Smartphone review Meizu MX2

    Greetings to you, Habralyudi! As you probably know, our new flagship Meizu MX2 has already gone on sale, with the start of sales taking place almost simultaneously in China, Hong Kong and Russia. The smartphone is in the hands of many observers, and I also decided to keep up and prepared my review for a novelty. In the review, I will try to pay attention to the important features of the MX2, I will talk about the design of the case and the materials used, performance, hardware in general and other things, and I'll skip a couple of boring moments, but if they interest you, write in the comments and try to answer.

    Just in case, links to materials that may be of interest to you before reading the review:

    Introducing Meizu MX2! Information about the technical characteristics of the news and prices
    "The stubborn Maverick Huang Zhang and his Meizu smartphones." Interview with CEO of Meizu
    A brief history of Meizu: from an MP3 player to a smartphone.
    A story about the history of Meizu from the appearance of the first players under this brand to the present day


    • Smartphone
    • USB cable
    • Network adapter
    • Plastic “clip” to open the cover
    • Plastic microSIM-miniSIM adapter
    • Two microSIM stickers for trimming miniSIM The

    smartphone comes in a neat box of white cardboard, all the elements inside the box are arranged in small boxes, the smartphone itself lies in a recess inside the box that looks like a book; by the way, this is a book with solid turning pages that show basic information about the device.

    Appearance, design

    On the front side, the new MX2 differs from the previous model, there is no “iron” key, a thinner frame between the display and the edges of the case, a metal edging, due to all these details Meizu MX2 has become more elegant and strict. Metal edging - the visible area of ​​the frame, laser-cut from a single piece of stainless steel, this element creates the necessary structural strength of the smartphone and adds bonus points to it when compared with all-plastic devices.

    The screen in the Meizu MX2 is protected by Gorilla Glass. Over time, small scratches may appear on it, but even non-commercial samples after a long time of use have a completely salable appearance. The back cover is made of plastic: the top layer is translucent - like a “jelly bean” (jelly candy), and the second layer, the inner one, is white, even rather milky.

    The surface is glossy, fingerprints remain on it, but are completely invisible.

    Meizu MX2 has a relatively compact size (124.9 x 64.9 x10.2 mm) compared to current flagship smartphones and even some budget devices.

    Despite the fact that the MX2 screen is enlarged by 0.4 inches, the device was only 3.5 mm taller than the MX, and it added only 3 grams in weight.

    Since the back side is a bit sloping, the MX2 lies perfectly in the hand, and the metal border pleasantly cools the palm.
    The assembly is excellent: there are no gaps, crevices or other defects, the cover is very firmly fixed and even if the smartphone falls, it most likely will not fly off.

    Keys and Connectors

    On the front side of the smartphone at the top is a small slot where the speaker is located. It is loud, and if you want a direct comparison, it is not inferior in quality to the dynamics in the Apple iPhone 5. On the right is an additional camera for video chats, and to the right - two sensors. They are responsible for automatically adjusting the brightness of the backlight of the matrix of the screen and turning off the display (lock) while presenting the phone to the ear. During testing, I had no questions about these sensors.

    At the very bottom is a small round touch button (in Meizu MX it was slightly convex and mechanical).

    In addition, the developers refused the other two buttons - “Back” and “Menu”. Touching the button in Meizu MX2 with a brief press performs the function “Home”, swipe up - “Back”, and if you click on it two times - a menu pops up with previously launched applications. In the new version of Flyme, a slider for adjusting the screen brightness also appears on the right in this menu. For those who can hardly reach the unlock button, the Meizu developers have provided an interesting trick: if you hold your finger on the touch circle for a couple of seconds, the screen will lock, and if you lightly touch the phone twice in the locked state, the screen backlight will turn on and you can continue Pull the screen from bottom to top to unlock.

    In the active state, the button glows white, when messages or other events are skipped, it flashes periodically, and in standby mode it glows weakly in dark green, a phosphor layer is used for such a light glow. It looks impressive and unusual.

    The volume key is located on the left side of the smartphone. Made of translucent white plastic. She is thin, but she can easily feel her fingers.

    At the top there is a second microphone (the first is at the bottom) for noise reduction, a regular 3.5 mm headphone output and a phone on / off button. It is exactly the same type as the volume rocker.

    At the bottom is an open MicroUSB and a microphone.

    Behind are the camera eye, covered with a protective glass, a small flash and a speaker. The speaker volume is slightly lower than in the MX, but at the same time its quality is seriously improved - sound detailing, low-frequency processing.

    To remove the cover of the Meizu MX2, you will need a special tool that is included in the kit - something like an i-clip for the Apple iPhone. Insert the “paper clip” into the hole located on the left edge of the smartphone, and gently pull the lid with your fingernails. Not everybody gets it right the first time, but if you do it carefully, there will be no problems.

    Under the panel there is only a slot for a MicroSIM card and nothing more. The logical question is: “Why then is it removed at all?” But just so that it can be replaced with panels of other colors and even made of other materials (as we hope).


