Apple’s new iPhones and iPads sport a really attractive design, and it seems that the best confirmation doesn’t come from consumers, but from other companies. We’ve seen Nokia announce a few days ago their first Android tablet, the N1, which was basically an iPad Mini 3 clone and now Meizu is the next company to replicate one of Apple’s products, the iPhone 6 Plus.
The newly announced Meizu MX4 Pro is is a beefed-up version of the MX4 and it is regarded as the flagship device of the company. The smartphone comes with a display that is slightly larger at 5.5-inches has its resolution increased to 2,560 x 1,536. This means that it delivers an impressive 546 PPI, which is a better density than the iPhone 6 Plus’ 401 PPI. So while it might look incredibly similar to Apple’s new iPhone by design, it comes with some really great features, especially considering its price.
The smartphone is powered by aocto-core big.LITTLE Samsung SoC, which also powers the Galaxy Alpha. The processor contains four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 CPU cores accompanied by a Mali-T628 MP6 GPU. Meizu says that it is 20 percent more efficient than the previous MediaTek processor in the MX4. It also comes with 3GB of RAM and is available in the following storage options – 16GB/32GB/64G.
Other features of the device include NFC connectivity, LTE support, a 3,350 mAh non-removable battery, new 5MP front facing camera with f/2.2 aperture and 20.7MP Sony IMX220 sensor as the rear camera. The MX4 Pro also comes with a mTouch fingerprint scanner that will allow users to make payments through AliPay starting with next year.
The device also gets a “Retina Sound” feature which is quite a weird name. Meizu has packed a bunch of new chips in this smarphone that can improve the quality and volume of the sound, but only reviews will be able to tell if this isn’t just some marketing gimmick. And chances are that this will have an effect on the batter life, as well. The device is running on Flyme 4.1 a modified version of Android 4.4.4which adds voice command plus launch apps with on-screen gestures.
The Meizu MX4 Pro is priced at CN¥2,499 ($410) for 16GB, CN¥2,699 ($440) for 32GB and CN¥3,099 ($510) for the 64GB memory options. At the moment, the handset is only destined for the Chinese market, but chances are that it will become available to international customers at some point in 2015.
So, all in all, this device comes with a high resolution screen, touch fingerprint reader, high-quality audio components and good build quality, which means more pressure on the likes of Xiaomi, OnePlus and Huawei.