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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  • jospoortvliet - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    Amen. I would buy one of these in a version less than 7 cm wide. That is the widest phone I will buy...
  • bernstein - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    yep. well maybe 72mm but certainly not 78mm.... but more often i find the height limiting. 145mm is just my upper bound. i wish someone would clone sharps crystal x & bring it to the western market.
  • vortexmak - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    Yeah, I think mine too.
    My galaxy S4 at 5 inches and 136 mm has one of the best screen to body ratios. Too bad I can't find any new phones that are 140 mm or below
  • RdVi - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    I can't agree more. I have an S5 and find it a little too large in both height and width. All new phones are either phablets or don't seem to care about a good screen to body ratio. The perfect form factor for phones I have used is the LG G2. On screen buttons allow for a 5.2" screen without having to hold it lower to use the buttons, height is 138mm and width 71mm.

    Just give me a modern G2 with an OLED display, SD card slot, new chipset and camera! The closest I can find for "modern" phones is the newly announced Xiaomi Mi 4c. It's very similar to the S4 in dimensions, just a tad taller. If it had on screen buttons the screen could be a little bigger and it would be close to my perfect phone.
  • vortexmak - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - link

    Dude, I have almost the same requirements as you. I am still waiting for the perfect phone which is about the same size as my S4 and adds features like a fingerprint reader and USB type C and not remove them (I'm looking at you Galaxy S6).
  • nirolf - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - link

    I want to replace my current RAZR i and I'm having the same problem. There's no decent phone that's not huge. Z3 Compact would have been nice, but it seems it's very easy to break the front/back glass.
  • lilmoe - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - link

    Dude, the Galaxy S didn't change much in width since the GS3 at 70mm. The GS5 went a bit up to 72mm (for water resistance), but the GS6 is back at 70mm.

    Height doesn't matter as much as the width, but even that hasn't changed significantly since then... When you bottom level all of them next to each other, the top edge of the screen is almost at the same height (since that's what matters more if you're trying to reach it with your thumb).
  • lilmoe - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    Yea, agreed about the size.
  • Samus - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    The 4.7" iPhone 6 is one of the most ideal footprints on the market right now. They totally nailed it with that size. But I'll admin, I love smaller phones. My favorite phone of all time was the HP Veer. I think it had a 2.5" screen?
  • RdVi - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - link

    The size of the iPhone 6 is great, but not considering the size of the screen. 5" phones from a couple of years ago were practically the same size as the 4.7" iPhone 6. The average person can work one handed with a 5" screen, it's the body size and ergonomics (button placement, shape, grip, weight) that makes certain 5-5.2" phones less usable. For those who need a 4.7" or smaller phone, surely a smaller body would still be a huge benefit.

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