Meizu MX4 Pro is here - Quad HD, 20nm Exynos SoC, 20.7MP camera, and complex fingerprint sensor on board


After months of speculations, Meizu has finally launched the more power-laden version of its MX4 flagship - enter the 5.5" Meizu MX4 Pro. Design-wise, it's mostly similar to the 5.36" Meizu MX4, though it has a slightly redesigned capacitive home button (there's a reason for that). Just a tad thicker than the MX4, the MX4 Pro is 9mm-thin and tips the scales at 158gr. At the same time, it's 150.1mm tall and 77mm wide, which means that the 5.5-inch handset has a good screen-to-body ratio of 76.5%. Meizu also boasts that it has slimmed down the side bezels to 2.8mm.

Just as we heard several days ago, the handset is powered by a quad-core Samsung-made chipset, an Exynos 5430 SoC (the first 20nm chipset that debuted alongside the Samsung Galaxy Alpha) , which has four Cortex-A15 cores running at 2.0GHz and four Cortex-A7 ones humming at 1.5GHz. All of the eight cores are singing in concert in accordance to the big.LITTLE technology. In the meantime, we have a Mali T628 MP6/600MHz GPU crunching through the graphics. Meizu has also thrown in 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM inside the MX4 Pro. The device will be available in either 16, 32, or 64GB.

Up front, we have a 5.5-inch, JDI-made display with a resolution of 1536 x 2560 pixels. We also have Gorilla Glass 3 atop.This results in an extremely-high pixel density of 546ppi, which puts the device among the most pixel-dense phones in the world. Meizu says that the MX4 Pro can achieve a maximum brightness of 450 nits - we've definitely seen better.

Right beneath the display, Meizu has crammed in a 3,350mAh battery. Connectivity-wise, the MX4 Pro sports a dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz), LTE, and all the regular bells and whistles you'd normally expect - Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, etc. 

At the rear, we can find a 20.7MP Sony IMX220 Exmor RS camera sensor, protected by sapphire glass. The sensor has a 5-element, 300-degree panoramic lens with an aperture of F/2.2 and a fast, 0.3-second autofocus. 4K video recording, dual-tone flash, and a 100fps burst shooting mode are also among the camera's deep bag of features. The selfie shooter at the front seems pretty adequate (on paper), too - it's a 5MP camera with a 4-element, 84.4-degree wide-angle sensor. 

Despite the rumors that the Meizu MX4 Pro might run either Ubuntu Touch or Alibaba's YunOS, the new Meizu device runs the manufacturer's own Flyme OS skin on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

Among the highlights of the device is mTouch - its own take on a fingerprint sensor. Integrated under the sapphire glass-covered home button, this module will register and process your fingerprints for 0.5 seconds (in Meizu's own words), allowing you to either unlock the device or purchase a Christmas present as fast as it gets. The fingerprint sensor's sensitivity of 508ppi means that it will do its job even if your finger is wet or a little dirty. 

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Meizu has also endowed its newest device with something something to woo the audiophiles out there - a TI OPA1612 amplification chip, an advanced DAC master clock architecture, and other Hi-Fi goodies can be found inside. In addition, several ceramic film capacitors and high-precision low-temperature-drift resistors take care of the background noises. Nifty, right?

All in all, the MX4 Pro amps up the game of Meizu's 2014 portfolio, bearing some hefty improvements over the "mundane" MX4. It seems that the device will bear a $410 price tag in China, yet there's no word if it will venture into any other markets just yet. At least we know that the MX4 Pro will come in grey, sand yellow, and white.

source: Meizu
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