MWC 2015 is due to start in a couple of days, and we are expecting to see a lot of new gadgets announced, and one of them is going to be the launch of the Meizu Ubuntu phone.
Seems that the device will be based on the Meizu MX4 and there has been a fair bit of speculation about the Ubuntu device. It initially appeared on a Weibo post where Meizu posted an image of an MX4 running Ubuntu with the phrase “More than better”. The image also linked to the English Meizu website as well as being teased on Facebook, meaning the smartphone will likely be seeing an international launch.
The Meizu MX4 their slightly smaller flagship smartphone that offers a 5.36″ Full HD 1080p display that’s toughened with Gorilla Glass 3. Underneath it runs on a 2.2GHz MediaTek Octa-Core MT6595 processor with 2GB of RAM and a 20.7 megapixel camera. On the software side of things, it runs on their Flyme 4.0 OS that’s based on Android 4.4 KitKat.
Rumour has it that Meizu‘s new MX5 smartphone is going to have a 41 megapixel camera.
Granted the claim does sound pretty over the top but similar stunts have been pulled by Nokia before; if you remember the Nokia 808 Pureview and the Lumia 1020.
Similar to the Meizu MX4, the phone is expected to be using a MediaTek processor though we don’t yet know which one, but given that the Meizu MX4 featured a octa-core MT6596, it’s also possible that it could have something similarly powerful under the hood. MediaTek released a newer chip, the MT6795 late last year and it would make sense for Meizu to put this in their new smartphone as it’s a 64-bit octa-core as well as has PowerVR G6200 graphics clocking at 700MHz under the hood.
The Meizu MX5 also looks like it will have a 5.5-inch screen in “2K resolution” as well as rumours pointing towards 4GB of RAM on top of the crazy camera.
Time will tell if the rumours are true or whether or not Meizu has some interesting new tricks up it’s sleeves.
The smart phone that could give the Redmi Note a run for its money is finally here. The Meizu m1 Note which offers a Full HD 5.5″ screen and dual-SIM slots with 4G LTE for less than RM1,000 is now available from grey importer DirectD. Only white colour is being offered at the momet and the base 16GB model is going for RM699 while its larger 32GB version is going for RM849.
The Meizu MX4 Pro has landed in Malaysia and you can order it online from several retailers including Meizu Malaysia’s online store, DirectD, Lazada and Rakuten. The new flagship phablet is available only in grey and it is priced at RM1,399 for the 16GB version and RM1,599 for its larger 32GB capacity unit.
To recap on the specs, the Meizu MX4 Pro is loaded with a larger 5.5″ Quad HD display and it runs on Samsung’s Exynos 5430 Octa-Core processor that’s mated to 3GB of RAM. There’s no expandable microSD slot, so you’ll have to settle for its on-board 16GB or 32GB storage that’s available for the Malaysian market. For imaging, it gets a Sony 20.7MP BSI camera that’s assisted with dual-LED flash, while the front gets a selfie happy 5MP camera.
Powering the large phablet is a 3,350mAh capacity battery and it runs on FlymeOS 4.0, that’s based on Android 4.4 KitKat. Apart from having a bigger screen and better hardware than the standard MX4, the Meizu MX4 Pro also features a fingerprint scanner at the front, which unlocks instantly.
The Meizu MX4 Pro is going on sale in Malaysia starting tomorrow on 13th February. This 5.5″ phablet is the bigger brother of its current MX4, featuring a higher resolution Quad HD display. In terms of pricing, there will be 2 versions available with the 16GB capacity unit going for RM1,399 while the larger 32GB version is priced at RM1,599. Only the grey colour option would be offered for now. As comparison, the 5.36″ MX4 is priced at RM1,099 for 16GB and RM1,299 for 32GB.
According to the official Malaysian distributor Blue Kor, stocks will be limited and they are trying to rush the MX4 Pro units out ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations that’s happening next week. If you’re interested, they would be revealing its list of participating retailers on their official Facebook page at noon tomorrow.
To recap the specs, the MX4 Pro is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 5430 Octa-Core processor (4X Cortex A15 @ 2.0GHz + 4X Cortex A7 @ 1.5GHz), that’s similar to the Galaxy Alpha. It is mated to 3GB of RAM and it also comes with a 20.7MP Sony 1/2.3″ Camera with dual-tone flash and the front gets a 5MP shooter. Powering the device is a 3,350mAh capacity battery and it also supports 4G LTE in both FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE standards. In addition, the MX4 Pro comes with a home button which doubles up as a fingerprint scanner.
