Meizu’s MX4 Pro has stunning 2K+ display, fingerprint scanner, 8-core processor


Chinese smartphone maker Meizu has announced a new superphone that blows the latest offerings from rivals like Samsung and LG right out of the water. It’s called the MX4 Pro, and in addition to an attractive form factor, it has a super-sharp “2K+” display, a fingerprint scanner, and a speedy eight-core processor.

The MX4 Pro, like a lot of Chinese flagships these days, clearly takes some design cues from Apple. It’s made out of metal, has smooth, rounded sides with integrated antennas, and sports shiny, chamfered edges. It also has small round holes in its bottom for its speaker that look just like the new iPhone’s, and even a protruding camera lens.

But in many ways, it’s better than any of Apple’s smartphones. One of its biggest selling points is its NEGA LCD display, which measures 5.5 inches diagonally, and has an incredible 2,560 x 1,536 resolution. That’s just over standard 2K resolution, which is why Meizu is labeling it 2K+.

That's a familiar color scheme. Photo: Meizu

That’s a familiar color scheme. Photo: Meizu

Despite all those pixels, Meizu says it’s incredibly power efficient — even more so than the existing Mx4’s 1080p display.

Under the hood, the MX4 Pro has Samsung’s octa-core processor, which is made up of four cores clocked at 2GHz, and another four clocked at 1.5GHz. The rear-facing camera is a 20.7-megapixel Sony IMX220 sensor with f/2.2 aperture, while the front-facer is a 5-megapixel sensor that boasts autofocus and 1080p video recording.

The MX4 Pro has 3GB of RAM, supports TD-LTE and FDD-LTE networks, and boasts a 3,350mAh battery.

The handset’s iPhone similarities don’t stop at its looks. The MX4 Pro has a fingerprint scanner built into its home button, which Meizu calls mTouch, and in the first half of next year, it will allow users to pay for stuff wirelessly with a new payment system called mPay.

Remind you of anything? Photo: Meizu

Remind you of anything? Photo: Meizu

Meizu is also using the Retina name, but it has nothing to do with the MX4 Pro’s display. Instead, it concerns its speakers, which have “Retina Sound” powered by 32-bit DAC, a Texas Instruments amplifier, and high-end capacitors and resistors.

The Mx4 Pro will launch with Android 4.4.4 KitKat pre-installed with Meizu’s Flyme OS 4.1 user interface when it goes on sale in China. Its attractive specifications will be combined by pretty price tags, too, with a 16GB model priced at 2,499 yuan ($410), a 32GB model priced at 2,699 yuan ($440), and a 64GB model priced at 3,099 yuan ($510).

The handset will be available in gray, silver, and you guessed it, gold.

Photo: Meizu

Photo: Meizu