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Call quality

We've heard better.

The 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.

Battery life

Welcome to the two-days-per-charge club, Meizu!

Meizu has endowed the MX4 with a hearty, 3100 mAh battery pack. The unit is of the non-removable type (even though you can lift off the rear shell), so changing the battery in case of a problem won't be straightforward at all.

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.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Meizu MX4 7h 25 min (Average)
LG G3 6h 14 min (Poor)
Sony Xperia Z3 9h 29 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Meizu MX4 159
LG G3 120
Sony Xperia Z3 235

Conclusion


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


Pros

  • Very sturdy and ergonomic design
  • Bright display – great for use outdoors
  • Low minimum brightness means comfortable viewing in your bed
  • Snappy overall performance
  • The 21MP camera is a great performer
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Limited availability outside of Meizu's online store; warranty-related repairs are carried out in Hong Kong
  • The design of the rear is a bit stale
  • The display is colder than optimal and gamma is sub-par
  • The otherwise attractive interface has a few kinks that need fixing
  • No microSD card slot
  • No LTE support for US bands
  • No continuous auto focus when capturing video
  • Unimpressive earpiece and microphone

PhoneArena Rating:

8.5

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