Meizu has launched its latest flagship, the PRO 5, in Beijing today. As the first device in the Chinese company’s new lineup of premium devices, the PRO 5 is a very well-equipped smartphone packaged into a well-crafted body; although it does look similar to Apple’s design language.
One of the most interesting choices of hardware is the PRO 5’s 5.7-inch 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED display. Meizu decided to not go with a 2K display as it unnecessarily drains battery. It even mentions that there won’t be any perceivable difference anyway. Oddly enough, the company even claims that the Pro 5’s display is as good as Samsung Galaxy S6‘s panel, even though it doesn’t have a 2K resolution like the latter.
Other than mentioning that a 2K display is unnecessary, Meizu continue on by saying that it has decided to power the PRO 5 with a chipset superior to the controversial Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor: the Samsung-made Exynos 7420 chipset. Throughout the presentation, Meizu compared the overall performance of the Exynos 7420 against the Snapdragon 810. Needless to say, the Exynos chipset does seem superior to Qualcomm’s offering.
Rounding out the specifications of the PRO 5 are 3GB or 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, choices of 32GB and 64GB UFS 2.0 flash memory, a 3,050mAh battery, USB Type-C, a fingerprint sensor placed on the home button, a Sony IMX 230 camera sensor for the 21MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing shooter, and dual-4G support.
In terms of design, the PRO 5’s overall appearance doesn’t stray too far from the company’s other devices as well; some resemblances (such as the speaker grille) can definitely be seen. Other than launching the PRO 5, Meizu also took this opportunity to unveil its brand new logo. According to the company, the logo redesign is so that the brand will appeal more to young consumers.
The Meizu PRO 5 can be purchased later today at 5PM on Tmall.com in China. It will be on store shelves in the country on the 12th of October. As for pricing, the 32GB and 64GB PRO 5 will retail for 2,799 Chinese yuan (about RM1,905) and 3,099 yuan (approximately RM2,110) respectively. It will arrive in Malaysia tentatively by the end of October 2015.