Meizu MX 4-core

General Information

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2012, April
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2012, June
Body Dimensions 121.3 x 63.3 x 10.3 mm
Weight 139 g
- Touch-sensitive controls
Display Type ASV capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 640 x 960 pixels, 4.0 inches (~288 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Sound Alert types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
Memory Card slot No
Internal 32/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
Data GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
Speed HSDPA 21.6 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB (MHL) v2.0, USB On-the-go support
Camera Primary 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, smile detection, Wide dynamic mode
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps
Secondary Yes, VGA
Features OS Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Chipset Exynos
CPU Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9
GPU Mali-400MP
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML, Adobe Flash
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black (front)/ white, green, blue, pink, violet (back)
- MicroSIM card support only
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- S/PDIF
- SNS integration
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Talk
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
- MP4/H.263/H.264 player
- Organizer
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1700 mAh

Latest reviews

Pros: Excellent sound straight from the headphone jack, slick OS, digital output
Cons: Just the usual issues with paying full price for an unlocked phone rather than a carrier subsidized mainstream phone.
For those interested in using their phone as their main audio source, the Meizu MX 4-core is my top recommendation. It ticks all the boxes for a quality phone - responsive interface, nice screen, camera that is actually useful, good amount of memory, etc. But there are plenty of nice phones out there. What sets this one apart is the audio quality - it's really good!
 
Straight from the headphone jack, this thing sounds superb. It's clean, clear, and has a black background. It has a good amount of volume too, able to comfortably drive plenty of full sized headphones from Ultrasone, Grado, Audio Technica, etc. The low output impedance (~3 ohms) means it works well with most IEMs too.
 
Also worth noting is the SPDIF output capabilities. Using an adapter (that Meizu is still finalizing) the MX 4-core can be used as a transport connecting to an external DAC. I successfully played standard and hi-res material, and the MX feeds it bit-perfect to the DAC. Very useful. 
 
See HERE for my complete in-depth review. Bottom line - this is a very competent phone, and also an excellent portable audio device. 
Snowgoose
Snowgoose
It sure would be nice to have a microSD slot. Granted, you can get a 64gig model, but particularly with flac and hi-res files, I could see wanting more (particularly if this were one's main music rig).
Since they do make such a point out of the audio, it might hit the right notes to pull a Samsung and put out a non-phone version, where they swap out the sim for a card slot, and tweak the software with a few goodies (I'm thinking of rockboxy stuff like balance, crossfeed, etc, rather than proprietary stuff like BBE that they would have to pay for). At the right price, that might plausibly take some market share away from the expensive boutique players. Not everyone is after a status symbol.
Oh well, I can dream.
yokken
yokken
I believe this phone has a Wolfson DAC in it. Probably the reason for the great sound. :)
project86
project86
I'll agree with Snowgoose that I would love it if every portable device had a microSD slot. That would be great. BUT I can totally see why companies would choose not to include it. Meizu would sort of be shooting themselves in the foot if the 32GB model could be easily increased to 64GB (or higher) with a MicroSD. Who would pay extra for their 64GB model? So I see it as a somewhat necessary evil.
Yokken - follow the link I posted to my full review. It explains the Wolfson chipset as being one of the factors which results in good sound. Wolfson has become a buzzword, but using one of their chips is no guarantee of good results. Meizu had to get every aspect just right in order to achieve what they did.

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