With Meizu's 128GB MX3, who cares about microSD?

With Meizu's 128GB MX3, who cares about microSD?We first gave you a heads up about the Meizu MX3 back in March, but it's taken until now for the up-and-coming Chinese firm to finally make its third-generation MX smartphone official.

But unlike most handsets that keep us waiting for an official launch, the MX3 still manages to raise the eyebrows – after all, how many other 128GB smartphones are doing the rounds right now?

That's right, the Meizu MX3 is available not just in perfectly respectable 16GB, 32GB and 64GB configurations, but there's a 128GB option too.

And that's just one of several noteworthy aspects of Meizu's newcomer that were showcased at the MX3's Beijing launch event this week. The display, for instance, is a 5.1in Sharp panel with a 1800 x 1080 resolution – that's an unusual 15:9 aspect ratio.

Then there's the silicon, which is a Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa chipset – Meizu being one of a small handful of companies Samsung supplies its SoCs to directly, along with SGX544 graphics and 2GB of RAM.

As for the camera, this time it's Sony whose tried-and-trusted tech is utilised for the MX3's benefit, namely a third-generation 8MP sensor with sapphire glass f/2.0 lens and up to 20fps capture speed. Curiously, the front-facer is an underwhelming 2MP unit.

If you're into audio, meanwhile, you'll appreciate the choice of a Wolfson audio chip with its 113dB signal-to-noise ratio and 0.002% distortion rate, and on that subject a triple-mic recording setup should capture your own dulcet tones at their very best when you're making calls.

All the usual wireless and connectivity standards are supported, and Meizu claims its antenna technology enables better reception than the iPhone 5 – one of those things we'll just have to accept since we have no way of testing it.

The MX3 runs Meizu's Flyme 3.0 UI, which reportedly comes with updates numbering into the 1000s over its predecessor, another factoid that sounds great without actually meaning a whole lot.

But how about this one: reserve your Meizu MX3 now and you can pick it up as soon as mid-September – you'll just have to be in China at the time. Prices start at CNY2499 (£263) for the 16GB model and rise to CNY3999 (£420).

The Meizu MX3 won't get anywhere near the UK via official channels, but it could well be one for the discerning smartphone fan to keep an eye out for on Amazon towards the end of the year.

Via Engadget

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AhmadCentral  Sep. 2, 2013 at 17:50

Not bad. Think Meizu are going to have another good year.

But Xiaomi look to do much better.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 2, 2013 at 17:58

Not a fan of Meizu's UI. But hey...
Wish Meizu and Xiaomi all the best. IMHO Android is a budget/midrange OS! It's what brew/java were in the late 90s and up to 2008. Yes, better hardware, better apps. But essentially is 'feels', um, dumb.
Sorry. It is what I think about it. I'm not saying, buy x, y or z instead. I'm not saying dumb = dumb. (I'm considering a Nokia 515 - a feature phone). And beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But to me Android feels like a project more than a utility.

I guess I shouldn't even comment. Ooops. Carry on.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 2, 2013 at 18:52

Not a fan of Meizu's UI. But hey...
Wish Meizu and Xiaomi all the best. IMHO Android is a budget/midrange OS! It's what brew/java were in the late 90s and up to 2008. Yes, better hardware, better apps. But essentially is 'feels', um, dumb.
Sorry. It is what I think about it. I'm not saying, buy x, y or z instead. I'm not saying dumb = dumb. (I'm considering a Nokia 515 - a feature phone). And beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But to me Android feels like a project more than a utility.

I guess I shouldn't even comment. Ooops. Carry on.


The 515 looks nice but it's just an overpriced feature phone. It has no stand out feature compared to old feature phones.

You'd think it could at least have better connectivity options or a better camera or even front facing camera. And a bit more internal memory never hurt anyone.

Nokia need to make an evolution to the feature phones from 4 years ago. Not make a phone that's arguably worse than an N95 and costs more.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 2, 2013 at 19:03

Not a fan of Meizu's UI. But hey...
Wish Meizu and Xiaomi all the best. IMHO Android is a budget/midrange OS! It's what brew/java were in the late 90s and up to 2008. Yes, better hardware, better apps. But essentially is 'feels', um, dumb.
Sorry. It is what I think about it. I'm not saying, buy x, y or z instead. I'm not saying dumb = dumb. (I'm considering a Nokia 515 - a feature phone). And beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But to me Android feels like a project more than a utility.

I guess I shouldn't even comment. Ooops. Carry on.


The 515 looks nice but it's just an overpriced feature phone. It has no stand out feature compared to old feature phones.

You'd think it could at least have better connectivity options or a better camera or even front facing camera. And a bit more internal memory never hurt anyone.

Nokia need to make an evolution to the feature phones from 4 years ago. Not make a phone that's arguably worse than an N95 and costs more.


True. I said elsewhere I probably wouldn't actually buy a 515 - need to see what the camera can do first, and no WiFi? Um... But I do hope it sells well. I genuinely hope for some good dumbphones. And if the 515 can set some sort of mini-trend, that is not bad.
Then again, all Asha's lack one thing or the other. I suspect they don't want to cut into their own smartphone flesh?

