Meizu MX4 Pro, In The Flesh! Price, Full Specs, Antutu Benchmark Score, Side by Side Photos with MX4

"Mark, this is the first and only Meizu MX4 Pro unit that you can find here in the Philippines. And I'm letting you play with it to give you first dibs on the device."

Meizu MX4 Pro

That's what Sir Adrian Lim, IT Director of Novo7Tech - the official distributor of Meizu smartphones in the Philippines, told me during my casual meet-up over coffee with their amazing team last Friday.

Meizu MX4 Pro

Flaunting a sizable 5.5 inch 1536 x 2560 pixels (2K) IPS display panel and a fingerprint scanner on top its home button, Meizu MX4 Pro is the phablet co-flagship of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed Meizu MX4 (Kind of like what Samsung Galaxy Note4 is to Samsung Galaxy S5) providing users not just with a larger display but also with a slew of other enhancements.

Meizu MX4 Pro
Meizu MX4 Pro and Meizu MX4, respectively. The former has a 5.5-inch 2K display while the latter's screen measures 5.36 inches and has 1152 x 1920 pixels (wider than Full HD) resolution.

Meizu MX4 Pro
The two handsets have the same design identity highlighted by the rounded sides, unbelievably thin bezels, tapered edges, removable curved back plate giving access to the microSIM card slot, and a CNC-processed real metal side frame giving them an elegant and durable look and feel in the hand.

Meizu MX4 Pro
Both Meizu MX4 and the Pro version have a 20.7 MegaPixel autofocus camera at the back with Two-Tone flash and Sony IMX220 sensor for top-notch low-light performance. As for the front cam, Meizu MX4 Pro is better as it has a 5 MegaPixel camera for selfies versus just 2 MegaPixel on the earlier release.

Meizu MX4 Pro, Meizu MX4 Pro Antutu Benchmark Score, Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5430 Antutu
Apart from the stellar display, design, and camera features, powerhouse innards and industry-leading performance are two other main selling points that these siblings share. During Novo7Tech's recent internal testing, Meizu MX4 Pro got an unverified Antutu Benchmark Score of 45,520 while Meizu MX4 clocked in at 48,209.

Meizu MX4 Pro, Meizu MX4 Pro Antutu Benchmark Score, Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5430 Antutu

While Meizu MX4 is powered by an Octa Core 2.2 GHz ARM Cortex A17, ARM Cortex A7, and PowerVR Rogue Han GPU based MediaTek MT6595 chipset, the Pro version runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat based Flyme 4.0 OS with its Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5430 SoC incorporating four 2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 plus four 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex A7 CPU and a Mali-T628 GPU.

Meizu MX4 Pro

According to Sir Adrian, it's to be expected that a smartphone running on MediaTek MT6595 would get a higher Antutu Benchmark Score over one running on the Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chip because of the former's more powerful A17 cores. Nonetheless, he told me that in the score breakdown, the Mali-T628 GPU of 5430 got a higher mark than the PowerVR H6200MP4 MT6595, which could mean that Samsung's Octa SoC actually delivers better graphics performance. Nonetheless, having played with both phones for a while, I'd say that gaming and overall touch experience on the two handsets are largely comparable -- and if ever there's a difference in performance, it's really not that noticeable.

Meizu MX4 Pro

If there's one feature that Meizu MX4 Pro has that you'd really miss on the MX4, it's obviously Fingerprint Sensor. Coated with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal (just like its camera module at the back), this one touch-scanner lets you unlock your phone, protect personal applications from prying, and even make MPay purchases in supported territories, among other capabilities that I'll talk about in the coming weeks.

Meizu MX4 Pro

Sir Chris, Sir Oliver, and Sir Adrian of Novo7Tech all attended the official launch of Meizu MX4 Pro via the exclusive dealer and media event that the company held in Beijing, China last November 19, 2014. They told me that they're very excited to bring the device here and offer it to the growing number of Pinoy Meizu fans. However, they said that due to factors beyond their control, we'd all have to wait until January or February 2015 before we could get our hands on this amazing phablet.

The base price of Meizu MX4 in China is 2499 Yuan or around Php 18,300 before taxes and subsidies -- making it a lot more expensive than the more budget-friendly Meizu MX4. In fact, I'm guessing that after taxes and other duties, the phablet would cost around Php 20,000 when it lands here. So really, if you got the Meizu MX4 or if you're planning to purchase a unit this Yuletide, you really shouldn't feel remorse or feel short-changed about the fact that the Pro version is on its way here. If you ask me, if you don't really need the fingerprint sensor plus the 5 MegaPixel front cam and 5.36 inch display is large enough for you, you'd do well to get the more affordable Meizu MX4 -- but that's just me.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Meizu MX4 Pro
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Phablet
Price Category High End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions150.1 x 77 x 9 mm
Weight 158 grams
Available Colors Grey, Gold, White
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat
Display 5.5 inches (~546 ppi pixel density), 1536 x 2560 pixels, IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Octa Core ~ Quad Core 2 GHz ARM Cortex A15 plus Quad Core 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex A7 CPU, Mali-T628 GPU, Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset
Internal Storage 16, 32, and 64 GB options, non-expandable
Camera Main: 20.7 MegaPixels, 5248 х 3936 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, Sony IMX220
Front: 5 MegaPixels, 2592 х 1944 pixels
Video Capture 2160p @ 30fps, 1080p @ 30fps, HD for front camera (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC, MP4, H.264 player
Ports microUSB v2.0, USB On-The-Go, 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: Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope, Fingerprint
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, TD-SCDMA 1880 / 2010 - China Mobile, 4G Network LTE 1800 / 2100 / 2600 (Bands 1, 3, 7), TD-LTE 1900 / 2300 / 2500 / 2600 (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)
SIM Card Type microSIM
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3,350 mAh battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Latest Version of FlyMe OS, Fingerprint Scanner, Large Display
Announcement China: November 19, 2014
Philippines: February 6, 2015
Availability Philippines: February 6, 2015
Price Official SRP: Base Price (before subsidies and taxes) 2499 Yuan or around Php 18,300
TP Guesstimate: 16GB - Php 20,000