Meizu MX5 on Gearbest: Flagship performance at half the cost?

The MX5 is a 4G LTE smartphone made by Chinese manufacturer Meizu. The MX5 comes with 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a Helio X10 SoC from Mediatek clocked at 2.2GHz.

MeizuMX5You may be wondering right now, “Why should I care about a Chinese phone with a Mediatek chip inside of it?”.

Well the Helio X10 is nothing to scoff at. The Helio X10 is a 64-bit CPU with 8 cores. These 8 cores utilize Mediatek’s CorePilot 2.0 technology for maximum power efficiency.

The Mediatek chip coupled with 3GB of RAM will be able to power through daily tasks and activities.

This phone isn’t just about its CPU and memory either, the phone packs a 20.7MP back camera and 5MP front camera. While megapixels aren’t everything, the specs of the cameras give the MX5 the potential to take amazing photos!

Good pictures would be pointless if you didn’t have a good screen to view them on. Have no fear, the MX5 also packs a 5.5-inch display with a 1920×1080 resolution. That is 401 pixels per inch.

For reference, the HTC One M9 packs 441 pixels in a square inch and the second generation Moto X brings 424 pixels per inch.

Wrapping up the specs overview, we have a 3150mAh battery. Unfortunately, the battery is non-removable and there is no expandable storage to increase the supplied 16GB of storage.

Perhaps the best part of this device is that physical home button. Not because it is a physical button but because of what it also doubles as. That’s right, that is a fingerprint scanner.

You will be able to use your fingerprint to quickly unlock your device. While the design does scream iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 clone, it is a powerful device running near the latest version of Android, Andriod 5.1.

Unfortunately, it is a skinned version of Android titled Flyme OS. However, it will be easy to make it feel more like stock Android by installing a 3rd party launcher like Nova Launcher.

If you are wondering how well the MX5 will handle Android 5.1, you can check out PhoneRadar’s review of the device.

The reviewer is a little hard to understand, but he does provide some good information.

The Meizu MX5 is priced at $329.99 from Gearbest right now. It would seem that Meizu is offering a near flagship performance for a fraction of the cost.

A new Galaxy S6 is priced at around $600 off contract while the MX5 comes in at $330. Yes, there are some trade-offs like the Flyme OS and sub-par battery life, but at that price difference, you can buy half a dozen battery packs to store around your home/car/office for extra juice throughout the day and still have plenty of money left over.

If you have read through the spec sheet of the Meizu MX5 and are considering purchasing it from Gearbest, you will have to make sure that it will work on your carrier.

It won’t work on any CDMA carriers like Sprint or Verizon. The good news is that it will work on most GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T as the device is sold unlocked.

Supported bands are below. Make sure that your carrier uses any of the mentioned bands.

2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 1800/2100/2600MHz

Note: Your carrier does not have to have all of the MX5’s bands, and your phone doesn’t have to have all of your carrier’s bands. You just need to make sure that at least one of the bands are supported by both and that band is in your area.

You can visit this site to help you determine if this phone will work with your service provider.

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