Posts tagged with: Meizu
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    Meizu's billboard device right now may be the PRO 6, but it also has a major product line that serves the price bracket under that spotlight and that's its MX-series (you see the MX5 as our header). And to be frank, we're pretty darn surprised that we haven't gone on the trail for the MX6. After all, it's said to have a major ten-core processor we've been hashing on about. The major detail from Weibo tech maven @KJuma this weekend is that there will indeed be a MX6 and it will come in the "second half of the year." Mind you, the MX5 came out on June 30 of last year, so while we're ...

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    Although the global smartphone market has been under an innovation-hindering OS duopoly for several years now, which Windows Mobile no longer seems capable of pressuring, a host of smaller platforms continue to walk the fine line between complete oblivion and relative relevance. One of these is Ubuntu, developed by UK-based Canonical Ltd. on the same Linux roots as Android, and while its mainstream popularity remains paltry, high-profile hardware partners like Meizu refuse to throw in the towel. Unfortunately, the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition is a little late to the actual availability ...

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    While we’ve seen a myriad of respectable sub-$200 and even sub-$150 mid-range Androids unveiled in China lately, it remains tricky for Huawei, Xiaomi and Meizu to squeeze decent specifications into the sub-$100 space. But along comes the Meizu m3 now, making us wonder exactly where do its manufacturers find the money to survive in this profit-dependent market. A $90 or so phone can’t possibly be a sound business investment, unless you count its headline-grabbing and buzz-collecting abilities. Granted, the m3 foregoes its Note-branded sibling’s premium aluminum unibody build, massive ...

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    If HTC brought the “power of 10” onto the international Android high-end stage yesterday, Meizu strikes back today with the actual processing muscle and camera capabilities of 10 for China. But this new flagship’s called Pro 6, and although it could just as well be accused of finding inspiration in HTC designs, it willingly concedes to iPhone 6s comparisons. Flattering ones, mostly, as the aluminum unibody construction works perfectly with more subdued horizontal antenna lines on the back. See, LG, you don’t have to cover them up in their entirety to produce an eye-catching ...

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    Thursday's the day that Meizu will set onto the world the Pro 6 smartphone. No, it'd be disingenuous to call this an iPhone-wannabe with its antenna lines. Check out that large camera port with the freaky little ring flash below it. Official renders and releases have talked about that inner circle housing a laser autofocus sensor. Here's where rumor has it: that LED ring? Yep, small as it might seem, it could be holding in 10 diodes in there. A good ring flash can get macro (or relatively close-up) subjects completely lit — no shadows at all. For a tiny thing like that, it may be that ...

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    The past few weeks have brought us a fair amount of news about upcoming Meizu handsets, and in addition to the roadmap that appeared to give us a preview of the company's phone plans through the rest of the year, we've had the opportunity to check out a few models in greater detail. Those include the m3 note, which made its official debut yesterday, as well a pair of Pro 6 models: a full-sized Pro 6 and a a Pro 6 mini. While neither handset has yet to join the m3 note with its own formal launch, we have gotten official confirmation of the Pro 6, as Meizu execs shared early imagery of the ...

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    And so it begins. Meizu’s remarkable 2016 push for the domestic low-cost crown, as well as Western relevance, that is. Of course, the up-and-coming Chinese OEM is looking to warm us up with a momentous opening act before unleashing the Pro 6 headliner. Meet the Meizu m3 note, an affordable Android powerhouse meant to even give Xiaomi chills with its spectacular bang for buck. The rumors were mostly right, as the 5.5-incher starts at the equivalent of $125 or so with a Full HD display in tow and more than respectable octa-core Helio X10 processor handling your gaming, heavy browsing and ...

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    Meizu's Pro 6 has been leaking like a sieve for weeks now, and ever since the company posted an early official shot of the phone in an effort to curtail some iPhone 7 rumors, we've been spotting it time in time again in a mix of hands-on pics and newly leaked renders. Today we're breaking from that pattern just a little bit as we switch our attention over to the Pro 6's smaller sibling, upon the arrival of a new image purporting to show off not just the Pro 6 mini, but also the Meizu m3 note. Both these devices featured in the leaked roadmap we saw about a week back, spilling the beans on ...

