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Meizu MX5 now official, comes with 5.5-inch display, Helio X10 in a metallic unibody design

Dual-SIM with Dual Standby, 4G connection and a fingerprint scanner
cjmagowan  —  4 years ago ( Jul 01, 2015 )    |    Featured, Mobile, Technology


After a numerous number of rounds in the rumor mill, Meizu has finally made their latest flagship the MX5 official. With only two plastic inlays on the back to ensure a good antenna reception, the new MX5 is pack in a metal unibody design and weighs only 149 grams.

Customer satisfaction is one of the top priorities and Meizu seems to deliver that promise with specs that is more than capable enough to meet our daily needs. The MX5 is just the handset that we’re talking about with numerous features and improvements that has peg the company over the top of other notable manufacturers.


With MX5, Meizu has made a good use of its display, its 5.5-inch superAMOLED display ensures better viewing with crisp real-life images set in Full-HD resolution. The display is laminated by Gorilla Glass 3 for optimum viewing experience and protection against scratches.


Driving the new Meizu MX5 is MediaTek’s latest MT6795T SoC or also known as the Helio X10. The chipset inside offers true 8-core processing power with all of its Cortex-A53 cores clocking at 2.2 GHz. It comes with a PowerVR G6200 graphics processor to take charge of everything that we see on the display. Accompanying such powerful processing power is the 3 GB of LPDDR3 system RAM for seamless and smooth user experience. The MX5 comes with a number of storage options to choose from that starts at 16 GB then there is a 32 GB variant and lastly, their top of the line includes a 64 GB of internal storage space using the latest eMMC 5.0 specification of storage chips.


One of the highlights the MX5 has is its 20.7 Megapixel shooter on the back. The camera ha a f/2.2 aperture which gives better image results in low-light conditions and is assisted by a Dual-tone LED flash plus a laser-aided auto focus. It is capable of recording videos at 4K resolution and even takes slow-motion videos at 100 fps in 720p. The hardware has a 6-Element lens and is also covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for added protection and so that users won’t have to worry about scratches that could ruin their precious images. Built on a new system, Meizu focuses on new algorithms to bring high-quality images from the MX5 by optimizing the White balance and sharpening of images to bring in more natural and realistic photos.  Like the heavy improvements on the main camera, Meizu also managed to provide hefty improvements on the front shooter by equipping the MX5 with a high-resolution 5 Megapixel sensor along with the brighter f/2.0 aperture to bring in more light a you take selfies and eventually taking photos in low-lighting conditions.


Connectivity is the primary reason why we have a phone and the MX5 is just so equipped with everything that you need. If you have 2 SIM on hand, no problem, the Meizu MX5 is a Dual-SIM phone with dual-standby. It is compatible in 5 network types and in 13 different frequencies, the MX5 in comparison to other China made smartphone is a true world phone which will let you use the device to any parts of the world without the need to know their network frequencies which becomes handy when you travel a lot.

Like any other smartphones in the market, the MX5 also comes with a number of standard connectivity features including a dual-band high-speed Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.1. The handset is also equipped with GPS antenna with GPS-Assist, a digital compass and GLONASS support are among the Global positioning features included in the new MX5. Less we mention descriptions and even on reviews are the sensors that these smartphones comes with but with the MX5 it pretty makes sense to mention some of them here and these are ; Hall effect sensor, Gravity sensor, a Gyroscope, IR Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor and of course the touch sensors.


Fingerprint readers are becoming a norm in today’s flagship handset and the technology has receive a huge welcome for users. Introduced with the MX4 Pro, Meizu vastly improved their fingerprint scanning system with the new mTouch 2.0, the technology is embedded inside the Home button of the handset and is designed to provide better security for the handset and during online purchases. Aside from the new system upgrades, the fingerprint/home buttom module itself is made more robust with a special silicon coating for water-proofing and solid screw fixture that ensures around 300,000 of clicks.


With improvements to security in a software level, the mTouch 2.0 is also based on TEEE security environment of TrusTonic which requires an approved Meizu signature if one needs access even if the device is rooted.  The system only provides the required verification results to the requesting application, this will ensure that third-party apps wont be in direct contact with the users fingerprint. The security system within the mTouch 2.0 forms a concrete barricade to a possible intrusion attempts and provide a high level of protection for user’s fingerprint and their associated data.


Today’s devices are equipped with sophisticated technology inside them are requires more constant power to keep them going. While others struggle to keep up with their daily needs, Meizu found a way to change the way you use your phone. In the past when you use you handset heavy, it is often a practice to bring your charger with you, but though that might still be the case with the newer handset in the market. Phone manufacturers such as Meizu now provides their devices with larger batteries. In the case for the new MX5, the handset has a roomy 3150 mAh internal battery.

Along with the large battery cap, Meizu also includes its mCharge fast-charging technology. It allows the handset to sip-in an estimated 25% of power in just under 10 minutes and up to 60% in 40 minutes. Though the tech is there, it still does need a special supported charger to work.


 Every device requires a platform to work on with and users to interact. To make things work around, Meizu equipped the MX5 with their latest Flyme 4.5 operating system. It is essentially heavily customized Android platform with Meizu’s custom features which provides all the advantages not found on other android devices in the market. It’s unique operating system comes with built-in features and customized environment that matches the hardware that they work in.

Meizu MX5 Specifications

5.5-inch sAMOLED Display | Full-HD 1920 x 1080 resolutions | 401 ppi | Corning Gorilla Glass 3 | On-Cell technology

MediaTek MT6795T Helio X10 SoC | 2.2 GHz | True 8-core ARM Cortex-A53

PowerVR G6200 Graphics processor


16 | 32 | 64 GB Internal Storage

20.7 Megapixel main camera | f/2.2 aperture | Laser-aided Auto Focus | Dual-tone LED flash | 6-Element lens | Burst mode | Panoramic lens

5 Megapixel front camera | f/2.0 aperture | Face AE face light boost


Dual SIM | Dual Standby

Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac (Dual Band 2.4GHz/5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.1 | BLE

GPS | A-GPS | GLONASS | Digital compass

USB 2.0 | microUSB

Hall Effect sensor | Gravity sensor | IR proximity sensor | Gyroscope | Ambient light sensor | Touch sensor

3150 mAh Battery | mCharge fast-charging technology

Flyme 4.5 OS (based on Android Lollipop)

149.9 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm

149 grams


Our opinion with the new MX5, Meizu has made itself once again one of the best manufacturer of smartphones in China today where they started out a few year ago as the underdog of the key players in the market. Meizu has become the company taking the business seriously in the mobile industry and with the new MX5, it proves that the company is better off making its own creation and innovation that even surpass their counterparts and even their inspiration in the past.


The new Meizu MX5 comes in deep grey,  silver and champagne gold colors when available. Prices starts at CNY 1,799 ($290) for the 16 GB base variant while the 32 GB model costs around CNY 1,999 ($322) and their top of the line variant will cost CNY 2,399 ($390).