When we were done with our Meizu MX4 review, we thought that the company has an overall great product on offer – it's not perfect, but it's more than reasonable, considering its price tag of $449. As it turns out, however, Meizu wasn't completely finished with the MX4 generation, and is very close to releasing an updated MX4 Pro version of the handset.
According to various leaks and pieces of intel that we've gathered so far, the MX4 Pro is poised to enter the market with an even larger, 5.5-inch display of the QHD type (1536 x 2560 pixel resolution, or 543 ppi) and will also come with a fingerprint scanner embedded within a new physical home button and 3GB of RAM. As we now know thanks to an MX4 Pro pass through the GFXBench performance testing suite, the processor inside is no other than the octa-core Exynos 5430 – the same chip inside the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
At launch, the Exynos 5430 was the world's first 20nm high-k metal gate (HKMG) chipset and, as mentioned, employs eight CPUs in total. Specifically, we're looking at four powerful ARM Cortex-A15 and four efficient Cortex-A7 cores, both groups bundled together separately, but able to work in unison due to their being in an ARM big.LITTLE configuration. This means that the brains of the 5430 can decide whether to use each cluster separately or both of them together depending on the task at hand. On the graphics side, we've got a hexa-core ARM Mali-T628. Unfortunately, it would appear that the Exynos chip trails the performance offered by the Snapdragon 801, at least based on the MX4 Pro's results compared with the LG G3's. Obviously, do keep in mind that we could be looking at a prototype device that is not yet perfectly optimized.
The rest of the now seemingly confirmed hardware config includes the same 20.7-megapixel Sony rear sensor with 4K UHD video capture, a 5-megapixel selfie snapper, and 16GB of internal storage.