Meizu Pro 5 goes after Samsung Galaxy flagships with Exynos 7420 power

Talk about beating the greats at their own game. Meizu, a rising star in the Chinese mobile firmament that’s unfortunately little known outside of its homeland borders, makes a pass at Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 using a very familiar weapon for the Korean OEM.

The just-unveiled Meizu Pro 5 replaces the already zippy MediaTek Helio X10 chip inside the MX5 launched a mere three months ago with an even greater Exynos 7420 silicon. Both processors are octa-core affairs, and cap off at similar 2.1 – 2.2 GHz clock speeds, but somehow, the Samsung-manufactured SoC delivers far superior raw power, and better energy efficiency.

That’s not the only area where the Pro 5 eclipses its high-profile rival on paper, as Meizu adopts a 21MP rear-facing camera with Sony’s IMX230 sensor, avant-garde USB Type-C connectivity, microSD support, and advanced Hi-Fi 2.0 sound technology.

Meizu Pro 5 USB Type-C

The 3,050 mAh battery, while not exactly huge, should last a near-eternity, given the 5.7-inch 1,080p Super AMOLED display is less of a power hog than Quad HD counterparts. Of course, the lower resolution may be viewed by some as a flaw, the singular speck on an otherwise impeccable list of premium features.

Oh, yes, the impressive story is far from finished, as the Meizu Pro 5 further offers your choice of 3 or 4GB RAM, with matching 32 or 64GB internal storage space, Flyme 5 software goodies based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, a proficient 5MP selfie snapper, 4G LTE network speeds, and fast charging capabilities for getting the battery from 0 to 65 percent capacity in a measly 30 minutes.

Meizu Pro 5 profile

The metallic phablet is quite the looker too, with 2.5D curved glass, a robust yet stylish iPhonesque construction, gray, silver white, silver black, gold and rose gold color options, as well as a 7.5mm wasp waist. And in keeping with Meizu tradition, the decidedly high-end Pro 5 doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

At least in China, where it’s supposed to go on sale mid-October starting at the equivalent of $440 or so.

Sources: Gizchina, Phone Arena

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