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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  • extide - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    Is it confirmed its pentile and not RGB strip? I mean there are RGB strip AMOLEDS in this size and resolution out there, aren't there?
  • lilmoe - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    Well, it looks like it won't happen any time soon for efficiency and diode longevity purposes. So I gave up on "true RGB" and am waiting for a 4K 5.0-5.2" pentile AMOLED running at 1080p (for 6-8 sub-pixels per pixel). Highly unlikely, but would be truly awesome.
  • Akatsuki786 - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    Meizu only ppl who actually got me to switch from IOS to Android looking foward to purchasing this one.
  • toyotabedzrock - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    Throw a stock Android build on there and that is almost a perfect phone given Qualcomm thinks dithering on releasing the 820 is a good marketing idea.
  • zodiacfml - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - link

    Right! I'm not impressed with Huawei Nexus6.
  • bernstein - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    i just don't understand why these devices have to copy the iphone design... i mean it's instantly recognizable as a copy at a glance it could easily be taken for an iphone except for the meizu logo... so they want it to look like an iphone but be recognized as a copy??? the chinese are so wierd.
  • id4andrei - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    Meizu has been using this design since the MX3, 1 year prior to the giant iphones. Just because you (obviously)haven't heard about this Chinese brand does not make it an iphone copycat.
  • hakime - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - link

    You are so damn hypocrite like the others here trying to defend the Chinese (and Korean) shameful copycat machine. The MX3 looks very different to this thing, it was a fat glossy plastic-built phone similar to the crap Samsung was doing with its big phones before they returned copying Apple design. This one here is totally an iPhone ripp-off, the aluminum build, the shape of phone, the antenna bands, the buttons on the sides, come one the bottom of this phone looks identical to the iPhone and totally different to the MX3. How could you possibly claim that this thing doesn't copy an iPhone. This is ridiculous...

    And what do you say about the ripp-off of Touch ID? They also had it with the MX3? Sure not, it's a magistral rip-off similar to what Samsung did with their S6 phones (the software interface is also copied). This also shows how some Chinese manufacturers are able to quickly copy Apple's IP or any other company's IP because a lot of those products are being manufactured there. Instead of people being so stupidly anti-Apple, they should rather worry and condemn the absence of IP protection in China.

    And yes, NFC payment was totally useless and unsecured until Apple introduced Apple Pay, which is more secure, easier to use and reliable. Google wallet was a joke as whatever Samsung produced before. Nobody used this crap because it was freaking unusable, period. Now Google and Samsung ended up just copying Apple which tells a lot on how much they believed on their original solution.
  • markiz - Thursday, January 28, 2016 - link

    How is shape of a modern smartphone, a simple slab, IP?
  • extide - Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - link

    Wow, that's like the perfect phone spec wise. 4GB ram, yay, 7420 soc yay, 1080p screen will mean the gpu will haul ass, sd-card support, ufs 2.0 storage, yadda yadda.

    EXCEPT probably has no US band support. Oh well.

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