Meizu will be turning its attention to “young people.” The company’s vice president Li Nan informed the public in an interview with ZOL that a “quality smartphone” for the younger crowd is on the way. Its announcement will come tomorrow (on December 8). Nan did confirm that MX Mini models are not what is coming because Meizu does not feel a smaller size is necessary at this time.
The Meizu MX4 Pro was finally unveiled this morning after months of speculation. It sports a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1536) display at 546 ppi, an octa-core Exynos 5430 processor consisting of four Cortex-A15 cores running at 2.0 GHz and four Cortex-A7 cores at 1.5 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal storage, a 20.7 Sony Exmor RS camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and 4K video recording, 5 MP front facing camera, and 3,350mAh battery. It’s running their own UI skin called Flyme OS on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
The MX4 Pro is expected to be announced formally on November 19. Although there is about one week until that time, a lot can happen. In the mobile industry, more time means more leaks. That is what happened here. The handset from Meizu showed up online in one lucky person’s hand. It certainly shows its size, a measurement said to be around the 5.4- or 5.5-inch mark. The back panel is pretty simple. It has just a circular camera lens cutout and below that is the flash. The front side will not be much different, but a fingerprint sensor is expected.
An image of a smartphone alleged to be a Meizu MX4 Pro has surfaced on the Chinese site Weibo showing the device in white. The device has a large rectangular button on the front that is consistent with previously leaked images suggesting this could be the actual design of the Meizu MX4 Pro. The large button is supposedly needed to house a fingerprint scanner that Meizu plans to include in the device.
Meizu is already planning to launch the MX4 Pro by the end of October, but it looks like they’ve got a “mini” version of the device planned out, too. The MX4 Mini, shown above, sports dual SIM slots and a pretty heavily tweaked version of Android.
It looks like the phone will ship with YunOS, which is a forked version of Android developed by the Chinese company Alibaba. It’s similar to Amazon’s Fire OS in that it’s completely lacking any Google services and instead uses Alibaba’s own services. Meizu has invested in Alibaba, so it makes sense that they would want to support the company by using their software, but it’s really tough to compete against Google’s built-in services and the Play Store’s offerings.
Meizu’s newest flagship, the MX4, has already sold almost 8 million units with no sign of slowing down, so it makes sense that Meizu are planning to release variants of its most popular device to date. One such variant, the MX4 Pro, has already been in the rumor mill for a while. We previously reported that the MX4 Pro could have up to 4GB of RAM (this no longer seems to be the case) and today we have a little bit more information regarding the Pro’s specs and release date.
Meizu has made the Meizu MX4 official by launching the pre-order page on their web site. Consumers can “book” their device with shipment expected to occur on September 20th. The MX4 comes with a 5.36-inch IPS display running at 1152 x 1920 resolution. The odd display resolution accounts for a row of controls that will be part of Meizu’s Flyme 4.0 interface, leaving a full 1080p HD space available for apps. Meizu also claims they are first to market with an 1100:1 contrast ratio, 500cd/m2 brightness and 85% of the NTSC color gamut.
Late last month, we got a chance to see the front panel of the Meizu MX4, which sported some of the thinnest bezels we have ever seen. Now today we are getting a better look at the phone.
As you can see, the MX4 is definitely taking design cues from the iPhone, but it also resembles the Xiaomi Mi 4. This photo is supposedly the “standard version” of the MX4, implying there will also be a higher-end model. The good news is that we can expect the same narrow bezels on this version.
According to the last report we saw, Meizu hopes to release the Meizu MX4 in August. The successor to the MX3 is expected to come with a 5.5-inch screen. To help keep the overall size of the device down, Meizu appears to have figured out how to manufacture it with some extremely thin bezels on the sides. So small that at 1.1 millimeters, the Meizu MX4 will be able to lay claim to having the thinnest bezels on a smartphone in the world.