Meizu takes on OnePlus with new online shop that sells the MX3 smartphone "without invitation"

Meizu takes on OnePlus with new online shop that sells the MX3 smartphone
China’s Meizu today launched an international online shop that allows customers from almost anywhere in the world to buy its MX3 flagship smartphone. The white model is currently out of stock, but the black one is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants, for $399, $429, and $496, respectively. Free shipping and 12-month warranty are included. 

Meizu mentions that the MX3 can be yours “without invitation” - thus trying to poke fun at OnePlus, which is launching its CyanogenMod-based One smartphone via an invite system. To be frank, though, we’ll have to say that the features of the OnePlus One (which is newer and cheaper anyway) are superior to those of the MX3. Meizu’s handset offers a 5.1-inch display with an odd 1080 x 1800 pixels resolution, 8MP rear camera, Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,400 mAh battery. The device runs a custom FlymeOS, which is based on Android Jelly Bean - but it will be updated to KitKat starting this month.

Later this year, Meizu should introduce the MX4, its next-generation flagship handset that reportedly features a 5.5-inch display with 1536 x 2560 pixels. Naturally, we’re expecting this to be sold via the new online shop, too. By the way, the shop is called Meizumart, and is accessible at the source link below.


source: Meizumart via Meizu (Twitter)

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21 Comments

1. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Looks like a Galaxy rip off. No style OR substance

9. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

more like iphone 3gs

2. tricky

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Not only are the specs off, the 64GB variant is $150 more. So pretty much fail.

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It seems everyone is aware of the epic OnePlus marketing failure. I feel bad for the OnePlus designers and engineers who obviously worked very hard, only to be betrayed by the gimmicks and stupidity of the OnePlus marketing team. Kudos to Meizu for doing things better and thinking of customers first. I'm sure Meizu's phones will get better and unlike OnePlus, people will actually be able to buy them.

7. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I don't think it's that. I just don't think they can make enough to meet initial demand. I can see the 64gig version selling all year long if it was available.

10. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

When a company can't meet demand, usually the put in place a pre-order system, so you can pay and then get a phone when manufacturing catches up. It works and people are used to it. OnePlus put in a place some sort of social networking hunger games to win an invite instead of pre-orders. Had people smashing phones which beyond being wasteful is also potentially harmful if a battery explodes. And this was after months and months of hype. All that hype and no phones unless you want to play games. I am going to get the OnePlus 64GB phone for $350, no doubt about it. But I would have been much happier with a pre-order system than OnePlus marketing gimmicks. If Vivo puts Cyanogen on their new Xshot phone, I'll also get one of those. These top spec, good value, Chinese phones open the world of good Android phones back up to people who don't want to or can't afford to spend $650-700+ on a 16GB phone (i.e. Samsung, HTC, etc.) often with some sub-par specs (4MP camera for example).

17. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

True, I totally agree with you... chinese phones has really opened up an opportunity for comsumers to have good specs in less amount... I am less inclined towards famous manufacturers since I have seen great options churning out of China

4. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Well let's see, I can wait a little less than a month and pay $350 for a 64gb phone. Or buy a phone with the same amount of storage, a smaller, lower resolution display, (not to mention the aspect ratio, 5:3???? Are you kidding me?), lower resolution camera, smaller battery, more dated processor, less RAM, and what looks like a heavil y skinned version of android. All for an extra $146? I think I'd wait this one out.

5. Calm_down_mon

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

You have an invite ? I don't , but I will probably still wait for the 1+1 when it becomes available for everybody

19. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

General availability is late May early June.

6. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

I don't care with those all strangeness. The spec with cheap price is killing me.

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

And, I doubt Meizu's devices run on 4G networks in the U.S. as the OnePlus One device does...

11. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

I would never go out of my way to buy a Chinese product. In fact, I go out of my way NOT to buy Chinese products. They have no respect for anyone else's right to property as they rip off everything and repackage it as their own, and they generally have the worst quality products in the world.

13. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Worst quality products? Which phone do you have? All phones are made in China, including the iphone (only LG manufactures in Corea and the moto X is assembled in the US). So is the iphone a good quality product or not?

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"They have no respect for anyone else's right to property as they rip off everything and repackage it as their own..." You mean like Apple and Microsoft have done for decades?

18. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Ok Forsaken77, dont go out for chinese but I am going out to buy the best specs in the best price... I spent twice my hard earn cash on the name of property, innovation and over hyped or I was an if0ol, Whatever, I am not going to do that again and will simply buy chinese

12. Cicero

Posts: 1101; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Buy a S4 or One or T with better specs and price now.

15. lampshade_cn

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

What's "T"?

16. lampshade_cn

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

oh guys,I have to tell you that MX3 sold ¥1799/1999/2399yuan in China,that's about $299,I bought a 32GB several days ago,but the whole white edition had sold out for two months.

20. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I sure like how market is changing. It's finally opening up where we can skip over carriers for a phone purchase and just use them as the dumb pipes they are. Over priced hardware will pass like a fad, in time.

21. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

The One Plus One looks like a great phone if anyone can ever actually buty it. But the truth is the only people that will buy it are phone fans like the people here. Average customers will still go to the carrier store and buy what they can afford. So ultimately they will probably fail. As for this Meizu deal nobody that really knows what is good hardware now will want this.

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