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 is believed to be working on a more robust version of its MX4 phone. It will go by the name MX4 Pro and the specifications, if today’s leak is to be believed, are very impressive.
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.
News from Chinese sources indicate Meizu is working on accelerating the release of the successor to the Meizu MX3 to August of this year. The Meizu MX4 will reportedly be produced in two different configurations with one of them possibly selling for as little as 2,000 yuan ($320 USD). Even at that price point, it appears Meizu still plans to produce a high-end smartphone running a 5.5-inch screen at 1920 x 1080 resolution. The other variant of the MX4, tentatively dubbed the “Pro” version, will supposedly come with an even better 2560 x 1536 resolution 5.5-inch screen producing 543ppi.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note is a budget smartphone with an octa-core processor and 5.5-inch 720p display, which is set to be launched in the Chinese market tomorrow, March 26, with a price tag of $130. Hearing this news, its competitor, Meizu, has posted the above teaser image of its upcoming handset called the Blue Charm Note which sports an octacore processor as well.
The teaser image reveals the specs of the device as well. It will sport a 5.5-inch 1080p display (compared to Redmi Note’s 720p display), octacore MT6592 processor, 8 mega-pixel camera and Flyme 3.0. While the device has a lower camera sensor compared to Redmi Note’s 13 MP camera, the company says that its own camera will take better photos because of the optimizations they made. As for the price, it has been blurred but according to past rumors, the price will lie in 1000 Yuan ($161) range.
Meizu has begun sending out invitations to an event scheduled for March 6th in Paris. While the invitation doesn’t give specifics on the event, the speculation is that the MX4 will be released.
We don’t know exactly what the device will feature, but it will likely either use the Snapdragon 801 processor or one of Samsung’s chips.
Many people are also hoping to find out about Meizu’s global plans, and considering the event is being help in Paris, they may announce plans to start selling devices in Europe.
Source: Into Mobile