Posts tagged with: Meizu
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    Meizu’s a well-established brand on its home turf in China as one of the top ten smartphone manufacturers, but its reach has never really extended much past that. But we recently got the chance to see their latest hardware in the MX4 Pro, and after spending a few weeks with the handset we’re ready to give you our full review. If bright displays, sharp cameras, metal designs, and fingerprint scanners get you going, you just might want to stick around. This review unit was provided to us by our friends at Efox-shop.com, one of Europe's largest online retailers of electronics. Pay them a ...

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    Meizu made a significant statement with the launch of its flagship duo, the MX4 and MX4 Pro. Both devices are reportedly selling well in China, and their slim and elegant designs have turned some heads over seas as well. We find it hard for the compay to already prepare a successor for phones that were launched late in 2014, but it seems it's still possible. Leaked photos show us what is reportedly the MX5, and no, sadly the leaks don't include an MX5 Pro. Still, one of the most interesting parts of this leak is the physical home button included in this new device, which would contrast the ...

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    Meizu introduced its M1 Note late last year, offering a competitive set of hardware specs like a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 13MP/5MP camera setup, 3140mAh battery, and dual-SIM support. But what really make the M1 Note stand out was its price tag, as Meizu announced plans to sell the phone for the equivalent of just about $160 – a great price for a little budget phone, let alone one equipped like this. Unfortunately, it was hard to get too excited about the phablet initially due to expectations that we might not see it made available outside China. This week brings us good news, as Meizu ...

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    Arguably the busiest markets for smartphones right now are those in Southeast Asia, where the fortunes of companies are made and lost over their abilities to capture the buying power of shoppers faced with an increasingly attractive array of options. That's meant a lot of very affordable hardware, and some of it relatively high-spec. Companies like Meizu have managed to do quite well for themselves in this space, and late last month we saw the company introduce its latest handset, the M1 Note. The very iPhone-looking model arrived with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, but phones that large – ...

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    Apple's launch of the iPhone 5c last year was met with significant complaints and disappointment. Surely, there wasn't anything that was really wrong with the smartphone as it was, but the fact that it was priced too high made people ignore it and focus on the iPhone 5s at the time. Today Meizu has launched a new smartphone that looks a lot like the iPhone 5c, but fixing some of its quirks. The new Meizu M1 Note is so identical to an iPhone 5c, that the Chinese press confirms that Meizu sent press invitations along with an iPhone 5c chassis on the invite. The main difference is that this ...

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    Canonical has not had the easiest time breaking into the smartphone market, maybe most publicly failing as it attempted to crowdfund the Ubuntu Edge handset. But even with the dreams of Canonical's own Ubuntu phone on ice, we had hope that other manufacturers might arrive to bring the platform to market, and earlier this year heard about plans to do just that with the help of OEMs like Meizu. Thing is, we haven't seen much motion on that since, leaving us wondering if this was really going to happen at all. Well, the earlier stated goal of releasing such hardware this year may be bust, but ...

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    Back in early September we saw pre-orders open for the Meizu MX4, a 5.36-inch Android-based handset (Meizu's Flyme OS) with a 1920 x 1152 resolution (we know: weird), octa-core MediaTek SoC, and 20.7MP Sony camera. Solid enough, sure, but quite a bit short of a bleeding-edge spec powerhouse. Just a couple months later, Meizu is already looking to outdo itself, and this week has revealed its latest flagship, the MX4 Pro. The MX4 Pro shares quite a bit with its predecessor, while also making some notable upgrades. The screen grows slightly to 5.5 inches while getting a big resolution bump, ...

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    We've been following Meizu's MX4 for the last couple of weeks, and there's actually a reason for that. If you thought Apple and HTC are the only companies that know how to pull of a hot aluminum phone, think again. The Meizu MX4 was rumored to bring one of the most amazing screen-to-body ratios of the market, and the company has delivered. Today the Meizu MX4 goes on pre-order in China, and the spec sheet is rather impressive for a market that prefers mid tiered phones. The MX4 sports a 5.36-inch display rocking 1920 x 1152 resolution, bringing you a good 418 PPI on a display that gives ...

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    Smartphone manufacturers continue to push engineering limits towards the elimination of side bezels for their handsets' screens. Some of them gave it the old college try, only to run up against seemingly unavoidable physical limitations, like LG with its flagship G3. Some of them might just conquer bezels entirely, like we've heard Samsung could be aiming for with its curved display tech. Today we're looking at a leak attributed to the anticipated Meizu MX4, which may offer some of the narrowest bezels we've ever seen for a traditional smartphone display. Granted, this is just the front ...

