Meizu MX4 Price, Specs, Antutu Benchmark Score : Affordable, Gorgeous Flagship with Monster Features

"Mark, if you think Meizu MX3 is a great device, wait until you see its 2014 follow-up: The Meizu MX4. It's a beast of a smartphone. I promise you, it has monstrous specs and features."

Meizu MX4

That's what Mr. Adrian Lim, IT Director of Novo7Tech - the official and exclusive distributor of Meizu smartphones in the Philippines, told me during out meeting a couple of weeks ago.

Meizu MX4

Looking at photos and videos of MX4 and checking all the official details about the handset disclosed by the Chinese company last September 3, 2014, I think I have to agree with him.

I mean, from the looks of it, the device could very well become the dreamphone of a lot of geeks and gadget consumers from here on out. And why not? It's a gorgeous powerhouse that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Meizu MX4

Measuring just 8.9 millimeters at its thickest point and clad in anodized aluminum, Meizu MX4 is equipped with a 5.36-inch 1152 x 1920 pixels IPS display (slightly wider than the 1080 x 1920 pixels screens we find on most smartphones these days) underneath scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3, a 20.7 MegaPixel autofocus camera with Sony IMX 220 lens, Two Tone Flash and Image Stabilization, a 4K video recorder, and a rather hefty 3,100 mAh Li-Ion battery pack.

Meizu MX4

The apparent hardware is great but it's what's under the hood that makes it a true standout in its midrange price echelon; One that's capable of beating handsets twice - and even thrice - its price in terms of raw power. Meizu MX4 is one of the first devices to be powered by MediaTek's new Octa Core chipset with Big Little Technology, the MT6595 which incorporates a Quad Core 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A17 CPU plus Quad Core 1.7 GHz Cortex ARM A7 CPU and PowerVR H6200MP4 GPU, and supports LTE connectivity.

Meizu MX4
This SoC paired with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage gives Meizu MX4 an Antutu Benchmark Score in the area of 48,545 -- a mark so high that Antutu couldn't help but call the handset a "Monster"! (Photos by Gadget.Letnick)

Meizu MX4

The smartphone looks great and its technical specifications are phenomenal -- but I guess anyone who has played with a Meizu device will tell you that its user interface would be the topmost selling point of the Meizu MX4. The device runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat skinned by the latest version of the Chinese company's very own Flyme UI, called Flyme 4.0. As I've shown you in my exclusive interview video with Mr. Adrian Lim for our Meizu MX3 Giveaway, the app-drawer free and ultra-cute Flyme user interface doesn't only look neat and unique but is also very intuitive. Some of the key features include gesture support for the home button, the ability to adjust brightness simply by swiping on the right part of the display when viewing photos, and the Smart Bar that changes its set of buttons depending on which app you're using, among many others.

So how much does it cost and when will it arrive in the Philippines? Meizu MX4 comes in three variants; In Europe, the 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB versions will sell for 225, 250, and 300 Euros, respectively, when the product arrives there later this year. And that's where I base my Philippine price guesstimates for the handset: Php 12,999 for the 16 GB, Php 14,499 for 32 GB, and Php 17,199 for the 64 GB version. As for its availability, according to my reliable insider, Novo7Tech might bring it here just in time for your 2014 Yuletide gadget shopping -- so that's around December 2014 or January 2015.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Meizu MX4
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange (Flagship Level)
Dimensions144 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm
Weight 147 grams
Available Colors Gold, Grey, White
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat skinned by Flyme OS 4.0
Display 5.36 inches (~418 ppi pixel density), 1152 x 1920 pixels, IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Octa Core Big Little Technology: Quad Core 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A17 CPU + Quad Core 1.7 GHz Cortex ARM A7 CPU, PowerVR H6200MP4 GPU, MediaTek MT6595 chipset
Internal Storage 16,32,64 GB options, non-expandable
Camera Main: 20.7 MegaPixel, 5248 х 3936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features: Sony IMX 220, Two Tone Flash, 1/2.3'' Sensor Size, HDR, Image Stabilization
Front: 2 MegaPixel
Video Capture Main: 4K 2160p 30fps
Front: Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.263, H.264 player
Ports microUSB v2.0, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+; LTE Variant: Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
GPS Yes, with GLONASS, A-GPS, Beidou, QZSS suport
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 2100, 4G Network LTE 1800 / 2600
SIM Card Type microSIM
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3,100 mAh battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Flyme 4.0 OS, True Octa Core, LTE, Metal Frame
Announcement September 2, 2014
Availability China: September 20, 2014
Philippines: Guesstimate - December 2014 via Novo7Tech
Price Official:
16 GB - 225 Euros
32 GB - 250 Euros
64 GB - 300 Euros

TP Guesstimate:
16 GB - Php 12,999
32 GB - Php 14,499
64 GB - Php 17,199

Official SRP in the Philippines:
16 GB Grey - Php 14,990
32 GB Grey - Php 16,990
Limited Edition 32 GB Silver Wings - Php 17,990
Limited Edition 32 GB Gold - Php 17,990