    Unlike the MX, the MX2 has a screen with a diagonal of not 4 inches, but 4.4 ”. Resolution also increased: instead of 640x960 pixels, it became - 1280x800 pixels (WXGA). A little more than HD, but does not affect compatibility in applications and modern games. The Meizu MX2 display matrix is ​​made using Sharp New Mode 2 technology - similar to Sharp IGZO. Compared with IPS-LCD, the MX2 has larger viewing angles and does not distort colors under any tilt of the screen. It gives a pleasant juicy color, let's say - natural. Contrast Ratio - 1000: 1.

    The pixels on the display, even if you wish, you will not see, of course, if you do not resort to a magnifier or a microscope, since there is a density of 347 dpi. The sensor layer is made by capacitive technology and processes up to 10 simultaneous touches.

    Brightness has a large adjustment range. The minimum brightness is sufficient for comfortable reading books at night, and on a sunny day it can be made higher (up to 450 cd / m2), while readability will increase to almost 100%.

    Meizu MX2 has Adaptive Brightness Control (CABC) technology that provides precise brightness settings, depending on the displayed content and programs, with this technology you can save from 20 to 50% of battery power.

    Comparison of Meizu MX2 (left) and Meizu MX (right) screens

    Performance and memory

    The new smartphone uses one of the most powerful MX5S chipsets (Samsung Exynos 4412). Exactly the same is installed in the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

    The quad-core processor (32 nm, ARMv7, Cortex-A9 MPcore) runs at a clock frequency of 1.6 GHz. Graphics Accelerator - Mali-400 MP. The RAM in the device is 2 GB (dual-channel LPDDR2). At the moment, there are not many smartphones with a similar volume, and those that are, do not differ in compact size. On average, Meizu MX2 has free 1.2 GB of RAM (Instagram, Plume, Gmail and several other specific applications work).

    There are no questions about performance. All powerful and resource-demanding games are launched and run: be it GTA Vice City, NOVA 3, Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 7, and so on. If at the maximum processor load in many smartphones the entire case heats up, then in MX2 there is only a metal edge in the upper part.

    The following are the most popular synthetic system performance tests:

    Antutu Benchmark

    Quadrant Standart

    Vellamo Benchmark

    By the way, if you do not constantly need maximum performance, you can change it in the "Accessibility" settings section: low (200 MHz), optimal (600 MHz) or high ( 1600 MHz).

    Navigation and Interfaces

    As with any Android smartphone, there is a Google Maps application for GPS or GLONASS navigation. Testing in the GPS test program showed that a cold start takes about 3 minutes, and a hot one takes a little less than 15 seconds. If you enable A-GPS and mobile Internet - waiting can be reduced to 5 seconds.

    Meizu MX2 works in networks GSM (900/1800 MHz) and UMTS (2100 MHz, maximum speed up to 21.6 Mbps), there is support for Wi-Fi (802.11b / g / n) with DLNA and Bluetooth version 4.0. In place of USB 2.0, to which you can connect, for example, storage devices (flash drive), since the phone supports USB-Host. S / PDIF sound is output through the same interface. For more convenient switching of network operation modes, Flyme has built-in switches; they are located on the top right in the "notification panel".

    Camera and camcorder

    The Meizu MX2 smartphone uses an 8-megapixel backlit matrix (BSI). There is a small LED flash, suitable for highlighting the area at a distance of 2 meters. Also, the flash can be used as a flashlight, for this, any application from Google Play that implements this function is suitable. And in the role of a flashlight, the flash turns out to be very good - the glow is powerful and bright.
    The aperture of the f / 2.4 main camera is the standard of modern camera phones. Of course, I would like f / 2.2, and even more so - f / 2.0. 1.3 MP front camera.

    Photos from test samples that I received earlier did not satisfy me at all. But photos from commercial samples came out much better. But programmers still have something to work on: for example, to eliminate digital noise in photos and set autofocus on macro objects during auto shooting. In the latter case, you have to switch to the "Macro" mode in order to focus on an object located at a distance of less than 200 mm.

    The interface is very simple and does not differ from the interface in the previous MX. Below is the entrance to the "Gallery", release the shutter and switch between the camera and camcorder. When you press the "..." button, the menu opens:

    Photo mode:
    • Shooting mode: normal, panorama, smile, continuously
    • ISO: auto, 50, 200, 400, 800
    • Scene mode: auto, text, night, landscape, macro
    • White balance: auto, fluorescent, outdoors, incandescent lamp
    • Other: location, WDR (analogue of HDR), gesture shooting, photo size (1 MP, 3 MP, 5 MP and 8 MP)

    Video mode:
    • Video size: 1080p, 720p, 480p
    • Scene mode: auto, text, night, landscape
    • White balance: auto, fluorescent, outdoors, incandescent lamp The

    video is recorded in a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels (AVC, 10 Mbps, 30 fps), sound (AAC, 96 Kbps, 16 kHz) is mono, although there is a second microphone.

