Introduction


Meizu has been slinging flagship devices at the market for years now, but those have been having a hard time sticking around in meaningful quantities. This is specifically true as of late as local rival Xiaomi has been showering itself in glory, overshadowing Meizu in the process. Now, with the MX4, Meizu is ready to try again.

Plenty is on offer with this phone, including a large, 5.4-inch display, an octa-core processor, and a 21 MP camera – all powered by a 3100 mAh battery. For this, you'll have to whip out $449, but don't expect to find it on the shelves of your local brick and mortar. That said, practice has shown that devices like this find their way to the States and elsewhere, and there's always Meizu's international online store, which offers free express shipping and covers any import taxes you might incur.

So does the attractive price tag and the seemingly infallible specs make the MX4 a competitive device? Let's find out!

Design

This thing is sturdy and sits nicely in the hand, but we wish Meizu spent a little more time styling the rear.

The Meizu MX4 packs a 5.4-inch screen that's plenty large. So how big of a device are we talking about? At 5.67 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches (144 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm), the MX4 is slightly smaller than the equally-trimmed LG G3, which is great news. The MX4 is also fairly light, at 5.19 oz (147 g), and that's always good news.

The MX4 nevertheless feels very solid in the hand, and matches your palm nicely due to that rounded back, so overall ergonomics are excellent – not least because Meizu has done an excellent job trimming any excess fat with the bezels. The materials used with the phone are well-selected as well – we've got a metal frame, within which the device is nestled, and an especially soft plastic shell at the rear. Metal is also used with the power and volume keys, both of which provide excellent tactile feedback, though the former is awkwardly-located at the top – a problem with as large a device.

Overall, we can't say that the MX4 won us over with its exterior – it's not bad by any and all means, but the rear shell is kind of unsightly.


Meizu MX4

Meizu MX4

Dimensions

5.67 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches

144 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.19 oz (147 g)

LG G3

LG G3

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches

146 x 72 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Xiaomi Mi 4

Xiaomi Mi 4

Dimensions

5.48 x 2.7 x 0.35 inches

139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Meizu MX4

Meizu MX4

Dimensions

5.67 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches

144 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.19 oz (147 g)

LG G3

LG G3

Dimensions

5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 inches

146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3

Dimensions

5.75 x 2.83 x 0.29 inches

146 x 72 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.36 oz (152 g)

Xiaomi Mi 4

Xiaomi Mi 4

Dimensions

5.48 x 2.7 x 0.35 inches

139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.26 oz (149 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

A very bright, 15:9 display with some acceptable weaknesses.

An extra large, 5.36-inch IPS screen by Sharp or JDI (depending on the batch) is what the MX4 has going on. The resolution is rather odd, at 1152 x 1920 (15:9), good for the excellent 418 pixels per inch. For protection, Meizu is using a Corning Gorilla Glas 3 cover, which should safeguard against scratches and even small drops. Thankfully, this also means that the surface of the display is coated with an oleophobic solution, meaning that oily fingerprints are minimized.

Also excellent are the maximum and minimum levels of brightness the display can produce – 535 and 2 nits, respectively. These figures are corroborated by our own findings – reading the screen outside, even with the sun over our shoulder, was easy, and the extremely low brightness of the panel also allowed for a comfortable viewing during the night. As for the screen's color reproduction, we're looking at acceptable deviations from the target, though the color temperature, at 7778 K (6500 K is the reference here), is a bit too high, which results in a bluish overcast that is especially visible with whites and grays. The display's coldness is not its only drawback, though, as gamma, at 2.01, is also sub-par (2.2 is ideal).



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40 Comments

1. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Just shows how that 8-core MediaTek cant compete with 4-core Qualcomm. Slower in benchmarks, slower in cam speed, basically cant keep up. The price might be amazing but for a European who has to pay taxes importing it, then worrying for warranty which is back in China is just a phone for Chinese market and should not be considered by anyone outside of China

10. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Except this chip is about half the price of a Snapdragon 801. And this might not be a great buy from China because they upped the price too much but there are plenty other devices that are both cheaper and faster. It is a pitty thogh that you feel the need to trumpet your nonsense, go play with your icrap and let us be.

12. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

I am more than fine with 4.4.4 official update from my moto on my 2013 moto X. If you cant accept the facts that best of media tek cant compete with best of qualcomm in terms of performance then thats not my fault. Not to mention how awful mediatek is when it comes to giving driver updates to the OEM's for them to update to latest android.

18. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Irrelevant but I have to say it: I feel that is a deliberate crime to show color temperature of Z3 to the preadjusted 10324K and compare it with it, although it has the ability to move it as close as can be to the "ideal" 6500K using the display settings color temperature adjusting feature [ to red 250 /green 190 /blue 0 as you guys said before here http://tinyurl.com/pkcoqon]

19. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

*deliberate crime* manner of speaking

21. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Ye thing is they do the reviews with auto settings, they dont change them to favor any phone. With proper manual camera settings you can take a photo from a mediocre phone better than a high end if you play enough. Thats not a point and thats why they dont change them,

22. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

SHAME

23. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Its a very simple thing, it's not a thousand different adjustments that you can make with a camera

16. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Meizu says on their site that they'll cover the import tax and ship through DHL for free. You're also a bit off on a few points about the MT chip. For one, cam speed has a lot to do with the size of the picture (21MP here). As you can see if you compare it with the Xperia Z3, it is as fast (or slow), despite touting an SD801. As I noted in the review, navigation is buttery smooth, and even the more demanding games are rendered perfectly fine. We need to do away with this preconception that MediaTek just always has to suck.

32. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Agreed, Mediatek is catching up and why wouldn't they considering they are using the patented ARM design for big little.. Good to see Antutu is utilising all those cores too, the benchmarks and real world phone use (being buttery smooth) prove that its more than a mid ranger. I've been watching Meizu for some time, I'm pretty sure they're about ready for the global market with the MX4 :)

2. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I feel mediatek cheat on Antutu ~

13. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

They probably don't. A per core benchmark is more telling when you want to see just how powerful a cpu is. Antutu combines GPU and CPU scores for one cumulative score. An octa-core chipset will fly on Antutu compared to something that rates each individual core or the GPU alone.

3. ABDULGHAFOOR

Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

why there is no cons of "No microSD card slot" in iphone 6 review but you consider this in MX4 review O.o

17. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

We're testing a new approach -- more cons and pros for those looking for at-a-glance summaries. What do you think?

24. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

I like it cause we are in 2014 where more than half of flagship phones come without SD support. Beside people like tech geeks in sites like phonearena are the only ones who complain abou it. A normal person who has no idea what android 4.4.4 is or what root is will never give a xxxx about SD.

33. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

"A normal person who has no idea what android 4.4.4 is or what root is will never give a xxxx about SD..." This counts for about 95% of the world population.

5. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

In my opinion, this looks much better than the phone that bends ;)

11. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

How is that possible when the back cover looks like the most generic designed thing on this planet..

28. Airylnovatech

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

The iPhone 6 looks worse.

35. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Simple but sweet! Adds to its simple ui design.

6. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I would think three times before buying a Chinese phone.

26. MTT84

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

A lot of of phones are made in China, including the iPhone. A lot of electronics in your house could also be made in China. A Chinese phone does not always has to be bad (in terms of built quality), especially given the price tag.

31. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Not actually 'made', but manufactred in china. All components come from various places/countries, and then they're assembled in china.

34. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Everything is made in China these days. LOL

8. redmd

Posts: 1925; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Aftersales support will the problem on this one.

9. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

The screen is 15:9 not 16:10.

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

Good catch. +1

14. solidsnake695

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

better camera than z3

27. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

That's a LOT of cons.

30. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

According to PA's Victor.H, Quadrant is not included when reviewing the new iphones because it is outdated. But it is included when reviewing every android based phone. Funny how the same app can slip in and out of relevance depending upon the specific phone in question.

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MX4
  • Display 5.4" 1152 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 3100 mAh

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