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OVERVIEW MEIZU MX4: CHINESE THE MOST POWERFUL SMARTPHONE
It is interesting to look at how to develop Chinese brands and their popularity is growing. If 2-3 years ago about the Meizu brand in Russia, few knew, but now the manufacturer references can be found much more often. For example, in many of the comments to the reviews smartphone users are advised to pay attention to the products of this company. It is difficult to say whether this is due to successful sales, still brands from Korea, Japan and Taiwan have popular. But, nevertheless, it is undeniable that this is not some obscure another manufacturer who has to draw attention to himself. On the contrary, people are waiting for new items, they are actively discussed and compared with peers.
Until recently, the Meizu smartphone released just one year. The company makes every effort to release more interesting and attractive model in comparison with the previous generation. A year ago, went MX3, but the device was not such a breakthrough, as previously submitted MX2. The model was good, but for a company with a small product line is a signal to the fact that you need to try and put more effort before the start of a series of next generation.
Looking ahead, we can say that this time Meizu did it, got a very worthy sequel. Smartphone announced on September 2, while all of the following novelties Berlin exhibition IFA. The Chinese believe that the interest in the device is sufficient, they hold their own product presentation, not participating in such international opening event.
OS: Android 4.4.2, Flyme 4.0
Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/900/2100, LTE 1800/2100/2600
Screen: 5.36 “1152h1920, 418 ppi, IPS, Gorilla Glass 3
Processor: MediaTek MT6595, 8 cores (4 cores A17 2,2 GHz, 4 cores A7 1.7 GHz)
Graphics accelerator: PowerVR G6200MP4
RAM: 2 GB
Built-in memory: 16, 32, 64 GB
Network: Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
Connectors: microUSB, 3,5 mm
Navigation: GPS, Glonass
Battery: 3100 mAh
Dimensions: 144h75,2h8,9 mm, weight 147 g
Price in Russia: from 15 990 rubles
Smartphone sold in large white box. However, despite the expectations of the impressive size of packaging, kitting nothing particularly happy. Attached a power supply unit yes USB-cable. And in the packaging provided by the deepening of the headphones, but the headset itself to your phone not included, must be purchased separately.
It is expected that the model will be available in four colors. In addition to white and black will be offered and a golden color. In addition to and a special version in white, where the aluminum parts will not be painted. Meizu smartphone fans in this version will be offered in a limited edition of 10,000 copies.
Smartphone wide, but very thin frame surprises. Due to this plane is used as efficiently as possible, rather large indentation is only the top and bottom. The width of the framework is 2.6 mm, so the design has been very moderate for a smartphone with a screen diagonal is 5.36 inches.
Due to rounded shapes on the back of the phone perfectly fits in your palm. Despite the impressive width, use it conveniently. Designers should be commended for being able to get a compromise between size and screen sizes.
Like a number of other contemporary models, Meizu MX4 was fashionable edging the front panel. Silver thin line goes around the perimeter of the body. The manufacturer says that the body is the basis of aircraft-grade aluminum. This is an easy, but at the same time, durable material that has robust wear-resistant properties, so that the surface must, and eventually look like new.
Above the screen is a set of sensors, camera and earpiece. On the left side is a button volume control, it is quite tight and made closer to the top, so read the book on your smartphone is not very useful if you always use this key to scroll through the pages. The power button is on the top. For more smartphones this unfortunate decision, because palms do not have time to grow after the diagonal screens, pull your finger up uncomfortable.
However, in this device management issue laid out better than in some classmates with similar designs, but more on that below. More on the top there is a 3.5mm headphone jack and a second hole-in microphone. At the lower end of the other microphone, microUSB port and four-hole single earpiece.
In the area below the screen bore the control element in the smartphone – white circle. This touch button serves as a warning light, and also helps to unblock and block the smartphone. Simply hold your finger on it for several seconds. Thus, inconvenient location of a key lock screen does not play a special role, easy to get used to the fact that touch the circle will always help.
Despite the removable cover of polycarbonate, assembled very tightly and the build quality is not inferior to non-separable counterparts. However, over time the plastic for some reason can squeak when squeezed smartphone in hand, although the lid fits very tightly and no backlash. The bar at the MX4 removed simply do not need to fight with a cunning Chinese fastening. It is worth making a remark for those who have not yet faced the products Meizu. In previous devices Chinese manufacturer to remove the lid was very uncomfortable, now no such problem. However, except for SIM-card to put here more nothing, the memory card slot in the phone is not provided.
