While most of us are fussing over the new Samsung Galaxy S III or the HTC One series, MEIZU has released the MX 4-Core. As the name implies, the Android 4.0.3 handset features a quad-core processor – the same 1.4GHz Exynos Cortex A9 chipset found in the European version of the Samsung Galaxy S III. While the insides of the MEIZU MX 4-Core may be in step with the latest and greatest Android phones, the handset design is reminiscent of the iPhone with a single hardware button on the front of the device and a minimalistic flare which brings back memories of the iPhone 3G.
The first thing that stands out with the MEIZU MX 4-Core is its packaging. MEIZU has given the device a premium white box which reflects the handsets sophisticated feel. Inside the box, the phone is enclosed in a small booklet with several heavy pages which highlights the features of the handset. It’s definitely a step up from the packaging of most carrier-branded handsets and even puts Samsung and HTC’s unlocked handset packaging to shame.
As mentioned before, the MEIZU MX 4-Core’s hardware is reminiscent of the iPhone. While most of us at Android and Me are not huge fans of Apple’s flagship device, we’re sure you can agree that Apple does have a flare for elegant design which isn’t often seen on Android phones. The MX 4-Core is a two-toned device with a pure black panel surrounding the screen on the front and a removable white casing which wraps around the sides and back of the device. Underneath the back panel, users have access to the microSIM card, but the 1,700 mAh battery and 32GB of internal storage are not swappable. The MX 4-Core features three buttons (power button long the top edge, volume rocker on the left edge and a raised home which is located below the display. To the left and right of the home button are two capacitive buttons which are accentuated by LED lights which also serve as notification LEDs.
Spec highlights on the MEIZU MX 4-Core include a 4-inch 640×960 display, Exynos 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage 8MP camera with BSI sensor, 1080p video recording and a 1700 mAh battery which appears to hold enough of a charge to make it through a day of moderate use. having a good spec sheet is nice, but MEIZU has decided to beef the MX 4-Core up as much as possible by enabling 9 GSM frequency bands on the device (2G 850/900/1800/1900MHz 3G: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHZ) making other global roaming enabled devices look like play toys. Testing the MEIZU MX 4-Core on T-Mobile and AT&T’s HSPA+ networks produced results averaging 1700kbps down with upload speeds reaching 500kbps on a good run.
- Vellamo: 1424
- Quadrant: 5218
- NenaMark2: 58fps
- AnTuTu: 12043
On the performance side, the MEIZU MX 4-Core doesn’t disappoint. The 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos Cortex A9 processor is paired with a Mali-400mp GPU, giving the handset enough power to breeze through multiple benchmarks. So far, we’ve used the MX 4-Core to play Final Fantasy III (which it handled without breaking a sweat), but we’ll do our best to find a few games to push it to its limits for our full review.
Though the look of the phone may be iPhone-ish, the MEIZU MX 4-Core is an Android device with its own unique personality. The MX 4-Core is the first device in MEIZU’s lineup to run Flyme, a custom skin which deviates significantly from stock Android. Those of you familiar with MIUI will notice a few similarities between the two UI’s since both do away with the application drawer and force users to actively manage and organize their applications within folders on multiple home screen panels. Having used MIUI ROMs on my T-Mobile G2 for nearly a year, the Flyme UI on the MEIZU MX 4-Core has not presented too many challenges for me.
The one quirk about the MX 4-Core which is taking a while to get used to is the 4-inch 640×960 display. The resolution and viewing angles are amazing, but the 14×9 aspect ratio just feels odd since most high-end Android devices have been using 16×9 setups for a few years now.
So far, the MEIZU MX 4-Core has been an impressive device. The quad-core Exynos processor keeps the OS nice and snappy, and network connectivity’s fast and reliable on AT&T and T-Mobile. The MEIZU MX 4-Core may not be on most consumer’s radars, but it can certainly keep up with the latest flagship devices from HTC and Samsung. If you have any questions about something I didn’t cover, feel free to ask in the comments. I’ll hopefully be getting around to a full review of the MEIZU MX 4-Core in the next few weeks.
Would any of you consider buying the MX 4-Core?