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

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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.

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.


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