Meizu MX5 Review
After the success of MX4 in the international market Meizu has come back with MX5 which has a much larger display and better features at a very affordable price. Is MX5 as promising as its predecessor? Read the full review to know the answer.
The description of Meizu MX5 includes:
- Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 chipset
- Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 processor
- Android lollipop operating system
- 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and no expansion slot for external memory
- 9mm length; 74.7mm width and 7.6mm thickness
- A display of 5 inches and 1080 x 1920 pixels display resolution
- It weighs 149 g
- Price of $330-400
- The design of the handset is very simple and sophisticated. In a way it is similar to iPhone 3GS.
- Measuring 7.6mm it feels sleek.
- At 149g the weight does not feel very significant.
- The rounded backplate makes it very comfortable to hold.
- The screen to body ratio is 74%.
- The metal back plate feels very stylish at the same time the shiny edges add to its premium feel.
- Below the screen there is a single physical button for Home functions.
- Power and volume rocker buttons are present on the right edge.
- There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top edge.
- The two Nano SIM slots are on the left edge.
- Micro USB port is located on the bottom edge.
- The handset is available in the colours of black, white, gold and silver.
- The handset has a 5.5 inch AMOLED screen.
- The display resolution of the screen is 1080 x 1920
- The pixel density of the screen is 401ppi.
- The maximum brightness level is at 335 nits which is not very good.
- Minimum brightness level is at 1 nit, it is perfect for night birds.
- Colour temperature at 6924 Kelvin is superb and the colour contrasts are excellent.
- The colour calibration is not very good as compared to MX4, but you can learn to live with it.
- Colours is bright and vibrant, you will see green colour more often than you like to.
- The auto brightness level is not very pleasing. You will have manually change the brightness level.
- Viewing angels are good.
- The 5.5 inch screen is great for web browsing and eBook reading.
- Text clarity is very high.
- Image and video viewing are also exciting experiences.
- Other than colour calibration there is no other fault with the display.
- The handset has a Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 chipset system.
- The system comes with Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
- 3GB of RAM is also an asset.
- The processing is absolutely smooth and fast.
- The phone is a winner in multi core performance.
- While single core performance is not very impressive.
- The handset handles the heavy apps and graphically advanced 3D games.
- Even the most demanding apps could not slow the performance.
Speakers & Mice
- The call quality of the handset is very good.
- Outgoing sound quality is very sharp and loud.
- Music is very loud thanks to its monster speakers but they lack bass.
- Even the earphones give slightly muddled music
- The device has a 20.7megapixel camera at the back.
- On the front there is a 5 megapixel camera.
- The camera has Laser Autofocus.
- A dual LED flash is present at the back.
- The size of the pixels is 2 μm.
- There is a three dot button on the screen; on pressing it you will find the camera setting options.
- The camera app has been tweaked with all kinds of applications.
- There are many modes which need to be tried.
- There are also options for adjusting the shutter speed and focal length.
- The images produced by the handset are decent.
- Both cameras can record videos at 1080p.
- The HDR mode is impressive but it takes a few seconds to save an HDR image.
- The videos are a little low on details but they are good.
Memory & Battery
- The handset comes in three versions when you check the memory field.
- There is a 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB version.
- Unfortunately the memory cannot be increased with a microSD card as there is not slot for external memory.
- The device has a 3150mAh battery.
- The handset scored 7 hours and 5 minutes of constant screen on time which is actually good. It is still below One plus One and Xiaomi Mi4 but it is more than One plus 2 and LG G4.
- The time it takes to charge from 0-100% is relatively high. It takes 2 hours and 46 min to charge completely which is much more than that of LG G4 , One plus One and One plus 2.
- The handset runs Android 5.0 operating system.
- MX5 has applied Flyme user interface. The interface is mostly good but it needs a lot of development. Some of its settings and software are very frustrating for example there is no landscape view in messages
- The device has its own browser for your browsing needs. It provides us with Flyme browser which is rather nice. The browser is fast. Scrolling and panning moves like fluid but the browser is incompatible with many pages which forces you to search for other browsers.
- The handset has features like LTE and HSPA.
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n, ac and Bluetooth 4.1 are also present.
- A fingerprint scanner has been incorporated in the Home button which can be used for various activities like app protection, device unlocking and virtual shopping. You have to make an account on Flyme before activating this system, after registering it is pretty easy to use the fingerprint scanner. It is fast and mostly accurate at recognizing your fingerprint.
- The interface of the music player is not very helpful; in fact it is a little frustrating at the beginning. The app has been designed poorly.
- The video player app is great.
Meizu is becoming more of an expert at producing standard handsets. Meizu MX5 is a very decent handset; it is designed very nicely, the size is impressive, other than the brightness and color calibration fault of the display screen it is remarkable, pixel density is very good, clarity is good, the processor is superfast but the camera gives mediocre images in terms of color. There are many things to like about the handset but the device certainly needs a few enhancements.
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