Meizu MX4 Review35
We've heard better.
Meizu MX4's in-ear speaker is nothing to fawn over – it's relatively loud and the tonal information that allows you to easily identify specific voices is there, but there's distortion and the sound coming out of it is flat and sometimes even hiss-y.
The microphone, on the other hand, had a little better showing, as voices were more successfully fetched to the other side, without as many serious artifacts in sound. That said, we're again talking about middling performance at best – nothing fancy, but nothing terrible, either.
Welcome to the two-days-per-charge club, Meizu!
Meizu's new flagship clocked 7 hours and 25 minutes on our custom battery life test, putting it in the same league with devices like the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8. In our own experience, the MX4 is a two-days-per-charge device, and that's awesome. To help you squeeze out even more juice out of the pack, Meizu has also included a dedicated power-saving mode (along with balanced and performance modes), though neither of these have any descriptions attached to them. From experience, we'd wager that we're most likely looking at a simple processor under-clock as connectivity does not seem to be affected under the aforementioned conservative mode.
So there you have it – a worthy flagship device that can be had for the price of a much inferior upper-mid range phone from a brand like Sony, LG, or Samsung. That said, do keep in mind that the phone ships from Hong Kong, and all warranty-related repairs will have to be carried out there as well. So it follows that the MX4 has to deliver, and deliver in full.
Well, to a very large extent, it does. The design isn't anything jaw-dropping, but it's still fairly attractive and the phone is very sturdy and comfortable to use for its screen size. The display is pretty great, too, and performance is also top notch. The 20.7-megapixel Sony camera at the back is no joke, either. Last, but not least, the MX4's 3100 mAh battery ensures day and a half of juice even with hard usage. On the down side, the sample unit we received had Meizu's Chinese app and theme stores integrated into its interface and a few essential apps, which is a bit of a let-down. After all, we don't all know Chinese. If you're willing to turn a blind eye to that little nuisance, however, then the Meizu MX4 is a great flagship for those of you on a smaller budget.
Android version: 4.4.2
Flyme OS version: 4.0.2l
Baseband version: MOLY.LR9.W1421.MD.LWTG.MP.V6.P13, 2014/09/20 10:04