Meizu's new $290 MX5 flagship offers thin metal body, octa-core processor, 20.7MP camera

Last week, Chinese manufacturer Meizu unveiled the MX4 Ubuntu Edition, which - as its name suggests - is a repurposed version of its Android flagship, running Ubuntu OS. But now the company has announced its new Android range-topper, successor to the MX4, called... yep, you guessed it: the Meizu MX5.

The MX5 follows in the footsteps of its predecessor with high-end specs squeezed into a sleek and stylish package. Indeed, the handset's metal body is just 7.6mm-thick, and it includes these key specs:

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED with Full HD (1920x1080px) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Octa-core 2.2GHz MediaTek Helio X10 Turbo processor with Power VR G6200 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB / 32GB / 64GB storage options
  • 20.7MP rear camera with laser-aided focus, dual-color flash panoramic lens protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • WiFi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • 3150mAh battery
  • 149.9 x 74.7 x 7.6mm; 149g

The handset also features dual-nanoSIM support, an integrated fingerprint reader, and mCharge quick-charging technology, which lets you boost your battery up to 25% within just ten minutes of plugging it in, and up to 60% in forty minutes. Four color options will be available: white/champagne gold; white/silver; black/silver; and black/deep gray.

The rear camera is a particular highlight of the MX5, offering 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160px) video recording at 30 frames per second, and slow-motion video recording in 720p resolution at 100fps. For both video and photo capture, the MX5 uses laser-aided focus, as well as dual-tone flash, which Meizu says provides a more 'natural' color temperature than regular LED flash units.

The Meizu MX5 appears to draw plenty of design inspiration from Apple's latest iPhones - but it will cost a lot less than them too. The 16GB model is priced at 1799 CNY (around $290 USD); the 32GB at 1999 CNY ($320); and the 64GB at 2399CNY ($385).

Source: Meizu via GSM Arena

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