One of the problems potential customers have with China branded smartphones is that although it costs cheap and has great features it’s very difficult to get them outside of China. Brands such as Xiaomi, Oppo, Gionee, and Meizu just to name a few always launch their new devices in China to the disappointment of international customers.
Meizu aims to change this by offering international customers an easy way to get its products. The company has an online store called meizumart.com which has been online for quite some time now but only officially launched today. A slogan that reads “Without Invitation” can be seen by visitors when accessing the site which clearly mocks OnePlus One’s invitation only sales.
Right now the store is offering the Meizu MX3 smartphone which was launched last year. Prices start at US$399 for the 16GB model, US$429 for the 32GB model, and US$469 for the 64GB model. Customers can choose between a white or a black version.
For those unfamiliar with the Meizu MX3 it is a smartphone that has a 5.1-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at an impressive 412ppi. It uses a Samsung Exynos 5410 octa-core processor with four cores using the Cortex-A15 processor clocked at 1.6GHz and the other four cores using the Cortex-A7 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. It comes with 2GB of RAM while having a fixed internal storage which can’t be expanded. Further details of this device are listed below.
- OS: Flyme OS 3.0 (customized Android 4.2)
- Network: 2G (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900), 3G (HSDPA 850 / 2100)
- Display: 5.1-inch 16M-color 1080p capacitive 15:9 aspect, 412 ppi
- Chipset: Exynos 5 Octa 5410
- CPU: Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
- GPU: PowerVR SGX544MP3
- RAM: 2GB
- Internal storage: 16GB/32/64GB
- Rear Camera: 8MP, autofocus, LED flash, videos at [email protected]
- Front Camera: 2 MP, [email protected]
- Battery: 2,400 mAh
The device itself comes with impressive specs that are comparable to most high end Android smartphones.
Its body is made of a magnesium alloy that not only makes it solid but light as well. The material used is also designed to help cool the device down.
Other key features of this device include
- Music: This device uses a Wolfson Audio Chip with Dirac HD Audio Technology which provides an unparalleled audio listening experience.
- Reception: The antenna used by this device increases signal strength by as much as 58%. This allows the device to have generally good reception even in areas with low signal.
- Battery: Despite having 8 cores this device still has a long battery life. Its 2400mAh Sony cell can provide up to 429 hours of standby time or 10 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi.
Despite having these great features a few things should be considered by US customers before buying the device.
First, it is only a 3G device and does not have LTE on-board. If you are looking for an LTE enabled device then this isn’t the model you want. It also only works for the AT&T and T-Mobile networks and not on Verizon or Sprint.
Second, the device runs on Flyme OS which is great however it isn’t Google certified device. This means that it won’t come straight out of the box with google services such as the Google Play Store, YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, etc. If you want Google services on the device then you will have to install a custom ROM on it.
If these shortcomings are not a problem for you then the Meizu MX3 is definitely a device worth considering.