Now, sorry for going off-topic.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 2, 2013 at 19:06

Not a fan of Meizu's UI. But hey...
Wish Meizu and Xiaomi all the best. IMHO Android is a budget/midrange OS! It's what brew/java were in the late 90s and up to 2008. Yes, better hardware, better apps. But essentially is 'feels', um, dumb.
Sorry. It is what I think about it. I'm not saying, buy x, y or z instead. I'm not saying dumb = dumb. (I'm considering a Nokia 515 - a feature phone). And beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But to me Android feels like a project more than a utility.

I guess I shouldn't even comment. Ooops. Carry on.


The 515 looks nice but it's just an overpriced feature phone. It has no stand out feature compared to old feature phones.

You'd think it could at least have better connectivity options or a better camera or even front facing camera. And a bit more internal memory never hurt anyone.

Nokia need to make an evolution to the feature phones from 4 years ago. Not make a phone that's arguably worse than an N95 and costs more.


True. I said elsewhere I probably wouldn't actually buy a 515 - need to see what the camera can do first, and no WiFi? Um... But I do hope it sells well. I genuinely hope for some good dumbphones. And if the 515 can set some sort of mini-trend, that is not bad.
Then again, all Asha's lack one thing or the other. I suspect they don't want to cut into their own smartphone flesh?

Now, sorry for going off-topic.


I'm not sorry for going off topic haha.

The thing is that the 515 costs a ridiculous amount of money. The Asha series is fine as it is and Nokias 100 range is very basic. But for the same price as a nexus 4 i'd expect this feature phone to be the best feature phone out there and not competing with a 6 year old feature phone.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 2, 2013 at 19:21

Ah, yes... But we don't know what a network subsidised 515 will cost. And the N4 is Google's special case - the price hardly the norm. Also: there are people who really don't want a smartphone, or don't want an Android device. There really, really are some. Some 20 million people jailbreak iPhones ... they, it would seem, do not want Android, and they do not like an as-is iPhone. There is a market for all kinds of things.

Android, for me, is an absolute no-go OS. As is an iDevice that cannot be jailbreaked.
The less said about M$, the better. So? I'm not 'entitled' to some choice that doesn't involve buying some old cr*p? Maybe not. **sigh** Which is why I haven't bought a phone in a long time. And I probably won't.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 2, 2013 at 19:27

Ah, yes... But we don't know what a network subsidised 515 will cost. And the N4 is Google's special case - the price hardly the norm. Also: there are people who really don't want a smartphone, or don't want an Android device. There really, really are some. Some 20 million people jailbreak iPhones ... they, it would seem, do not want Android, and they do not like an as-is iPhone. There is a market for all kinds of things.

Android, for me, is an absolute no-go OS. As is an iDevice that cannot be jailbreaked.
The less said about M$, the better. So? I'm not 'entitled' to some choice that doesn't involve buying some old cr*p? Maybe not. **sigh** Which is why I haven't bought a phone in a long time. And I probably won't.


Nokia should just re-release the N8 with bonus additions and hardware to bring it up to today standards.

I guess my point is more focused on the price of the 515. It's not a bad phone. But it's overpriced for a feature phone and especially when it does the same thing as all other feature phones with no unique selling points apart from the design.

I think Nokia have really messed up their smartphone and non smartphone ranges (apart from asha) and that's cost them dearly.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 2, 2013 at 19:43

guess my point is more focused on the price of the 515. It's not a bad phone. But it's overpriced for a feature phone and especially when it does the same thing as all other feature phones with no unique selling points apart from the design.

Ah, gotcha. Agree. Bit like the HTC One - excellent build quality aside (and a neat low-light camera), I'd tell most people to get a P6 instead and get drunk with the savings.

I suspect the camera of the 515 will be a sucky EDOF affair. The phone will take 2 minutes to open a gallery with 50 pics, by which time you have forgotten why you went to the gallery... Maybe the musicplayer? Um, yes...

If they rereleased the E7 with a proper processor and bugfree OS!!! Or, indeed, an N8!

AhmadCentral  Sep. 2, 2013 at 19:48


I suspect the camera of the 515 will be a sucky EDOF affair. The phone will take 2 minutes to open a gallery with 50 pics, by which time you have forgotten why you went to the gallery... Maybe the musicplayer? Um, yes...



DAT 64MB INTERNAL MEMORY!!!!!!

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 2, 2013 at 20:00


I suspect the camera of the 515 will be a sucky EDOF affair. The phone will take 2 minutes to open a gallery with 50 pics, by which time you have forgotten why you went to the gallery... Maybe the musicplayer? Um, yes...



DAT 64MB INTERNAL MEMORY!!!!!!
My Symbian E75 has 85MB! Not a problem, actually.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 2, 2013 at 20:08


I suspect the camera of the 515 will be a sucky EDOF affair. The phone will take 2 minutes to open a gallery with 50 pics, by which time you have forgotten why you went to the gallery... Maybe the musicplayer? Um, yes...