Out of the box, it runs on its proprietary FlymeOS 4.0 that’s based on Android 4.4 KitKat. A newer version with Lollipop is said to be underway.
Wondering how does the MX4 Pro compare against other large screen phablets? Check out our spec and dimension comparison here.
The Chinese smart phones may be affordable but they still lag behind the mainstream brands when it comes to software updates. Interestingly Meizu isn’t resting on their laurels and they are about to push a new FlymeOS version that’s based on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. Owners of their current MX4 and MX4 Pro are said to be able to try out their open-beta release of their new OS sometime in March next month.
While this sounds like good news for those wanting the latest Android version, do note that FlymeOS would be heavily modified from the usual UI that you’re familiar with. Far from the usual stock experience, the FlymeOS interface is very simplified, almost similar to iOS and it uses a number of gesture actions for its vital functions. Physically it gets a capacitive home button and there’s also a dynamic on-screen buttons to navigate around. It is said that the Lollipop based FlymeOS will be developed side by side for the MX4 and MX4 Pro, and the final version should be released simultaneously for both models.
Meizu today has introduced its most affordable smart phone yet. After having flagship models like the MX4 and MX4 Pro, the aspiring Chinese brand is going for the affordable segment with its new Blue Charm series, which is seen as a challenger to Xiaomi’s Redmi line up.
With the m1 Note taking on big screen devices like the Redmi Note, a smaller compact version is finally here that’s simply called Mei Lan (Blue Charm) or possibly named m1 for international markets. Since it is seen as a smaller brother of the 5.5″ Full HD m1 Note, it gets a similar iPhone 5C-like appearance with a choice of multiple colours.
Spec wise, it edges over Xiaomi’s Redmi 2 in almost every department on paper. The screen is a 5 incher that does 1280×768 and it runs on a 64-bit 1.5GHz Quad-Core MTK MT6732 processor that’s mated to 1GB of RAM. Storage wise it gets a typical 8GB of storage and there’s a microSD slot that accept cards up to 128GB.
Meizu will be announcing a new smart phone tomorrow which will be a smaller version of its affordable m1 Note. If you’re still unconvinced on how it looks like, the VP of Meizu, Li Nan has posted a photo of the device from his Weibo account.
Like previous leaks, the mini version of the m1 Note will come with a similar iPhone 5C-like appearance but it gets a notch down in terms of hardware. From the picture, it uses a standard single LED flash as opposed to a more natural-lit dual-tone LED flash light on its bigger model.
Prefer to get the Meizu MX4 on contract? It is now available exclusively on Digi’s Smart Plan contract offering. The 32GB version which retails for RM1,299 can be yours from as low as RM429. At the moment only the grey colour version is available.
The Meizu MX4 32GB bundled pricing are as follows:
DG SmartPlan 78 – RM869
DG SmartPlan 108 – RM629
DG SmartPlan 148 – RM429
All plans are tied with 24 months contract and during sign up, you’ll need to pay an advance payment between RM360 to RM800 (depending on plan), along with 1 month advance subscription fee. The advance payment will be waived if you’ve been an active Digi postpaid subscriber for at least 12 months.
To recap on the specs, the Meizu MX4 is 4G LTE enabled smart phone with a 5.36″ Full HD 1080p display and it runs on a 2.2GHz MediaTek Octa-Core MT6595 processor with 2GB of RAM. It also gets a 20.7MP Sony BSI main camera and a front facing 2MP unit. Powering the device is a 3,100mAh capacity battery that’s also sourced from Sony. Out of the box, it runs on their customised Flyme 4.0 OS that’s based on Android 4.4 KitKat.
For more information, head over to Digi’s Meizu MX4 page.
With the Meizu m1 Note competing directly with Xiaomi’s Redmi Note, the Chinese smart phone brand is about to release another affordable device which will complete directly with the Redmi 2. Possibly called as the m1 mini, it will carry an even lower price tag to fill the space underneath its m1 Note phablet.
The m1 mini is said to be having a smaller 5″ display with a decent HD 720p resolution and it is powered by a cost effective 64-bit MediaTek processor. 4G LTE with dual-SIM support should be present as well. Out of the box, it would run on Flyme OS, its own customised Android experience. Currently the Redmi 2 is priced at 699 CNY (about RM408) and the m1 mini could be announced at an even lower price. During the launch of the MX4, Meizu says they will be bringing 2 affordable devices into the Malaysia and the new m1 note and m1 mini should be making its way here soon.