Today Meizu launches its new high-end flagship, the PRO 5. It was expected for Meizu to market this device as the MX5 Pro but it seems Meizu has chosen to separate the lineup to give better exposure to the higher-end "PRO" series. We've had a short look at the MX5 announcement earlier this summer, so while keeping that in mind, let's go over the improvements that the PRO 5 brings with itself.
At the heart of the phone we see Samsung's Exynos 7420 SoC. Meizu is one of the rare vendors besides Samsung Electronics to actually employ S.LSI's silicon so this puts the Chinese manufacturer in an interesting position this year as this allows them to have a competitive advantage over other manufacturers who chose other SoC suppliers. As we've seen earlier in the year, we deemed the Exynos 7420 as one of the highlights of this year so the PRO 5 is well served by the big.LITTLE chipset consisting of 4x Cortex A57 at 2.1GHz and 4x Cortex A53's at 1.5GHz. Graphics is provided by a Mali T760MP8 at 770MHz - also a top performer among SoCs this year.
Meizu PRO 5 Specifications
SoC Samsung Exynos 7420

4x Cortex A57 @ 2.1GHz +
4x Cortex A53 @ 1.5GHz   

Mali T760MP8 @ 770MHz  
RAM 3 / 4GB LPDDR4-3200
NAND / Storage 32 / 64GB UFS 2.0
+ microSD
Display 5.7" 1920x1080 SuperAMOLED
2.5D Gorilla Glass 3
Network 2G / 3G / 4G LTE
(Chinese Bands)
Dimensions 156.7 x 78 x 7.5 mm
168 grams
Camera 21.16MP Sony IMX230 sensor F/2.0 Main camera
w/ Laser + PDAF auto-focus
w/ Dedicated Samsung ISP

5MP F/2.0 Front camera
Battery 3050mAh
OS Android 5.1
with Meizu FlymeOS 5.0
Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n/ac + BT 4.1 + BLE, GPS/GNSS
USB Type C
SIM Size nanoSIM + nanoSIM
nanoSIM + microSD

Meizu continues the newly introduced usage of AMOLED screens. Similar to the MX4, the PRO5 uses a 1080p Samsung panel, but this time it increases the size to 5.7", increasing the footprint of the device to 156.7 x 78mm. The screen now features 2.5D edges and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Meizu was able to shave off 0.1mm of the thickness to get to a total of 7.5mm on the new flagship, but it seems the battery slightly lost some capacity in the process as it goes from 3150mAh in the MX5 to 3050mAh in the PRO5.

Storage-wise the device comes with either 32 or 64GB of memory backed by the new generation UFS 2.0 interface. Main memory also varies between 3GB or 4GB depending on the variant. What is new for Meizu is that for the first time the company is employing a microSD card slot that is part of the dual-SIM tray, meaning one can choose to use either two nanoSIMs, or have a combination of a microSD with a nanoSIM. The dual-SIM functionality provides dual-standby.

Meizu doesn't specify the specific bands or what kind of baseband processor is used on the PRO5. Last year we saw the MX4 Pro make unique use of a Marvell Armada baseband so we'll have to wait until the device is launched to find out what made it into this year's unit. It should be mentioned though that for now it seems Meizu limits itself to the Chinese market as the band support for western networks looks to be sparse.

On the camera-side, we now see usage of a new Sony IMX230 sensor. This is the same sensor found on the recently announced Moto X Style and Moto X Play. The sensor is encased in a 6-lens F/2.0 camera module. Interestingly, Meizu advertises usage of a dedicated Samsung ISP that is supposed to improve image quality. The camera is able to record 4K video in HEVC format, which should help reduce file sizes.

Among the usual top-end connectivity features, the phone comes with a new USB Type C connector which should enable it to be future-proof as the industry transitions over to the new standard. 

The Meizu PRO5 comes in gold, grey, silver and silver & black colour options in either 3GB/32GB or 4GB/64GB variants priced at respectively¥2799 (US$438, 393€) or ¥3099 (US$485, 435€).

Source: Meizu

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  • lilmoe - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    You forgot these:

    - Open file system, and all its file management and association advantages.
    - Open connectivity interface for Bluetooth and NFC.
    - Notification LED.
    - Widgets (anywhere)
    - USB OTG

    NONE of these are gimmicks.
  • Samus - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    But almost nobody uses them. They are niche features. Most of the features on iPhone appeal to a wide audience and are considered mostly general features in the industry now.

    Look at NFC. It has been out for YEARS, since at least the Samsung Galaxy SIII, but it had zero traction until Apple Pay.

    The classic example of how Apple pushes technology is probably the Watch. Honestly, find someone from the general population that doesn't think the Apple Watch was the first smart watch. It's hilariously embarrassing to the likes of Pebble, and even Casio, Garmin, and Timex, who has had "smart watches" like the Datalink since the mid-90's!
  • kingpotnoodle - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - link

    Apple aren't that innovative, NFC payment has been around almost as long as NFC has been in phones. What Apple are very good at is polishing turds into something people want, often it's still a turd but people want it in droves.
  • MrX8503 - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - link

    Apple brought ease of use (phone auto wakes with default card), tokenization, and biometric authentication. I guess you could say getting CC companies on board is a 4th pillar.

    That IS innovation. Google Wallet was 4 years old and Apple's turd was shiny enough for Google to kill GW and re introduce it as Android Pay with biometric authentication.
  • Zoomer - Monday, September 28, 2015 - link

    Apple's really good to ---bullying--- lobbying others to come to their side.

    Pay on tap? Android had that for ages. Tokenization and biometric auth - who cares?
  • osxandwindows - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - link

    How about usb, apple pushed the standard, and now we are here
  • lilmoe - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - link

    "But almost nobody uses them"
    "but it had zero traction until Apple Pay"

    I really can't take you seriously when you think like that.
  • Samus - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - link

    Am I wrong? Really? It's pretty obvious a lot of technology lingers, sometimes for decades, until Apple spins it into "magic" and presto, they are perceived as the inventor when they are really the innovator. Innovator because they brought it to mass market. That's innovation because the mass market is overall pretty inept with technology, and Apple is a technology company.

    Look at the iPhone. It's a smartphone, that you can hand to practically anybody, and without instructions, because they already know how to use it. That's pretty damn innovative.
  • The Rogue Tomato - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - link

    Really? Who cares if it looks like an iPhone if it's a great phone? As far as the skin goes, I never use the default launcher on a phone, anyway. The rest (settings, etc) is no big deal to me.

    The big question for someone like me is, is it crippled if I use it with a USA carrier?
  • vortexmak - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    Awesome specs, fingerprint reader, 1080p AMOLED, microSD, USB Type C, Wifi ac, Exynos
    Only if they provided a more reasonably sized 5.0-5.1 inch display with the same specs

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