16. almostdone (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


http://www.gsmarena.com/meizu_pro_5_is_official_with_57inch_1080p_display-news-14132.php

According to GSMArena there is microSD expansion.

3050mah battery.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 06:21 8

26. alex3run (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 May 2014)


-SuperAMOLED without smearing
-The most powerful CPU
-The most powerful GPU +FullHD
-MicroSD
-No glass back

I guess it is the best device of the year.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 08:38

38. Wiencon (Posts: 1882; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Where did you get information on SD slot?

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 10:02

42. Mister-Z- (banned) (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Sep 2015)


+ 6Gb Ram
Glass back with sapphire
4000mah battery, IMR 35Amp High-drain

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 03:46

3. karas (Posts: 77; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


No OIS??

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 08:54

40. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Probably not if its the same one in the Z5 like it sounds like it is. If you believe Sony it's still the best camera even without OIS.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 03:54

4. UglyFrank (Posts: 1656; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


The design is very lazy.
P.s. Why have xiaomi and meizu got USB Type C with fast charge but OnePlus couldn't?

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 04:01 9

8. Sidewinder (Posts: 429; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


That is oneplus being lazy

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 08:30

37. rishav20193 (Posts: 206; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)


& saving some features to put in the next gen phones.....may be

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 03:57 13

5. wando77 (Posts: 843; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Exynos with 1080p s reen. This thing will destroy everything

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 06:14

25. nahusiv (Posts: 95; Member since: 20 Apr 2015)


not the Z5 Compact with 720p and the 810 tho

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 06:23

28. alex3run (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 May 2014)


No difference just because Exynos 7420's GPU has enough power to max out any gsame to 60 fps.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 08:03 2

33. dazed1 (Posts: 362; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


LOL the compact is pure junk compared to this.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 03:57 4

6. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


the best thing is no sd810 and 808. 7420 with FHD will beat all other phones. Sound quality is already great on Meizu phones, I checked mx4 before. Flyme UI 4.5 was already very fast and fluid compared to TW and Sense6 but not better than MIUI

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 03:58 1

7. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Sony just should have shelled out the cash for the Exynos or waited until the SD820. They screwed up the Z5. Could have been epic.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 04:06 3

10. LuckySwitz (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


iP6?! -.-

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 04:29

11. Wiencon (Posts: 1882; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


F0ck, again no SD slot, C'mon how are audiophiles supposed to enjoy high quality audio with MP3...even 64 is small storage for FLAC files, 128 would do the job.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 05:56 6

24. dimas (Posts: 2146; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


It will have sd slot, meizu won't go the apple way in storage.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 04:31 4

12. Noonting (Posts: 132; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


They had to use lcd screen
Meizu can't adjust the color accuracy of amoled screen

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 05:37

20. abdoualgeria (Posts: 399; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


Yes mx5 lokks pinkish with its amoled

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 06:25 1

29. alex3run (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 May 2014)


there is nothing wrong with colours on MX5.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 08:46

39. xioxas (Posts: 21; Member since: 04 May 2015)


it's gonna fail like Meizu MX5, many problem with amoled screen

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 04:35 1

13. E34V8 (Posts: 84; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Coming from an ex Meizu МX4 user - Meizu devices are great, but their software is utter crap! Flyme has nice features, but the optimization is very low. And they lock their phones, so there are no custom (AOSP) roms.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 04:38

14. Wiencon (Posts: 1882; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


? From what I remember MX4 Pro had easy root feature, but it didn't get many custom ROMs because of Samsung and its Exynos.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 04:41

15. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1522; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


First time I find a Meizu phone interesting, waiting for the reviews.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 05:03

17. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


That back looks so generic to me. They should have upped their game with this one

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 05:12

18. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1431; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Then people call iphone users sheeps for not buying android phones with "better specs". Seriously beside Z5C there isnt any other single worldwide released android phone under 5 inches with amazing camera, performance and build quality.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 12:04 1

47. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Does there need to be more than one? Apple only has one too.... Why does Android have to have more than one? Lol

posted on 25 Sep 2015, 19:31

56. gehrig (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Because Android is all about choices.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 05:25

19. shy2papa (Posts: 309; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


Looks like Samsung and apple got together and had a baby lol

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 05:55

23. danielxxi (Posts: 183; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


You mean HTC and iPhone

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 10:03

43. Mister-Z- (banned) (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Sep 2015)


All 4 ...

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 05:53 1

21. dimas (Posts: 2146; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


So this is like owning an s6 but with larger battery and sd card? I like the specs but the large display killed it for me. A compact version of 5" would make me buy this.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 06:22 2

27. Supersonic (Posts: 202; Member since: 15 May 2015)


That is the latest hardware and selling half the price of Iphone 6S and definitely better buy than Apple crap.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 06:27 1

30. LittleGaGaKiller (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


OH MY GOD i thought at first that the images are taken from Apple Website ! they copied iphone 6 design and even the wallpaper !!!!

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 07:28

31. lallolu (Posts: 472; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


beautiful phone
Hope there is sdcard support.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 07:42

32. Blest42188 (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Aug 2015)


whats up with that wallpaper? I want.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 08:10

34. Marslander (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


It has impressive specs and a competitive price, but I fear it probably won't work on North American carriers. :-(

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 08:16

35. dazed1 (Posts: 362; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


I was thinking i would never say this, but i think finally S6 is beaten overall....

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 08:27

36. willywanta (Posts: 291; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


beautiful phone

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 09:01

41. wesley. (Posts: 84; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Wow pretty much a Note 6/6 Edge Plus with a micros card slot and a more sensible 1080p screen.

I'm interested ;)

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 10:57 3

44. xioxas (Posts: 21; Member since: 04 May 2015)


look how troll samsung? ufs 2 storage cannot include micro sd slot they said, and then Meizu using the same ufs 2 and still can include micro sd slot lol

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 11:36 3

46. MedLEB (unregistered)


Internal storage UFS 2.0 + SDCard support, looking at those who said: "It can't be a USF 2.0 & SDCard support in one ship"

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 12:06 1

48. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Looks like Meizu beat HTC to the punch.

The Aero A9 judging by the leaks is apparently the smaller version of this. Lol

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 16:48

50. tsp38 (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Jun 2015)


if the Meizu Pro 5 didn't look like an iphone with terrible screen-to-body ratio, i might have considered trying out the Chinese brand for the first time.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 17:04

51. monoke (Posts: 351; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


Funny the most powerful performance phone to date turns out to be an iphone clone!

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 17:25

52. CreeDiddy (Posts: 748; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Talk about trying to be like Apple. Look at their entire website!!! It's all inspired by Apple, in hopes of generating sales. LOL!!!

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 20:26

53. killerpollo (Posts: 89; Member since: 15 May 2015)


Marriage between the s6 and the iPhone 6, not bad but not original.

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 20:57

54. Ahovking (Posts: 710; Member since: 03 Feb 2015)


That design is so over used

posted on 25 Sep 2015, 15:59

55. irossdrummer (Posts: 139; Member since: 17 Jan 2015)


nice galaxy 6s!!!

posted on 25 Sep 2015, 19:32

57. gehrig (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Literally the iPhone 6.

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