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    Instead of burying its head in the sand and firmly denying its Android phone designs are so alike iPhones they’re starting to pass as their iOS rivals in the rumor mill, Meizu appears to be embracing the comparisons, trying to turn them into free publicity for the upcoming Pro 6 flagship. Normally, we’d expect this bad boy to see daylight sometime in the fall, when the Pro 5 turns one, but judging from a new set of leaked live pics, the launch could well go down much earlier. We seem to be looking at a fairly advanced prototype here, perfectly functional and more or less polished from ...

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    After its best year on record in terms of smartphone shipments, China-based OEM Meizu was the protagonist of a fairly awkward unauthorized US distribution situation last month, then an even weirder but also amusing leak episode last week. You don’t often see company executives disprove exposés claiming to be of the competition, and therefore unwillingly confirm the external appearance of one of their own unreleased products, as well as the striking similarities between it and iPhones. Now that the cat is out of the bag though, why not spill the beans on other upcoming Meizu devices too? ...

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    Back at the start of the week, Meizu's Pro 6 was already shaping up to be a pretty impressive handset, as rumors suggested the phone would end up with 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB storage, a pressure-sensitive touch panel, and a top-of-the-line Exynos 8890 SoC – not too shabby any way you cut it. But then all of a sudden the Pro 6 found itself in a spotlight for a very different reason: a leaked pic of the smartphone started making the rounds … as a possible iPhone 7 image. Meizu was quick to reach out on social media and school us all as to what was actually going on, sharing an image of ...

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    Ever since word first broke on Monday that the next iPhone was likely to see a big change to the layout of the antenna stripes on its back, we've been itching to check out the new design on actual hardware. First one image showed up, purporting to be a hands-on pic of just such a phone, but we had questions about its legitimacy. Then yesterday a new pic was going around, one that was a bit easier to accept as genuine, but we still had questions about exactly what it is we were seeing. Today we get an explanation that manages to set us straight about what's really going on in that second ...

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    While Qualcomm prefers to take a step back from the processor arms race, Taiwan's MediaTek is taking two steps forward. It not only announced that the first smartphones with its tri-cluster, deca-core Helio X20 chipset are almost ready to go, but another Chinese hardware partner is set to take up an even more advanced SoC that the chipmaker didn't even announce. MediaTek took to a stage in Shenzhen to address media on where the Helio X20 is going and, after a long road from its introduction last year, it's going to appear in products starting next month. PhoneArena and other outlets ...

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    Samsung’s reluctance to upgrade its flagship smartphones in the memory department beyond 4GB, as well as every high-profile OEM’s commitment to Full or Quad HD displays, including Sony, will no doubt be taken by many as conclusive proof this has finally stopped being a numbers game. But you’ll always have lesser known manufacturers trying to make a name for themselves with meaningless records. The designers of the world’s thinnest handheld. The first to adopt quad, octa, deca, 16-core processors. And, of course, the makers of the 6GB RAM mobile pioneer. Let’s all agree we don’t ...

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    "You have your PRO 5, I have my PRO 6." So starts the tale of a Meizu forums user who apparently struck gold while out to dinner. Apparently after striking up a conversation with a young man, that man decided to sell something that would seem to be a Meizu PRO 6 prototype for about $15. [gallery columns="4" ids="466048,466049,466050,466051"]   Meizu's design head for Flyme UI also brought up this screenshot featuring 3D/Force Touch prompts upon the Android skin. It seems that like Xiaomi, Meizu has continued on taking design cues from both Apple and Samsung and evolving upon them. Maybe ...

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    Just a few short years ago, it looked like we were about to enter a golden era of smartphone platform choice: new players were lining up to challenge the old guard, each hoping to do things just differently enough to attract the attention of manufacturers, developers, and users alike. While a noble endeavor, we've since seen many of those efforts crash and burn, or at least emerge as hollow shells of their once packed-with-promise former selves. But some of those platforms are still soldiering on, reinventing themselves and continuing to search out that corner of the mobile landscape that ...

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    Today’s mobile OS duopoly doesn’t do anyone any good, except for Apple and Google obviously, and even iOS and Android’s most hardcore fans would probably welcome competition from a strong third platform. Unfortunately, Windows continues to struggle with system instability, adoption and OEM skepticism, while Tizen remains a Samsung afterthought. BlackBerry OS is pretty much dead and buried, no matter what the Canadians claim, and Ubuntu lacks more hardware-making partners like Meizu. Even Meizu could do a better job loading up Canonical’s Linux-based software on its flagship ...

