Meizu MX4 goes Professional with ‘2K+’ display, fingerprint reader and ‘Retina Sound’
It wasn’t all that way back when China’s Meizu unveiled its newest telephone, the MX4, however the actual flagship is definitely what the corporate introduced in the present day. As you’ll be able to inform from the identify, the brand new MX4 Professional is a beefed-up model of the sooner mannequin, but it is nonetheless priced very competitively and is nearly simply as snug to carry. Most notably, it has a barely bigger 5.5-inch show with a shocking 2,560 x 1,536 decision — a tad greater than the usual 2K decision (therefore the “2K+” label), thus making this the very best display decision for the present smartphone market. That stated, this NEGA LCD panel is seemingly very energy environment friendly, sipping simply 1.05 occasions the facility consumed by the MX4’s 1,920 x 1,152 display. Beneath that lies a Samsung octa-core processor (2GHz A15 x four + 1.5GHz A7 x four) which, in accordance with Meizu, is 20 % extra environment friendly than the MX4’s MediaTek providing.
Like Huawei and Oppo, Meizu can also be including a handy single-contact fingerprint reader to its newest telephone, besides this one — dubbed mTouch — is positioned on the entrance aspect as an alternative of the again. As such, the previous capacitive house button is gone. Whereas all sides has its personal deserves for the sensor’s placement, this cheeky firm thought this may be a superb alternative to say that it is on the identical web page as Apple, a lot that it devoted one slide to paying tribute to Jony Ive. Afterward, Meizu’s VP Li Nan admitted that this was only a stunt to get individuals speaking, however we’re sure that Apple will even have one thing to say about this, particularly given the 2 corporations’ rocky previous.
Regardless of a budget shot, the mTouch does have good intentions. For one, it makes use of a TrustZone baked into the Samsung Exynos chip to course of the fingerprint knowledge, which means hackers will not — or should not — have entry to it. Apple and Huawei use comparable safety strategies for his or her fingerprint readers. One other advantage of mTouch is that a while within the first-half of 2015, this function will allow you to make purchases with AliPay (the Chinese language equal of PayPal) and WeChat with out typing in passwords. This, surprisingly sufficient, known as mPay.
The “another factor” for the MX4 Professional (oh sure they did) is its Hello-Fi audio functionality, or “Retina Sound” as Meizu likes to name it (ugh). That is courtesy of the ES9018K2M 32-bit DAC (as featured on the Vivo Xplay 3S) with its excessive sign-to-noise ratio, Texas Devices’ OPA1612 amplifier with its excessive minimize-off frequency and extremely-low distortion (and it is higher than the Xplay 3S’ OPA2604), plus excessive-finish capacitors and resistors to allow Meizu’s patent-pending passive filter know-how. In fact, we’ll want some correct ears-on time to inform if this Retina Sound is nearly as good because it claims to be, in addition to how briskly these audio chips would drain the telephone’s three,350 mAh fastened battery.
As for cameras, the primary one makes use of the identical previous 20.7-megapixel Sony IMX220 sensor with f/2.2 aperture, however it’s now paired with an improved picture sign processor that claims to additional scale back noise, whereas nonetheless providing 30 fps steady capturing and 4K video seize. On the opposite aspect of the telephone, the entrance-dealing with digital camera has been upgraded to a 5-megapixel model which additionally helps auto-focus and 1080p video recording, although the aperture has gone from f/2.zero to a slower f/2.2.
The remainder of the MX4 Professional is pretty lavatory normal. Naturally, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi together with TD-LTE and FDD-LTE networks are supported, and the telephone is topped with 3GB of RAM to maintain the Exynos chip nicely oiled. Oh, and the MX4 Professional helps NFC, which is one thing we want the MX4 additionally included. As for software program, the gadget is operating on Flyme four.1 (based mostly on Android four.four.four) which provides a few display-off options: voice command plus launch apps with on-display gestures.
One other fascinating addition is SmartTouch: It comes within the type of a semi-clear dot that goes on prime of the UI, and by swiping horizontally from it you possibly can leap between apps, whereas swiping upward from it takes you again to the house display, and swiping downward from it pulls down the notification tray, which means you not need to stretch your thumb to the highest of the display. In fact, you possibly can all the time reposition the SmartTouch dot by holding down on it, or you possibly can toggle it with the shortcut button on the notification tray.
Alas, there is no date nor worth for the worldwide markets simply but, however this is the off-contract deal in China: the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavors will value CN¥2,499 ($410), CN¥2,699 ($440) and CN¥three,099 ($510), respectively, and they are going to be obtainable ranging from December sixth. For a telephone packing such a excessive decision display, a single-contact fingerprint reader, excessive-high quality audio elements and good construct high quality, these are some surprisingly good costs that may little question put strain on the likes of Xiaomi, OnePlus and Huawei’s Honor in China.