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Meizu MX4 Review

Meizu MX4 8.5

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Meizu MX4 Review

Meizu MX4 Review
Meizu MX4 Review
Meizu MX4 Review
Meizu MX4 Review

Meizu has been slinging flagship devices at the market for years now, but those have been having a hard time sticking around in meaningful quantities. This is specifically true as of late as local rival Xiaomi has been showering itself in glory, overshadowing Meizu in the process. Now, with the MX4, Meizu is ready to try again.

Plenty is on offer with this phone, including a large, 5.4-inch display, an octa-core processor, and a 21 MP camera – all powered by a 3100 mAh battery. For this, you'll have to whip out $449, but don't expect to find it on the shelves of your local brick and mortar. That said, practice has shown that devices like this find their way to the States and elsewhere, and there's always Meizu's international online store, which offers free express shipping and covers any import taxes you might incur.

So does the attractive price tag and the seemingly infallible specs make the MX4 a competitive device? Let's find out!


This thing is sturdy and sits nicely in the hand, but we wish Meizu spent a little more time styling the rear.

The Meizu MX4 packs a 5.4-inch screen that's plenty large. So how big of a device are we talking about? At 5.67 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches (144 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm), the MX4 is slightly smaller than the equally-trimmed LG G3, which is great news. The MX4 is also fairly light, at 5.19 oz (147 g), and that's always good news.

The MX4 nevertheless feels very solid in the hand, and matches your palm nicely due to that rounded back, so overall ergonomics are excellent – not least because Meizu has done an excellent job trimming any excess fat with the bezels. The materials used with the phone are well-selected as well – we've got a metal frame, within which the device is nestled, and an especially soft plastic shell at the rear. Metal is also used with the power and volume keys, both of which provide excellent tactile feedback, though the former is awkwardly-located at the top – a problem with as large a device.

Overall, we can't say that the MX4 won us over with its exterior – it's not bad by any and all means, but the rear shell is kind of unsightly.

Meizu MX4
5.67 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches
144 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm
5.19 oz (147 g)

Meizu MX4

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches
146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm
5.26 oz (149 g)


Sony Xperia Z3
5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches
146 x 72 x 7.3 mm
5.36 oz (152 g)

Sony Xperia Z3

Xiaomi Mi 4
5.48 x 2.7 x 0.35 inches
139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm
5.26 oz (149 g)

Xiaomi Mi 4

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


A very bright, 15:9 display with some acceptable weaknesses.

An extra large, 5.36-inch IPS screen by Sharp or JDI (depending on the batch) is what the MX4 has going on. The resolution is rather odd, at 1152 x 1920 (15:9), good for the excellent 418 pixels per inch. For protection, Meizu is using a Corning Gorilla Glas 3 cover, which should safeguard against scratches and even small drops. Thankfully, this also means that the surface of the display is coated with an oleophobic solution, meaning that oily fingerprints are minimized.

Also excellent are the maximum and minimum levels of brightness the display can produce – 535 and 2 nits, respectively. These figures are corroborated by our own findings – reading the screen outside, even with the sun over our shoulder, was easy, and the extremely low brightness of the panel also allowed for a comfortable viewing during the night. As for the screen's color reproduction, we're looking at acceptable deviations from the target, though the color temperature, at 7778 K (6500 K is the reference here), is a bit too high, which results in a bluish overcast that is especially visible with whites and grays. The display's coldness is not its only drawback, though, as gamma, at 2.01, is also sub-par (2.2 is ideal).

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Meizu MX4 535
LG G3 455
Sony Xperia Z3 713
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posted on 02 Oct 2014, 09:49 12

1. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1471; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

Just shows how that 8-core MediaTek cant compete with 4-core Qualcomm. Slower in benchmarks, slower in cam speed, basically cant keep up. The price might be amazing but for a European who has to pay taxes importing it, then worrying for warranty which is back in China is just a phone for Chinese market and should not be considered by anyone outside of China

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 10:48 8

10. realjjj (Posts: 373; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

Except this chip is about half the price of a Snapdragon 801.
And this might not be a great buy from China because they upped the price too much but there are plenty other devices that are both cheaper and faster.
It is a pitty thogh that you feel the need to trumpet your nonsense, go play with your icrap and let us be.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 11:00 2

12. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1471; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

I am more than fine with 4.4.4 official update from my moto on my 2013 moto X. If you cant accept the facts that best of media tek cant compete with best of qualcomm in terms of performance then thats not my fault. Not to mention how awful mediatek is when it comes to giving driver updates to the OEM's for them to update to latest android.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 11:58 3

18. spin9 (Posts: 300; Member since: 31 May 2014)

Irrelevant but I have to say it:
I feel that is a deliberate crime to show color temperature of Z3 to the preadjusted 10324K
and compare it with it, although it has the ability to move it as close as can be to the
"ideal" 6500K using the display settings color temperature adjusting feature
[ to red 250 /green 190 /blue 0 as you guys said before here http://tinyurl.com/pkcoqon]

