It’s not every day that you hear of Meizu in the Western media, but when the modest China-based electronics manufacturer unveils a smartphone as cool and unusual as the MX3, we feel like it deserves at least a good 15 minutes of fame.
What’s so special about this MX3? For one thing, its outer look, which could be described as a crossover between Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone designs, but with less bezels. In fact, the borders are said to be only 2.9 mm thick, which is pretty darn nice.
Meanwhile, the handheld itself is 143 grams heavy and 9.1 mm thick, all while rocking a fairly unusual 5.1-inch display with 1,800 x 1,080 pixels resolution. Unusual good or unusual bad? Beats me, but I have to admit I’m intrigued to see this thing in the flesh.
More so as the true piece de resistance here comes from beneath the hood, where an Exynos 5 octa-core processor runs the show. The exact model hasn’t been made official yet, but chances are we’re looking at the 5410 CPU also found inside (way too few) versions of Samsung’s Galaxy S4.
Pretty much all the rest of the features are more or less what you’d expect from a high-end Android smartphone these days, including 2 GB RAM, NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. But MX3’s software is deeply unconventional (Flyme 3.0, which is a forked version of Android), as are the storage options. These start with your usual 16 GB, but go all the way up to… 128 gigs. Damn, that’s a lot of wiggle room for a lot of movies, music and games.
And best of all, you can’t say the 128 GB Meizu MX3 is outrageously priced, going for Yuan 3,999 (US$650) starting later this month. Want to keep it modest? The 16 GB flavor will only set you back Yuan 2,499 ($410). Please, Meizu, pretty please, bring this baby to Europe and America sometime soon.