Monsters from Asia: the octa-core Meizu MX4 and its 20MP camera

With IFA 2014 and the unveiling of the new iPhones, we've been kept busy over the past month. But the smartphone scene in the East was very much alive and well during those last few weeks, and, as those of you who are keeping tabs on it will likely know -- not a month goes by without an intriguing new device hitting the market. This time around, it was Meizu's turn -- say hello to the impressive MX4!

Starting with the design of the MX4, the 0.35 in (8.9 mm) body of the phone is encased within a metal frame, though the back is made out of soft touch plastic. The amount of bezels at the front is kept in check, and that allows for a smaller footprint, despite the rather large, 5.36-inch IPS display. Depending on the batch, that one is made by either Sharp or JDI, has an odd resolution of 1920 x 1152 pixels, and a density of 418 ppi. Meizu claims that the Gorila Glass 3-protected panel is capable of cranking up the brightness to up to 500 nits.

Within the MX4's body, you'll find MediaTek's latest LTE-enabled, octa-core chip -- the MT6595. Despite MediaTek's focus on cheaper hardware, the MT6595 is no joke and offers top-end performance. The chipset runs in an ARM big.LITTLE configuration, meaning that there are two clusters of four cores (2.2GHz Cortex-A17 and 1.7GHz Cortex-A7), both of which can be turned on at the same time for maximum performance. The GPU on board is a quad-core PowerVR G6200, clocked at 600MHz, and there are 2 gigs of LPDDR3 RAM available. All said, powered by a 3100 mAh battery, this setup equates to an AnTuTu score of over 48,000 points.

As for the camera, we're looking at a very impressive, 20.7-megapixel Sony Exmor RS IMX220 sensor with a size of 1/2.3'' -- considerably larger than the average, even for a flagship. The shooter is complemented by a five-element lens with wide, f/2.2 aperture and a two-tone LED flash. The sensor itself is protected by Gorilla Glass 3, and Meizu claims focus speeds are as fast as 0.3 seconds. The camera app also has support for extra shooting modes, including 4K UHD video capture, 300-degree panoramas, post-capture refocus, a night mode with software stabilization, slow motion with 100 frames per second, and, of course, manual mode. Up at the front, we've got another Sony sensor -- the 2-megapixel IMX208 with an f/2.0 aperture Sharp lens.

So how much does all of this cost? For the 16GB version, you'll have to part with $449, while the 32GB model will set you back $489. Luckily, you can grab the MX4 through Meizumart -- the company's official online store -- with free shipping.

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  • Display 5.4" 1152 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16GB
  • Battery 3100 mAh



1. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Nice specs. Another competitive for Samsung.

3. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

What about apple, HTC, LG and others? Stupid hatters.

4. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yeah, especially that mad one from Alice in Wonderland, he's off his face.

6. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

You sound so butthurt, why settle overpriced plastic when you have affordable metal?

10. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Affordable bendable metal.

12. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

How cute, my mi4 running like a champ as well as one +, touchwiz lags period

15. simon16

Posts: 16; Member since: May 02, 2014

i want to see a video review of Meizu mx4 vs. Xiaomi mi4

20. PauLaur

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 26, 2014

go to youtube and watch it. what a funny comment "i want to see"... you can see - so just do it. nike

16. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Your talking about apple and its not affordable

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

no its a competitor for apple because it looks like apple phone just nicer and a lot more specs.

19. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Samsung should design their phones like this. Their metal designs looks the same as plastic phones. Look at this mx4. What a treat to the eyes !

2. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

A Sony battery? Wow, this phone is packed with Sony stuffs.

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Interested to see how the camera compares to the ones in Xperia Z flagships.

14. simon16

Posts: 16; Member since: May 02, 2014

it is better

7. VSN24

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

This phone has, perhaps, the thinnest side bezels.

8. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

What does phone arena writers have against plastic phones? They claim metal phones to be premium when they bend and strip off.

13. simon16

Posts: 16; Member since: May 02, 2014

meizu mx4 is not just some plastic phone. It has aircraft grade alloy chassis. only removable back cover is plastic. In my opinion it has the best design on the market.

9. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

oh finally a non iPhone and #bendgate article

17. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

We will see even less if people will stop mentioning it

18. CloutKing

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

looks like a generic iphone to me ...why even try? zZZZzzzz

21. mariosraptor

Posts: 190; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

it's SHARP not SHAPR. correct the typo

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