The rear panel is placed in the center of the camera lens, which projects slightly above the body. He is surrounded with silver decorative ring. Just below, directly beneath it – a dual LED flash.
The display non-standard aspect ratio, it is 15: 9, resolution is also unusual – 1920h1152 point, dot density 418 ppi. Diagonal, in turn, is also not typical – 5.36 inches. Glass from Corning, in this case used Gorilla Glass 3, IPS-panel from Sharp yl JDI delivery depends on your smartphone in any case will be no air gap with large viewing angles.
There oleophobic coating margin sufficient brightness for different conditions. On the street rescue antiblik – under the sun can be seen on the screen data very well. Between the body and the glass passes a special layer, which will play the role of shock absorber. He must repay the energy falling smartphone on the ground, so as not to break the glass.
Automation is not always quick to respond, so the lights can sometimes be too dull, you have to change it manually. I think that is correct in future firmware, or you can switch to manual mode.
Detailed testing screen spent our expert Mikhail Kuznetsov:
Meizu MX4 screen uses LCD technology, IPS. Diagonal of 5.36 inches, and the aspect ratio and resolution are non-standard: the proportion of 15: 9 and 1920×1152 pixels. High pixel density – 418 ppi, and this time the display is better optimized for Full HD-content than the Meizu MX3 with a resolution of 1800×1080. Image sharpness is not satisfactory.
Measured at maximum brightness was 482 cd / m 2, this high margin for different conditions. The contrast ratio was 1250: 1, which is almost the ceiling for IPS. Effective anti-glare filter improves the perception of the image in the light. Due to the absence of air layer image does not fade, and the viewing angles are very wide. Even the familiar purple tint to black at the IPS-matrix practically makes itself felt.
Come on. Gamma slightly understated – figure is an average of 2.1 instead of 2.2 optimal.
The average color temperature – about 8000K, picture tint too cold. This can be seen with the naked eye.
Color Balance maintains high stability across the entire range, but setting initially contains an excess of blue component. Average Delta E error on gray scale reaches 13.2. Blue impurity affects the whole image.
Color gamut is slightly higher than the standard sRGB in red and green.
Intermediate gradations are distorted because of the blue color and the non-standard color gamut.
Overall Rating 24 templates ColorChecker gives the following result: the average error Delta E – 6,14. Color accuracy could be better, setting us down.
Display Meizu MX4 has decent brightness characteristics, and can be written in the pros wide viewing angles and effective anti-glare. But the colors are rather sums: the overall picture is spoiled too cold tone image. However, this sin and much more famous model. Screen Meizu MX4 quite like fans IPS, but the competition is and more successful displays – for example, Xiaomi Mi4, where similar characteristics are combined with a more adequate colors.
BENCHMARKS AND PERFORMANCE
Not so long ago we tested the Lenovo Vibe X2 processor with MediaTek MT6595. In Meizu MX4 is worth the same 28-nm processor with four cores Coretx-A17 and quad-core Cortex-A7 graphics PowerVR G6200. This development from the company differ from Taiwan technology ARM big.LITTLE. Feature of the chip that are fully use all eight cores, and depending on the load can not work all that saves energy. Thanks to an improved architecture in the Taiwanese chipset are utilized once all eight cores. In practice, it is well noticeable in games – a smartphone does not brake and running very quickly. Performance in tests also produced very high, it is the most powerful smartphone on the market.
The phone can be 16, 32 or 64 GB of internal memory. However, a version with a maximum capacity until it is presented for sale, it will appear later. Slot for memory card is not available, but Meizu is a common phenomenon. There is support for USB-OTG, smartphone reads data from external drives connected via an adapter.
The smartphone has a Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and GLONASS. Search for a location on the street does not take more than 20 seconds, the phone shows exactly coordinates. NFC is missing. There is LTE, of course, with 2G and the 3G-networks smartphone also works. The device is one slot microSIM.
In Meizu MX4 stands replaceable battery, its capacity is 3100 mAh. It seems to be not so little, but in practice the two charging smartphones are becoming the norm in the day with the active use of the device. Apparently, the processor poorly optimized, similar impressions were tested after Lenovo Vibe X2. In playback mode, Full HD video at full screen brightness MX4 lasted 4:00 and 40 minutes.
Meizu MX4 received the most modern module Sony, this is the same 20.7 megapixel sensor with pyatilinzovy f / 2.2, which stands in the flagship Xperia Z3. For shooting night in handy dual LED flash, which is located directly under the lens. Located in front 2 MP sensor that can record video in HD-resolution. The camera can be quickly launch a gesture from the lock screen, just open the settings menu. Oddly enough, the only configuration interface adapted to work in portrait mode. Therefore, turning the phone on its side, is not particularly convenient to dig into the settings. However, for most shooting is not the case, depending on the position in space MX4 interface adapts to the current situation.
