Meizu PRO 5 goes official: stylish metal phone with the top Exynos 7 Octa chip

The Meizu PRO 5 has just gone official, and it’s the company’s most expensive and most advanced handset to date.

A large, 5.7-inch phone, the Meizu PRO 5 is a phone destined first and foremost for China. It lives up to the ‘pro’ name with its hardware: it features the Exynos 7420 system chip that powers the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note5, one of the best performing chips out there.

Meizu has also made a big jump in the quality of its design: many would be quick to notice that the Pro 5 looks a lot like an iPhone, but we would not go as far as to call it a direct clone. The materials used in the Pro 5 are sturdy metal for the body, with cutouts for the antennas, an overall design style that we’ve already seen on the Meizu MX5.

First, let’s take a quick look at the spec highlights of the Meizu Pro 5:

Platform: Android 5.1 Lollipop with Flyme 5
Display: 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 2.5D screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels
SoC: Samsung Exynos 7420 (14nm FinFET) with Mali T760 MP8
Cameras: 21-megapixel main cam, 5-megapixel front camera
Internal storage: 32GB, UFS 2.0

In terms of connectivity, the Pro 5 features a new baseband for ‘4G+’ connectivity (300Mbps) and it also brings Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support. Do keep in mind that we’re yet to examine the support for bands, and whether these connectivity options will apply to countries outside of Meizu’s main market, China.

Quite impressively, the Meizu Pro 5 scores over 75,000 on AnTuTu, and the company showed that it is the fastest to load apps when compared with Xiaomi’s Note, Sony’s Xperia Z3+, and a few other top-shelf devices.

It’s also notable, that the Pro 5 comes with USB Type C connector with fast charge support -- the phone charges to 65% in just 30 mins (the charger supports up to 12V).

Camera and photography

Meizu has made the jump to the popualr Sony IMX230 sensor for the main camera, and it’s a 21-megapixel 1/2.4” sensor with 1.12-micron pixels, while for the actual image capture Meizu uses a brand new image signal processor (ISP).

The camera is capable of ultra-fast 0.17-second focusing speed thanks to phase-detection pixels baked in the sensor. These are truly break-neck speeds: compare this with contrast AF that takes 0.3 seconds on average, 0.2 seconds averages for the laser focus tech, while Meizu claims this is even faster.

Meizu flashed a slide at the presentation claiming that the camera is capable of recording 4K at both 120fps and 30fps, with the former being a first for any phone (if it’s indeed true).

Hi-Fi sound

The Meizu Pro 5 is the first Meizu phone after the MX4 Pro of last year to feature what the company calls ‘high-fidelity’ audio. To be specific, Meizu speaks about Hi-Fi 2.0 sound with ES9018 signal processor and OPA1612 headphone amplifier, and we’re yet to hear how this results in an improved sound.

Alongside the Pro 5, Meizu also introduced a brand new pair of in-ear headphones, the EP31, sold separately for 199 yuan ($32).

Flyme 5

The new Meizu Pro 5 also serves as the release platform for Flyme 5, the newest version of Meizu’s custom Android skin.

Flyme 5 is a user interface with no app drawer and it features its own distinct style with large, well-drawn icons, and in this newest version it also features many new animations within the menus that make navigation appear smoother, as well as a performance boost.

There are some significant changes to core functionality: the convenient swipe from the bottom gestures to bring multitasking is now gone in favor of the Lollipop-style card multitasking view. Many of the first party apps have also been redesigned, and this includes the camera.

Meizu is proud to have made Flyme 5 noticeably faster to load apps and navigate around and to illustrate that, the company showed a giant slide with tens of apps loading times compared against its biggest rival in China, Xiaomi with its MIUI skin. Naturally, this boost in loading times means that Flyme 5 is also much faster than its predecessor, Flyme 4.5.

Flyme 5 will be released on November 12th, while the beta version will go live a month earlier, on October 12th (at least for users in China). The Meizu Pro 5 will arrive with the new version of Flyme on November 15th.

Meizu Pro 5 price and release date

The Meizu Pro 5 release date is set for October 12th. Here are the prices for the two available versions:

  • 2800 yuan ($439) for 32GB of internal storage/3GB of RAM version
  • 3100 yuan ($486) for 64GB of internal storage/4GB of RAM model
How do you like the Meizu Pro 5?

source: Meizu (translated)

Related phones

  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3050 mAh



1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Cant wait for benchmarks :)

9. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Atleast those antenna lines looks far better than iPhones...

22. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Those antenna lines have been always around meizus and htc since mx3. iphone just copy it and made it ugly.

45. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

This is a beast for th price it commands! The same price tag is there for the Galaxy A8 and the PRO 5 trumps it handds down in all aspects. China Fantastic!

49. engineer-1701d unregistered

this is really nice its like apple and samsung had a baby and took the baby to see uncle htc, and aunt usb-c think i may pick up one

2. carlemillward unregistered

Is storage expandable? Battery capacity?

16. almostdone

Posts: 449; Member since: Sep 25, 2012 According to GSMArena there is microSD expansion. 3050mah battery.

26. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

-SuperAMOLED without smearing -The most powerful CPU -The most powerful GPU +FullHD -MicroSD -No glass back I guess it is the best device of the year.

38. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Where did you get information on SD slot?

42. Mister-Z-

Posts: 175; Member since: Sep 07, 2015

+ 6Gb Ram Glass back with sapphire 4000mah battery, IMR 35Amp High-drain

3. karas

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

No OIS??

40. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Probably not if its the same one in the Z5 like it sounds like it is. If you believe Sony it's still the best camera even without OIS.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The design is very lazy. P.s. Why have xiaomi and meizu got USB Type C with fast charge but OnePlus couldn't?

8. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

That is oneplus being lazy

37. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

& saving some features to put in the next gen phones.....may be

5. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Exynos with 1080p s reen. This thing will destroy everything

25. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

not the Z5 Compact with 720p and the 810 tho

28. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

No difference just because Exynos 7420's GPU has enough power to max out any gsame to 60 fps.

33. dazed1

Posts: 805; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

LOL the compact is pure junk compared to this.

6. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

the best thing is no sd810 and 808. 7420 with FHD will beat all other phones. Sound quality is already great on Meizu phones, I checked mx4 before. Flyme UI 4.5 was already very fast and fluid compared to TW and Sense6 but not better than MIUI

7. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Sony just should have shelled out the cash for the Exynos or waited until the SD820. They screwed up the Z5. Could have been epic.

10. LuckySwitz

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

iP6?! -.-

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

F0ck, again no SD slot, C'mon how are audiophiles supposed to enjoy high quality audio with MP3...even 64 is small storage for FLAC files, 128 would do the job.

24. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

It will have sd slot, meizu won't go the apple way in storage.

12. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

They had to use lcd screen Meizu can't adjust the color accuracy of amoled screen

20. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Yes mx5 lokks pinkish with its amoled

29. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

there is nothing wrong with colours on MX5.

39. xioxas

Posts: 21; Member since: May 04, 2015

it's gonna fail like Meizu MX5, many problem with amoled screen

13. E34V8

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Coming from an ex Meizu МX4 user - Meizu devices are great, but their software is utter crap! Flyme has nice features, but the optimization is very low. And they lock their phones, so there are no custom (AOSP) roms.

14. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

? From what I remember MX4 Pro had easy root feature, but it didn't get many custom ROMs because of Samsung and its Exynos.

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