updated 10:20 pm EDT, Sun April 15, 2012
Meizu MX Quad-core ups ante
Meizu started its week in China with the MX Quad-core. The design promises to be one of the fastest phones on the market, partly through its using a Samsung chip instead of the NVIDIA Tegra 3. While shy on details, Meizu mentioned it as an Exynos based on a 32-nanometer ARM Cortex-A9 design, likely making it the Exynos 4412 and giving it a 1.5GHz clock speed.
The company claims the move to quad-core will actually be more power efficient, reducing power use by about a fifth. To hedge its claims, however, it has increased the battery capacity by 100mAh to 1,700mAh.
Several other upgrades are coming over the original MX, including Android 4.0 out of the box with the Flyme OS interface already in place. Storage has also doubled and now starts at 32GB. Colors get their own boost, as the plain white original hue is being joined by four pastel back covers.
The four-inch, 640x960 LCD and eight-megapixel back camera stay the same as before.
Pricing comes in at roughly the same prices as the MX did when it first shipped, starting at 2,999 yuan ($476) for a 32GB version in mainland China and 3,999 yuan ($635) for a 64GB edition. The two will ship in June. Hong Kong residents pay $3,099 HK ($399 US) or $4,099 HK ($528). The original, dual-core MX is now either 2,399 yuan or $2,599 HK ($381 or $335).