Meizu MX5 leaks in hands-on video – familiar design, beautifully thin bezels

Meizu MX5 leaks in hands-on video – familiar design, beautifully thin bezels
So far, we've heard and seen quite a bit of the new Meizu MX5. The China-based company's 2015 flagship seems to be heading for an early release – not a full-year cycle, which would complete this September. What we have today, however, is a real treat – an actual video hands-on with the smartphone. There is no sound, and the device on show is obviously a test unit or pre-production prototype, but it does tote the Meizu-signature design language and super-thin bezels.

Yes, earlier renders did show that the company may be working on a bezel-less illusion with a bended glass near the edges of the device, but leaked pictures and this very video show that this plan was dropped (or was never even picked up). What we see is a handset very similar to the Meizu MX4 – the curved back, soft edges, thin bezels, and large camera sensor opening just ooze Meizu's style. The capacitive home button, however, seems to be gone for good from the company's portfolio, as this supposed MX5 sports a hardware one, much similar to the one one the MX4 Pro. Fingers crossed it also has the effective fingerprint sensor from last year's phablet.

As far as hardware goes, rumors suggest a MediaTek 6793 SoC, 3 GB of RAM, and 20 MP / 3 MP camera combo. We'd wager that the frontal camera would be of a much higher resolution, as this is the current trend, especially in phones meant for the eastern markets, but time will tell. The display is said to stretch to a 5.5" diagonal this time around, and may have a much more orthodox aspect ratio of 16:9. Previous Meizu flagships had the weird 5:3 proportion, but we wouldn't say we found it to be of any hindrance to the device. The MX5's resolution is reported to be 1080 x 1920 pixels – it's nice to see that not everybody is in a hurry to jump on the QHD bandwagon, assuming the rumors are true. We can see Meizu's own FlyMe OS running on the device, which is a unique skin laid on top of Android – allegedly, the one in the MX5 will be Lollipop. Reports suggest that the handset would be unveiled at the end of June, so it may not be long before we know what's what.


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