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Meizu’s MX5 has a full metal jacket, shoots autofocusing laser beams, and costs $290

Meizu has announced the MX5 smartphone, a device it has been promoting over the past few weeks as a bit of a killer device, so can it live up to expectations? Here’s everything you need to know about the latest flagship phone from Meizu.

The phone is wrapped in an attractive metal chassis that measures just 7.6mm, and is a clear evolution of the current MX4. While the top center circular camera lens and flash unit remain on the rear, there is an extra surprise hiding beneath it. At 149 grams, the MX5 is lightweight for an all-metal device.

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On the front is a 5.5-inch, 1080p AMOLED display covered in Gorilla Glass 3, with an oversized home button below it. This contains Meizu’s mTouch 2.0 fingerprint sensor — produced by Swedish firm FPC  — for unlocking the device and for use with payment systems such as China’s Alipay.

Meizu has chosen the MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core processor to power the MX5. The 64-bit chip, also known as the MT6795T, runs at 2.2GHz and is accompanied by 3GB of RAM. The dual-SIM phone has 4G LTE support for China, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, and a variety of sensors including a gyroscope, and a digital compass. For once, the MX5 is a flagship phone with a sensible battery, and the 3150mAh cell should return at least a day’s worth of use. It also has a fast charge mode, where 75% capacity is reached in about 30 minutes.

The six-lens Sony rear camera has 20.7-megapixels and an f/2.2 aperture, and a laser autofocus sensor is hiding just below the color flash unit. The selfie cam above the screen has 5-megapixels, an f/2.0 aperture, and the usual beautification toys. Android is the OS, but it has Meizu’s latest 64-bit Flyme 4.5 user interface over the top, which it claims is 20-percent faster than previous versions.

The MX5 will be produced in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, and in four different color combinations. Prices have been set at 1,800 yuan, 2,000 yuan, and 2.400 yuan respectively, which equates to approximately $290, $325, and $390. The release date hasn’t been confirmed, but the phone can be pre-ordered in China now.

CONTINUE TO PAGE TWO FOR ALL THE RUMORS AND TEASERS RELEASED PRIOR TO THE MX5’S OFFICIAL LAUNCH

Chinese smartphone maker Meizu is ready to release a new phone, and if the teaser campaign is anything to go by, it’s going to be a ‘killer’ device. Although the name hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, there are leaks which point to it being the MX5, the logical follow-up to last year’s MX4. Here’s everything we think we know about the device.

Updated on 06-23-2015 by Andy Boxall: Added in further rumors regarding the MX5’s possible specifications.

Meizu’s no stranger to unusual promo techniques, having used some cool vinyl record invitations to the MX4 Pro’s launch event. This time, it has been inspired by the poster to Stanley Kubrick’s classic Full Metal Jacket film, and used a military helmet with the words ‘Born to Kill’ scrawled on it. It adds that a product launch will take place on June 30 in Beijing, China, where we can imagine, people will be chanting, “This is my smartphone. There are many others like it, but this one is mine…”

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Meizu MX5 Teaser 2The day after posting this on its official Facebook page, it followed the picture up with another, showing a Meizu phone taking a photo of some promo material for the event — including an actual helmet.

So what does all this mean? Is Meizu going to war with the competition, or are these all references to the mystery device itself. It’s probably both, but in the case of the phone, there’s a strong chance it will have a metal body, hence the Kubrick movie reference.

Leaks reveal possible specs for the MX5

A leak has revealed a metal chassis which is believed to belong to the future MX5, along with a possible set of specifications. The oversized home button cutout may indicate the phone will have a fingerprint scanner, and the display may end up measuring 5.5-inches and having a 1080p resolution.

MediaTek’s octa-core MT6795 processor with 3G of RAM may power the MX5, and a 20-megapixel camera may sit on the rear panel. Other possible specs include a 3150mAh battery and a MicroSD card slot.

Meizu MX5 Leak Body

Soon after the leak, a possible benchmarking test conducted using the MX5 showed up on the GFXBench app, which backed up many of these claims. It showed the phone tested used the 2.1GHz MediaTek MT-6795T chip — that’s the same one inside the HTC One M9+ — with 3GB of RAM, plus 16GB of memory, and a 5.5-inch, 1080p screen. A 20-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie cam also featured on the report card, and Android 5.0.1 was the device’s operating system.

The benchmark test doesn’t mention a fingerprint sensor, but it’s interesting to note the MT-6795T-powered HTC One M9+ has one built into the home button beneath its screen.

Meizu sells its phones in China, but it’s often possible to buy them through the Meizumart online store, so if the MX5 turns out to be real, and a winner, it may not be too hard to track one down internationally. We’ll bring you all the news regarding the phone over the coming days.

Article originally published on 06-22-2015