    Below are examples of photographs: Examples of video shooting: Video (1) Video (2)

    Offline work

    The device was equipped with a built-in lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery, the capacity of which is 1800 mAh. Frankly - not a lot, but the screen here is not as huge as in the Galaxy S III, HTC One X or Nokia Lumia 920. The battery is connected to the smartphone via a cable and is located behind the protective panel, if necessary, it can be replaced.

    The following battery life figures were presented at the presentation:

    • 2G conversation - 13 hours
    • 3G conversation - 10 hours
    • 3G web surfing - 7 hours
    • Wi-Fi web surfing - 8 hours
    • Watching video in 1080p resolution - 6 hours
    • Listening to music - 46 hours
    • Standby time - 330 hours

    After careful testing, I bring a little more correct data. So:

    • Talk time (auto switch between 2G / 3G) - 9 hours
    • Wi-Fi surfing mode - 7 hours
    • 3G surfing mode - 6 hours
    • Video viewing mode (720p, maximum brightness of the screen) - a little more 5 hours
    • In music playback mode - more than 40 hours
    • In standby mode, the phone can last about two weeks.

    Music and video

    The music player interface has not changed. There is also an equalizer - 100 Hz, 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 4 kHz and 16 kHz. The sound quality has been seriously improved compared to the Meizu MX: deep bass, excellent detail, the complete absence of noise. By the way, in January we will prepare the next subjective comparison of smartphones, in which Meizu MX, Meizu MX2, Xiaomi Mi-Two and Apple iPhone 5 will take part. The

    music player supports the formats: FLAC, Ape, AAC, MKA, OGG, MP3, MIDI, M4A , AMR and WAVE.

    The video player supports no less than formats: MP4, 3GP, MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, MPEG, M2TS and TS. If there are no problems with AVI, MP4 and MKV in 1080p resolution, then the TS and M2TS smartphone can hardly play with a standard player. Therefore, it is worth putting a program for video playback, such as MX Video Player, and switch the mode from the "hardware decoder" to the "software decoder". Just in case, in the "Accessibility" set in the column "Performance" - "maximum" - the video will go without problems.

    Innovations in Flyme 2.0

    Meizu MX2 runs on the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system with the proprietary UI Flyme 2.0.2. Users of previous Meizu smartphones are very familiar with the shell - it is very simple and quite comfortable. In early January, I will prepare a detailed overview of all the features of Flyme., But for now I will focus only on those changes that appeared in version 2.0.

    Firstly, you can now start the camera from the “lock screen”. To do this, activate the backlight and swipe the screen from right to left.

    Secondly, in the "notification bar" appeared the icon for launching "Settings".

    Thirdly, after opening a menu with previously launched applications, the brightness is adjusted in the new version of the shell, and programs are closed by moving the shortcut up or down (or by clicking the “close” button).

    Fourth, in the settings special. Opportunity appeared item "Halftone screen. After switching on, the image quality deteriorates slightly, but the power consumption decreases.

    The main "trick" is the use of Smart Bar - a proprietary panel with control buttons. Meizu decided to abandon the standard elements, as the developers found them uncomfortable and poorly combined with the Flyme shell. The new panel is more compact and functional, it takes up less space, and more controls are placed on it. In games and when watching a Smart Bar video, the panel simply does not appear, unlike the standard panel, which appears but is not highlighted.

    If the application is not optimized for Smart Bar, only the back button will be present in the interface.


    I’ll summarize as a user of the new Meizu MX2 smartphone.

    Positive aspects:
    • Cool design
    • Rugged case with metal edging
    • Powerful processor
    • Large amount of RAM
    • One of the best displays
    • Loud and high-quality sound in the headphones
    • Flyme shell

    Negative aspects:
    • It is inconvenient to open the back panel
    • You cannot switch to “clean” Android
    • “Noisy” camera

    If you compare the Meizu MX and Meizu MX2, the work that the developers have done is clearly visible, this is not just a change in design or a change of a mechanical key to a touch one. The company, led by Jack Wong, is moving along the planned path, improving the selected MX format - a smartphone that is ready to work after the first turn-on, out of the box. Initially, there was a Meizu MX model in two versions (based on a dual-core platform and then based on a quad-core), now its full-fledged sequel, Meizu MX2, is coming out. In the new model, the design was changed, the diagonal of the screen and its resolution were increased, the operating time was optimized (MX2 really “lives” on a single charge longer than its predecessor, despite fears that everything will be the other way around) along with the transition to a new platform from Samsung. The company continues to use quality components, such as the Sharp New Mode 2 display, for example, a moderate-power screen that produces a cool picture. Sound quality has been improved, both in dynamics and in headphones, and, of course, Flyme has been redesigned and improved, I will write a separate detailed review about it (as well as how to get root).

    Now you can buy Meizu MX2 in our online store , in January the smartphone will also go to retail stores of the DNS network.
    Our forum has a topic to help beginners, owners of MX2, as well as a discussion thread on the model .

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