China-based Meizu first revealed its intentions to enter the US smartphone market
in December 2013, without providing specific details. Today at CES 2014, the company announced that it’s planning to officially release its MX3
handset in the US starting the third quarter of the year (July - September). Of course, by that time, customers will have many other new high-end smartphones to choose from. We find it hard to believe that Meizu can be successful in the US, but maybe the company will sell the MX3 for an unbelievably low price to prove us wrong. For the moment, Meizu didn’t disclose how much it’s going to ask for the device, and neither if any American carrier was interested in offering it.
Those who haven’t heard about the Meizu MX3 must know that the handset runs FlyMe 3.0, an OS based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The rest of its features are on the high-end side, including a 5.1-inch 1080p display, octa-core Samsung Exynos 5410 processor, 2MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB to 128GB of internal memory (depending on model), and a 2,400 mAh battery. However, the smartphone does not have LTE connectivity.
“In the North American market, many of the largest smartphone brands have raced to introduce increasingly complex features that can intimidate people who are just beginning to consider a smartphone purchase,” declared Meizu CEO Aber Bai. “These people are seeking an alternative that combines the elegance and functionality of today’s smartphones with a friendly, fun experience along with consumer-friendly pricing, which creates a tremendous opportunity for a player like Meizu in the U.S. market.”
You can see official press photos of the MX3 in the slideshow below, alongside a table comparing specs between this handset and other four popular smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S4, Apple iPhone 5S, Huawei Ascend P6, and Xiaomi Mi3.
In addition to planning a US release of the MX3, Meizu might also work on a Ubuntu-based smartphone
. This, however, hasn't been officially confirmed.
Meizu MX3 official images and specs