The Chinese company, Meizu, has released a new premium phone series, the Meizu Pro. Starting with the Meizu Pro 5, the new flagship phone’s title can compete with phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6S and not sound like the new kid on the block. Meizu is a sort of cell phone Frankenstein, having the heart of a Samsung with the Exynos 7420 chipset and the eyes of a Sony with a monstrous 21 megapixel, 1.24’ IMX 230 camera sensor.
This beast combines a quad-core 2.1GHz Cortex A57 with a quad-core 15GHz A53 for added processing power. That’s the same set up as Samsung’s headpiece, the Galaxy S6. Meizu has an advantage over the S6 in terms of processing power though. Meizu has neglected to offer a QHD screen, therefore allowing the processers and battery to focus on pure speed and consistency. Meizu claims that most people can’t tell the difference between a QHD screen and a full HD screen anyway. So if you value processing speed over a more detailed display, then Meizu gets the checkmark there.
The Meizu Pro 5 boasts a huge 5.7” Super AMOLED, 1080p screen with 386 ppi, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Colors are vibrant and bright, though slightly oversaturated, as can be expected with a Super AMOLED display. Meizu offers two versions of the Pro 5, one with 32GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, and the other with 64GB and 4GB of RAM. Both versions come stocked with a microSD card slot for up to 128GB of additional memory that doubles as a dual SIM slot. The Meizu Pro 5 takes nano SIMs.
Its 3050 mAh battery has plenty of juice to spare. To open the recent apps tab, swipe up from the home button/fingerprint sensor. The Pro 5 ships with Android Lollipop 5.1. Though an upgrade to Marshmallow has yet to be confirmed, it will most likely be released soon.
The Pro 5’s one-piece aluminum body measures 156.7 x 78 x 7.5 mm (6.17 x 3.07 x 0.30 in). It feels very good in the hand and is obviously of a very high build quality. It looks kind of like a mash up between the iPhone 6s Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, as the shape of the home button is very reminiscent of Samsung and the uniform metal design feels like the iPhone.
The Pro 5 has a 5mp front facing camera with 1080 recording capabilities. Its 21mp rear shooter captures crisp, detailed photos with very fast autofocus. It’s not as fast as the new Xperia Z5, but Meizu claims their hybrid autofocus takes just 0.1 seconds to focus. The super fast focusing is due to the addition of a laser autofocus system that measures the distance of objects from the camera instantaneously. A dual tone dual LED rear flash supports the camera in lowlight conditions.
Meizu’s Flyme UI looks very nice. It’s actually quite similar to stock Android UI and functions much the same. Meizu decided to go with the new reversible micro USD type C port, though it’s still only USB 2.0 rather than 3.0. The Meizu Pro 5 starts at around $470 and comes in gray, gold, silver and black/silver.Check Current Price on Amazon