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 12:02

19. spin9 (Posts: 300; Member since: 31 May 2014)

*deliberate crime* manner of speaking

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 12:11

21. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1471; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

Ye thing is they do the reviews with auto settings, they dont change them to favor any phone. With proper manual camera settings you can take a photo from a mediocre phone better than a high end if you play enough. Thats not a point and thats why they dont change them,

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 12:12 3

22. Aploine (Posts: 433; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


posted on 02 Oct 2014, 12:16 3

23. spin9 (Posts: 300; Member since: 31 May 2014)

Its a very simple thing, it's not a thousand different adjustments that you can make with a camera

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 11:52 14

16. Chris.P (Posts: 560; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

Meizu says on their site that they'll cover the import tax and ship through DHL for free.

You're also a bit off on a few points about the MT chip. For one, cam speed has a lot to do with the size of the picture (21MP here). As you can see if you compare it with the Xperia Z3, it is as fast (or slow), despite touting an SD801.

As I noted in the review, navigation is buttery smooth, and even the more demanding games are rendered perfectly fine. We need to do away with this preconception that MediaTek just always has to suck.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 21:50

32. cheetah2k (Posts: 1582; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

Agreed, Mediatek is catching up and why wouldn't they considering they are using the patented ARM design for big little..

Good to see Antutu is utilising all those cores too, the benchmarks and real world phone use (being buttery smooth) prove that its more than a mid ranger.

I've been watching Meizu for some time, I'm pretty sure they're about ready for the global market with the MX4 :)

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 09:55 1

2. vipervoid123 (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)

I feel mediatek cheat on Antutu ~

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 11:18

13. Birds (Posts: 1158; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

They probably don't. A per core benchmark is more telling when you want to see just how powerful a cpu is. Antutu combines GPU and CPU scores for one cumulative score. An octa-core chipset will fly on Antutu compared to something that rates each individual core or the GPU alone.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 10:07 10

3. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 104; Member since: 04 May 2012)

why there is no cons of "No microSD card slot" in iphone 6 review but you consider this in MX4 review O.o

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 11:56 4

17. Chris.P (Posts: 560; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

We're testing a new approach -- more cons and pros for those looking for at-a-glance summaries. What do you think?

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 12:20 1

24. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1471; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

I like it cause we are in 2014 where more than half of flagship phones come without SD support. Beside people like tech geeks in sites like phonearena are the only ones who complain abou it. A normal person who has no idea what android 4.4.4 is or what root is will never give a xxxx about SD.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 21:52

33. cheetah2k (Posts: 1582; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

"A normal person who has no idea what android 4.4.4 is or what root is will never give a xxxx about SD..."

This counts for about 95% of the world population.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 10:27 13

5. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

In my opinion, this looks much better than the phone that bends ;)

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 10:49 1

11. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1471; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

How is that possible when the back cover looks like the most generic designed thing on this planet..

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 18:20 3

28. Airylnovatech (Posts: 11; Member since: 30 Apr 2014)

The iPhone 6 looks worse.

posted on 03 Oct 2014, 14:43

35. superkuiken (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)

Simple but sweet! Adds to its simple ui design.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 10:28 4

6. Spedez (Posts: 450; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)

I would think three times before buying a Chinese phone.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 16:59 1

26. MTT84 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 Sep 2014)

A lot of of phones are made in China, including the iPhone. A lot of electronics in your house could also be made in China. A Chinese phone does not always has to be bad (in terms of built quality), especially given the price tag.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 21:33

31. aksa123 (Posts: 320; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

Not actually 'made', but manufactred in china. All components come from various places/countries, and then they're assembled in china.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 21:54

34. cheetah2k (Posts: 1582; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

Everything is made in China these days. LOL

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 10:32 2

8. redmd (Posts: 1269; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Aftersales support will the problem on this one.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 10:44 4

9. realjjj (Posts: 373; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

The screen is 15:9 not 16:10.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 11:50

15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Good catch. +1

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 11:37

14. solidsnake695 (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)

better camera than z3

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 17:45 1

27. dorianb (Posts: 599; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

That's a LOT of cons.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 20:41

30. blitzkreig (Posts: 103; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)

According to PA's Victor.H, Quadrant is not included when reviewing the new iphones because it is outdated. But it is included when reviewing every android based phone.

Funny how the same app can slip in and out of relevance depending upon the specific phone in question.

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Meizu MX4

Meizu MX4

OS: Android 4.4.4
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Display5.4 inches, 1152 x 1920 pixels (418 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera20.7 megapixels
MediaTek, Octa-core, 2200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A17 & ARM Cortex-A7 processor
Size5.67 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches
(144 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm)
5.19 oz  (147 g)

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