As promised, Chinese manufacturer Meizu has lifted the lid on its latest flagship smartphone, though it’s not quite what we were expecting.
There’s no Pro version for starters, and it’s goodbye Exynos as the Meizu MX4 proudly stakes its claim as the world’s first smartphone with Mediatek’s MT6595 octo-core processor.
Yep, that’s octo-core as in big.LITTLE, as in 4 x A7 and 4 x A17 cores. With smart switching between sets – calling on the power-hungry big guns only when necessary, we’re promised 30% more battery life than the Meizu MX3, with a performance boost of 70%.
Another standout feature on the Meizu MX4 is its “aircraft grade” aluminium frame with bonded display. There’s a tiny little 0.3mm buffer that promises to absorb shock if – or when – you drop your phone, while Gorilla’s Glass 3 is drafted in, too.
Speaking of the display, this morning I was saying that the Meizu MX4 was tipped to come in at 5in 1080p, while the Pro version would measure 5.4in diagonally with a QHD resolution.
Well, turns out neither of those combinations was correct, as the one and only Meizu MX4 has a 5.36in display (ok, close enough to 5.4in, I guess) and 1080p resolution.
Other Meizu MX4 specs include a 20.7MP Sony-made rear camera with 0.3-second focus. It supports 4K video capture and 25 frames per second (fps) burst mode, while Sony is again brought in to provide the 2MP front snapper.
Chinese spec fiends will need to make do with just 2GB of RAM, not the rumoured 3GB, and there’s further disappointment with the lack of microSD – though there is at least the choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal storage, along with support for LTE connectivity.
Finally, there’s KitKat Android 4.4.4 with Meizu’s Flyme 4.0 UI on top, and the whole show’s powered by a 3,100mAh battery.
Again, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll meet the smartphone in the UK, but for what it’s worth, Meizu MX4 price comes in at 1,799 Chinese Yuan (16GB; £177), 1,999 Chinese Yuan (32GB; £197), and 2,399 Chinese Yuan (64GB; £237).