Meizu MX Review
This review is based on a quad-core Meizu MX unit, with an Exynos 4412 processor, 32GB of storage, and 1,700mAh battery. The dual-core Meizu MX version has an Exynos 4210 processor, 16GB of storage, and a 1,600mAh battery.

Introduction:

Can a Chinese smartphone manufacturer deliver a product that is not your run-of-the-mill slab of plastic, but a decent Android handset really worth getting? That is quite possible, it seems. The Meizu MX Android 4.0 smartphone is equipped with a high resolution display and inside it runs the powerful Exynos 4412 processor with four cores of awesome. Care to learn more about the device? Then let's check it out in detail.

The box contains:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Micro SIM adapter and cutout template
  • Doohickey for removing the back cover
  • User manual and other papers



Design:

So, we open up the fancy box that the Meizu MX comes in and we find an okay-looking smartphone that, strangely, yet not all that surprisingly, resembles a somewhat bigger iPhone. That is only when looking at its front, however, as the back is made out of glossy plastic – probably one of the glossiest kinds you will ever see on a cell phone.



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Overall, the Meizu MX looks acceptable and fits well in the palm, but more than a few things could have been executed better. For example, the volume rocker is uncomfortable to use and the awkwardly protruding home button spoils the device's feng shui. Besides, the device has a predominant plasticky feel and a back cover that squeaks as it bends even under light pressure. On the other hand, we think the dynamic capacitive buttons that change their orientation depending on how you are holding the device are a nice little design touch.




Display:

One of the nicer things about the Meizu MX is its 4-inch display, which is made using ASV LCD technology. It has a resolution of 640 by 960 pixels (288 ppi) so it is really hard to spot an individual pixel. The only imperfections that we can spot is that whites look slightly yellowish, but other than that, there is nothing we can complain about. The screen has a neutral color reproduction and can be used outdoors without too much of an effort.



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22 Comments

1. kamil

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

some few tweaks here and there and this device could actually be a success

3. Mll4eveR.

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

it's already a success at its price range.

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

awesome phone.

4. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

"The only imperfections that we can spot is that whites look slightly yellowish" ,,,kinda racist LOL HAHAHAHA anyways, great phone, great review!

6. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

your neutralness, we have a beige alert.

15. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

If I don't survive, tell my wife "hello."

8. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

to everyone. Don't take this personally. It's just a joke. I'm asian.

5. ph00ny

Posts: 2025; Member since: May 26, 2011

What's the point of setting max clock speed when Exynos by design changes the number of cores, frequency, and voltage on its own

7. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Nice specs for a small phone, now those who want powerful tech won't need to buy phones with large screens if it doesn't suit them. Of course I have a feeling u.s. availability will be through gray market imports.

10. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

The screen aspect ratio combined with the size is what has me hooked... I really like it...

9. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

This smartphone looks awesome. I would definitely buy it.

16. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It looks like some unholy cross between an iPhone and a One X (in other words, it looks sweet!) I especially love the look of the capacitive buttons and home button. The dynamic dots look awesome, I wish more manufacturers would do something like this, at least as far as making them rotate with screen orientation. HTC did it with the international version of the Incredible 2, and sort of with the Flyer, but sadly stopped after that.

12. getaway

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I just think they should change the design of the phone for the next gen as its getting more know, or just release another model idk

13. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Yeah, I feel the same way too that meizu should change the design for mx, it really reminds me of the iPhone. But overall, I really like this phone but I hope that they'll sell it on other countries as well

14. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

HTC One X should hide it's face from limelight!! The benchmark tests tells us so!!

19. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

btch please, it may be the worst benchmark among the 4 smartphones, but bare in mind that the One X's benchmark is very high for today's standards, and beats tons of android smartphones today.

17. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

For anyone looking for a unique device with a smaller screen (hard to believe we have gotten to the point that 4.0" screens are small, ain't it?), this seems to be a true, fun option. Good review.

18. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Don't get why Phonearena hates plastic backed/bodied phones. Metal backing/bodied are too ''old'' and heavy. Plastic/Polycarbonate are now what i call the 21st Century Material!!!!

20. Alphadan

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

Seriously, am I the only one who thinks that the camera takes really blurry pictures? Just look at the picture of the church, it's totally out of focus on the lower left area, and it's got a purplish shade... Awful 8MP camera.

21. dfever1

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Does anybody know where to buy a case for this phone? i bought it in China but I brought it to US. I know a lot of chinese places to buy cases, but i'm more looking for a premium case that can be purchased in US. I have looked up otterbox, case mate and sgp, but none of them has the cases for this phone. Does anybody know if any company sells cases?

23. cangie

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I saw some on Amazon from a company called Spigen. Dunno if these are what you're looking for but :http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=meizu+mx+case+sgp&rh=i:aps,k:meizu+mx+case+sgp&ajr=0

22. cangie

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I think these phones are pretty nice. Why don't they sell it here?
MX
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1700 mAh

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