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    In the past 48 hours, we've seen how badly a publicized distribution deal ended up working out for US Mobile. It announced that was selling Xiaomi and Meizu devices for use in the US and was rebuffed by media outlets and the former of the device manufacturers. Today, the T-Mobile virtual operator went looking for vindication in a blog post. It turns out that the MVNO was offering something up no other a la carte marketplace could: in-house warranty and support. Instead of dealing with the manufacturer, US Mobile would be using its own resources to repair the phones— given that CEO Ahmed ...

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    As last year’s most popular smartphone vendor in China continues to quietly set the stage for its next-gen flagship’s double debut showing in Barcelona and Beijing, this tiny T-Mobile MVNO called US Mobile took the nation by surprise yesterday, picking up the Redmi 2, Mi 3 and Mi 4 out of nowhere, alongside Meizu’s M2 Note. The little known carrier predictably ran out of all stocks the same day it put the four super-affordable Androids on sale, and if you hoped they’d return sooner or later, there might be a big hurdle on their way back to market. As it turns out, no one asked ...

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    GSM Nation off-shoot and T-Mobile MVNO US Mobile announced today through PCMag that it was carrying Xiaomi and Meizu phones for its subscribers to purchase. It was a curious get for the carrier as both manufacturers have yet to produce phones fully compatible with US GSM and LTE networks and as we're about to find out, we shouldn't be getting too excited at this juncture. The phones in question were: Xiaomi Redmi 2 - $119 Xiaomi Mi 3 - $139 Meizu M2 Note - $149 Xiaomi Mi 4 - $219 We say "were" because the phones have all sold out — we weren't able to pull up purchase pages on the ...

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    Synthetic benchmarks: are they the end-all, be-all of device rankings? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Really, though, even if the dream of a single figure that reliably reflects a model's performance is an elusive one, a well-executed benchmark can still give us a useful point of comparison, and when we run enough of them, we just might start to close in on some respectable rankings that really do show how one phone's sheer processing power measures up against another's. With 2016 now in full swing, AnTuTu's looking back on all the phones that passed through its database last year, ans has crunched the ...

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    Besides developing smartphone and tablet processors for in-house Galaxy use, Samsung can technically also supply rival device manufacturers with top-of-the-line Exynos silicon. Of course, so far only second-tier companies like Meizu have opted for the Korean giant’s Snapdragon or MTK alternatives, but since the Pro 5 architects are coming up in the mobile world, Sammy must think of its primary business and profit generator first. Hence, this year you should expect the Galaxy S7 and its multiple siblings and cousins to pack a different chip than the Meizu Pro 6. The former is just about ...

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    Doesn't it always seem like we have a soup du jour cycle going on with Chinese OEMs? We kept hearing about Xiaomi riding a rocket to success before its current sputtering phase, leaving Huawei to fly above its wake. Meantime, there's Elephone, ZTE, Letv and probably one named "SUPERLUCKYDUCKDUCK" if we spent enough time scouring the right industrial parks in Harbin. Well, Meizu gets a chance to gloat a little bit today, as it announced on its blog that total sales for the year have exceeded 20 million. That represents a 350 percent jump from last year's number. The company put out six ...

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    Meizu has gained a lot of fame lately due to its smartphone designs for the mid-to-low end market, and truly challenging competitors in the process. Surely we can't deny that most, if not all its products look like an iPhone, the company has managed to pull that off without a legal scratch for reasons we still don't understand. Today the company has launched yet another smartphone line that follows in its name, even if it lacks a capital letter at the beginning. Meizu has just announced the new "metal," which is a very nice-looking device that follows in its name by being fully made of ...

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    Samsung is yet to respond to the latest controversial publicity stunt from OnePlus, which wants you to donate a 2015 Galaxy flagship for charity and the chance to get a OnePlus 2 in exchange, but Meizu wants to crash the #TakeTheEdgeOff campaign with a #TurnTheHeatOff trade-in program. That’s an obvious dig at the generally unstable octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor inside the OnePlus 2, although the Chinese startup insists its SD810 version was made cucumber cool and blazing fast. Meanwhile, the Meizu Pro 5 packs the same Samsung-made Exynos 7420 chip as the S6 Edge+ and Note 5, where ...

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