Meizu MX4 Pro first reviews out camera samples, display and performance benchmarks

The Meizu MX4 Pro is a smartphone from one of the most popular and well-established Chinese device makers, and while the phone is yet to arrive in store shelves, some early reviews have already started appearing giving us a first look at the capabilities of the MX4 Pro. And there is quite a lot of them: Meizu has gone all out with this, perfecting the all-metal sleek design with extremely narrow bezels, all making for a stylish and surprisingly compact 5.5-inch smartphone. The company also boasts one of the best digital sound amplifiers for what Meizu calls 'Retina' sound, and you also have the company's fairly snappy and good-looking FlyMe custom Android skin.

The Meizu MX4 Pro also comes with a 20-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture lens and one of the largest sensors on a smartphone, a 1/2.3" sensor, the same size as that of the Sony Xperia Z series and the biggest on Android. Russian blog Hi-Tech has gotten an early Meizu MX4 Pro prototype, and right below you can see how well it performs in terms of image quality.
Those pictures do look very good, but keep in mind that these are images out of an early (likely pre-production) unit, so we'd reserve our final judgment for later.

The Meizu MX4 Pro's two landmark features, however, are the new 'mTouch' fingerprint scanner that works in a way similar to that of the one on the iPhone - just tap it to unlock the phone. Also, the fingerprint reading is secured in a separate hardware layer, so you can rest assured about your security, according to Meizu. The second big feature, the sound quality of the device, is reportedly living up to expectations and with a pair of high-quality headphones, you should be able to listen to music with a much better clarity.

With all those impressive features of the MX4 Pro, the initial reviews set a different tone for the screen that seems to be of a disappointing quality to color purists. It is a very sharp, 5.5-inch Quad HD panel, but it comes with noticeably bluish tint as color temperature hovers around the 8000K line, way off the reference 6500K value. Moreover, the display on the MX4 Pro is also purposefully oversaturated, with artificially overblown saturations that make for a punchy image, however, it is far from accurate. 

At the same time, the screen is sufficiently bright and viewing angles are great, and so is the sharpness. You can find some of the display measurements that have surfaced, but keep in mind that those are made on the early pre-production unit, so the final results could differ.

Finally, we have also seen more benchmarks of the octa-core Exynos 5430 that runs the show. The 20nm Samsung-made chip with four Cortex A15s running at 2GHz, and four A7s running at 1.5GHz, performs well, just slightly behind the current crop of Snapdragon 805 high-end smartphones. Take a look at the MX4 Pro performance benchmarks right below, and feel free to let us know how you like this new flagship out of China.



1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Better than the note 4, imo

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I tested out Note 4 today it's so ugly :p

5. Busyboy unregistered

Too bad it won't be seeing many updates..

15. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Clueless aren't you? Meizu has been doing great job with updates. MX4 is running 4.4.4 and they stated they are working to bring 5.0 very soon.

9. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

lol, you get what you paid for brother. And it's chinese. Prolly spying on ya hahah.

26. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Lol... What? Are you serious?

3. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

"what Meizu calls 'Retina' sound" What?

16. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

That was pretty shocking - clearly somebody flunked high school biology and didn't even bother try find out what a RETINA is and why Apple named their screen Retina display.

19. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Its probably just a bad translation.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Better than Z3.

7. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

I tested out Z3 today it's so ugly :p

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its better than the iPhone 6 too! :p

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I can't believe this guy just wrote this entire article without stating that this is nothing but a straight up iPhone clone.

11. boober

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 01, 2014

It isn't. It actually CAN make phonecalls. But, seriously, is everything with some aluminium finish and home button now iphone clone?

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Lol, he's right!!! I tapped on this article from the photo without reading the title - I was confused for a moment that this wasn't iphone news. The fact that they use the term "Retina" should give you a clue that they're cloning Apple. From how they dress on stage down to their recessed "home" button that's also a fingerprint scanner. Common dude - you gotta be blind not to see it.

28. boober

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 01, 2014

Well, ok I got your point. Do you know what clone is? Have you heard about goophone?

29. AlikMalix unregistered

Well the word I wanted to use "portray" but at that moment just couldn't remember it. To be honest, this kind of copying isn't shockimg anymore, lately there are 3 to 5 iphone "inspired" designs everytime a new iPhone designe comes out - half of them at based on leaks (which later turn out to be true). Even though I'm a huge apple fan, the iPhone 6 designs just aren't growing on me - I like the flat feel and look, but the edges should have been like iPhone 5/5s (note 4 has similar edges now and it looks nice). And don't get me started with protruding camera. I'm just surprised that even with a design like that - Apple still has companies that copy it.

18. kracio

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Actually the design is the same as the previous model MX4 -witch came out 2-3 months before the iPhone 6 -:)

23. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

My dude, the iPhone wasn't designed two months before it was released lol! In fact it was leaked way before it came out. Wow, and they call iPhone users sheep.....

27. boober

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 01, 2014

You really do not see the differences? Mate, it's not a clone actually and not even a rip off. The design is very similar to MX3, which was released 2013, so please stop embarrassing yourself, okay?

30. AlikMalix unregistered

Um mx3 was noted to look like a bigger iPhone when it was released. iPhone designs are unmistakable when someone sees it up close and in distance - holding mx4 and mx3 and iPhone the look extremely alike, but iPhone had that look since 2007

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"I tested *insert phone here* and its so ugly :p" WTF, for posts 2 and 7, is that some stupid new meme?

12. T....

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

waiting for 'cochlea' sound, the clearest and densest sound the human ear can discern ;P

13. T....

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

waiting for 'cochlea' sound, the clearest and densest sound the human ear can discern ;P

14. T....

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

waiting for 'cochlea' sound, the clearest and densest sound the human ear can discern ;P

17. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

those pics looks great for it's 20 mp camera

20. Somark

Posts: 18; Member since: May 12, 2014

Bleh. I was thinking of trying this one out because of the fingerprint sensor, with the one reservation I had being the lack of OIS. But looking at these shots, it's not all that great. The colors are way off, with the reds in particular showing as oranges. It also seems to underexpose, which is better than the compressed dynamic range of the Samsungs, even the Note 4, but not even close to the iPhone 6+ balance. Overall, it seems like you get what you pay for, but not much more.

22. chenudr

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 01, 2014

2K+ screen; touch ID same as iphone; independent codec with better audio performance; low price; what else you can expect? I like it so much

24. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Impressive pics.

25. kurama.

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Will this be able to beat 1020

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