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.
The screen is sharp and bright, but disappointingly blueish
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.