In the settings, in addition to automation, there are other modes: panorama, night, macro. Macro and obtained a good machine, we could not allocate this item separately, any difference in the work I had not noticed. Change of focus – is to create multiple frames with a focus on different areas, then you can choose the best option. Is a function of improving the color of portrait subjects, integrated scanner of QR-codes. In manual mode, change all the parameters: ISO, shutter speed, focus. 4K video is recorded with sound in mono and 30 frames / s. You can also record videos in Ful HD or HD. In the latter case will be available also lapse mode.
The camera is not the most nimble, the market is smartphones, where the images will be stored faster, especially for a long time are stored in memory HDR-shots. Pictures with natural colors, with good sharpness and correct white balance. At night, smartphone behaves well, noise can not escape, but the overall results are very decent. The impression that the Chinese manufacturer was able to maximize the potential of Sony cameras, unlike its competitor from Japan, which purchased these modules.
Smartphone running Android 4.4.2. Not the newest version to date, but the company regularly release updates even for older models, but no information about when to wait for the new Android 5.0 smartphone yet. Phone received a proprietary shell Flyme 4th generation. In my case was 4.0.4a firmware for international markets. Making minimalistic in Meizu always adhered to their own style shell. She still recognizable, although we can not say that all the changes have benefited. For example, in Flyme prefer square icon icon designers even re icons depicted third-party applications, so that you can admire their creativity. But this approach can not please everyone, good, you can disable this function, then the menu shortcuts will gain its original appearance.
In the menu, a lot of attention paid to the management gestures. The movement starts from the bottom up search menu, running programs is activated in a similar gesture, but from the bottom edge of the screen. There’s also closes the application: one or all, if you hold your finger down on the icon. Movement on the lock screen to the right launches any given program for this action. Up – Unlock, left – launching the camera, dual touch awakens smartphone. In order curtain notifications configured auxiliary icons, buttons submitted to the same player. At the same time stretched and additional icons, initially they are hidden so as not to take up space on the screen. Can be removed from the bottom line of buttons, in which case it will be displayed only when necessary.
The smartphone has its own application store App Store, where you can put the necessary software and other Google programs, no problems with compatibility software is not. In addition, the Meizu originally offered with the factory as root, that in general a unique phenomenon in the market.
Products Meizu has always been interesting from the point of view of the audio portion. In the early days the company began his career with MP3 players, these devices are now gradually disappear from the market, giving way to smartphones. In previous smartphones dedicated sound chips transformed means of communication in a very advanced music players. In Meizu MX4 only offered a turnkey solution from MediaTek. MT6595 was integrated chip Wolfson WM8281, which is presented in our device.
The player is able to play music in folders, tag editing and present cover, smartphone able to search the text for a song and show it while playing music. Supported Dirac HD ready with profiles for different types of headphones, there are equalizer with manual settings. I can not say that the smartphone in terms of sound produces some wow impression, just high-quality sound. Incorrect to say that the quality has worsened, rather other models began to give more pleasant melodies headphones, suyad on personal observations over the last year. Therefore, fans can sound advise appearance MX4 Pro, which we describe in more detail soon. The volume level is high, the smartphone plays clean, but some of the new standards on the market sets. However, it is still a model for the sound in the headphones will suit the vast majority of buyers, there is nothing to fear. Speaker phone is only one, but perfectly audible ring tone, it is very loud. FM-radio in the phone no.
Meizu MX4 proved successful work on the bugs, I liked the model is much more than a year ago MX3. There is more practical materials and comfortable design, great camera and nice design shell leave a good impression. Careful management gestures easier to work with large diagonal, the model proved to be very comfortable. Lack of memory card – not the most convenient time, but this in recent years we have become accustomed, as well as to the non-replaceable battery. At the same time alarming is not the highest at work. Processor powerful but suffers optimization, so to connect the outlet smartphone falls more often than we would like.
Prices in Russia starts with a mark of 15,990 rubles for the version with 16 GB of memory. By closest analogues include Lenovo Vibe X2, which costs 15 thousand rubles in retail and Huawei Honor 6 per 17,000. Over 18,000 have not young, but still current Samsung Galaxy S4 9505. Here I would like to add Xiaomi Mi4, which can also be an interesting alternative for their money.
Small screen frame
Very good camera
Convenient control with gestures
no memory card slot
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