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    Last year's failed campaign to crowdfund a Canonical-made Ubuntu smartphone left a vacuum of sorts in the company's plans to present Ubuntu for phones as a viable mobile platform. Sure, we've seen the release of installation packages for certain Nexus-series devices, but if this project was ever to get off the ground, it needed some phones of its own. Late last year, Canonical confirmed that one OEM had signed-on to produce Ubuntu handsets, and last month we heard that it would be joined by a number more – the only problem was, we didn't know just which companies we were talking about. ...

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    If 2013 was the year we saw the arrival of Ubuntu software for smartphones, 2014 will be the year we get some proper Ubuntu hardware. After first getting confirmation that at least one high-end Ubuntu phone was in the works, we recently heard from the company that it's talking to a number of additional OEMs, potentially setting the stage for the release of multiple Ubuntu-running handsets in the months to come. But just who would be creating this hardware? So far, Canonical's been quite good about not revealing its manufacturing partners. Nothing may be certain just yet, but today we get ...

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    Technology trade shows are often a breeding ground for plague and disease, so here at Pocketnow we opted to inoculate ourselves early … by picking up some crazy wintertime head colds just days before flying to Vegas for the 2014 International CES. That's right: on the first podcast of the year, all three of your humble hosts are suffering from respiratory distress and an overabundance of mucus, all of it glazed over with enough combined medication to drop a Snapdragon dead in its tracks. Or something. On the brighter side, in addition to being bastions of bacteria, trade shows like ...

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    We're less than two short weeks away from the end of 2013 and it's hard to deny that this year has been a pretty great one for smartphones. Sure, some players struggled more than others, but the industry's in a stronger, more mature, and just more interesting place than it was a year ago. For all the progress that's come our way, though, I wonder if we're not missing out on even bigger and better things. Because as much as the landscape has grown, we're still dealing with a small group of players, and an even more select group of the really big boys, the devices from which simply dominate ...

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    With such a focus on smartphones for the Americas and Europe, we sometimes find ourselves overlooking products from OEMs that largely keep their wares constrained to Southeast Asia. That's really a shame, because some of those companies have been putting out some pretty compelling hardware that we only wish we had better exposure to. Meizu is one such manufacturer that's been on our radar more lately, as we caught wind of its flagship MX3 and plans to join the still-quite-new but ever-growing 2K party. We might just end up giving Meizu even more attention in the new year, as we learn of ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily a we talk about the Microsoft-Nokia deal, which just got approved by the FTC. Then we talk about Meizu and its new smartphone with a display that exceeds current standards. Samsung is up next as we go through the new color variants of the Galaxy Note 3, along with a possible lite version of the Galaxy Note 3 in MWC. Then we talk about the Oppo N1, its release, and what to expect of the CyanogenMod variant. We end today's show talking about the LG G Flex, and our first ever torture test. All this and more after the break. Stories: - FTC gives Microsoft-Nokia ...

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    For a smartphone manufacturer that doesn't get a lot of attention in the West, Meizu has still been putting out handsets with some pretty high-end hardware. For instance, just a few months back there was that MX3, not only running an Exynos 5 Octa, but offering as much as 128GB storage - something we don't see enough of. It now looks like Meizu has its sights squarely set on pushing some new boundaries, as we get word that the upcoming MX4G should have a stunningly high resolution display. In a post attributed to Meizu CEO Jack Wong, the MX4G is announced to feature a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1536 ...

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    This summer, we've already seen Samsung introduce a refreshed Exynos 5 Octa, the 5420, with a slightly higher clock speed and a new GPU. We also heard a rumor about another improvement coming to Samsung's chip, with the suggestion we'd be seeing some variant using all of its big.LITTLE cores at once in heterogeneous multi-processing mode. Sure enough, Samsung confirmed this development yesterday, announcing that an HMP solution would become available later this year. Today we get some new details about what might be in store for us, and how existing devices might benefit. The big question ...

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    Right on the cusp of the IFA, our attention is focused on devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note III or Sony's Honami, but there are also plenty of new smartphones being announced by companies that don't typically draw so much of our focus. Often, that's for geographical reasons, with us devoting less coverage to models that don't typically find wide sales outside of Asia. Still, that doesn't stop these manufacturers from putting out handsets with some top-notch-sounding features, like the one we're hearing about this morning, the Meizu MX3. We talked about Meizu's launch efforts for the MX ...

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