DAT 64MB INTERNAL MEMORY!!!!!!
My Symbian E75 has 85MB! Not a problem, actually.


But that's kinda my point at the end of the day. A 4 year old phone has better onboard storage than one released today that costs £150+

It's not an upgrade or an evolution of feature phones. It's a feature phone from 5 years ago in a new case and a premium price.

socialjeebus  Sep. 3, 2013 at 06:56

Not bad. Think Meizu are going to have another good year.

But Xiaomi look to do much better.


This is only the start, the Chinese are coming.

They're improving all the time.

128GB is at last becoming a reality.

Stelph  Sep. 3, 2013 at 09:40

Not a fan of Meizu's UI. But hey...
Wish Meizu and Xiaomi all the best. IMHO Android is a budget/midrange OS! It's what brew/java were in the late 90s and up to 2008. Yes, better hardware, better apps. But essentially is 'feels', um, dumb.
Sorry. It is what I think about it. I'm not saying, buy x, y or z instead. I'm not saying dumb = dumb. (I'm considering a Nokia 515 - a feature phone). And beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But to me Android feels like a project more than a utility.

I guess I shouldn't even comment. Ooops. Carry on.


The 515 looks nice but it's just an overpriced feature phone. It has no stand out feature compared to old feature phones.

You'd think it could at least have better connectivity options or a better camera or even front facing camera. And a bit more internal memory never hurt anyone.

Nokia need to make an evolution to the feature phones from 4 years ago. Not make a phone that's arguably worse than an N95 and costs more.


True. I said elsewhere I probably wouldn't actually buy a 515 - need to see what the camera can do first, and no WiFi? Um... But I do hope it sells well. I genuinely hope for some good dumbphones. And if the 515 can set some sort of mini-trend, that is not bad.
Then again, all Asha's lack one thing or the other. I suspect they don't want to cut into their own smartphone flesh?

Now, sorry for going off-topic.


Staying off topic, Microsoft has now bought Nokias mobile division so I think your visions of good dumbphones from Nokia just took a whallop

The Meizu looks good, and the price range is funny since goinf from 16gb to 128gb costs £160, which is less than apple charges for going from 16GB to 64gb

AhmadCentral  Sep. 3, 2013 at 11:16


Staying off topic, Microsoft has now bought Nokias mobile division so I think your visions of good dumbphones from Nokia just took a whallop


Well we all knew it was coming....
http://i.imgur.com/4cmXL.gif

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2013 at 11:41

Yep. mission accomplished, Elop.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 3, 2013 at 12:24

Yep. mission accomplished, Elop.

Yeh haha.

What's funny is that Nokia's biggest business is still dumb/feature phones. It'd be suicide if Nokia now go WP exclusive.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 3, 2013 at 12:30

Yep. mission accomplished, Elop.

Yeh haha.

What's funny is that Nokia's biggest business is still dumb/feature phones. It'd be suicide if Nokia now go WP exclusive.

I doubt they'll go WP exclusive immediately, but it'll happen... Microsoft, as a company, are incredibly short-sighted, they won't realise it's a bad move until it's way too late to do anything about it. Honestly, I think M$'s hardware + software + appstore business is more likely to go the way of Blackberry than go the way of Apple.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Nokia should have gone with Android as their OS years ago. Their hardware is very nice, it's just too hard to convince enough consumers than WP is the right OS for them. Oh well, it's too late now, even if Nokia switched to Android this very minute, it wouldn't save them.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2013 at 12:37

Nokia hold on to their patents, right? They should sell Pureview to Blackberry to really mess things up :)) And BB could finally make a decent camera.
Although - BB probably only have money left for 1 used 808 :p

We are joking, but I think this isn't good for the overall market, choice etc. On the plus side, now I cannot buy a Nokia 515. Money saved.

Apple, here I come ©™®

Grrrrrrrrrrr Or maybe an old Palm Treo?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2013 at 12:38

Also: They paid more for Skype. What a nutty world we live in!

AhmadCentral  Sep. 3, 2013 at 12:44

Also: They paid more for Skype. What a nutty world we live in!

Don't Microsoft know that skype is a free download from their website. No idea why Microsoft paid so much for a free product....

:D

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2013 at 13:21

Also: They paid more for Skype. What a nutty world we live in!

Don't Microsoft know that skype is a free download from their website. No idea why Microsoft paid so much for a free product....

:D

Maybe because the NSA couldn't hack Skype? :p Seriously: their official "Cybersecurity" budget is 23 billion per 5 year period. That is the official figure. ;)
Ironically, the day before 9/11 Rumsfeld admitted that the Pentagon's ability to track finances within its organisation is so shabby, that at any given time they cannot account for 3 trillion dollars! So, it's all very slushy.
Having said that, it is now known that the NSA had backdoors in skype prior to M$'s acquisition.


Nah, tinfoil off, I reckon M$ actually believe skype gives them added bargaining power in relations with networks/carriers. And maybe one day it will? A lumia network, all run by M$.
No roaming etc... If only they had infrastructure, eh?!? ;)

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