By Stephen Schenck | April 16, 2012 11:07 AM
We’ve been hearing about Meizu and its MX Android with a quad-core processor since summer of last year. At the time, that made it one of the first such phones announced, but in the long span since we’ve seen other manufacturers beat Meizu to the quad-core punch. That doesn’t mean that the MX has been forgotten, and the company has a sizable devoted following in its native China. The dual-core version of the MX came out right around New Year’s, leaving us waiting for its quad-core brother. Now, Meizu finally announces just when the handset will finally become available, and what we’ll end up paying for it.
When we heard that the dual-core MX would run a Samsung Exynos processor, we speculated that we might see one of the first uses of a quad-core Exynos in this version; sure enough, it will run just such a chip. There are a couple other improvements over the dual-core edition, including a slightly larger battery (to the tune of a hundred milliamp hours), more flash storage, and the possibility of more RAM. That last bit hasn’t been confirmed yet, but a rumor out over the weekend suggested the phone might have as much as two gigabytes.
Even after all this time waiting for the phone to arrive, it’s still going to be a little longer. The quad-core MX will finally make its retail debut this June. Sales will begin in China, where the 32GB version of the phone will fetch the equivalent of about $480, and the 64GB $635. Prices in Hong Kong will be around $100 lower, but they’re already far below the $800 we heard estimated last year. We’ve yet to learn of any plans for wider global availability.