Say hello to the new all-metal Meizu MX5. Just like its predecessor (the Meizu MX4), the MX5 is powered by a MediaTek processor, but it’s not just any chipset; it’s the new Helio X10 processor which features eight Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz.
Other than being one of the first smartphones to be powered by a Helio X10 processor (the MediaTek MT6795, to be specific), the Meizu MX5 also drops the LCD display in favour of a Super AMOLED panel by Samsung. Because of this, the MX5’s display is now a more conventional 16:9 aspect ratio, a departure from the MX4’s 16:10 panel.
While a Super AMOLED display is adored by many for its deep blacks and very good contrast, the 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution panel of the MX5 uses a PenTile subpixel arrangement. Basically, this means the MX5’s display will not be as sharp as other 5.5-inch displays that use a more conventional subpixel arrangement.
Other specifications of the MX5 include 3GB of RAM, up to 64GB of non-expandable internal storage, a 20.7MP rear camera with laser autofocus, a 5MP front-facing shooter, a 3,150mAh battery, dual SIM support, a fingerprint sensor, and Meizu’s FlymeOS 4.5 based on Android 5.0 out of the box.
The Meizu MX5 will go on sale in China first (as expected) for 1,799 Chinese yuan (about RM1,085), 1,999 yuan (approximately RM1,205) and 2,399 yuan (around RM1,445) for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants. No word yet on the availability of the Meizu MX5 in Malaysia.